Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With deep black color, a thick, creamy head, rich chocolate, toffee and coffee flavors, and full-bodied smoothness, Anchor Porter® is the epitome of a handcrafted dark beer.

A blend of specially roasted pale, caramel, chocolate, and black malts, along with our top-fermenting yeast, creates complexity without bitterness. The brew is hopped at a high rate, and naturally carbonated. The result is dark in the glass, but surprisingly light on the palate.

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Reviews: 1,540 | Ratings: 3,667
Photo of Phineasco
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Black, with a 3 inch light head that sticks around. Lightly carbonated.
Smell: Cocoa beans, chocolate, and cola.
Taste: Reminds me of Coca Cola. Chocolate and cocoa beans. I got more hop taste than I do with most porters.
Mouthfeel: A little thin.
Overall: Pretty good, but has its shortcomings. Would be a good every day Porter.

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Photo of nick_perry
2.56/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark with a thin white head. Not a whole lot of aromas beyond the usual malt scent you’d expect. Flavors are a bit delayed but there are coffee and brown sugar notes that linger for a while. Cola-like finish, probably a result from the sweetness and the highly carbonated mouthfeel. This quality is somewhat off-putting to me. Not my favorite porter and not my favorite Anchor beer.

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Photo of Holderness
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- This one's a looker. Black, with a lovely four-finger light tan head that is both dense and pillowy. Great retention and lacing.
S -- Very fragrant. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, barley, and hints of coffee and brandied raisin.
T -- Coppery upfront, building to very robust bakers chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.
F -- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation and aftertaste
O -- Anchor's best mass market offering, for sure.

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Photo of Yoann
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug
A - Very dark with reddish brown reflections and a yellow foam, looks like coffee
S - Smoky malts reinforcing that coffee impression
T - Still the same
M - Not very carbonated which fits the style
O - Nice porter with strong aromas!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/22/17:

Dark reddish brown and mostly opaque, with light shining through around edges. Mocha-colored rocky foam head of superb retention, and speckled, splotchy lacing. Nose consists of roast, toast, caramel or toffee, light chocolate, nuttinesss, a slight dark fruit tartness. To palate, dark fruit tartness and sweetness, a little chocolate and smoke and roast, some booze, with finish of nuts, roast, and a pinch of cinnamon. Full-bodied, syrupy with sloshy and sudsy and gulpy carbonation, semi-astringent.

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Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, nice tan frothy head that sticks to the glass. I get a unique aroma, almost like a red wine crossed with Whoppers candy. In the flavor, very sweet right off the bat. Then you get some bitterness and a lightly roasted dark malt. This beer tastes a lot like a red wine with dextrose and roasted malt. Again, unique. The feel, is, medium thin body, but slightly creamy. A little below average carbonation, and very dry. Overall, I like it, and I'll revisit it because it is different than the other porters I've had, but I wouldn't necessarily say better.

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Photo of vinicole
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mahogany. Thin and dissipating dark tan head.
Rich fruit cake and coffee aroma.
Initial sweetness followed by a mildly bitter caramelised sugar taste. Stone fruits present.
Lightly carbonated with a soft feel.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, with a creamy tan head. Streak lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and toffee. Hints of licorice and dark chocolate. The flavor is herbal sweet, and is similar to the aroma. A bit of hops bitterness in the finish. An excellent beer overall.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely an American porter. Even though it has a lot of malty, chocolate and coffee notes, it also has a higher amount of hoppiness than the porters in Europe.
Nevertheless, and excellent brew that I'd recommend to anyone!

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Photo of Gardendk
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a massive light brown head. Very rich coating

S: Fresh. light coffee.

T: Differs from the smell. Dark and fruity. Some hints of nuts. Taste is strong in the beginning but replaced somewhat fast by nice bitterness in the end.

M: Light and fresh mouth feel. Not what I expected from a porter. Somewhat bubbly

O: I confess I am not a big fan of porters, I'd rather go directly to the stouts if I want a dark beer. But this is an exception. I would recommend it to anyone willing to take the step to "the dark side" and try a porter. Definitely a beer I will buy agin

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking to try this one for awhile. Bought a six pack and enjoyed this on Christmas eve. Enjoyed it for sure. May write more later. Glad that beer can ship far distances. Ha ha.

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Photo of Travis_B93
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love everything about it, the flavor the smell the after, didnt get to pour it so kind of sad about that but i imagine it looks as good as it tastes and smells. Great stuff very much recommend.

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Photo of craigmorris74
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful porter that tastes and feels more like an English style ale than modern American variants. Anchor porter is malt-forward and incredibly smooth and rich. A porter that you can have two or three of after a hard days work.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.94/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just so many porters out there that I like much more, if u like the standard dry taste & feel of Anchor Steam, the this porter may be right up your alley.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle, Bristol Beer Shop - Pours jet black with a large tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight bready feel at the back. Taste - sweet, richness, dark chocolate, light smoke/ash feel, dark fruitd, light dry bitter finish. Well balanced with a nice richness in the taste.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

35cl bottle

Appearance: black with beautiful beige head. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, woody, a very nice blend.

Taste: same as the smell with an extra slightly fruity note, like cherry or grape. Bitter chocolate, a bit smoked wood, coffee. Delicious. I didn't find it sweet at all.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry, with a bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: my first American Porter ever, and a really great one. Found it very similar in every aspect to Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a $10.99 make a 6-pack from Foodland
Dark black color
Smell of mollasses
Medium carbonation
Heavy mouthfeel
Rich chocolate, coffee, toffee taste
Overall a very enjoyable beer to sip on to enjoy the flavors.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good deep brown color here, you get similarities to the cherry coke head on the top at 2/3". Aroma of roasted and brown malt, chinook and cascade hops.

Taste hits a chewy mouthfeel, more coffee malt notes, brown malt, c hops. Its reliable. Some nutty aspect to it. its like they were able to use oats and smooth it out nicely. Relatively light mouthfeel for everything going on in here.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque beer with a fluffy, light brown head. The beer leaves a curtain of lacing on the glass. The aroma is amazingly complex. I can pick out the nice roasted malts and sweetness but at times I get a wisp of smoke, raisins, figs, nuttiness, cocoa and fresh roasted coffee. The taste is the same as the nose with all of those flavors appearing in a super balanced way with the roast and raisin hitting the most for me. There is a nice hop and char bitterness at the end. The carbonation is amazing and makes this thing feel super creamy when you drink it. This is an amazing porter.

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Photo of Ferb
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a delicious porter that borders on stout flavors and intensities, especially in the darkness of the color and the heavy roast. Like Anchor Steam Beer, it manages to fit within the category but have it's own character that, compared to more balanced English porters like Samuel Smith's Taddy and St.Peter's, Old Style Porter, comes off as exuberant, or brash. It is one of the reasons I like porter so much, in that there are so many variations (without added flavors) within the style.

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Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a rapidly rising 2 finger khaki head. An outstanding smelling porter. Carries a much earthier, almost root-like black licorice element. The taste follows this profile, having a much less sweet profile than most porters, and relying on a similar licorice and toasted malt profile as the nose. The backend of the palate is a strong bitter note. Mouthfeel is appropriately thick and creamy. Overall, an exceptional beer, and a great change of pace from the trends of newer porters.

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Photo of g_rat
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: jet black, thin kakhi head tha dissipates slowly

Smell: toasted bread, caramel, slight smokey coffee notes

Taste: tastes quite different than it smells. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, dried fruits (raisins and figs come to mind), bitter coffee finish with a hint of tobacco

Feel: pretty smooth, somewhat sticky, above average carbonation for a porter

Overall: great beer, easy to drink, pretty complex flavoring. I definitely want to review this again

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Photo of Jaypeajus
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2nd Anchor offering. Into a pint glass at 50 degrees. Rich deep dark brown pour with light khaki mid soapy/creamy head. Smells great! Decadent toffee malts and roasted goodness. Yeasty, almost boozy bread smell. Tastes great too! Tons of lacing BTW. dark creamy chocolate on tongue, malts..everything listed in description. Feels quite smooth, creamy but not from over sweetness. Thin at first but as the full body rests in my mouth it seems to thicken up with a bit of warmth. Overall a great porter! A forgotten style for me lately as I've been drinking Imperial Stouts and IPAs, but this is a great beer to just enjoy.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oh man this is pretty good. Has kind of a unique smell to it that reminds me of red twizzlers, also makes me think of some of the British beers I've had. Tasting notes remind me of chocolate, caramel, cola, dark coffee, and char. Very faint hints of alcohol. A little bit of lingering bitterness in the finish. Gets sweeter and the bitterness goes away as it warms. I bought quite a few porters recently and most were disappointing, but I am enjoying this one. Every beer I have tried from this company thus far has been good. Served in a tulip glass.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.79 (10 pct. off for 6-pack deal)
Purchased: May 4, 2016
Consumed: May 19, 2016
Misc.: Bottled on Dec. 14, 2015

Can’t remember ever enjoying an Anchor beer and I don’t expect that to change with this porter, but I’ll keep trying.

Poured a mahogany color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Average spotty lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled roasty malts, sticky toffee, spoiled dark plum, fig, raisins, hints of roasted nuts, dry chocolate, rough molasses, cocoa and unknown hops. Almost reminded me more of a dry stout. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted better than the nose and more like a porter. Got roasty malts, bitter dry chocolate malt, dry cocoa, dark plum, raisins, hints of dark fig, charred molasses, toast, muted black coffee, dark toffee and unknown generic hops that you find in cheap-ass beer (thinking DieselPunk Porter). (Taste - 3.75)

Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Might have underrated this slightly overall, but just slightly. Maybe the best Anchor beer I’ve had though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

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