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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Anchor Porter combines very thin body with low aromatic profile with very strong roastiness. So, it is very drinkable at the first sips, but it becomes a pain later in the evening when you lose all interest in the mouth feel and only the roast persists. Totally unremarkable product that I won't drink again.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with a dense, creamy light tan head. Toffee and chocolate scents; a hint of vanilla; toasted grains. Creamy and velvety smooth on the tongue; medium-heavy body. Deep, soothing milk chocolate malt and grain flavors with a tingling hop bitterness sneaking up at the finish.

I seldom find this beer in Colorado Springs, so this is the one west coast beer I picked up while otherwise loading up on some New England regional beers. I'm very glad I did, because this palate pleaser brought back memories of this classic beer that I haven't enjoyed in five or more years. Rich and satisfying throughout, complexity and depth galore, this is one “meaty” yet very drinkable dark ale.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep black with 2 fingers of head

S - cream and sour chocolate

T - full flavor, sour and peppery notes of malt stand out

M - fils up the mouth, taste mellows as it sits in your mouth

O - not as sweet as many porters I've tasted, but enjoyed the sour and peppery flavor

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. A shit ton of head is formed - it's three fingers high, and light tan in shade. It's also pretty long lasting, with a rocky texture and some great lacing left behind.

S: There's actually a lot going on here. The very first thing I notice is some plummy dark fruits and some chocolate. Backing that is a healthy yet subtle hop note. And there's also a decent amount of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. It's not the biggest nose ever, but who cares? It's contemplative and inviting nonetheless.

T: The very first sip is chocolaty. The second sip is fruitier in tone yet with a hoppy finish. The third sip sees the hops mingle with the subtle roast to create a great coffee flavor. Some licorice flavors also appear. It's not suffocatingly complex; rather all the flavors are quite defined and readily noticeable...making its delicate balance all the more impressive.

M: Drinkability is the key here: it's light in body and dry on the back end, with only a touch of lingering sweetness. Carbonation is actually pretty low, allowing said sweetness to appear.

O: This is probably the best robust (hoppy) porter I've had. Everything's in good balance, yet the flavors stand out quite well. I could see this becoming a go-to porter.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured two and half fingers of head on the darkest brown colored body.
The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, candy corn and a little burnt wood.
The taste is roasted malt, touch of coffee and a little vanilla at the finish. Nicely balanced.
The texture is fizzy and crisper with moderate carbonation.
Well done.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,713 ratings
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