Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,684 Ratings
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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours pitch black with abundant head. The head appears chewy and creamy and produces big air bubbles within. The lacing is abundant as well and sticks to the glass in thick patches. A beautiful looking beer. I am beginning to appreciate Anchor beers for their appearance alone.

The aroma is deep, chocolate and caramel malt with coffee drifting in and out.

Tastewise, the beer has a bit of smokiness, sweetness reminiscent of maple, and coffee and bitter chocolate undertones hit the palate towards the end. The beer drinks smoothly and has a good creaminess to it, with little to no bitterness.

I am once again impressed by Anchor Brewing and find they have made a great porter. This is one I'd encourage all to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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

One of the best easily available porters on the market today.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Simple but quite satisfying.

This has to be one of the most drinkable porters. Roasty malt, a tiny bit of smoke, chocolate, and caramel all play together really nicely. Anchor clearly knows what they are doing.

This is is medium bodied, fairly hefty for the lower ABV, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A real classic and one of my favorite straightforward porters.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Private_Beer_Tongue
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I Just Cannot see anyone not liking this Porter, everything happening about this beer is just done right, silky, Rasiny sweet perfectly balanced bitterness beautiful head on the pour, this is one of my weekly "Staple" brews I cannot go a week without it!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of FLima
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this back again more carefully.
Deep black color with a thick caramel three finger head with great retention and leaving laces. Hard to beat.
Nice aroma of roasted malts, wood, piney hops, molasses and dark fruits.
Very original flavor, quite hoppy for the style but fits perfectly. Notes of earthy hops, coffee, pine, molasses, pepper, plums and licorice. Hints of dark chocolate, oak and soy sauce. Smooth dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Classic beer. This is an improved porter, more complex, flavorful, and hoppy but still smooth. Highly recommended.

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3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured straight into pint glass, appearance looks like the standard porter.

Smell was unattractive to me at first, it was very different from porters I usually taste or enjoy. To me, the aroma is metallic, fruits, and butter.

This porter is livid with fruit, strong flavors of plum and dates. Lasting impression of blueberry and plum once the beer is swallowed. Very different from the typical porter and definitely took me by surprise.

Thin bodied for a porter, goes down easy. Body is like a juicey feel, not too thick but is downed easy enough.

Definitely an unexpected beer, looks like a porter but the elements of fruit definitely is enough to make it not a porter in my opinion. Depending on your tastes, you might like the change.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of KYGunner
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ain't no ruby hue here, this Porter is jet black and had an immensely thick head that crowned above the glasses edge.

The scent has dried fruits such as prune and plum but there's a mahogany woodsy scent as well. Deep cherry couples with chocolatey malts giving the chocolate covered cherry aroma a nice ease.

The flavor is thick and full with deep chocolatey undertones. Dried fruit sweetness, prunes and cherry, cover the malt flavors. The flavors are hefty and alive and make this a superior Porter.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,684 ratings.
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