Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,678 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 PorterĀ® 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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is black, as it should be, with a very fluffy beige head. The aroma is an inviting mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet malt comes through first in the flavor, with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Dry, oak finish.

Smooth texture, phenomenal balance and flavor, and at only 5.6% ABV, it's not heavy handed. It's beautifully crafted brews like this that make me love porters so much!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle at a Tokyo supermarket, poured into a goblet.

A: Slightly lighter than coffee black, with light penetrance at the bottom of the glass. Large foamy head.

S: Dark malts, fruits, sweetness, slight burnt smoke smell.

T: Creamy sweetness, darker fruit tastes followed by wallop of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness that really lasts!

M: Creamy creamy creamy!

O: Great porter! Packs a ton of flavor into 5.5%. Sweet creaminess really blends well with the strong dark chocolate/coffee bitterness in the finish!

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A: Pours such a deep brown that I have to call it black. There is one full finger of kahki colored head that clings to the glass for dear life. The foam fades normally, but the lacing is ridiculousness.

S: The nose is malt, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, and... aww shucks, I get some sour notes in here. A touch of soy, some dirt, and something that reminds me on an ESB.

T: The tastes follows the nose exactly. I get sweetness up front, a mix of all those flavors, and some sour/bitters on the back end.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's not too think. It coats the palate without overdoing it. Sweet, smooth and creamy in the finish.

O: Decent beer. It's got too much sour/off flavors for a porter. I know this is an industry standard, but I'm just not enjoying this beer. I'm happy to have tried it, but I won't be buying this again anytime soon.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,678 ratings.
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