Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

1,540 Reviews
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.

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Reviews: 1,540 | Ratings: 3,666
Photo of marc77
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Virtually opaque, but a tinge of deep garnet around the edges is discernible. The initially thick, beige head settles into a moderate, but very dense & lace leaving layer. A combination of sharp, black patent & mellow chocolate malt hits the nose at first. Light fruitiness, toffee & dark caramelized sugar ensue, & become more pronounced as the beer warms. Deeply roasted black patent & chocolate malt dominate the flavor at first, but quickly give way to dark crystal malt sweetness & well formulated hop bitterness. The body is relatively full for a porter and almost rich, while the mouthfeel is dextrinous, but not cloying at all. Finishes bittersweet due to the combination of roasted grain bitterness & unfermented sugars and dextrins. Anchor Porter straddles the boundary betweenn a robust porter and stout... I've forgotten how good this is. I was lucky to get a well - handled 2 month old six - pack, however. Anchor does not travel well.

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Photo of MTMugs
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at a picnic today...22oz. bottle. Nice and dark with a great foamy head! Good body, smooth and light enough to drink on a hot day. Definitely not as heavy as other porters I've had but definitely a good solid coffee taste. Definitely will go back for more.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. Great rich malt flavors I taste, chocolate/toffee/coffee, a sure thing for me when I want a solid porter. I would recommend this to anybody who likes porters, a staple in my refridgerator.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful black colour with a creamy brownish head that laces its way down glass. Pleasant toffee and light coffee aromas find thier way to your nose. Very deep and nearly-heavy body ride lazily across the tongue with a faint carbonation. Very rich and creamy malt flavors taste of toasty, if not burnt, caramels and toffees. This brew goes down smooth and easy. Excellent to relax with.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good porter. Pours very dark brown to black color, with a small tan head. Not much carbonation. The beer has a distinctly porter malt aroma - roasted barley, chocolate malt, etc. It's a little sweet, and somewhat complex. Not as hoppy as I expected. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Wildman
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a very dark color. Formed a nice dark tan head with little lace(may have to adjust my frig's temp). Nice aroma of malt and coffee to it. The taste of it was quite interesting. Had not only the elements of coffee to it, but the flavor associated with it, toffee. It gives it an interesting finish. Well worth checking out for fans of dark beers.

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Photo of stoutman
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is black in color with a rich, creamy head and an aroma of roasted malt and some hops. It offers a mellow roasted malt flavor with medium body. Mingled flavors of sweet fruit, caramel, licorice, smoke, and hops.

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Photo of Murph
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice tan head that stays nicely. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, and some chocolate. Nice coffee and chcocolate flavors are the first to hit the tongue with a nice roasted malt background. Very creamy and very drinkable. This is a very good porter, definitely recommended.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.11/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is almost black with a nice dense brown head. Pretty sweet aroma for a porter. Seem to get a little acetic smell. Upon tasting, I find no acetic (vinegar) taste present. That's a good sign. I do find some pleasurable tastes. Sweet chocolate, molasses and hints of bittersweet chocolate and java. It seems like the sweet notes override the bitter notes in this porter. Or maybe they just don't blend correctly. But I've had many a better porter than this. It is not bad by any means, but I prefer more hop notes and roasted quality and bitter tones.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big ol' beer, rich, full and rewarding. Sweet dark malt aroma, pleasing dark tan head. Roasty, smoky flavor with trademark American-stout-style hop oiliness. I got hints of grasses, greens, and herbs. This might sound odd but I thought it excellently complemented the aftertaste of the dark green vegetables I had earlier in the evening - beans & peppers. Would like to try it while nibbling on crisp fresh pea pods. Nourishing and authoritative, with a wonderful burnt finish.

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

Presentation: 12oz short brown. No freshness date.

Appearance: Black in colour with dark brown hues on the edges. A very creamy tan lace retains well.

Smell: Sweet toffee, caramel and light coffee. Faint alcohol is present also.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy, semi chewy mouth feel from a hefty malt back bone of grain, malt sweetness, light burnt malt and rounded caramel. Hop bitterness is just enough to balance out the malt a bit. The after taste is fading burnt caramel and toffee.

Notes: Rich yet not overwhelming, a porter to reckon with in drinkability ... it gets very addictive.

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Photo of aracauna
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Porter and it definitely encouraged me to try more, of course one of my beer philosophies is the blacker the better. The porter's close parentage of the stout shows through in this dark roasty beer with hints of espresso and dark chocolate. Fine beer

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head forms deeply, settles at 3/4 of an inch. Dark, dark color, lets dang little light through. Sweet aroma. Dense mouthfeel, very nice milk chocolate/vanilla malt notes. Nothing fleeting, sweet and increasingly roasty malt presence front to back. Hops were very understated to me, just barely present. I have no idea what the Brit's blended Porters tasted like in the 1800s but I do like the taste of the recipes used by the revival American craft brewers like Anchor.

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Photo of inebrius
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black with deep-red edges. Slight roasty nose. Bittering hop finish lingers on the back of the tongue. If I were in the mood for a porter I would not spend considerable time looking for this one.

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Photo of John
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic porter flavors; full, rich body, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Subtle hop aroma and flavor in the finish. A bit expensive here in NY though.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
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