Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
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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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Single brewer tasting session on agt´12. (Enjoyed many times in the past). Pure black, very dark brown to the light. Light brown froth creates a creamy & lasting crown. Roasted malt, caramel malt, toffee & ripe dark fruit aromas with coffee hues. Black malts at firs sip followed by bitter cocoa & dried dark fruits. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Hops in the middle & astringent roasted malts provide a dry finish. Burnt candies in the aftertaste. Flavorful & delightful.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is unlike any porter you will ever try. The coffee and chocolate portions we've come to expect are all there, but this one feels so much creamier and tastes a little bit fruitier or something. Much like the brewery's flagship beer, this one is hard to compare anything to. It's so smooth and so unique - a must for all beer lovers!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark brown with deep red highlights when held to light, nice tan head and thick lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and light coffee and chocolate. Medium mouth feel, roasted malts, dark fruit and light caramel, but all fairly subtle. Finish is slightly bitter, but smooth. A really well balanced, decent low abv porter. A slight metallic flavor on the finish, otherwise well done

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/6/12

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity around the edges - average sized, off-white head - fades to a little cap and a nice ring, leaves tons of spots

Smell: Roasty and sweet - roasted malts, with some sweetened dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, and dark fruits - almost smells like a some kind of dark Belgian ale, sans any Belgian yeast - raisins and figs, not exactly typical for an American Porter

Taste: Interesting with some dark and lighter notes - roasty malts with some chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and sugar - dark fruits, mostly raisins and figs - some bitterness to round things out, but mostly sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, easy to drink

Overall: Good, but not what I expected

Considering the rich history of Anchor Brewing, I anticipated that this would be a more typical American Porter. Instead, this is quite weird. It's got a lot of sweetness, and a lot of dark fruits. Too sweet for what I'm looking for in a porter, but I'm glad I tried this.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smack in the middle of good, I would definitely drink it again. Quite light and sessionable, though a bit like a room missing a few accent pieces.

STYLE: American Porter

ABV: 5.6%

LOOK: Typically black with an atypical reddish hue. A lightly carbonated, condom-sized foam oyster settles in the middle, khaki on the outer edge and darker khaki in the middle. Yes, it’s thin – about right for the style.

NOSE: Reminds me of a less complex Belgian Quad. Dark fruit, primarily raisin and currants. Also honey and vanilla, though they aren’t manning the ship.

MOUTH: Follows the nose. Dark fruit with a puppy-like bite. It slips quietly, almost effortlessly, down my throat. That little nip lingers on the front of my tongue, a touch of coffee and charcoal that comes, I think, from the roasted malts. I can see myself drinking a few these in early December – gearing up for the holidays and the fuller, more complex brews that come with the season.

Beeradvocate Rating: 92

Hayward Abbey Rating: 84

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 3,695 ratings
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