Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
3,699 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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled Oct 17th 2011.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass with a 2 finger foamy slightly tanned head. Taking a couple minutes to fade away it retreats to the rim of the glass. No real lacing.

S: Strong aroma of dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Very full aroma. Hints of dark fruits as well. Spot on for a porter.

T: Starts off with dark fruit, followed by some coffee and roasted malt. Even some slight hop is noticeable toward the end. Very well balanced.

M: Creamy mouthfeel that is a little on the thin side. Still not as watery as most porters. Easy drinking and not too filling.

Overall certainly a classic porter that helps define the style. This one in particular was a little older and had more pronounced dark fruits than coffee.

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

A- Dark black with a small tan head in a pint glass. Some brown at edges when held to light.

S- Bitter, coffee, alcohol. Slightly sweet. Some oatiness.

T- Alcohol upfront, with sweet and roasty dark malts to finish. Some bitterness in the end.

M- Medium-bodied and quite smooth. Slight bitter afterfeel.

O- A very strong porter and one of the better widely available beers of the type.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Pint Mug from a bottle sold in Buffalo, NY.

A- Dark, Coca-Cola colored. When held to the light, ruby red sides are visible. A thick, creamy finger-width head stays with good retention.

S- Scent wise this isn't huge, but there are roasts, that malty backbone, and maybe just a hint of cherry or fruit.

T- Wow. Anchor really did something original with this Beer. It is distinctive. Deep roasted malts are perfectly balanced with notes of dark fruits and chocolate. I'm really liking the mix on this one. There isn't any flavor that dominates. The roast is prominent. Some slight burnt flavors are nicely balanced with just a bit of sweetness. Little bit of coffee, and you can notice a bit of chocolate, but mainly the roasts and malts which are really well blended.. A bit of hops peeks out at the end.

M- Great mouthfeel. Slightly thin, but that complements the flavors. Good carbonation. A little chewy and creamy, with a lingering finish.

O- Very happy with this. It was understated, and subtle, but very full bodied and drinkable. You can really taste the craftsmanship on this. Just enough fizz to keep me interested. Buy it.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,699 ratings
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