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.

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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Converge
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a pint.

A - Pours a dark brown, and looks black in the glass save for an ever so slight ruby highlight when held to the light. Dense foamy tan cap on top. Excellent head retention, but sub-par lacing considering the dense foamy cap; maybe it's my glass?

S - Mild roasted malt, a touch of coffee and some subtle cocoa. There's a mild fruity note as well, sort of like cherry or cranberry, with some anise and earthy aromas rounding it out. All together, this is a fine smelling brew.

T - Follow the nose beautifully. Subtle cocoa nibs, and some smooth chocolatey notes, moving to a mid-palate coffee and roasted malt, and a distinct touch of something I just can't put my finger on. I want to say cherry and anise, but whatever it is, it adds a very nice touch to a tasty brew to begin with. Mild earthy hops and just the right amount of roast in the finish. As far as porters go, this is freakin' awesome.

M - The mouthfeel on this one is really something different. The flavor profile certainly borders on stout territory, but the mouthfeel pulls it back a bit, with a lighter, and less thick feel on the palate. However, this doesn't detract from the silky smooth texture you get. Fine carbonation throughout, and a weight that feels just perfect.

D - With this review Anchor has become one of my favorite breweries. Everything I've tried from them has been top notch, and this was no exception. Their beers tend to have a really balanced and developed character that I figure can only come from years and years of fine tuning. Because of this all their brews just feel exceptionally drinkable and this porter is exactly that, I could drink this stuff all day. I typically find porters to be a little underwhelming as well, and usually leave me wishing I'd opted for a more robust stout, but not with this one. Great beer.

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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  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Danny1217
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Almost black in color with some brown showing in the light. A nice tan head with good lacing.

S - Very strong licorice smell dominating this one. The weak point of this beer.

T - There is some licorice, as with the smell, but there is also much more going on here. In addition to the licorice there is some dark fruits and coffee, roasted hops, and that familiar anchor brewing flavor.

M - Medium body, maybe a bit on the creamy side. Medium carbonation

O - another good one from Anchor. Actually, the porter might be their best.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark black in color with some light hints of brownish amber at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall pillowy tan head that slowly reduces to a dense patch, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Not the most intense aroma but a quite enticing smell to this beer. There is the expected dark roasted malts but there is also an element of sweetness like from molasses and some moderately strong aromas of licorice/anise.

T: There is a far amount of complexity to the flavor that builds from what is in the smell. The beer starts with some light flavors of dark roasted malts and then the sweeter notes come into play. There are notes of chocolate, molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Finally, there is a quite strong flavor of licorice/anise that lingers.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer has a very nice complexity of smell and taste that makes it very enjoyable. The beer is pretty easy to drink and could easily be sessionable.

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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  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in my effort to review the top 100 beers. This is number 62.

Anchor always mentions their limited brewing in the labels, but I see them everywhere. This used to make me wonder about the quality. Then I finally gave them a chance, and I have been very impressed with what they put out.

This smells really good. I really like the venous and liquor qualities. You almost get some vanillin.

The flavor comes in with a bunch of coffee, and there is a decent amount of bitterness. It is pretty good. I like this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark brown with about an inch of creamy tan head.

The aroma gives of various fruits to start like bananas and berries. Hints of toffee and slight roasted malt linger in the background. Char flavors with some dark coffee on the pallet. A little bit of fruitiness in the background with some cocoa notes.

The body is thick and robust with soft carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy. Overall this one is solid. The aroma seems a bit unusual but it's very tasty. I'll grab this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pitch black; 3/4" of brownish, thick, dense, foamy head; great retention

S - creamy, chocolate, roasty, lightly smoky

T - roasted malts, creamy, faint butterscotch, caramel, hints of candied sugar, burnt chocolate, hints of dark fruit

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very flavorful, easy drinking, very enjoyable porter from Anchor. This is one of the more approachable and complex porters that I have had in a while. It's yet another classic from a great, old school brewery.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

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