Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,689 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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4.12/5  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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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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4.5/5  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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A- generous tan head with incredibly persistent lacing down the glass. void black with absolutely nothing but, even on the edge of the glass.

S- ripe fruit up front with a small detection of cinnamon. dark malt all around.

T- fruitiness up front with an alcoholic kick. little bit of hops with a perfect amount of roasted malt that lingers and is more than welcome to stay, absurdly balanced.

O- one of the best beers on the market, and perhaps the best porter.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,689 ratings.
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