Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

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Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,207
Reviews:
1,554
Ratings:
3,721
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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Photo of Danny1217
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -8.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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 +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
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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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,721 ratings
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