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 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a near pitch black with light penetrating only the thinnest of edges. The head is a caramel color, between 1 and 2 fingers thick, good retention, and the resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Sweet, toffee malts. A touch of caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots toffee with notes of caramel, followed and balanced by a grassy, bitter hop which fades into the aftertaste. Simple, but flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Light, but exceptionally creamy.

Overall - Is this a porter? It tastes more like an Extra Special Bitter; more akin to Hobgoblin and Old Thumper than Black Butte and Pipeline Porter. Had they labeled this an ESB, a better overall score would definitely be warranted. It's a damn impressive beer, but as a porter? It's a touch off.

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Photo of Keffa
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my LFDM tulip.

A: Pours pitch black, 3 fingers of tan head, smaller bubbles, but leaves lacing everywhere and takes forever to settle into a small full cap. Lacing holds on for what seems like forever. Beautiful beer.

S: Whoa, definitely not what I'm expecting from the color. Sweet bread, toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes at the front, followed by a slightly earthy hop. Not a whole lot to the aroma, but what is there is solid.

T: Wow. Follows the nose to a t, but adds in a lightly roast and coffee, and has a much more pronounced earthiness to it. It also has a slightly minty note to it. No ABV hints. Really, really, solid.

M: Nice body, surprisingly lighter than the color suggests, creamy carbonation, lingering finish. Very nice.

O: A damned good beer. I'm going to have to get an Edmund and another bottle of this and do a side-by-side. I honestly think this might be my favorite porter to date.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ah, the elusive anchor porter. finally got my hands on this mother fucker in my home market of northern VA. been hunting for longer than most im sure. 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: pretty much pitch black. head is thick and very light brown. good retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: aroma starts with plenty of sweet, cotton candy-like sugar sweetness. minor notes of licorice. star anise. minor coffee/burnt aromas as well. but this one is mostly about the sweet sugars.

T: roast and chocolate, but not bitter, definitely sweet. the lingering flavor reminds me a little of anchor steam. not sure if the same yeast strand is used for both brews, but i wouldnt be too surprised to hear that. slight bitter chocolate linger in the finish.

M: mild/moderate carbonation on a medium body. works great.

D: this is a great drinking porter. just enough bitterness and sweetness to have a presence, but still super easy drinking beer. like i stated above, both the roast and sweet factor work great with each other and deliver just enough of each.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of alexipa
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours as black as night with a dark brown frothy head. The appearance reminded me of the first beer I ever brewed, trying to make it brown but failing miserably. Smells complex and great: lots of fruit, chocolate, even some hops coming through.

As soon as I tasted it I knew I wouldn't get through it. It's got a heavy mouth feel, yet it's over-carbonated to the point of being bubbly. Taste is extremely one-note and boring. I guess I'd say it's chocolatey with some coffee, followed up by aluminum. Not pleasant.

I drank about 1/4 of the bottle and poured the rest down the drain. It's drinkable, but I was in the mood for something better.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle dated February 2, 2012 into a nonic pint glass.

The body is pretty dark with lots of ruby coming through on the bottom of the glass. Light brown head.

Smells like a bouquet of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and has a slight alcohol presence.

Didn't really get any chocolate in the nose but I pick it up on the palate along with some coffee, dark fruit and hops.

Medium body and carbonation.

I'm not a big porter type of guy, but man, this is darn tasty and rivals Black Butte for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MaximalC
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with an ample, frothy tan head. Lacing clings to glass in large swaths. Mild aroma is a mix of chocolate, caramel, and floral hops. Flavor is a mellow blend of the above, with bitter chocolate really coming through in the finish. The taste of roasted malt lingers stickily on the lips. I'm also noticing a metallic flavor that I don't recall the last time I had this. A bit of warming up may be in order reveal the full flavor profile. Warming does indeed reveal some dark fruit and alcoholic warmth. On the whole, this is a very drinkable, balanced porter with a delicious finish to boot. A quality offering from Anchor.

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Photo of denver10
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a 2 thumbs width mocha head. Good lacing A fantastic aroma; very unaggressive but very distinct. Some roasted barley, chocolate, dark fruit, and sugar. One of the best smelling porters I have so far come across. A sweet and rich flavor that aroma totally hinted was coming. Chocolate and caramel, some dark fruit, creamy, with a great roasted finish. A nice creamy medium bodied mouthfeel to this. Move over Black Butte Porter, there's a new porter in town! Shouldn't have slept on this one for as long as I have, this is a wonderful beer and perhaps the best porter I have been privileged to have so far tried.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of EricCioe
2.34/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

This was the best looking beer of the bunch, very dark brown with a rich looking head. On the nose the dominant notes were vanilla, overall malt sweetness, and something like prunes, though they were all faint. In the mouth those same flavors stood out more and it was overall an unpleasant experience. Where is the roast and chocolate? The body is thin with a slightly sour note like Guinness Extra Stout, with something like vinegar creeping in, too.

Overall, everyone was disappointed with this one. It was the consensus 5th out of 6 pick. I had never had it before and I was expecting a great deal more from Anchor.

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