Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with a slight hint of red when held up to the light. Giant tan head on first pour. Not getting a huge nose. Some malt on first pour, but faded quickly.

Nice flavor. A bit of burnt taste to the malt. Nice bite at mid-palate. Ends in some bitterness and a nice roasted flavor in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation works well. Nice substance in the mouthfeel.

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Served in tulip. Poured an opaque black with a hint of brown. 1'' tan head with good retention.

Nose was of coffee and sweet chocolate with vanilla and cream in the background

Coffee and chocolate in the foreground with faint fruity notes. Hops come into play on the finish. Very nice dynamic taste that balances even better when warmed.

Carbonation apparent upfront, gives way to more silky taste as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel overall.

Overall a very good porter. A quality brew that is also very sessionable. Very well balanced and indicative of the style.

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Quick review for me this Tuesday afternoon: here we have a California classic, Anchor Porter. Anchor’s a little brewery that pretty much invented the California common style, so I’m excited to try something besides their flagship steam beer.

Brewed just about three months before the date of this tasting (an overly-complex bottle code points to a bottled-on date of December 21, 2011).

A: Pretty damn dark: shining brown, looking a lot like thick black coffee. A finger of fizzy bubbles provide a light tan contrast to the body, though it leaves just a ring around the glass’s edge after a few short seconds of popping bubbles. Little to no lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee creamer are incredibly smooth and milky on this one’s nose. Hot cocoa powder, with hazelnut on the side, leaves it sweet and nutty, with some light mineral scents that help to give this brew a solid English character – Samuel Smith all the way. Some light fruit hops mix in towards the end, but no specific scent really expresses itself.

T: Coffee and roasts, chocolate malt, earthy hazelnut, and piney hop spice dominate up front. The bitters play out the longest, leading to a transition towards an oaky, peppery, almost high alcohol-feeling bite. It’s great – definitely what you want in a porter. Still, a few fruit flavors make their way out, like some pear, some banana, and a hint of tart berry. Flavors expand and tangle with one another throughout every sip, finally bringing the aftertaste to a complex combination of wood/chocolate-hazelnut earthiness and British dry-and-hoppy astringency.

M: Prickly, natural-feeling carbonation that pops on the tongue; somehow, though, the beer moves around like silk down the throat. Interesting and very, very enjoyable; imagine a refreshing and dynamic feel, and that’s exactly what you get.

O: This beer screams complex drinkability: I’d be more than happy to have a session with ol’ Anchor. Roast-lovers, porter-lovers, chocolate-lovers – I could see this beer satisfying them all. Everything about it is a testament to a “kick back and enjoy your day” kind of beer-drinking.

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Overall, I could sit down and drink this all day. Really well made porter all the way around, and I like that it' not too watery.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 3,695 ratings
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