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Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2001

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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.

Overall: A-

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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark-chocolate black, with just a hint of brown through the light. A foamy dark cream colored head sits on top and slowly dissipates. Light sticky lacing stays on the glass. The beer smells of raisins, bitter chocolate, and roasted malts. It tastes delicious: a sweet raisin note hits first and washes over burnt malts and bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer several times. I LOVE this beer. I love everything they make out west, and this one is what got me hooked on Anchor beers. This is their best, though. I am so glad this one is in the book. There are actually several Anchor beers in the book. But we have a fridge full of porter, so tonight I grabbed this one.

In the Glass: It’s thick, dark, and has an impressive head. The lace is not thick, but creamy and makes me think of a good root beer. Did you know they make home brew root beer kits? We actually made our first beer from a kit. Sheryl got me a class and everything. It was a ton of fun.

Nose: You get a lot of dark fruit, caramel, salt, and some bitter sweetness on the nose. It makes me think porter, that’s for sure. Like all the beer we drink, it’s right out of the fridge. As this beer heats up, it will get better on the nose and the plate.

Flavor: The beer slides across the palate with a smooth, silky motion. Then you are hit with the sweetness as you begin to swallow. The aftertaste is dry, sweet, and has a bit of tang. That tang isn’t the booze, as this has a very low ABV IMO. But the flavor in the aftertaste sticks around and makes this beer special.

Mouthfeel: As the beer moves from the tip of the tongue through the back of the throat, you get like fifteen things going on. It’s unreal. The mouthfeel is enough. I don’t need the flavor with a mouthfeel like this.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is sweet at first, then gets deep and dark… almost like eating some dark chocolate. As this beer heats up, the flavors explode on the palate and the darker and deeper the aftertaste gets. It’s unreal. I just love this beer. I am normally not a fan of porter, but this one is at the top of my list.

I have been to San Fran, but never to the brewery. Maybe we need a 1001 Bottles field trip. Care to join us? Bottoms up people!

Anchor Porter - The bottle says: “San Francisco’s famous Anchor Porter rand is made in one of the smallest and most traditional brewer s in the world by brewers of Anchor Steam. Our old-fashioned porter is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. We use 100% malted barley, generous amounts of fresh, whole hops entirely natural carbonation and a simple, natural rewind process which is like no other in the world. The deep black color, the thick, creamy head and the intensely rich flavor of Anchor Porter, made in San Francisco since 1974, have earned this delicious and unique brew a worldwide reputation for outstanding quality. It is aesthetically pleasing and wholly superior in every respect.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top 10 desert island beers for me. Pours perfect opaque in a nonic glass, with a oatmeal colored foamy head. Superb notes of roasted chocolate malt and hop bitterness with each sip. A truly world-class artisan beer in every sense of the word. If you have not had one, go get it!

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,713 ratings
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