Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,691 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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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Stone IRS snifter...

A - Pours a deep brown (almost black) with a two finger khaki head. Head retention is not the best, but there is a nice amount of lace to be had...

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruit, and good dose of carmael. Smells pretty sweet...

T - Roasted malts and chocolate up front. Caramel follows and sticks around to the end. Also pick up a subtle hop bitterness and some lingering chocolate in the finish. Caramel is definitely prominate here though...

M - A tad thin. On the lighter side of being medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Pretty solid porter. Nice to see a porter that doesn't have an overwhelming amount of roast dominating. Definitely something I see myself buying again in the future...


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4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Generous khaki head reduces to a substantial cap. Crazy amounts of lacing. The lighting isn’t the best right now, but I’m not picking up any other hues other than black.

S: Some caramel, roasted malt. Sort of a balsamic or malt vinegar thing which concerns me a bit.

T: Okay, nothing to be concerned about. It’s delicious. None of the vinegar from the nose is present. Chocolate and dark fruit are upfront with some grassy/semi-floral hops and biscuit throughout the rest.

M: Smooth as silk. Very high drinkability. Both body and carb are on the low-end of medium.

O: A classic. Takes more cues from porters that I’ve had previously that were considered English style than the roastier/hoppier American take.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint glass.

a - pours dark brown with faint red highlights on the edges. gave me a thin cap of tan head that calmed to a thin film. nice leggy lacing in the glass.

s - worcestershire, molasses, faint chocolate.

t - nice roasty malt character with mik chocolate overtones. has enough hop character to counter what might otherwise be cloyingly sweet malts. has a fairly pronounced bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a bit. also has the dark and musty quality that i look for in porters.

m - full bodied, medium carbonation, finer co2 profile. thick like a milkshake but never syrupy.

o - quite enjoyable and an excellent example of the style. should be on every beer lovers must try list.

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

Anchor never seems to fail me. Poured a black, minimal light around the edges. Scent to me was overwhelmingly of chocolate milk and cocoa, fruity as well. Taste was pleasant, milk chocolate, ripe fruits, only the slightest but of hops and char. All very subtle. Mouthfeel was thin, drinkable, and enjoyable. Overall, a really nice porter.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,691 ratings.
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