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 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

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Ratings: 3,695 |  Reviews: 1,549
Photo of gskitt
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of CoreyCramer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: brownish black, leaning more towards black. Tan half finger head that whittles down to big bubbles.

S: chocolate, cherries, dates, caramel

T: semi-sweet chocolate pours in with a light hoppy finish. Slightly astringent.

M: Medium with medium carbonation

O: Rich and intense, yet not as exciting as I hoped it would be. I love Anchor Steam and Old Foghorn, but won't be dropping into this port(er) again soon.

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Photo of Jammies
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep brown, almost black with a thin layer of foam that quickly dissipates

S- a deep nutty smell

T- deep smoky flavor but still sweet

M- thin, yet a little bit creamy

O- I'm not a resident porter expert, but this seems to be just average.

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Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of gkunkle
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color, even when held up to light I can barely see any light through it. Head is about one finger tall, off white in color, head recedes to a patchy film, leaving a few strings of lacing. Smell is of rich sweet malts, and dark fruit. Taste follows the same path of being rich and sweet without much roasted character. On the front of my to hue I get dark fruit, I also get some toffee, just a subtle touch of roasty flavor in the finish. I am not a frequent porter drinker, but my usual is Black Butte Porter, which seems colpletely different to me, they seem to be to different stylistic approaches. I do like this interpretation of the porter by anchor though. If you crave a strong, deep sweet beer with less emphasis on the roasted flavors, this is the one for you.

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Photo of army01
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of RyanCoonan
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of chapcat
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Steamer2012
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Mappies
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of BadLemur
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jkrich
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavy and thick looking pour from a 12 oz. bottle: nearly black and opaque looking with a creamy, slowly receding beige head.

Quite aromatic with pungent, dark fruit, brown sugar with a wine-like quality; sort of reminds me of Fuller's porter.

This is very quaffable and refreshing while maintaining a complex flavor profile. A very nice, subdued roastiness is followed by semi-sweet chocolate with a pleasant caramel in the aftertaste as well as hints of butterscotch. There is a faint bite of hop bitterness that keeps it quite refreshing.

Surprisingly light-bodied with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is clean and somewhat short-lived, but this is part of the incredible drinkability of the porter.

While not the most complex of porters, this brewery created an interesting, sessionable porter with lots of character and nuances of flavor. I am sad it has taken me so long to try it.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It appeared light brown in color with a small white head. It smelled of cocoa beans. It tasted of cocoa beans but a bit lighter kind of like a brooklyn brown ale. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall a good beer but in my amateur opinion it is an over rated beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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