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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 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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Photo of MelissaJ
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A Looks how it should. Very dark brown, tan head, spotty lacing

S bready, and vanilla with light coffee, toffee, and chocolate notes, but the aroma is weak.

T bready malts, vanilla, slightly coffee and chocolate finishes with a sour fruity flavor, maybe a little citrus.

M Doesn't stick to your mouth but feels like it has a full-er body. For a porter, though, the body is not that thick.

O Very good porter. It has a good balance and interesting aroma and taste profile.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Actually, it looks about like what a porter should look like. Pitch black head. Off white head. Thick and frothy head.

Doesn't smell great. Weak and soapy.

Taste was, um different? Cheap blush wine, possibly bad merlot. I don't feel malt at all. Odd. Light like wine.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of zoso1967
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anchor porter pours a deep dark brown and has a light tan head. The head was quite ample with a moderate pour and it has great retention and leaves plenty of lace on the sides of my pint glass.

The aroma is pretty classic with coffee and bitter chocolate notes from roasted malt marrying with some molasses, toffee and caramel. It also has a slightly yeasty or bready character to it.

The flavor has a lot more emphasis on the molasses and caramel malts than it does on the roasted ones. The roasty coffee character is present and comes though near the end, but up front it is much more about a caramelized sweetness.

The mouthfeel is squarely medium in body with a bit more carbonation than I would prefer in this style. Still, it is not way out of whack or anything. The finish is sweet, yet slightly astringent.

This beer is a solid porter, but nothing to write home about. I could find many better examples of the style and also better offerings from Anchor.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured dark brown black into a tall glass with a tall foamy yellow/tan head. Lacing remained on glass.

Smell: Roasted dark grains, coffee, and lots chocolate. Definitely smell cocoa nibs.

Taste: Tasty chocolate malts giving coffee and chocolate flavors. Can definitely taste some of the hops, though very complimentary. Definitely a tasty porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation in the mouth. Aftertaste reveals the hops. Not creamy, but still good.

Overall: One of the top Porters there is. Always enjoy this one when I get the chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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