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

A – Great, light khaki head. Great ace and retention. Dark, almost black with cola highlights.

S – Well balanced nose of chocolate, cherry pits, and malt.

T – Cocoa, malt and hazelnut with a raisiny fruit center. Grape-nut cereal backend, with a fantastic dry finish.

M – Medium body with a semisweet finish.

O – A great porter, one of my favorites.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown. Then head melts down almost immediately.

S: Not much smell here. If anything, roasted malts.

T: Roasted nuts, strong roasted coffee, roasted malts. Lots more coffee on the backend.

MF: Well carbonated. Goes down easy but has a nice edge to it. Not creamy at all.

Overall: Awesome brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Stateline in MD. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my New Belgium globe.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers plus of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a very long time, over 5 minutes, and leaves lots of spotty lacing on the glass. Looks like a great porter.

s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, toasted malts, bready malts, light coffee, and light chocolate. Roasted malts dominate, but not a ton going on after that. Overall just slight above average.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, toasted malts, bready malts, light chocolate, light coffee, and light cream and vanilla. Better than the nose, with the raisins and other dark fruits.

m - Pretty thin body for a porter and low to moderate carbonation. Would have liked it to be a bit thicker.

o - Overall a pretty decent porter. The nose was pretty much just roasted malts. The taste was a little bit better, but again the body was a bit too thin. Worth trying but not my favorite.

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

A: Very dark brown almost black in color, with a nice 1 finger tan/ light brown head. Some lacing left behind great look.

S: Roasted grains, coffee, and some chocolate. A lot going on here, and very enjoyable.

T: Well its very similar to the aroma... roasted grains with some coffee and chocolate flavors. Also some hops and citrus in the finish. Very impressive.

M: Medium body and very smooth feel. Its almost creamy.

O: Easily one of the best Porters I've ever tasted, I will be enjoying this brew whenever possible.

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Poured into pint glass. Nigh pitch black. Small, but creamy tan head get's sticky with the glass. Smells fruity almost. Can't tell, my nose is plugged up. Taste is full and creamy, a slight tinge of fruity sourness to offset the malt and hops. Very nice porter indeed. Has just the right balance and drinkability. I love the mellow aftertaste left in your mouth after a drink. I'm glad to have finally tried this and will have one again, hopefully from the tap next time.

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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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