Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,692 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 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.

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

Very dark, nearly black. Red tint around the edges. Great head and retention. Very nice looking beer.

Dark grain and estery aroma. With a crispness found in most porters I've tried.

Nice flavor. Dark, roasted grain. Coffee in the aftertaste. A slightly bitter finish.

A medium thick mouthfeel appropriate for the style. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Nice.

I recognized this brand, and was in the mood for a porter. I'm not at all disappointed. A nice representation of the style. It hits the spot.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very solid porter, with an especially creamy mouthfeel. Pours extremely dark brown with a tan head that settles to a ring. Nicely balanced aromas of bitter chocolate, cream, and roasted grain. The taste is similar with a slight metallic note and quite a bit of creaminess. Downright silky in the mouth, and with some nice lingering soft bitterness, this is a classic American Porter.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has two fingers of billowy light brown head with ultra fine bubbles. Very good retention. The beer itself is deep brownish black with only a hint of translucency. Thick sheets of lace form all the way down the glass. One good looking porter.

S - A lot more caramel aroma than I am used to getting with a porter. It almost has the smell of a big malty old ale or barleywine. Hints of cocoa and roasted grains. Quite complex.

T - Again, much more caramely malt in this beer than I am used to for a porter, but I have to admit I like this better than most porters I've tried. Maybe this is how a porter should REALLY taste? Amid the caramel are some mildly fruity esters and a good dollop of coffee-like roasted barley flavor. The roasted grains provide just enough of a sharper, more bitter flavor to effectively balance out the sweetness. The sweetness takes on a slightly tangy note toward the finish, but it is accompanied by some bitter cocoa flavor wich makes for a delicious finish.

M - Medium-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. The finish is sticky-sweet, but not cloying.

Overall- an immensely complex and beautiful porter with all the makings of greatness. Favorite porter. Hands-down.

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look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is absolutely one of my favorite beers of all time. Its an easy drinking beer that you can certainly drink a couple of without too much problem. I even like then in the summer as it isn't as overpowering as some of the other porters out there.
The pour is real nice coming out a fairly dark color but not so dark as to be like you are pouring sludge. The head is thick with small bubbles and stays around for quite a while, easily 5 minutes.
The smell isn't anything special and I personally don't get much off it at all which isn't horrible in my opinion.
The texture is a little watery for the color and pour but not too much. Just enough to make you feel like you are drinking it rather than eating it.
The taste is superb. Not too bitter, not too malty but both are there and balanced quite well. The taste matches the texture.
Overall I wouldn't call this the most unique or best beer ever but it is certainly a fine example of what a good session porter can be.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,692 ratings.
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