Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,689 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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of pvsob
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with two inches of fluffy mousse like head (Tan). I had to wait a good three minutes for the head to dissipate before I could take a sip. Leaves above average lacing.

S- Deep roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, figs, brown sugar, and just a hint of hops.

T- Sweet almost molasses like up front followed by roasted malts and finishes with a dry graininess/citrus pith bitterness.

M- Medium feel with enough carbonation to keep it from becoming too heavy.

O- A damn fine Porter from Anchor. If you love porters and haven't tried this beer before, go get some, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, 5,6% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
BB 03/13 (I think that is a bit optimistic)

Appearance: Anchor porter is one great looking beer - it appears black in the glass but a backlight reveals deep red highlights. A rough pour yields a massive light tan head that dissipates faster than expected but leaves stunning lace.

Smell: Hmmm, the nose is quite a bit sweeter than I expected - but then again that is a plus. Loads of sweet melted milk chocolate, toffee, some roasted malt, a touch of coffee, a fair amount of dark fruit (raisins and cherries) and an unexpected note of hops.

Taste: Milder and less sweet than the nose - again chocolate dominates with roasted malt coming in second. Coffee, dark fruit and a touch of smoke are also noted. Pleasant hop notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. Very easy drinking beer - very sessionable.

Overall: Great porter - I would certainly have it again if it was available locally.

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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with several fingers of robust mocha-colored head. This maintains a creamy richness that throws up a foamy cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells of coffee, chocolate, green citrus, and some leafy notes. This unfortunately doesn’t have a whole lot of power to it though.

The taste is cocoa powder, roasted coffee, green citrus, and a touch of sweeter caramel. A lot of ripe and fruity citrus starts to emerge as this warms. This finishes dry and roasty with some lingering earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue before becoming more of a firm creaminess across the back of the palate.

Despite the nose not cooperating for some reason, this was pretty darn good. Lots of sweetness, roast, and fruit are present, as is a firm hop profile to add some crispness in as well. Drinkability is pretty good considering the richness of the flavors. I’ve had better experiences with this beer in the past but I’m still confident in saying that this is a go-to Porter when you need one that is full flavored and easy drinking.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/black with a small tan head.

Smells like buttered toast mostly with hints of coffee, dark fruits and caramelized sugar.

Taste is very buttery as well giving way to coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and very smooth.

This is a classic Porter in all it's glory. Very enjoyable

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4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured jet black non-transparent color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits predominate with hints of chocolate and hops.

T - Just like smell roasted malts and coffee bitterness dominate with slight sweetness from brown sugar and raisins. Has a dry dark chocolate aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Excellent porter from Anchor that I would definitely enjoy again if I can obtain it. I would highly recommend it.

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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: About a finger and half of dark cream colored head, beer was jet black no light passed through

Smell: Some plum, raisin, licorice, slight roasted malt, alcohol

Taste: Roasted malt up front, sweet dark fruit flavors, a hint of bitterness on the finish, alcohol

Mouth Feel: Creamy, smooth medium bodied.

Overall: It has a great balance of sweet and bitter. It was different but nice to taste a porter that didn't have pronounced chocolate and coffee flavors. Only downside to this was the definite alcohol taste I got but that did stop me from enjoying this beer.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, appears opaque and black in the glass with ruby hues...the brown head is like a root beer float, foamy and rocky.

S: Sweet, dark fruits mixed with roasted mark and licorice...dark cherries, dates & figs, with a touch of sweet astringency.

T: The sweetness is a little odd to me, almost soy-like in its astringency...tastes like brewers licorice and a hint of caramel and a light roast, with just a touch of hop bitterness on the finish as it warms.

MF: Creamy and a touch viscous, medium carbonation, light-to-medium on the body.

O: Not bad but not my favorite flavor profile...not enough roastiness, chocolate, coffee, etc. for my tastes.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a two finger head, some lacing is left on the glass.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee are there as well.

T-More of coffee and chocolate with the roasted malt coming through. Very sweet beer with some hop presence.

M-Smooth, decent carbonation, thickish.

O-A wonderful porter, slightly better than the Smuttynose I had last night.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,689 ratings.
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