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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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eduquemero
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful dark beer, more alcoholic than others porters I've tasted. Great cofee aroma and taste with a little bitter taste too.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrKarl
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production date November 3, 2016.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a one inch, tan to khaki head displaying good retention and excellent lacing.
S: Aromas of cafe au last, molasses, and anise.
T: Cafe au last and molasses definitely present, but licorice flavor more evident to palate than nose. Complex and well crafted. Bitterness evident but in good balance.
M: Medium to full bodied. Excellent carbonation. Cream mouthfeel.
O: Really an excellent interpretation of the porter style, albeit leaning more toward a stout. Had not tried it before, but definitely will have it again.

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Photo of dandy14
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Cola brown with a thick, lasting foam that coats the sides in a layer when subsiding. Dark but clear without cloudiness or particulates. Respectable looking.

Smell: Sweet roasted barley with a strong caramel dulce de leche note. There is also a lot of liquorice in the smell, emphasis in the liquor spelling of the word. Herbal licorice smell is definitely a sign of the hoppiness of the beer. Dried stone fruit rounds off the edge of the smell, giving it a fruitiness that definitely reminds me of that extra large muffin-shaped Christmas fruitcake that you get from Costco when it's the season. Complex with many notes, the smell is quite pleasant and truly excellent.

Taste: Starts off with strong roasted malts with a sweetness like a coffee with sugar. Followed by tastes that are similar to how it smells, but with more dried fruit notes of raisin and prunes.

Finish: Finishes roasted like a good medium-dark roast of coffee. Herbal notes leave the palate last, combined with the sweetness it is like a good piece of licorice.

Overall: An excellent, classic porter that pushes the envelope by being refined yet approachable instead of over-the-top. A lot of the celebrated god-tier beers in the craft world are double/imperial styles that throw an ungodly amount of hops to try to impress you, but Anchor porter keeps it down to earth. Dark, sweet, fragrant, malty, hoppy, and not too bitter, it is to dark beers what Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is to pale ales. An outstanding beer that anyone can enjoy, whether you're a light beer casual or a DIPA elitist. If you're a craft beer enthusiast and can't enjoy this, you're a hipster.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From decervecitas. In Teku glass. Playing Final Take. Begins wih nice and balanced roastyness. As warms up, herbal flavors increase and downgrade it a bit. Bbf this month. Repeat fresh.Good body

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Photo of Vader444
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my favourite Delirium Tremens tulip.

A deep black porter with garnet edges when held to the light. Initially a large pale brown head; this rapidly recedes but leaves amazing lacing. Loads of dried dark fruits on the nose as well as some faint hops. Tastes of sweet raisins, dates, figs etc. Quite lively carbonation with a luscious mouthfeel. Overall this is an outstanding porter that I'd happily drink all night. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of beer_bottle
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel Mug. No Date.

L: Black, faint ruby edges, finger width tan head has magnificent retention. Good stick to the glass.

S: Dark fruits like fig, caramel, coffee, molasses. Smells wonderful.

T: Lots of grainy dark malts, as well as coffee, and molasses, dark fruit pops up again as well. Really complex and tasty. Hop bitterness keeps the malt in check.

F: Smooth and creamy, drying grain, nice and crisp, easy drinkability, very nice.

O: Really a magnificent beer.

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Beav
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DARK, somewhat more bitter than expected but well within reason, an overall excellent porter.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep mahogany brown with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a light layer and laces beautifully.

S: Roasted malt, burnt toast, black coffee, a hint of chocolate, earthy slightly herbal notes, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, earthy, burnt toast pure dark chocolate, a herbal and floral notes, a hint of coffee, and some toffee sweetness. There's a very slight mineral tone, though not unpleasant.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very well done porter.

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Photo of chossboss
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trllte
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

brown, yum, yum

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown color with a nice one finger white foamy head. This one had a nice coating of lacing rimming the glass after the head died after a minute. The smell was dark and roasty with a nice underlying chocolate coming in to balance the coffee that made a slight appearance. The taste was roasty and sweet and still had a decent bitterness from the coffee coming about in to it. There’s no aftertaste but did have a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability aspect to it. The carbonation was somewhat smooth and ends up leaving a decent coating over my mouth and tongue. Overall, I say this was a good American Porter that I would have again.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is wonderful roasted malts, some hops, chocolate, and a little coffee. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall it's a great and very unique porter.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz pint glass.
Pours a nice dark brown.. thick brown actually. Nice billowy foam top, that settles too quickly (no point deduction, I just miss it already), with lazy lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and a very small hint of .. berry? Taste was extremely well balanced, especially the malt/hop blend. The roasted malt was at the forefront, the hops were mid-to-back, all the while the chocolate kept it all in check. MF was well presented. Very smooth, light carbonation and creamy.

I am pleasantly surprised how well this tasted. It wasn't overly complex, but everything they did to make this beer, is well done. I particularly liked the balance between the malts and the hops.

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Photo of Tommypickles
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chianti
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,727 ratings