Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
BA SCORE
85.9%
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4.09 w/ 3,695 ratings
Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company
California, United States
anchorbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,064
Reviews:
1,549
Ratings:
3,695
Liked:
3,174
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
11.25%
Alströms:
4.44
 
 
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214
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Ratings: 3,695 |  Reviews: 1,549
Photo of doughanson78
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown, maybe black. Huge three finger, fluffy, tan head, with good retention and awesome lacing.

S: Chocolaty. Light roasted malts. Very light coffee. Nice light dark fruit aroma, maybe raisins or figs, that I haven't gotten in a porter before.

T: Kind of light at first with some roasted malts coming through. Light chocolate and caramel. The hints of the dark fruit come through just barely. Pretty sweet, edging on to sweet. A very light hop bitterness towards the end, finishing with a slight bitter coffee roast.

M: Thin for a porter. Maybe a tad much on carbonation. Lacking a creaminess.

O: A decent porter. Nothing wrong with it. Very drinkable. A slight twist with the dark fruits from other porters I've tried. Would purchase again.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a tight, tan head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of light roasted notes.

Tastes of a solid wave of roasted notes with some hops on the end. Notes of coffee and chocolate lead off. A bit of dark fruit to it as well. Hops add a little bitterness on the end with a bit of herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very good porter that is a good example of the style.

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Photo of airforbes1
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown (nearly black), with tinges of red appearing when held up to the lead. The head is copious and billowy. Despite my slow pour, it nearly overflowed my glass. Nice. I detect a lot of dark fruit in the nose, which makes me eager to take a sip.

When I dive into it, I get a lot of fig, as well as a touch of chocolate. The mouthfeel is quite slick, which makes it an easy sipper, despite the darkness. The hops make just enough of a presence to prevent this beer from being too fruity. Personally, I love this beer, although those who prefer their porters and stouts to be hoppy might be disappointed.

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Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours near black with two fingers of creamy head. Leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell is relatively subtle, but definite notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Taste is fantastic. Wonderful blend of roasted malt with some nice hop bitterness for balance. Creamy and bright at the same time.

M - Medium creamy mouthfeel with some lingering earthiness on the tongue. Very nice.

O - A very well crafted porter that would be easy to sip all day.

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Photo of BigE90
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a dark black with very little light getting through this, on the darker side for a porter

s: not a lot coming through but a little malt and a little chocolate

t: wow, this is sweet, a very clean finish, taste some molasses or dark brown sugar with the just slightly roasted malt taste coming through to. A very taster porter, really can't get much hops out of it though.

m: perfect for a porter, not super thin just the right balance of density

o: a very good porter, better than most. Would definitely have again as along as Deschutes BB was not on tap as that is my go to porter.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a chimay goblet.

A: black/dark brown, a creamy lasting head leaving a lace as you drink.

S: A dark-sweetness common in porters. Pleasing with a hint of alcohol.

T: very malty, a burnt taste and a vague dark malty sweetness. would be overbearing if not for the subtle hops.

O: A very decent porter. Different from your average English porter but I still like it.

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Photo of cavedave
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An opaque and darkest brown brew is topped by a magnificently thick and tall dark beige head that lasts and leaves slathers of hanging lace on the glass as it slowly diminishes.

A light aroma of caramel and chocolate is tinged with an even lighter scent of roast.

Happily more roast in the taste than in the bouquet, and it joins with dark caramel, a hint of tart yeast, and some bitter chocolate flavor to provide a delicious treat. Very clean and balanced, with a finish that is just juicy enough. As it comes to room temperature the flavors intensify, and a bit of herbal bitter comes into it that makes it even better.

Mouthfeel is not as viscous as some in style, medium carb., and a finish that is very fine, if not epic.

A very fine beer, one of the ten best American Porters I have tried, though closer to no. ten than no. 1 for sure.

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

603rd Review on BA
Draft to Pint
@whole foods HB

App- A nice dark brown with a very fast receding one finger head that leaves a sheen of bubbles down the glass. Great cling to the glass.

Smell- A lot of roast with a nice hop back. No real burnt notes but more mellow and bright.

Taste- Follows the nose and is quite bright on tap. Has a fresh nutty flavor with a subtle malt and smallish hop kick to balance it out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a medium high carb level with a nutty aftertaste.

Drink- A very tasty little beer. Was nice to find it on tap. Its light, smooth balanced and brighter than most.

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

100th review.

It's a cold wet summer day in the San Francisco bay area. This is a rarity so I figured I'd crack a warming porter from San Francisco Anchor Steam Brewery. Steam beers are always enjoyable and the Porter uses the same steam brewing process that the anchor steam common uses.

The appearance is dark brown with slight red hints. A nice billowy 1/2 inch head pours looking very malleable. I feel if I put my finger in the head it would stay. The head is tawny brown in color and retains beautiful bunching up around the sides of the glass.

I get a wide range of warming smells from this Porter. The beer is immediately sour and somewhat reminiscent of a Guinness stout. Some of the aromas I discern are earthy tobacco. Espresso is also a notable smell.

I taste notes of mocha, fruity espresso and anise. I taste barreled bourbon The beer is extremely bitter in a dry way with a chalky feeling . The beer isn't overly sweetened and the mouthfeel is leathery and chewy. I appreciate the natural level of carbonation. I really love the body on this beer, it's a great sipping beer for a cold day.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a super-dark mahogany with ruby undertones. Head is rich and frothy; a perfect tan color. Lots of bubbles in the head.

Smell: Slight amount of bourbon within a woody chocolate forest. Some raisin bread or sweet bread and a coffee undertone. Smells just a little too sickly sweet with those purple fruits.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is fairly sour to me, and somewhat thin. Some dark chocolate, a lot of bourbon-barrel flavor. Cloying sweetness. Not terrible, but not great for a porter, imho. Beer leaves an uncomfortable oil on the tongue and leaves a corn-syrup coating on the palate.

Overall: Not a bad *brew* I suppose, but no better than average overall. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Batch code on back label.

Pours super dark brown. A tan head stays and coats the glass. Smell is coffee-like malts, a bit of booze as well. Taste is sweeter than the smell, some anise and dark fig taste as well as some dark cacao. Good taste. Feel is a bit "hot" for a porter, imo. A good drinker, not superlative of the style, imo, but very good.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with reddish brown highlights. There is a coffee colored creamy head with good retention.

Smells of toffee, coffee, dark fruits, and some faint chocolate notes.

The dark fruits hit up front plumb and raisin, followed by sweet toffee fading into some slight bitter coffee and chocolate notes. An excellent porter. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy - this is truly a delight to the senses.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle but a batch code on the back label. Huge 4-finger mocha head that retains forever and leaves tons of lacing. Dark brown/black body that lets no light through.

The aroma starts with dark fruit, primarily raisins. Minor notes of chocolate, toffee, rum, and roasted malt finish a pleasant aroma.

Tasty blend of flavors that follow the aroma very closely. Dark fruit, roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of chocolate in the finish. I really like that the hops blend almost across the whole spectrum of the flavor providing just a touch of bitterness.

Light texture on the mouthfeel, but very drinkable. An excellent porter that could be enjoyed in a great variety of situations.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Shady McGrady's a few months back. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown; bordering on black; with a small half finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, and a hint of earthy hops. Simple yet complex.

T - Starts off with some chocolaty sweetness quickly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, lightly roasted coffee, toffee, and some earthy hops. It is sweet but not to the point of being overpowering. The finish is mostly dark roast, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Overall I enjoyed this one. It has all the elements I look for in a good porter. It possesses a good amount of sweetness with just enough roast to keep it in check.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with deep garnet highlights when held to light. Creamy frothy espresso like head sticks around for some time before attaching itself to the side of the glass. Rich malty aromas waft above the glass. Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and toffee mixed with a hint of earthy hops. Taste is malty with coffee toffee and chocolate. Earthy/herbal bitterness mixes with a hint of alcohol and a touch of smoke somewhere in the middle. Long lingering bitter chocolate and hops in the finish. Creamy, bubbly mouthfeel, ample almost to much carbonation, medium body. Great old school American style porter.

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Photo of aepb1
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black body, big foamy tan head and lots of lacing

S- Chocolate roastiness, some bitter hops too, inviting

T- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and hop bitterness

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation

O- Solid porter and no real drawback at all to this one.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep brown color with a nice tan 1/4 head and good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of coffee chocolate and raisen

Taste: Roasted malts and hints of caramel up front wiht a hint of coffee on the back end of the beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation smooth and very drinkable

Overall: Good basic porter, your not confused with this beer. It has the basic flavors that make up a porter, very drinkable beer anyday of the year

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Photo of Wattsox
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE 2013.

A - Very dark brown, almost black body with a thick, tightly-bubbled tan head that dissipates very slowly, leaving good lacing and massive cling.

S - Dark roasted malt aromas with some coffee and chocolate sweetness for balance.

T - Similar to the aromas, dark and malty with some coffee and chocolate sweetness. Not too bitter, actually pretty sweet without too much hop presence at all. Finishes sweet with a lightly lingering aftertaste.

M - Full-bodied but not too thick or syrupy, smooth with very little carbonation, leaves a lingering sweetness.

O - An exceptional example of the style, and definitely a nice one to sit and enjoy.

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Photo of Long813
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black body with three fingers of mocha head. Some lacing and decent retention.

S: Nice mix of roasted malts, sugars, wheat and mild coffee beans.

T: Following the aroma, nice chocolate and coffee with some breadiness.

M: Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Very creamy texture and leaves a pleasant chocolate malt aftertaste.

O: Enjoyable beer, the texture is spot on, but lacking in some aroma.

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

Brown to black in color with a nice creamy tan head and solid lacing

Dark roasted maltiness, nut, chocolate and caramel on the nose

Full flavored. Flavors are pretty much the same; with slight hints of bourbon and roasted coffee bean

Full bodied, yet creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation.

Overall I don't think it's an incredibly complex beer, but a good-solid representation of the style. Very drinkable. A great porter to have on deck at all times.

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Photo of Plumbwader
4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours out a wonderful deep reddish black with an incredible long lived tan head. It has very light carbonation and is an incredible example of the style. This beer will keep calling back to you I guarantee you. It doesn't even sit heavy in your stomach so it has excellent sessionability for a porter. This is in my top 5 beers for sure! Let this bad boy warm up. The closer it gets to room temperature, the smoother and creamier it gets. Mmm, mmm, good. I want another one!

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! At room temperature you could almost be fooled into thinking you was drinking some fancy schmancy homemade soda pop with root extracts. THis here is real deal fellas...

Big time fan of Anchor Steam beer and I've had this porter on several occasions now and don't know why I haven't reviewed it. My favorite porter...what can I say...I know I know I sound real brand loyal being as that Anchor Steam is my all time favorite beer in THE WORLD! Nope...not me you'll just have to believe me...I've been special ordering this beer for three years now whenever the urge strikes me to have a porter. Yup I order a case and it goes so fast! Before I can review. It's the slightly stlitled balance of leaning towards chocolate coffee mountain one minute and then headed for wild weed valley the next. Malts always win in this one but the hops try to stand pack up after ever KO. Did I just taste vanilla?

It's really really good beer. I love this beer ice cold with barbecue chicken and a sweetish sauce and I love this beer room temperature with rocky road...

I actually like the sweetness of this beer...the malts come in a caramel canoe and leave in a spray of steam...this beer has one of the all time great finishes at 45 degrees Fahrenheit...

BOomshakalaka...this one's nice nice!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium glass because I can't find my goddamn Anchor glass, piece of shit (this concludes the Lunch impersonation portion of my review).

Beer is dark brown / black with a big tan head of small bubbles, lacing and carbonation are good.

Aroma is sweet and light with mild roast.

Beer is medium to light in body, minimal carbonation on the palate, overall a little sweet and mildly chocolaty with a pretty clean not bitter finish and no aftertaste. I was expecting a little bitterness but overall it is a decent porter. I'd have it again at a party or a shitty bar that had no good beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Monster light cocoa head off the pour containing some tiny bubbles. Settles with some larger ones and with some simple retention. Body is your classic dark walnut brown color.

Bouquet is very clean and airy. Whaffing whisps of milk chocolate and malt roast, even some nut. Faint small tobacco hints also. Very wonderful nose, maybe even some mushy banana.

Great bodied and simple. Almost perfect feel with a big coating that isn't thick and syrupy. Taste is almost Marzen like with small hints of what is mentioned on the nose. Mid palate of mild chocolate and perhaps some light tobacco. Hints of tannic nut almost similar to an English Brown Ale.

Overall this is a pretty solid good brew from Anchor and can't miss the boat. Are there better ones I think so, but this is pretty solid with no complaints that's for sure. It's good, just not exceptional to me.

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Photo of Duff27
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown with an amazing looking one inch mocha head. Wonderful lacing and good head retention.

S- Almost smells of a brown and/or an oatmeal stout.

T- Roasty with a hint of chocolate. Little hop presence. Residual mouthwatering sweetness. Reminds me a little of Taddy Porter.

M- Slick and creamy.

D/O- Awesome awesome awesome porter here. Great "drinkability". Very good, widely available "beginner" porter than holds up even for veterans of the style.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 3,695 ratings
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