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3,706 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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Ratings: 3,706 |  Reviews: 1,553
Photo of tubacharlie
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell of molasses greets the nose when the two-finger head slides back as I swallow the first big mouthful of the dense brew. The chocolately-tan head stays thick and foamy through the last sip, settling down to about a half inch thick.

A dark reddish-brown color and rich with creamy carbonation, this Porter has a nice coffee/toffe profile with a brown sugar and cocoa background and the bite of a bittering hop accent.

Obviously made with care, a good selection for an evening roasting chestnuts in the fireplace with a side of eggnog on the hearth.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, a single from Zyn's wall of single orphan goodness in Calgary.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby-brown colour, with three fingers of billowy, creamy, and bubbly beige head, which maintains some solid retention, eventually giving up some nice layered hanging webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly roasted grainy malt, a bit of dry chocolate, ethereally funky yeast, today's coffee, and musty floral hops. The taste is dry chocolate, gritty pale malt, a bit of coffee grounds, mildly sour black fruit, a hint of lactic acridity, and floral, leafy, bitter hops, with a near-silent echo of background warming alcohol.

The carbonation is average, just a tight frothiness emanating throughout, the body more or less dense in its quotidian medium weight, a tad creamy, and mostly just plainly smooth. It finishes clean, with that fruity, chocolaty malt squaring off against the softly bitter, almost citrusy, floral hoppiness.

A pretty decent porter, so suitable for such a rainy autumn day. The undercurrent of fruity and (maybe milky?) sour notes adds a pleasant further dimension to the solid malt/hop interplay. Sure went down easy, this one did - too bad I only procured the one.

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

Very dark brown with ruby red hue. Thick and creamy tan head, lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Roasted malts, dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate, a little molasses. Aroma is pretty mild for a porter, but smells very delicious.

Roasted malts up front, coffee, some dark chocolate, pinch of molasses. I could detect some dark fruit, a little prune like. There's some smokey in the taste. Hop character is pretty mild, I get some spicy-earthly hops. Finish off very smooth with roasted nuts aftertaste. Body is nice and creamy. Carbonation is perfect for the style.

Very good. A true classic American Porter.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass sept21 2010

A thought it was dark as night until I held it to the light where it has a little color at the edges, a gentle pour still gives a massive mocha head that had good retention and leaves some patches of lace

S lots of milk chocolate with some molasses with a little coffee

T chocolates a little darker in the mouth and perhaps some dark fruit or chocolate covered raisin

M fairly full and a little creamy no problems here

D good flavors for a session beer, easy to drink and no real issues with anything, well matched with this chilly evening

I don`t drink enough of this stuff it`s a treat and well priced here in the Calgary the city of summer snow

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Photo of culver501
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black, 1/2" light brown head, good lacing

S-licorice, roasted coffee, pumpernickel bread

T-dark and toasted but also very smooth with a perfect level of bitter,

M-excellent, pretty thin for as dark as it appears,

D-great for a porter and one of the best from Anchor as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Almost opaque black. Thick two finger tan head has excellent retention and leaves a good deal of lacing.

S: Dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso.

T: Immense flavors of dark fruit strike the palate first. Blackberries, plums, tart cherries, and a little twang of sourness are all apparent. Citric hops provide a nice balance. Roasted malt flavors, chocolate, and espresso are all evident in the dry finish.

M: Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability is high.

Notes: This is a classic American Porter that garners a considerable amount of praise. It is a very good beer and there is some complexity to it. However, I found the dark fruit flavors to be a bit too dominating. There is a bit of an astringent quality to it as well that I find to be mildly annoying. This is still a very good beer, and really a must-drink for any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I not reviewed this before? I've had it so often and enjoyed it. Well, moving on.
Pours nearly black with a large dark cocoa-colored head that dissipates at a reasonable pace to a thickish film. Scattered lacing.
Smell is rich malt, peat, smoke, wet cardboard and vanilla(?).
Taste is all of that and dark chocolate with a slight alcohol bloom at the end.
Smooth, rich, warming with a somewhat dry finish.nearly full body with a very light, tight effervescence. An extremely quaffable brew. Rich enough to drink it slowly, delicious enough to want to have several.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black in color with a large amount of foamy, creamy off white head. There was some lacing that stayed throughout the beer.

The scent is of dark fruits, chocolate, some alcohol.

The taste is of slightly sweet, burnt caramel malts; dark fruits, some chocolate, molasses, toffee, and alcohol.

Full bodied, very smooth and creamy, little carbonation.

This was almost a perfect american porter, the flavor was great, very complex. Also it was very easy to drink, though it is filling it seemed like every sip presented something new to taste.

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Photo of jikvig
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark colour with a low brown foam.

On the nose there is some milkchocolate, bread and overall a nice chocolate malt flavour.

This beer is really well balanced, perfect between sweetnes and bitternes. Good brewing!
There is almost a breadflavour to it, with topnotes of the floral kind.

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

I love porters and this is one my go to beer's. It's got a great mouthfeel, flavor, nose, and is very drinkable. Goes well with food, especially pretzels and cigars. At $8/6 pack, not a bad deal at all either. Readily available and a classic American brewer too. Enjoy!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this because i love porters and have never had this one. Too bad this was apparently bottled in April of 2010 so it wasn't as good as it could be I bet. Dark black, smells ok, malty. the taste was so malty it was actually sweet and I could not get past it. It was not a bad flavor but I would bet if there were still some hops present this would be more balanced and I'd also bet not as sweet. Oh well.

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Photo of foobeer
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown with a great looking 1.5" creamy, tan head. Retention was decent and lasted about a quarter of the way through.

S: A nice balance of coffee and roasted chocolate with a hint of sweetness.

T: Great balance of bitterness with sweetness from the dark fruit taste. Not too rich with just the right flavor for a good American porter.

M/D: It goes down nice and smooth. With plenty of complex flavors, and low ABV, I could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting.

I love this porter because it's available locally here in MS where there aren't many good beers to choose from due to the ABV limits. This has become my go to beer for quality and availability

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Photo of ncredible1
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Low Hopped IPA meets a traditional English Porter!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours near jet-black with minimal mahogany glints where the light manages to fight through. Love the billowy mass of bubbles and lacing-An ideal picture of a porter.

S: This beer displays more out-front black coffee and and molasses notes than other porters, while the chocolate notes sit just within notice.

T: The balance and of flavor is just about perfect. I prefer just a slight less hoppy taste but it depends on what i'm pairing this with.

M: Silky smooth is the best way to describe it. The texture is creamy and slightly sticky, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Full body and not to heavy.

D: Quite addictive and it offers substantial flavor and enough complexity that it never gets boring. I'm always finding something new in this porter that keeps me coming back.

Excellent year round beer and actually might be the best porter for the dollar.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a massive cap of creamy brown foam. Retention is very good and lacing is great. They dont come a whole lot better looking than this.

Chocolate maltiness and dark bready yeast mix with a light hint of fruit and some chalkiness that I usually get with English porters. Not an overly bold nose, but what is there is fantastic.

Taste has a jab of piney hops with alot more fruit in the flavor than I anticipated. The malts are more roasty and the chocolate fades away a little bit. I could use more texture...a creamier, fuller body would be great. The finish is quite bitter for a porter and not much in the way of sweetness. This is my third or fourth bomber of this and I have come to the conclusion that it is just not really made for my tastes. I'd give it a go on draft though to see if my feelings change.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a deep, dark ruby brown, with a nice, thick, creamy sepia head and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, roasted espresso, chocolate, and I seem to detect some hints of dark fruit in here.

T - Lots of malts up front! Caramel, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate, with a bready texture make up the main flavors of this beer. Finishes off with some roasted coffee notes and just enough hops to balance things out. Incredibly flavorful!

M - Rich, full bodied, and creamy. Just the way a porter should be!

D - While the full body makes it more of one to savor, the ABV is low enough to session this beer if you wanted to.

Overall - A really nice, solid porter overall. Worth a buy if you're into porters.

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Photo of dgilks
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate coffee aroma with some earthy notes. Nice.

Good dark brown colour. Clear with a small, creamy tan head.

Pleasing chocolate and roast flavour with some fruitiness helping to round out the palate.

Medium body and moderate carbonation accentuate the right notes.

A tasty porter with good flavour but nothing over the top.

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Photo of halo21
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Enjoyed in an imperial pint glass; this opaque black-with-a-hint-of-red beer was capped off nicely by a chunky tan head with nice lacing. The head lasted most of the way down and left nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet toffee and coffee; nice inviting level of roast. A little bit of dark fruit notes.

Taste: A nice balance between the roasted malts and the sweetness of baker's chocolate. Starts off with a bunch of fruit and molasses up front, followed by roast, and a drying hop finish. Very deep.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dense, and creamy without being too heavy. A nice drying finish.

Drinkability: Big.

Notes: This is everything an American porter should be. A perfect beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of charlesbyrd
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours near jet-black with minimal mahogany glints where the light manages to fight through. If poured aggressively, the bottle puts forth a prominent mocha head three fingers in height. The billowy mass of bubbles disperses extremely slowly, and lacing is pretty intense. An ideal picture of a porter.

S: This beer displays more out-front black coffee and and molasses notes than other porters, while the chocolate notes sit just within notice. I also picked up an almost metallic aroma in the back, possibly from burnt malt, and maybe even some alcohol.

T: The balance and of flavor is just about perfect. The front of the tongue is greeted with faintly sweet molasses and a hint of dark fruit. The rest of the palate gets a heavy dose of black coffee and just enough bitterness to round out the profile.

M: Silky smooth is the best way to describe it. The texture is creamy and slightly sticky, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Although it is full-bodied, it's not too heavy on the palate or the stomach.

D: This beer dethrones Rogue Mocha Porter as my new favorite example of the style, although they do have fairly different flavor profiles. It's addictively simple to enjoy one, two, or more at a time, and it offers substantial flavor and enough complexity that it never gets boring.

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Photo of Sudsy89
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark brown, has a foamy brown head that lingers, laces the glass. Seems to be thick in the mouth, has a moderate level of carbonation. Aroma is a roasted bitter chocolate, dark coffee, taste reminds me of caramel and a bit of burnt malts. Drinkability is pretty good, I could go through a few of these. Overall taste and aroma is excellent, this is how a porter should be done. Highly recommended.

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Photo of foogerd
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a rich dark chocolate brown with a coffee colored tan head which stayed throughout, plentiful lacing.
S- rich dark fruits chocolate and coffee
T- nice bitterness from the coffee and chocolate perfect porter taste just enough sweetness from the dark fruit taste.
M- rich n thick feeling but at the same time slightly watery if that makes any sense. I think the richness im feeling from the carbonation and foam
D- very drinkable
A definitive porter definitely something to stock up on.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a black liquid with brown edges, a khaki colred head that leaves a filmy lace.

S-light note of caramel and toffe, hints of chocolate and molasses, tons of malt sweetness, plums, figs, black cherries and a hint of alcohol.

T-notes of toffee, burnt coffee, black malt, dark chocolate. these flavors are subtle up front, tons of malt sweetness, plums, figs, black cherries, lightly bitter finish.

M-this is soft on the palate with a grainy feel to it. well carbonated with a crisp finish and slightly astringent.

D-this packs in huge flavors, lots of malt sweetness with a dark malt balance. good feel to it, very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of CajunCavern
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - Black with creamy beige/offwhite, longlasting head. Aroma of roasted malt and walnut shell. This is a great smelling brew. Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, and hint of walnut, with bitter hops finish. Solid porter, one of my favorites. I've had this by itself on many occasions, but I tried it with cheesecake and it went surprisingly well.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: A rough pour yielded a huge dense coco colored head that slowly reduced into a firm mound of thick film over the nearly black liquid. The lace left was plentiful and creamy.
S: Light notes of milk chocolate, dark malt and coffee.
T: Subtle and smooth flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla, overripe bananas, chocolate pudding, bananas foster, figs, molasses, and slight grassy hops. Aftertaste has a mild dark chocolate bitterness.
M: Light, soft carbonation, and a medium slick body. Alcohol is almost completely masked.
D: One of my favorite porters of all time. The flavors are rich and complex but light enough to make this an extremely drinkable beer. One of the best.

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Photo of MirImage
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark with a nice khaki/off white head and is slow to dissipate. Really door lacing.

Smell: Smells of burnt candy, Molassass. Dark chocolate mixed with coffee.

Taste: Very dark chocolate, earthy. Reminds me again of mixing a dark hot chocolate with coffee.

Mouthfeel: Sharp on the carbonation otherwise perfect mouthfeel for a porter IMO. On the thicker side.

Drinkablity: Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of claybeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anchor porter was like draining used motor oil in a pint glass!! It's almost black. The head is as dark as leather on a well used saddle. It has a rich chocolate smell that makes me skip a second sniff just so I can taste it. There is more licorice than chocolate and an herbal quality that I can't pin down? That herbal taste really lingers on the finish with some hoppy bitterness and a pinch of pepper. I also get some cedar and some smoke flavor. Good beer....I'm not sure when I would drink it. Maybe with some beef brisket and Boston baked beans.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,706 ratings
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