Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

3,678 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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Photo of ThrillerBee
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Living in Alabama, this is one of the best porters available in the state & is easy to find. The presentation is simple - a dark coffee-colored pour and a thick ivory head.

The smell is sweet, almost citrus-tinged. The taste is the best of a classic porter.

Very drinkable - a great buy.

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Photo of Oatsoda
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like everything about its appearance: the bottle, the simple design of the label and the effect of pouring it into a glass. A dark coffee colored body lies below a thick, long-lasting rich brown head of foam.

It gives a sweet malty aroma.

The flavor reminds me strangely of breakfast: a cross of the flavors of wheat toast and black coffee.

It goes down smooth with what feels like a very light carbonation and little sense of drinking any alcohol at all.

This is a very drinkable beer that feels like home-- maybe because it comes from a place that's close to home...

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Photo of aletales
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a definite fan of Anchor. This porter was sweet and thick, though not syrupy, and it was balanced quite nicely with enough hops to be sensible. This little bottle entertains from the moment you pick it up off the shelf, throughout the pour of its sensuous black contents to the finish of this pleasantly thick beer down your throat. Great beer

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Photo of K7M
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasing Beer, great color, smell and flavor. More of this will find it way into my home. If you like a dark beer with a full bodied flavor, you should experience a bottle, or two.

I purchased a six pack while TDY at another base and sincerely regret not purchasing more, this was one of many Beers that I selected that are not available here.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle as part of a make your own sixer at World Market in Columbia, SC.

Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black, with a creamy, foamy mocha head that retains well and leaves some very nice lacing.

Aroma is very coffee-like, roasted malts and chocolatey.

Great taste. Thick, rich, creamy. Weak coffee taste, smooth bittersweet, with some roasty malt flavor. Terrific balance. This is one solid brew. Superb drinkability.

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Photo of confer
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again thanks to Don H for the sample pack from his haul. A bottle of the Anchor Porter was included.
This is far from being my favorite style however, The dark chocolate color of the beer and the thick tan head were beautiful. I wasn't able to see through the pint glass.

The aroma was also above average. It was sweet and malty. I can smell molasses.

The taste is very smooth and only lightly malty. The malt taste jumps out quickly and fades just as fast.

As porters go, this is one I would drink again.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours an almost opaque very dark brown color with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head eventually recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with molasses and mild hints of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes great. Lightly roasted malts and molasses kick things off, then mild hop flavors join in midway through the sip. After a nice bitter ending chocolate and roasted coffee flavors linger. This is a very flavorful porter.

Mouthfeel is good. My preference for stouts over porters stems from the lighter body, but this one has a good thickness and light carbonation that makes this better than average.

Drinkability is good. No one flavor is overdone here, which makes it very easy to drink. The low ABV only adds to this.

Overall this is a very good porter and I look forward to revisiting it in the future. Give this a try.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown in appearance, striving toward opacity but falling a bit short, showing ruby highlights when held to the light. Shows off a full head of mocha foam that retains well and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass.

Nose is made up mostly of roasted grain, with a touch of dark chocolate coming in underneath.

Rich and smooth on the palate, with toasted biscuit interspersed with bitter dark chocolate and a subdued hop presence. Finishes roasty and slightly bitter with a lingering biscuit flavor, and also somewhat dry.

Very mild, balanced, and drinkable, this would make a superb session beer and is a great example, if not the definitive, of the style.

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Photo of RodBurg
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A thick tan head forms and stays for awhile leaving sticky lacing as it moves down.

Smells like sweet, chocolately Grapenuts cereal with notes of grapefruit and floral hops.

Just the right amount of sweetness with chocolate, biscuit, coffee, and roasted, husky grain. Leaves with a slightly bitter notes of citrus and cocoa. Medium mouthfeel and still very drinkable.

Great porter. Pretty much sets the standard for American version of the style.

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Photo of u2carew
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(A) Dark, allowing just a bit of light through. Nice creamy head.
(S) A sweet aroma coupled with dark roasted grains with just a hint coffee.
(T) Bold chocolate flavors, light molasses and coffee tones.
(M) Pleasant, not too thick. Very mellow body with a nice even spread across the palate.
(D) A fantastic porter. A good beer to introduce / ease "light" beer drinkers into.

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Photo of JAA
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to buy this beer all the time when i first started branching out to the world of craft beer. I noticed it gets a fair amount praise on this site, so i bought it once again. However, this is the first time i poured it into a glass.

Appears very dark. I poured it a bit violently and only coaxed a one inch head out of it, which was not long for this earth.

Smells like coffee and a bit of fruit. Maybe dark cherries. Tastes exactly like porter should taste. Roasted toasted smoked roastiness. My god, this is good. A bit lower in alcohol than what i've been drinking lately, but at least it goes down easier. Superb drinkability. This may be my new session beer.

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Photo of colts9016
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug at about 50 degrees.

Appearance: There is a one finger head that is tan, bubbly, and foamy. The beer is a deep dark brown almost black. The clarity is opaque. There is carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. The head has some retention.

Nose: A strong black malt aroma with molasses, chocolate, coffee, and sweet anise.

Taste: A strong black malt with chocolate, coffee, molasses, and anise. There is a strong roasted grain, close to a burnt note. There is a slight dryness to the beer. The is a sweet note to the beer.

Overall. The mouth feel is coating with a touch of astringent. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. The body of the beer is medium thickness. This is a robust heavy malt ale that is smooth and easy to drink. A very nice robust American porter. I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black color with a fluffy tan head that hung around for most of the glass leaving chunks of sticky lacing.

S - rich roasted coffee aroma.

T - dark roasted coffee, malty sweetness and a light bitterness on the finish.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth, creamy feel.

D - a very good flavorful porter that's very easy to drink.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with amber highlights around the edges. Head is tan and fluffy with an initial height of two fingers. Head dissipates to a thin, creamy, crown and drags tons of sticky lace.

Smell: Grainy malts, dark chocolate, holiday spices (which I recognize from their most recent OSA), fruity esters, and something that resembles champagne and/or lager yeast.

Taste: Lots and lots of toasted malt, chocolate, those same holiday spices (cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger maybe?), red currants, and black coffee. Aftertaste is filled with roasted malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: Rich, malty, and creamy with a nice crisp finish. Coats the mouth well and goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability: All of the malt makes this a pretty filling porter, but it's still delicious and great for a rainy day.

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Photo of Brew33
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After reading the reviews for this beer I had high hopes. I was quite disappointed after trying it.

Pours almost black, thin tan head. The smell was very subdued. The taste was boring to say the least. Slightly roasty, some caramel malt. Watery, bland. Decent lacing though. Slightly sweet... BORING!

One of the most middle of the road Porters I have ever had. Anchor continues to disappoint me.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tasted this Anchor Porter during lunch at John Steven Ltd, in Baltimore; this reveiw is based on my notes. Anchor Porter opens with a billowy beige head crowning a pitch black body - this beer is completely impervious to light.

A thin strip of the head is retained throughout the quaff and there is a minimum of lacing that clings loosely to the glass - eventually, it does evaporate into nothingness.

There is a slight molassess note that accompanies a rather buttery coffee taste, which ends in a quick bite of malty sweetness.

This is an inviting beer to please the palate. It is a well structured body, but it does not test you. It is a fine and smooth porter that has a heavy mouthfeel that is backed with a quick kick of alcohol. Let it sit; do not drink it cold. This porter must mellow; let it and you will savor a wonderful quaff.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with an average light brown head . Aroma is roasty, and sweet.Flavor is sweet caramel and banana with hints of molasses and caramel. The finish is dry and quite bitter. The body feels pretty full, sticky mouthfeel would have liked a little more carbonation. A very good porter that I will buy again for sure.

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Photo of LilMatrix
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark with slight hints of amber. The head is lively and the lacing is wonderful.

S - Roasted malty goodness, sweet, with slight coffee and dark fruit notes.

T - Chocolatey, roasted malt sweetness (bit caramely), with a pleasing bitter sweet aspect. Slightly hoppy finish... delicious.

M - Rich, full, velvety, creamy & chewy. Carbonation lifts and lubricates as the brew goes down.

D - Oh man... this is a great porter. Easy to drink and so so delicious... Will definitely be having again.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black as could be with no light penetrating, even when held up to light source. One finger brown head with tons of little bubbles. Leaves excellent lacing as well.

S - Rich roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts. Very full nose. A light underlying earthy spiciness.

T - Rich and somewhat bitter maltiness initially. Lots of roasted malts a little bittersweet chocolate. A very earthy and bitter finish with the bitterness almost being too much.

M/D - Very full bodied and creamy. Easy sipping with a good level of carbonation without being overwhelming.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Huge, dimpled, latte-brown head leaves great sparkly lacing in dimpled stein. Opaque dark brown body

S- Roasted malts smell like coffee. Sweet marshmallow malt flavor

T- More marshmallow malt sweetness along with bitter roasted flavors and bitter hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel slides over the tongue well

D- Good drinkability for a porter

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a shorty bottle, Anchor Porter resembles cola with a hit of coffee in the glass. Nice head that sticks quite well.

There is a distinct molasses aroma with dates and candied fruit. The flavor is of dark chocolate and smoke, with a bit of rum. candied plums and prunes, raisins and dates, with a thick oily finish that gives way to a nice drying finish. Hops are in there, and compliment everything nicely.

A very good porter that includes all the essential flavors well.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an off white 1/4 inch head that quickly fades. Black in color but when held up to light , very dark brown can be seen.

Some malts are smelled, also a weird metallic smell to it. Also faint chocolate is smelled.

First taste is some burnt coffee malts with some medium bitter hops. Aftertaste is smoky

A bit overcarbonated mouth feel. Slightly creamy but light bodied.

Very drinkable, session beer. A somewhat simple porter though. Nothing fancy, good but would not be my first choice for a porter

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Photo of oomir11
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz glass bottle in a frozen mug. No freshness date on bottle.

Appearance: Solid black with a tan brown head that leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate with roasted nut undertones.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate, nutty with hints of coffee. Excellent taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and refreshing. Low carbonation and no too viscous.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm amazed at the rating of this beer! I'm realy not that impressed.

The aroma was pretty good.

Nice dark color with a tan head is to be expected, but the flavor was terrible.

Sorry if I offend anyone but... I didn't like it. And there was a little harshness on my palate. Didn't like this porter.

Maybe I got a bad bottle or something. Maybe I should try this again...

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Photo of kinger
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to stumble upon this at a local store, haven't seen it anywhere else. So glad I picked some up because this is one helluva porter. Black pour, nice brown head and decent lacing. Bitter-sweet scent, nice roasted malt nose. Incredibly thick and smooth, outstanding on the palate to say the least. Lots of roasted malt with plenty of chocolate and mild coffee flavors mixed with just the right amount of hops. This is a beautiful beer.

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Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,678 ratings.
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