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Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

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3,713 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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,143
Reviews:
1,553
Ratings:
3,713
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
Wants:
221
Gots:
515
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,713 |  Reviews: 1,553
Photo of nick_perry
2.56/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very dark with a thin white head. Not a whole lot of aromas beyond the usual malt scent you’d expect. Flavors are a bit delayed but there are coffee and brown sugar notes that linger for a while. Cola-like finish, probably a result from the sweetness and the highly carbonated mouthfeel. This quality is somewhat off-putting to me. Not my favorite porter and not my favorite Anchor beer.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- This one's a looker. Black, with a lovely four-finger light tan head that is both dense and pillowy. Great retention and lacing.
S -- Very fragrant. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, barley, and hints of coffee and brandied raisin.
T -- Coppery upfront, building to very robust bakers chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.
F -- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation and aftertaste
O -- Anchor's best mass market offering, for sure.

87/100

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Photo of Yoann
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug
A - Very dark with reddish brown reflections and a yellow foam, looks like coffee
S - Smoky malts reinforcing that coffee impression
T - Still the same
M - Not very carbonated which fits the style
O - Nice porter with strong aromas!

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirzekel
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/22/17:

Dark reddish brown and mostly opaque, with light shining through around edges. Mocha-colored rocky foam head of superb retention, and speckled, splotchy lacing. Nose consists of roast, toast, caramel or toffee, light chocolate, nuttinesss, a slight dark fruit tartness. To palate, dark fruit tartness and sweetness, a little chocolate and smoke and roast, some booze, with finish of nuts, roast, and a pinch of cinnamon. Full-bodied, syrupy with sloshy and sudsy and gulpy carbonation, semi-astringent.

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

Photo of JTuomi
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matcris
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, nice tan frothy head that sticks to the glass. I get a unique aroma, almost like a red wine crossed with Whoppers candy. In the flavor, very sweet right off the bat. Then you get some bitterness and a lightly roasted dark malt. This beer tastes a lot like a red wine with dextrose and roasted malt. Again, unique. The feel, is, medium thin body, but slightly creamy. A little below average carbonation, and very dry. Overall, I like it, and I'll revisit it because it is different than the other porters I've had, but I wouldn't necessarily say better.

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Photo of dms1767
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinicole
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mahogany. Thin and dissipating dark tan head.
Rich fruit cake and coffee aroma.
Initial sweetness followed by a mildly bitter caramelised sugar taste. Stone fruits present.
Lightly carbonated with a soft feel.

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Photo of Golden32
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skrumpy
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, with a creamy tan head. Streak lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and toffee. Hints of licorice and dark chocolate. The flavor is herbal sweet, and is similar to the aroma. A bit of hops bitterness in the finish. An excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulElk
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light with great texture. Almost sweet tasting. Mild carbonation. Good find

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Photo of token_23223
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely an American porter. Even though it has a lot of malty, chocolate and coffee notes, it also has a higher amount of hoppiness than the porters in Europe.
Nevertheless, and excellent brew that I'd recommend to anyone!

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

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,713 ratings
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