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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I Just Cannot see anyone not liking this Porter, everything happening about this beer is just done right, silky, Rasiny sweet perfectly balanced bitterness beautiful head on the pour, this is one of my weekly "Staple" brews I cannot go a week without it!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this back again more carefully.
Deep black color with a thick caramel three finger head with great retention and leaving laces. Hard to beat.
Nice aroma of roasted malts, wood, piney hops, molasses and dark fruits.
Very original flavor, quite hoppy for the style but fits perfectly. Notes of earthy hops, coffee, pine, molasses, pepper, plums and licorice. Hints of dark chocolate, oak and soy sauce. Smooth dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Classic beer. This is an improved porter, more complex, flavorful, and hoppy but still smooth. Highly recommended.

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3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured straight into pint glass, appearance looks like the standard porter.

Smell was unattractive to me at first, it was very different from porters I usually taste or enjoy. To me, the aroma is metallic, fruits, and butter.

This porter is livid with fruit, strong flavors of plum and dates. Lasting impression of blueberry and plum once the beer is swallowed. Very different from the typical porter and definitely took me by surprise.

Thin bodied for a porter, goes down easy. Body is like a juicey feel, not too thick but is downed easy enough.

Definitely an unexpected beer, looks like a porter but the elements of fruit definitely is enough to make it not a porter in my opinion. Depending on your tastes, you might like the change.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ain't no ruby hue here, this Porter is jet black and had an immensely thick head that crowned above the glasses edge.

The scent has dried fruits such as prune and plum but there's a mahogany woodsy scent as well. Deep cherry couples with chocolatey malts giving the chocolate covered cherry aroma a nice ease.

The flavor is thick and full with deep chocolatey undertones. Dried fruit sweetness, prunes and cherry, cover the malt flavors. The flavors are hefty and alive and make this a superior Porter.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown, almost black, with four or five fingers of durable coffee colored head. Aroma is dark fruity malts, more malts, and maybe a whiff of floral and earthy hops. Nice sweet malt complexity in the aroma, and the taste doesn't disappoint. Raisins, dates, cherries, some milk chocolate, coffee, and cola flavors but the dark fruits carry the day. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and a bit chewy, some hop bitterness on the finish but this beer is a vehicle for fruity malts, with the hops just keeping things from becoming too syrupy. Nice example of a "robust porter" from the BJCP style guidelines, almost approaches a sweet stout in flavor if not in body. A touch of bitter grain lingers on the palate. This could be my favorite Anchor beer. Its quite consistent from batch to batch, maybe the hops are more pronounced on rare occasions. Malt complexity along a sweet vein (check out Brekel's Brown for a different take on malty complexity).

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a large off white head.

The smell is malty and dark fruits.

The taste is dark fruits and sweet malts.

The mouthfeel is pretty light with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty easy drinking flavorful beer. This is one you could drink a few of.

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