Anchor Porter | Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor PorterAnchor Porter
3,699 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 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

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Photo of beergoot
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with a dense, creamy light tan head. Toffee and chocolate scents; a hint of vanilla; toasted grains. Creamy and velvety smooth on the tongue; medium-heavy body. Deep, soothing milk chocolate malt and grain flavors with a tingling hop bitterness sneaking up at the finish.

I seldom find this beer in Colorado Springs, so this is the one west coast beer I picked up while otherwise loading up on some New England regional beers. I'm very glad I did, because this palate pleaser brought back memories of this classic beer that I haven't enjoyed in five or more years. Rich and satisfying throughout, complexity and depth galore, this is one “meaty” yet very drinkable dark ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep black with 2 fingers of head

S - cream and sour chocolate

T - full flavor, sour and peppery notes of malt stand out

M - fils up the mouth, taste mellows as it sits in your mouth

O - not as sweet as many porters I've tasted, but enjoyed the sour and peppery flavor

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. A shit ton of head is formed - it's three fingers high, and light tan in shade. It's also pretty long lasting, with a rocky texture and some great lacing left behind.

S: There's actually a lot going on here. The very first thing I notice is some plummy dark fruits and some chocolate. Backing that is a healthy yet subtle hop note. And there's also a decent amount of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. It's not the biggest nose ever, but who cares? It's contemplative and inviting nonetheless.

T: The very first sip is chocolaty. The second sip is fruitier in tone yet with a hoppy finish. The third sip sees the hops mingle with the subtle roast to create a great coffee flavor. Some licorice flavors also appear. It's not suffocatingly complex; rather all the flavors are quite defined and readily noticeable...making its delicate balance all the more impressive.

M: Drinkability is the key here: it's light in body and dry on the back end, with only a touch of lingering sweetness. Carbonation is actually pretty low, allowing said sweetness to appear.

O: This is probably the best robust (hoppy) porter I've had. Everything's in good balance, yet the flavors stand out quite well. I could see this becoming a go-to porter.

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

Poured two and half fingers of head on the darkest brown colored body.
The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, candy corn and a little burnt wood.
The taste is roasted malt, touch of coffee and a little vanilla at the finish. Nicely balanced.
The texture is fizzy and crisper with moderate carbonation.
Well done.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-deep brown color with a nice thick cream colored head of one finger. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave an amazing level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and roasty. The biggest smell is of a roasted malt mixed with notes of chocolate and coffee. The sweeter smells are of a molasses and caramel and a tiny bit of a wood and pine rounding it all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet molasses and caramel flavor with a good chocolate and roasted malt base. Some flavors of vanilla soon come to the tongue along with citrus hop as well as some other sweeter dark fruit flavors. A very light coffee and some nut come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, combining with the rest and a newly encountered floral hop, which overall produce a nice roasty, sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a porter the body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The carbonation balances the porter characteristics of the beer with the hop very well, but a thicker body may have been slightly more appropriate. Even with that said, overall the feel was pretty good.

Overall – A rather tasty and slightly higher hopped porter. A nice take on a porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The beer pours pitch black with abundant head. The head appears chewy and creamy and produces big air bubbles within. The lacing is abundant as well and sticks to the glass in thick patches. A beautiful looking beer. I am beginning to appreciate Anchor beers for their appearance alone.

The aroma is deep, chocolate and caramel malt with coffee drifting in and out.

Tastewise, the beer has a bit of smokiness, sweetness reminiscent of maple, and coffee and bitter chocolate undertones hit the palate towards the end. The beer drinks smoothly and has a good creaminess to it, with little to no bitterness.

I am once again impressed by Anchor Brewing and find they have made a great porter. This is one I'd encourage all to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

One of the best easily available porters on the market today.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Simple but quite satisfying.

This has to be one of the most drinkable porters. Roasty malt, a tiny bit of smoke, chocolate, and caramel all play together really nicely. Anchor clearly knows what they are doing.

This is is medium bodied, fairly hefty for the lower ABV, with a very creamy mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

A real classic and one of my favorite straightforward porters.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Anchor Porter from Anchor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 3,699 ratings
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