Anchor Porter

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Type: American Porter
  • Brewed by: Anchor Brewing Company
  • Availability: Year-Round
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  • Region Available: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, Guam, Italy], Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
  • Aroma: Hoppy
  • Aroma Description: Bread - Dark
  • Serve at Temperature: Cool
  • Container: Shaker Pints and Tumblers
  • Website: http://www.anchorbrewing.com
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  • 58 
  • 4.2/5 
  • 5.60% 
  • 1166/3686 
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Anchor Porter is a unique dark brew made using roasted dark malts, along with a top-fermenting yeast. The brew is hopped at a very high rate, and is naturally carbonated to produce an intensely rich flavor and thick creamy head.

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Reviews: 5

  • Jun 8, 2014
    generallee (311)Rank: Beer ExplorerGroup: Fall beer lovers
    4.3
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    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The neck label has a nice description of the beer and there is a bottle code (OFJ) imprinted on the back label. Appearance: It has a dark brown/black body with deep crimson highlights and a tall three finger beige head on top. The head is slow fading and thick. It coats the glass as I tip it to my mouth and leaves thick splotchy lace patters behind. Smell: The nose is malty sweet and roasty with caramel, toffee, bready and light toasted bread notes with a hint of chocolate. Taste/Palate: It’s sweet up front with lots of deep malty texture in a full body. Roasted grain, toasted bready notes, caramel and toffee blend with mild bitterness from the mostly hidden hops and finish a little dryer but still with some residual sugary sweetness. It has a smooth full feel with light carbonation. Notes: Overall it’s a well made and very enjoyable American Porter.
  • Jun 5, 2013
    kaj-ii (778)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    3.5
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    [Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

    The pour was a deep dark murky black with an average (1-2 finger) medium beige frothy head that reduced down to a thin scattered film with a large collar, and produced some fair spotty lacing.

    The aroma was of a roasted bread malt, mild resin hops and an earthy yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, dark fruit (figs) and a whiff of smoke.

    The taste was lightly sweet with a bold malty roastiness and hints of toffee and chocolate in the beginning, becoming much bitterer with a large coffee presence, a mild fruitiness and had a hoppy smoky finish. The flavor hung on for a nice long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter roasty smoky taste left behind to linger on the taste buds for a while longer.

    Mouthfeel was just a tad under medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a surprisingly fizzy carbonation.

    Overall this was a very tasty and satisfying brew with a smooth roasty bitterness, which was offset nicely by a mild sweet fruitiness. Simply said this is a well balanced and enjoyable brew...

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    Serving type: 12oz Bottle
  • May 16, 2013
    mcnealc31 (205)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: Ohio Beer Lovers
    4.8
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    Color is black, as it should be, with a very fluffy beige head. The aroma is an inviting mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet malt comes through first in the flavor, with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Dry, oak finish.

    Smooth texture, phenomenal balance and flavor, and at only 5.6% ABV, it's not heavy handed. It's beautifully crafted brews like this that make me love porters so much!
  • Oct 31, 2010
    Shrews629 (42)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: craft beer enthusiasts
    4.5
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    Full, lush, creamy, cream colored head. Color is almost pitch black. Just the faintest dark red, ruby highlights around the edges. This brew looks outstanding. The head is really sticking around and it leaves a copious amount of lacing. A rich chocolate and coffee malt comes to the forefront of the nose. The smell is also evoking a roasted and smokey essence that is very delightful. The taste is very similar to the smell by recalling the chocolate and coffee. Not overly sweet, but just enough sweetness for a teasing. The smokey flavor adds enjoyment by appearing in a delicate way in the end. Medium to full mouthfeel. Chewy and very smooth. Creamy. The coating of the tongue and throat are very satisfying as they hang around for a great while. I really, really, really like this brew. I haven't had a tremendous amount of Porters in my life, but this one had to be at the top of my list of ones I have had thus far. Perfect for those late Autumn/Winter days and evenings. Easily drinkable. This is a beer that I will have to visit every year at some point or another. Thanks Anchor..... for brewing it.
  • Dec 3, 2009
    thebadfrogger (95)Rank: Beer AficionadoGroup: Fall beer lovers
    4.4
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    Pours dark brown with loads of tan foam, good retention and plenty of lacing all the way down.
    Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and caramel.
    Starts out tasting of roasted malts and a little sweetness. Some chocolate and coffee notes are there with a subtle hop bitterness that is blended in well. Dry, refreshing finish with a touch of alcohol present.
    Maybe just a pinch thin in body, well carbonated. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, very,very drinkable!