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RATINGS: 2873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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San Franciscoís famous Anchor Porter brand is made in one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world by the brewers of Anchor Steam Beer. Our old-fashioned Porter is virtually handmade, with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing. We use 100% malted barley, generous amounts of fresh, whole hops, entirely natural carbonation and a simple, natural brewing process which is like no other in the world. The deep black color, the thick, creamy head and the intensely rich flavor of Anchor Porter, made in San Francisco since 1974, have earned this delicious and unique brew a worldwide reputation for outstanding quality. It is aesthetically pleasing and wholly superior in every respect.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Not bad at all. The taste is on the light side but good enough to feel the smoked taste. Some hints of chocolate and hops gives it a decent aftertaste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nospam (1) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004 does not count
Well this is my first beer review, so you should probably disregard everything I say, but man, what a beer!! I donít think Iíve had a better beer let alone a better porter. It looks beautiful, pours a deep black with a little red in the light, with a nice tan head. The tase is perfectally balenced. A little sweet (from the smell mostly), a little bitter - like french roast coffee. I think I was expecting this to taste more like Guiness, but Iím supprised and pleased that itís much better. Donít pass this up if itís on the shelf.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Very dark brown/black pour supporting a creamy tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, vanilla and roasted malt. Just the right mouthfeel for a porter - silky and just slightly syrupy. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some spice with just the mellowest hoppy backbone. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and smoke. Another brewer calls their porter "Perfect" but this one hits that mark dead on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3366) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle - 355ml. Opaque black body topped with a thin beige foamy head. Nice malty aroma with notes of roasted coffee, brown sugar and grapes. Delicious taste with various flavors of malt, roasted coffee, fruits and chocolate. Strong and long bitter finish with a subtle warming effect. Very nice porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2004
Almost pitch black body with a small dense head. Lots of roasted malts in the aroma, with some bitterness from chocolate. Nice flavor with with a light roasted taste and some chocolate. Dry bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Oh man. One of the best porters ever. Very caramelly, full flavored. Crsp. Dry. Nice biting finish. Not much I can complain about here, for sure. If you havent tried it, you have no excuses. Fullerís still beats it. Barely.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2004
bottle. Color; dark, dark ruby black. Nice sweet malty aroma. Very sweet chocolate-malt taste. Nice slight hopped finish. This beer wowed me, so sweet and full flavored. I would reccomend this one!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Sampled at the Virginia Touch in Berryville, Virginia. Pours black with a good-sized off-white head. Roasted, slightly chocolatey aroma. More of the same in the flavor, slightly tart. Very nice smoky finish. Impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
a solid porter, pours dark brown, almost black, less than average head. thick burnt taste of caramel. it was impossible to drink this quickly. a wide bodied hearty porter, would probably be great with food.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle. Black with cream/tan head. Low carbonation which is good. Full bodied with a strong burnt caramel molasses flavour. Tastes like this beer has been boiled to caramel, fairly bitter. OK but not really to my taste I prefer the Fullers Porter.


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