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San Francisco’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Nice black porter appearance with a moderate to thin cream head. The first one I had didn't impress me all that much, but the flavor become much more lively as it warmed up toward room temperature. As I've slowly worked my way through the six-pack, my opinion of this beer has positively increased. It has a very nice mouthfeel, carbonated up front and smooth on the end. The malt flavors linger on the finish, with a nice balance of hops for bitterness. Very subtle notes of caramel and toffee are in there as well. Very nice, and a good beer for rating #200.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 This pours a near black that is a bit red around the edges. The head is tan and laces the glass perfectly. The nose is light, but a bit floral, plumb-ish, and also roasty. Oh my, this is a pretty amazing brew. The initial taste is a light floral sweetness with perhaps a hint of bubblegum sweetness or breadiness. Following is a dark chocolatly oiliness and fruitiness in the middle; the dark roasted hops are the kicker in the end. This porter has a near perfect mouthfeel and palate. It is actually a bit subtle in some ways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TerryB (8) - Calais, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2004 does not count
Nice, bold beer, great for this -20F Vermont night. We (should) all know and enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andytothemax (16) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2004 Decadent flavor sets the tone: a thick, tasty brew that one could drink forever. Solid in every respect, although the sticky mouthfeel/aftertaste might be a little much if you're trying to talk to someone. Also, the flavor could be somewhat stronger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2500) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2004
Dark (almost black) ruby color. Tan, fluffy head. Nice aroma of marshmallow and liquorice. Roasty, sweet malt-flavour. Big bitterness with an espresso-dry finish but still very smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2004
Almost black body with a nice dark beige head. Beautiful! Aroma of liquorice, dark roasted malt, and a little alcohol. Flavor has a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Notes of liquorice, oranges, brown sugar and roasted dark malt. A nice and dry alcohol bite to the finish. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6042) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Dark brown hue with a frothy tan head and good lace. Aroma hinted of caramel, nuts, movha, aromatic and floral hops, leathery yeast esters, and light citrus. The taste starts bitterweet chocolate and hazelnut. There is a slighty acidic fruity undertone. Smokey and bitter finish. The mouthfeel is dry and chalky. Solid, dependable porter. Not flashy and traditional, you know what you get from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2004
Very dark body, perfect tan head, a pleasure to look at. Enticing aroma and rich taste. Coffee, roasted malt and toffee flavours balanced by outsanding hops. Finish is almost dry. Delicious, and very drinkable at just 5,6% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2004
An excellent porter. Nice malty nose with a hint ob liquiorice and bubble gum. Beautiful black color with a huge tan head and lacing. Nice malty falvor sweet initial and nicely balanced in finish with appropriate hopps. Try this one

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Not much to say that hasn't already been said well about this beer. I think it might be the best American Porter, at least the best I've tried. Pours a fantastic black cherry color and the amoma promptly wafts off the thick head. Sticky sweet and smoky, perfect balance of malt and hops. I could bathe in this stuff. Absolutely delicious. Local bar sells it for $2 bucks a pint all day every day. Hooray!

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