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RATINGS: 3011   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Bouteille de 1 pt, 6 oz obtenue via les Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de café torréfié. Apparence: Couleur noire opaque. Mince col beige. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture mince. Forte effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de café. (Rating #297)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Another ’why haven’t I had this before?’ beer. Aroma is malt and lightly roasted coffee. Flavor has some light fruityness with a dark malt taste. Palate is nothing special, but good. A tastey beer, but nothing world stopping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2005
Aaah - that dark beer smell: burnt, toasty, rich dried fruits (prunes mostly) - very nice! Has a creamy, coffee-coloured head over deep blackbrown marmite-like liquid that looks syrupy and rich. The taste is huge. Rushes through first stages straight to the aftertaste! 1: very roasted with burnt fruitcake (almonds and a little dark choc!). 2: some maltexo and lactic sourness. The aftertaste is a burnt bitterness that zaps ya and clings on for dear life. Kinda thick big silky body with a surprising light feel. <P><P> Wow. Kick’s steam’s ass. Big silky, dark and brooding. For serious drinkers and serious food: potent cheeses, hearty stews, fried food, pub meals, chocolate cake. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2005
Chocolate, carmel and raisins jump out on this one, tasted very fresh, probably due to living in California. Very nice on the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle. Great looking bottle at that. Pours a dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma is mainly roasted malt, little chocolate and a touch of sourness. Medium bodied on the palate and almost creamy in texture. The flavor is overwhelmingly semisweet chocolate with hints of caramel and coffee and a touch of raisin. Roasted malt and even a bit of smoke in the finish. Little bitterness compared to most porters and I think I like it that way. Very, very rich and complex with the perfect amount of sweetness. It’s an outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2005 Bottle. Pours a black with a reddish tint, a tan fluffy head. Smells of cofee and sour fruit, and very bitter chocolate. Tastes of bitter chocoalte, mocha, ripe fruit like raisins and prunes, with a very full chocolate flavor at the end. It feels extremely creamy and smooth on the tongue with very few bubbles. Slightly bitter finish, but not overly so. A wonderful beer that makes me very happy to be across the bay!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2005
Pours black with a fairly thick caramel head. Plenty of coffee in the aroma as well as dry fruit. Incredibly complex flavor has some chocolate, plenty of coffee, raisins, some molasses, and a mildly fruity finish. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle (650ml). Pours almost black, incredibly lively with a big light brown foamy-creamy head. Does the "guiness pour" settle-out thing wonderfully - head lasts forever, rocks out and leaves a half-decent lacing - top marks. Aroma is roast malt, somewhat vinous, stewed prunes and apple cores, slight hops, and tasty coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes as well - quite darkly fruit sweet on the nose. Flavour is like heaven’s own semisweet belgian chocolate with nuts and raisins bar - with dark roast malt, sourish wine overtones, other steeped fruits, coffee and cream. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, only lightly carbonated. This is one of the nicest porters I’ve ever had. Terrific blend of bitterness (coffee, chocolate, touch of hops), sweetness (fruit, malt and chocolate) with enough tartness to keep it all together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
norlem (8) - DENMARK - SEP 4, 2005 does not count
This tasty porter is so round, sweet and fresh that it is almost not a porter anymore. Paradoxically there is no doubt, however, that this is one of the best porters on the market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Pours black, creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate roastyness, just what you’d expect with a hint of sour. Taste is the same, it’s very smooth - smoother than I expected. Over time some extra flavors came about - more chocolate and less roastiness. Body is medium - not cloying at all. Nice porter aftertaste.

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