thehinge (291) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This seems more like an impy stout as I rate it. Black as night with a light brown head with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is malty. Taste has caramel and nice roasty character. I was not disappointed by this beer.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a style I typically enjoy, but this porter was borderline spectacular. Great roasty flavor with a thick, sweet caramel to it as well. Exceptional complexity and a nice, thicker body than most porters. Puts the steam and liberty to shame. This ought to be Anchorís flagship.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really wanted to like this beer, and at nearly a 4 I had high hopes, but I was honestly quite disappointed. This beer displays a heavy prune or raisin taste. Way too much of the flavor banks on that alone. Itís a shame to behind that cloud of prune taste i could make out some very nice malt flavors. Just a bit too over the top, there are many porters that blow this away in just my local area. How this got so high Iíll never know.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím a sucker for Porters. Iím not sure what it is about their flavor or appearance that really excites my palate. Anchor Porter is no exception. Very drinkable, mild hops.
Foxbush (1748) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a pleasant surprise. Anchorís Porter poured a deep black with a light brown creamy head. The aroma was immediate with malt, coffee and mocha. The first mouthful burst with rich intense flavor. This Porter is one to enjoy. I will be going back for more.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
After the lovely aroma and appearance, the taste of it was almost a letdown. Nice bright smell, with the hops right up front. Color is quite dark, and resistant to light. The hops are evident in the taste, almost overly so. The problem with this is it drowns out the natural mocha and coffee flavors inherent in a porter. Still a great beer, and a real treat. Think of the voice of Ally McCoist, thatís how smooth it is.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the very first porter i drank, but i had no clue what a porter was and thought it was another ordinary beer that would be easy drinking like Anchor steam. I didnít really enjoy it that much and i was getting a big stomach ache trying to polish off a whole 6-pack on that 4th of July night of 2004. Now the tables have turned, and i have a bigger understanding of porters, so iíve bought another six pack this week to re-visit it. The nose is a light presence of chocolate added with a slight whip cream aroma. A dark black that in actuality is a brown color accompanied by a little rocky topping of head while it will leave behind a major amount of lacing down the glass. The flavor might possibly be the most smoothest porter i have rated so far even though it isnít the most flavorful. What does cross my tastebuds is a moderate bitterness level with a dark toasted malt back bone. As strange as this may sound, but when i take a sip while inhaling the aroma i swear it reminds me of red licorice candy ropes. Although i admit that this may not be the most richest and tasty porter out there; however, i will proudly say that this is in my favorite top 5 list of the porter style.
btowles (2) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Anchor porter is one of the definitive examples of robust porter. The head is thick and creamy, as is the texture. There is no roasted barley character, and no bite from over use of black patent. The hops are present, but not overpowering. This is exactly what I expect when I order a porter.
thebigpopper (7) - USA - MAY 27, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím impressed by the drinkability of this beer; for a porter, itís not excessively thick. A good balance between hops and malt. Jet black and creamy appearance, with quickly disappearing foam. If youíre in the mood for a porter, this one wonít let you down
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pure, dark brown with a nice, foamy tan head. Aroma of nice chocolate and coffee. Very malty. Taste is pure smoothness. Nice and creamy with a great finish.