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RATINGS: 2873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Bottled. Looks and pours like a Guinness, just with a slightly foamier head. Smells and tastes wonderful, like a whiff of Hershey bar hiding a more subtle sloe gin cherry. The texture is a little bit grainy, yet also mellow. Not a harsh note to be found. This is indeed one of the world’s great porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 typical porter app. w/ black body and light brown head...aroma of roasted chocolate and coffee notes...flavor is much more complex and defined with rich chocolates, coffee, toffee, nuts, cream....splendid aftertaste and coating of the mouth....tremendous effort and achievement by Anchor in regards to this phenomenal porter....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soutie (10) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Nice dark brew- similar to the Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve been drinking the past few days. Nice, hoppy & thick black brew. Head was quick to fade. Hints of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate in this unassuming bad-boy. A little watery, but all in all, a great one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Fresh, sweet, milky, chocolate aroma with light hints of roasted malts. Darkest brown, opaque body with lavish, pillowy, brown head that lasts throughout the tasting. Fruitiness up front recedes to reveal the thick chocolate flavour which plays out to a restrained roastiness in the dry finish with some light smokey notes. Full-body with heavy, thick, viscous and syrupy mouthfeel. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chris081283 (7) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2004 does not count
really nice, but really expensive, not too sure about the level of maltiness, could be a bit more of a bitter taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Thin 0.5cm head is foamy, tan, never leaving. Body is dark brown, almost opaque. Aroma is typically porterish with direct barley flavors and a small lactic bite. Rich chocolate and anise flavors. Nice range of fruitiness reminiscent of a dates cake with lots of crust. Palate is thick, oily, sweet. Not much bitterness at all despite a gentle hop hint and apparent faint smokiness. I can understand its high rating, this is everything you want a porter to be. Classy and quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2004
bottle...deep garnet pour with generous tan head. The head is rich and lasting. Sweet malt aroma, some mile chocolate noticable. Nice chewy porter with heavy chocolate flavor. Sweet, not bitter, which is an interesting comparison to the Benchwarmer I just had. If I could combine both, it would be the ultimate porter. This is very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Poured dark with a thick dark oak head. Aromas was heavy with dark chocolate Tastes of malt, coffee, chocolate. Slightly sweet with mild amount of bitterness. Could have used a little more bitterness to offset the maltiness.Tasty, non the less a very good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Pours black with quickly disappearing head. Nose is of licorice, sweet and chocolate malt. Flavor is chewy, smoky and bitter all at the same time. Very drinkable porter. Nice bitter, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Bottle. Very yummy porter. I’ve had only one other beer from Anchor...needless to say I have been impressed with it and with this, the porter. I’m becoming more of a fan of porters as time goes by, and this helps

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