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RATINGS: 3011   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2005
Black with nice tan head. The nose is full of roasty coffee notes, while the taste has a roasty bitterness from the dark malts, nicely balanced with a chocolaty sweetness. Strong coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2005
Pours black with a small brown head. Nice malty aroma, feels very nice in the mouth, quite roasty and a little earthy. Great hop flavours, not too intense. Its a good porter, but not all I had hoped for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 17, 2005
Pleasant malt aroma and dark color. Nicely hopped and roasted malt taste. Quite pleasing to the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 April, FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!! 2007!- Re-Rate. <P> Aroma is stewed raisins, cocoa, chocolate and black licorice. Huge fluffy mocha colored head. Very frothy and lasting. Black body. This beer is just damn close to perfect. Black licorice, cocoa, anise, roast malt and a deceptive alcohol kick. Itís just farking awesome. That is all there is to it. <P> August 21 2006 re-comment <P> Still a freaking benchmark for the style though this time it seemed to have more raisin notes to it. Itís still the freaking bomb as porter goes and it is still pushing the boundaries of the style after all this time. <P> June 12 2006 re-rate <P> Aroma is rich chocolate, brown sugar, raisin and maple syrup. Body is black and holds a slowly diminishing, two finger thick mocha head. Fore is stewed raisins, maple syrup, burnt malts and burnt bitterness. Has a baltic porter feel to it flavor wise. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Finishes like a liquid blast of rum raisin bread and chocolate tinged coffee. <P> original rating was 4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Very nice and quite unique. Lots of deeply roasted caramel malt flavor along with raisins, chocolate, and coffee. I agree with those that think its more like a stout than a porter. It has a nice sweet aroma and bittersweet chocolate finish as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Bought it for a recipe and had one while i was cooking. WOW! powerful, really coats your mouth with a toffee flavor. A lot of rosted flavor with a 60 second finish. this is a belly-filler!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewlutes (3) - USA - JUN 16, 2005 does not count
This is a great beer. Great strawberry aroma with a smooth head and a chocolatey/coffee aftertaste that lasts just long enough to make its point. I love this beer, and anything Anchor makes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 16, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 6, 2005
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.

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