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RATINGS: 2980   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2005
Pours black with thin tan head. Leaves decent lacing. Aromas of chocolate and molosses. Tastes like bitter chocolate. I was expecting more taste. Has a bitter, hoppy finish to it. Above average Porter for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2005
a very nice porter. very smooth and creamy with a great finish and a great look.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedBurn (11) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2005
Pours dark, almost black, with medium head that settles well. Smooth, almost chocolatey taste, full and dry. The finish is fairly bitter. Overall, a complex flavor that I truly enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Almost completely black with medium tan head. Smells buttery, chocolately, with raisins and some other low key fruits. Very full mouthfeel. Tastes of bitter chocolate, some sort of fruityness, and coffee with a somewhat bitter finish. Taste lingers a while. I almost like this as much as Fullerís Porter! Very complex and delicious, I like this a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
Nearly opaque ruby brown. Brown grewy head settles down quickly, decent linger. Roasty, banana aroma. Some chocolate notes. Full, dry mouthfeel. Chocolate nose, melds into sharp fruity esters. Some chalky, earthy characters. Acrid spicy finish, which mellows a bit as it warms up. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (14669) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
I owe this rating due to a forum post DaSilky1 made months ago pointing out that I hadnít rated this yet and to Shadey for buying me a bottle so that I could. I didnít think much of this beer the first time around but man have I changed my mind.

Near black colour. Aroma is chocolatey, slightly sharp (acidic). Slightly roasty, acidic, toasty with chocolate overtones and mocha highlights. Really cool beer - like a mix between the assertiveness of 21st century porter and the complexity of 19th century stuff (yes, I was around back then).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - APR 7, 2005
This is prob the best porter you can find around the country it is thick and dark with a slightly fruit aroma... the taste has some sweetness of cocolate and fruit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2005
Almost black beer with a brown head. Aroma of caramel and fruits. Very nice flavor, dark chocolate and dark fruits (raisins), well balanced, very good brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2005
Very fruity aroma, along with a nice yet subtle chocolate presence. The flavor is very good with a wide variety of sensations. Very complex beer, very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2005
Canít believe I havenít touched this brew in years. Whatís wrong with me!? Pitch black, thick tan creamy head. To me anyway, the nose was very Belgian like with buttery ripe dark fruits and sweet roasted chocolate leading the way. A great roasted malt flavor is intermingled nicely with the dark fruitiness, with the back end kicking in the Anchor hop bitterness. Just great balance. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, drying, bittersweet, dark fruit finish. Excellent session porter without a doubt...

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