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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Almost completely black body, with a very beautiful thick tan head. The aroma is very powerful and strong. I can smell licorice, roastiness, soy, coffee and chocolate, just beautiful. The flavor is very burnt, coffee, licorice. Very crwamy mouthfeel and perfect amount of carbonation. This is a very nice porter... If i were on the Irish Rover, this should be the 7 million barrels of porter which they had on board! (Hint: The Pogues - Irish Rover)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2004
One of my favorites, the beer that introduced me to ígoodí beer. A gorgeous nearly black with a thick diminishing light brown head. Nice aroma of milk chocolate, malted milk balls, vanilla, licorice, roast and coffee with a hint of sweet raisin. Medium creamy body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Great flavor of plum, raisin, roast, malted milk balls, vanilla, milk chocolate, drip coffee and roast. Very drinkable, one of my staples. Have I overrated it? Probably, but not by too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chispito (21) - California, USA - APR 29, 2004
Combined impressions, tap and bottle. My Kryptonite. Beer looks good and black, with a small tan head that will remain for most of your drink (on tap) though I poured it a little aggressively from the bottle and received a good inch and a half of creamy Anchor Porter foam for my efforts. Smells delightfully roasted but not burnt in the same way a properly seared steak doesnít taste burnt. There is an elusive hint in the flavor here that I just canít put my finger on, but it happens to be my favorite note. It could be raisins, or plums or some other mildly sweet and fruity taste with a satisfying toasted aspect to it. Smooth. Not Heineken smooth, which means shallow white bread, but rather immaculately balanced with subtle complexities smooth. Touch of chocolate, touch of coffee. Alcohol is obvious but not distracting in any way--another note to be relished. Mild dryness is nice, not distracting. Mouthfeel is medium thickness, not at all watery, but not syrup by any means. It fits. I think it just might be a little bit bolder on tap, and the flavor might be oh-so-slightly subdued after a sit in the bottle, but if so, itís still a pretty close call. Maybe I seem gushy, but this is a good beer that I do not forsee growing past. Goes exceptionally well with hearty food, like a burger, fajitas, chili would be nice... Be careful that you donít drink more than you planned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
I am a huge Porter fan, and while this isnít my overall favorite Porter, it deserves a lot of credit. Coffee and chocolate flavors with a nice malty balance. You just wonít go wrong with this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 26, 2004
Poured a frothy tan head. Candied Apples and Hops prevail in the Aroma. A very smooth flavour of Candied Yams, Raisins, and burnt Pie Crust. Smoky overtones Define this Beverage. An Excellent Potable, one that I will seek in the future. Bon Appetit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 poured a dark small head. left a sour taste i didnt find pleasing, i could only relate the finish to a weak paint thinner. my buddy who was with me disagreed completely and was shocked i didnt like this, i was too our tastes are usually the same for this type of beer. but i just didn't like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2004 Pours a thick black with a medium-sized, brown, frothy head. The head does go away after a while but is easily brought back by a little swirling. Aroma is very unique and different from any porter I have had; it smells more creamy and chocolatey than anything I have had yet, aside from Young's Double Chocolate Stout. There is some coffee in the nose, but it is beautifully mellow rather than overpowering as is common; also some toffee smell. Flavor is malty up front, with lots of chocolate flavor, some light coffee, and caramel, with the perfect bitterness in the finish--great balance. Feels really good, too; almost as silky as a nitro can but without the nitro; just a tiny bit thin. Overall, this is a really nice, unique porter. I like the fact that there is no smokiness, the coffee is a little more laid back than usual, and the hops balance this beer very well. Overall, very nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2004
Pours a deep balck , with just a hint of reddish brown around the edges. Thick tan head, with good retension. Creamy feel, with a fuller body than many Porters. The malts are very prevalent, wints flavors of cocoa, coffee, and licorice. Very smooth and well-blended, especially in the transition to the hoppy finish. A good Porter, I'll be trying more from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2004
Nice looking pour and a good smell. Tasty beer. There's not much better then a good stout, and this one is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1088) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2004
Dark black pour, with a fluffy tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is fantastic. Wonderful on the palate. Coffee is predominant, along with chocolate, but you could get lost in this one. Some expresso, licorice, toffee, caramel, smokey malts, nice hopping.. it just goes on. Finish is a semi-sweet, perfect bitterness. Definitely the best port I've had yet. Most porters lose me on the finish, but this was top notch. Deserves its spot amongst the best ports'.

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