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RATINGS: 2688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Ron once played a trick on Bob by mixing Falstaff light with molasses and putting it in an Anchor Porter bottle and recapping. On opening it at the tasting, Bob simply noted it was sweeter than the Sierra Nevada porter we had just tasted. Well, the real thing tastes a heck of a lot better than Falstaff light and molasses I can tell you. Nice dark roast malt flavors and hop bitterness. A lot more enjoyable than I would have expected given that I seldom drink dark beers. This one I drained dry and licked the last drop from the upturned bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Boy is this good beer... pours black with a brownish head. Sweet, bitter, huge mouthfeel and a bitter finish. A riskier combination of flavors than other notable porters, and good because of this.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
A satisfyingly rich, complex porter. Firm, creamy body with chocolate and fruit (subtle banana character) in the aroma and flavor; nice bitter hop/sweet malt balance mid-palate; mild alcohol warmth in the finish followed by a host of flavors in the aftertaste: coffee, molasses, yeasty dark bread, and a pleasant hop bitterness. Best to let this linger and let the aftertastes develop before taking another swig.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 3, 2003
Black licorice dominates the aroma, building anticipation for tasting. At least three flavors run a relay-race during the swallow: an initial candy sweetness, a strong hoppy middle, and a final and enduring roasted taste. Not to be wasted on unsophisticates.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (775) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Dark, complex, and rich (sort of like Colin Powell) this brew IS the best American-made porter, period.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
This beer is black as night, with a little bit of ruby-colored tint, when held up to a strong light. When poured, you get a large head that lasts forever. Nose is a little malty, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee mixed in. Flavor is outstanding - what a porter is all about. Slightly toasted, malty, and a bit sweet. Palate is nice and creamy smooth. This is one of my favorites ever.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 28, 2003
Very dark body with a scalded milk colored head. Smells of coffee/chocolate. Very smooth feel in mouth. Taste is dark coffee and malt with chocolate and a hint of black pepper. Extremely bitter hop aftertaste for a porter. An intersting beer definately worth giving a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Light chocolate aroma. Plenty of roastiness, with a slight chocolate flavor. Velvety smooth. A classic porter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
Chocolate, coffee, and liquorice aroma. Almost black, trace of ultra violet, large creamy cappuccinno head. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and liquorice flavours. Medium bodied, finely bitter, and dry. Terrific, very satisfying!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 23, 2003
This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that were mostly lasting and left a good lacing with a opaque black brown body and no apparent carbonation. Its aroma was mild with notes of malt and a mild alcohol smell. Its mouthfeel is initially kind of biting, from the hops, and finishes with a mild alcohol burn. The flavor is mild initially and then the alcohol flavor takes over. I can also taste some licorice in the flavor, but not much else. I don't get the typical malt and roasted caramel or coffee flavors from this porter and it has more hops than most. I seem to find myself bucking the trend on this one as I feel it is not the best example of the style. On the redeeming side, I think it has a higher ABV than listed as I can feel the buzz from just a half a bottle.


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