blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
good.. not much of a porter fan. Still love the Anchor line though
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - JUL 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2004 Before I rate, Id just like to thank 'krisbierjaeger' for some of the most truly provocative, intense, mind boggling and entertaining reviews I have ever laid eyes upon.
That said.. this beer is excellent. Full bodied, smooth, brimming with flavor (almost a sweet coffee taste). Best anchor Ive had, and easily one of the best porters I'll ever have.
HUZZAH, what a troglodyte!
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
TAP- Deep dark black; Fantastic head that was dense and lingered; Wonderful aroma that requires poetry I canít pull off. Oiliness that swirls in the mouth. A sweetness that is exquisite. Dare I say, better then the Fullerís- Yes, I will shout it from the mountaintop.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A terrific porter, as porters go. A touch sweet. Roasted malt is present, as it should be. Hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Cute bottle.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep and dark, huge tan head to start but it dissapates fast. Aroma of strong grains and hops with a hint of coffee. Taste is warm with a medium mouth feel starting with a light malty chocolate and moving to a slightly bitter coffee the taste lingers long after the last drink.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best porters Iíve had. Nice deep dark brown body with a lightish brown head. Great aroma of coffee and dark caramel malts with some hops in the background. Great smooth taste which leaves me wanting another one.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good dark color and well balanced. Would have enjoyed more head retention, yet the flavor was somewhat carbonated. Smooth sweet and fruity.
dts2599 (21) - USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good porter. Slight coffee taste, but it tastes more like a beer than something from Starbucks, unlike some porters. Every tme I have it, it gets better and better.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this troglodyte foamed up to greet me when i popped the top. the head is like a crusted manhole cover capping a cavernous abyss of sooty darkness. heavy malts rumble from subterranean depths like faraway subway trains, thereís an echoing drip of coffee and molasses, a plaintive drone of yeasty pipes. hops wailing like hissing steam and station whistles-- but soothed and muted by the dark distance. warm alcohol vapors and the fresh silky palatte alternate like shifting air currents. a sweet, reposeful submersion.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 A wonderful classic Porter. Dark, well balanced. I canít wait to get back to SF for a visit and try this on tap!
Re-rate: 3/20/05 Itís been two and a half years from my last sip of this wonderful Porter. Time hasnít changed my mind, itís still a great beer. Rich molasses, a touch of soy sauce and traces of smoke with a floral hoppy bitterness all combine to make a wonderful thick chewey beer. I do like this very much!