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RATINGS: 2872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Black with a brown head. Aroma is hoppy with a molasses and honey hint. Bittersweet like a dark chocolate or dark coffee. Easy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Good bottled, great on tap, so here goes: on tap just outside of Frisco. Almost black, opaque, smallish, tan, creamy head with soft and smoothe lacing, leaving rings and net all the way down. Aroma is strong malts with prune, chocolate and maybe coffee; smells great. Flavor is lovely on tap, fabulous: well balanced, sweet, smoothe, prunes, chocolate. Wee heavy body for a porter, but thatís how I like it and with medium, soft and creamy carbonation--this is very drinkable. Alcoholic flavor on this one in the finish, itís light but makes itís presence known in a very nice way. Big difference between bottle and tap with tap being far superior.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 FANTASTIC porter. Great aroma of chocolate and yeast; wonderful dark look in the glass, great flavor and, well, just drink it! Nice job on this porter...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Very enjoyable! Tasted somewhat reminiscent of prunes or raisins but very roasty. Carbonation is suberb. Held a nice head the whole way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Very good porter. Dark brown, black color. Nice lasting tan head. Aroma was ok. slight coffee. Flavor was very good. Vanilla, some alcohol too. good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2004
I like this beer. It is probably one of my favourite porters. I am not often in the mood for so heavy a brew as a porter nor does the setting here in Birmingham often seem complementary to its weighty seaport-sounding heftiness and mouthfeel. I donít really know what Iím talking about - the review had to be about yay long...I liked it. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
Black-brown colour. Tall brown head, lasting. Sweet fruity aroma. Muscovado sugar. Good carbonation. Complex rich flavour. A bit smoky. Roasted bread. Malty. A hint of licourice. Vanilla? Dry, slightly bitter finish. Overall very good stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Wow! What a great porter. Iím not a porter man, myself, but this one is a great one. Smells and tastes of chocolate, with an extremely filling sensation in your mouth. Dark as oil and slick as night. Go for it, porter man.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2004
This was unlike any porter Iíve ever had. Reminded me of Old Peculiar. Similar English malts producing subtle fruit flavors (plumbs, cherries, raisins). This one is tough to rate on just one bottle, but my overall impression is outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Bottle into Duvel tulip glass; bought at World Market at Broadway and Diversey. I must say that I like porters. A lot. This one was no exception. The aroma was faint, but the whiff I caught was caramelly. Opaque black in the glass, medium hue brown head as bubbly and very short lived, but demonstrated interesting lacing for how meager it was. The flavor: dope. Coffee beans with cotton-candy sweetness at first, settling into unsweetened chocolate thatís smooth and perfectly balanced. Great mouthfeel; just a hint of carbonation to go with a milky smoothness. Not as good as Carnegie, but damn good nonetheless.

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