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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2004
The taste of this beer was a little more acidic than I expected but still very satisfying. Think I’ll have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
I dont think this is a very good tasting beer. But that does not say a whole lot coming from me because i do not like too many porters.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2008 This beer was the shit. I would buy this again anyday of the week if I could find it in South Dakota. It is very dark with a creamy head and a smooth ass taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Though I like this, there’s something a little weird about the flavor, maybe the black licorice combined with some acidity; it has a nice chocolate nose and looks beautiful in the glass with a large, creamy head- some lacing present; it has a well balanced bitterness complementing a somewhat thick malty palate; I like it, but this is overrated, and I prefer other porters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Bottle: Good nose, banana/maltball/milky. Great color, orangy/reddish brown clear yet not much light gets through. Bittersweet flavors, baking chocolate, little metallic, grapefruit. Creamy, lite oily, bitter, burnt/ grapefruit, finish. Very nice, little thicker than i think of typically for a porter. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2722) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Everyone always said this was a good porter, and it is. It pours out dark black with a chocolate fruity aroma. There is little to no head to speak of. It tastes like dark chocolate mixed with a smoky fruit flavor. The finish is very smooth, not too heavy, not in the least bit watery. A great porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Delicious burnt chocolate appearance and taste. Dark, rich, and worthy of a second.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle. Pours dark black with dark brown highlights when held to the light. No Head and not much lacing. Great looking beer and the aroma is amazing. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, sweet dates, sweet fruit pastries, and a light hint of smokiness (just a hint). The initial flavor is a smooth and velvety roasty malt(initial not bitter), mocha, light alcohol, and a subtle balance of dark dried fruit flavors. The finish is slightly bitter sweet and not overpowering. Wow I’m impressed; this beer actually lives up the hype and 3.9+ rating. Amazing!! Very drinkable and well-crafted porter. Well Done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Man I want to spoon with this brewery. Lovely Porter. I’ve only had it out of the bottle and it ALWAYS satisfies. Pours a deep dark black. Dark like space dark. Head is tan and luscious like mama’s mashed potatoes. The bouquet is incredibly satsifying. The thing that is most interesting about this beer is that most other porters and stouts characteristically and traditionally are dry, so dry that what comes through is the arid texture of the dark roasted malt. Although I am a big fan of this style, it is difficult for my tongue to get past the dry, cracked, paperlike finish of the malt. This brew however is like chewing on a big ball of burnt black WET paper. Alright kind of gross, however not as dry as other porters and thus beautiful. Roasty, yeasty and satisfying this brew is great after a hard days work. G-rat

   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)

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