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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2003
Color is black with a greyish head. Taste is a chocolate and roasted malts. A very nice porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4524) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a near black body with a medium, almond head. Faint aroma of malt and cocoa. Flavour of chocolate with molasses and creamy fruity finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2003
I really was not enjoying this beer when it was cold, but once it warmed up, so did I. This beer appears an opaque purple/black color with a fine caramel color head. This beers taste and palate are all of the above: smooth, velvety, chocolate, smoky, & toffee like. When this beer was cold it had little flavor and little aroma; but once it became room temp all of this beers great characteristics came alive. I really did not feel that this Anchor Porter was a true representation of a porter style beer, it seems more like a stout. Overall, great beer whatever the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 A gentle pour evokes a brown-black body and khaki head. Powerful dark fruits embrace liquorice and oily coffee against a balancing almond extract twist. Short mild sweetness before an assault of plump acidity then into a drying, roasty finale. Nimble body, oily texture, restrained carbonation.

Classy combination of dried fruits and coffee on an agile base.

12 oz bottle, best before 09.2008.

Old rating was 8/4/9/5/17 = 4.3.

Rerate: Not too much to add. Brilliantly simply chocolate, roast and mocha aromas and flavors with hints towards toasted marshmallows. Robust and delicious and so widely available. Bumping this up from a 3.9 to a 4.3 after downing a blissful six pack of this ebony slice of heaven.

Pours a deep burgandy almost black. Light brown head disappears for the most part but leaves behind nice lacing. Has a pleasant aroma of moderate malt(molasses, roasted) light hops(flowers, perfume). Finish is more bitter than the aroma or initial flavor will lead you to believe. Oily, medium-full body leaves behind almost a chalky feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Deep black color with ruby edges where the light passes through. Large head, good lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, smoke, fruit and floral hops. Flavor is not overly complex, I look for more in a porter, almost a burnt carmel aftertaste. Palate was terrible, extremely acidic and musky. Bad finish and mouthfeel, almost stout like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
The color is the darkest of browns with hints of burgandy. Head is initially big and tan, but quickly diminishes. Light sweet nose with a wiff of smoke. Flavor is a balance of sweet malt start and a light, long dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Color is super dark, solid black with ruby red highlights near the bottom, head is cream colored, lumpy and creamy looking about a finger high. Curtains of tight lace. Smells faintly of citrusy sharp hop with a bit of some kind of tart raisin or plum fruity darkness. Its flavor is pretty dark and smoothly menacing with a fruity punch and roasty/toastyness taste that continues with a nice mix of light chocolatey bitterness. Milds out as it warms. Feel is very medium, nearly heavy, quite smooth and a bit creamy with a really interesting light little bitterness in the mouth, tongue, and even the lips. Super good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 Pour a black with a tan to light brownish head which quickly dissipates. Aroma is mild without much distinction. Initial taste is hoppy, as it should be--nothing special, but the finish is what makes this beer. The finish is incredibly smooth and sort of relaxing in a way. The aftertaste is good. The palate is a full-bodied beer. A pretty good brew.(5/4//7/5/15)~~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~Yikes it’s beer 11 years since I last rated this beer. The aroma on this is really nice. Of course, it has the metallic Anchor house character, but it also has a really nice chalky, sweet, chocolate maltiness present. It’s quite seductive. Slightly transparent mahogany body with a large, foamy, rocky, tan head that takes forever to dissipate. Starts with a light metallic flavor, before some chocolate sweetness follows. Becomes nice and roasted in the middle, without being too harsh. More sweetness and chocolate flavor come through late, with just a small amount of herbal hop bitterness. This is a gorgeous brew that’s incredibly well-balanced and just so damn drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Good looking porter, dark with a thick creamy head. Aroma is sweet and malty with subtle notes of coffee. Medium bodied and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Flavor is sweet roasted malt all the way. This is one of the better porters I've come across recently. Not as fine as the Fullers but a good choice just the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Wow, this is a great beer and one of the best porters I've had. Aroma is good, but a little weak. Appearance is great; very dark reddish brown and tan head that has good lacing. Smoother than Samuel Smith's Tadcaster, but still has a decent body. As straight lined porter as you can find, but still solid for the most part.

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