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RATINGS: 2948   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Pours a rich, dark brown-black...with a frothy, thick head. Smells of stout coffee topped off with chocolate. Body is full and hearty, but very creamy. Just enough sweetness to make it feel like dessert, but not enough to be overpowering. Great coffee flavors mixed with molasses...good bitterness. The is a fantastic porter from a great brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Nice dark pour. The color of strong coffee, with just a slight brown red glow. Moderate amount of fine carmel brown head. Very mild coffee aroma. Hints of black licorice and dark chocolate. The body is mouthfilling and satisfying, with just a fine flourish of tanic astringency to give it a clean finish. Very smooth coffee flavors, with a pleasant building bitter roast edge. Rewards slow sipping, and the flavors continue to develope as it warms. I am a fan. This is porter spot-on. Anchor may not make the biggest beer, but they sure make some of the most well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 This pours dark brown, almost black, and has a foamy brown head. It smells malty sweet with an added chocolate aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. It’s very sweet to the taste, but not cloyingly so. There’s plenty of roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and a touch of licorice. Has a mild, sweet malt finsh.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Second Great Anchor beer I’ve tried. Pours Dark Black. Smells foody and savory. Starts coffee laced with fruit, resolves to seasame seeds and malt. Yummy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
July, 2003: Bottle. "Wholly superior in every respect." I love the way brewers enthuse about their beers. I bet he also tells his wife he’s got the biggest cock in the world. Brewers, they’re a bit like lawyers - you can’t trust ’em. This is a damn tasty brew - full of roasty flavours and chocolate flavours, quite smoothly done. Nice winey quality - with just a hint of soft fizz. A very pleasant and easy drinking porter - not complex or demanding, just plain old fashioned tasty. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
Big sweet chocolate aroma. Light fruits too. Medium soft body/feel. Black in colour with small brown head. Tasty chocolate start with a slightly fruity mid. Light coffee and chocolate bitter finish. Nice porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2004
Black colour, smooth, a great porter, more on the light side, bittersweet flavor, good delicate coffee notes, very drinkable, highly enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
Black with a good size tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Very smooth malt flavor with hints of coffee, molasses and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2004
I had some on tap at Growler’s in St. Louis and it was excellent. About a week later I bought a six pack and it was good but not as good as what I had on tap. Great appearance. A chocolate coffee thing going on with the taste. I’d put the tap batch I had ahead of Bully Porter but the bottle behind the Bully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
n0kwa (34) - Talisheek, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Had a great aroma and moderate head. Dark brown color. It had a litttle bit of a bitter coffee taste. I was a little disappointed overall.

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