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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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours a thick head; good lace. Hold to the light and some gets through. Flowery bouquet; flavor at first a bit roasted and astringent with some strong black coffee. Dry bitter finish. Excellent example of the style

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Delightful porter. Rich backbone malt with excellent lace on tap. Hop character strong, but not overpowering. Savory at room temperature.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 Pours thick and black. Thick and lasting spumous tan head, strong lacing as expected, fairly strong carbonation. Nose is toasted grain, soapy carbonation and yeast. Front: sweet roasted malts, acidic, some hops. Body: mega fruit asters Anchor style, berries and apple, bitter toasted grains with some hops, lots of sweet malts. Finish: some burnt toast, good balance. Palate is creamy and thick. Excellent porter.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Much differant then the other Porters I have had thus far. More of a dry taste, hops are much more exentuated, and coffee notes are in the background instead of the forefront like the others I have had.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Roasted hops with a hint of coffee. Full bodied and very flavorful. Head pours nice. Deep copper brown color. A great porter! Enjoy!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Dark with a thin head and good lacing. Aroma is anise and dark chocolate. Flavour is the same.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Pours deep purple/black. Not the head I expected. Faint subtle aromas of carmel, malt, licorice and sweet coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. Very good bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JenT (10) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 One of my favorite beers with decent distribution, so you can get it almost anywhere. Love it for the carmel & roasty flavor and creamy palate. Always pours with a nice head and dark body. A much better choice than Guiness because it has more microbrew characteristics, um...that would be hops!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Great example of a porter. Nice big creamy head on a dark brown body. Loads of roastedness, and a great balance of bitterness, hops and sweetness.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5558) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2004
(355 ml bottle). Pours with a large tan head, colour is very dark, nearly black (= very, very dark ruby when held to the light). Lovely complex aroma where coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, oak and sandalwood shine through. Flavour is initially sweet and mellow, then a distinct bitterness comes through. Coffee notes are dominant. There's something undefined strange in the aftertaste that keeps me from giving it a straight "5". Still, this is a top class porter!


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