jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is black with a greyish head. Taste is a chocolate and roasted malts. A very nice porter.
CapFlu (4524) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.