Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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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FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, smooth, a great porter, more on the light side, bittersweet flavor, good delicate coffee notes, very drinkable, highly enjoyable
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
n0kwa (34) - Talisheek, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.