Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a frothy tan head. Candied Apples and Hops prevail in the Aroma. A very smooth flavour of Candied Yams, Raisins, and burnt Pie Crust. Smoky overtones Define this Beverage. An Excellent Potable, one that I will seek in the future. Bon Appetit.
Kevin (2155) - New Mexico, USA - APR 26, 2004
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 poured a dark small head. left a sour taste i didnt find pleasing, i could only relate the finish to a weak paint thinner. my buddy who was with me disagreed completely and was shocked i didnt like this, i was too our tastes are usually the same for this type of beer. but i just didn't like this one.
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2004 Pours a thick black with a medium-sized, brown, frothy head. The head does go away after a while but is easily brought back by a little swirling. Aroma is very unique and different from any porter I have had; it smells more creamy and chocolatey than anything I have had yet, aside from Young's Double Chocolate Stout. There is some coffee in the nose, but it is beautifully mellow rather than overpowering as is common; also some toffee smell. Flavor is malty up front, with lots of chocolate flavor, some light coffee, and caramel, with the perfect bitterness in the finish--great balance. Feels really good, too; almost as silky as a nitro can but without the nitro; just a tiny bit thin. Overall, this is a really nice, unique porter. I like the fact that there is no smokiness, the coffee is a little more laid back than usual, and the hops balance this beer very well. Overall, very nice stuff.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep balck , with just a hint of reddish brown around the edges. Thick tan head, with good retension. Creamy feel, with a fuller body than many Porters. The malts are very prevalent, wints flavors of cocoa, coffee, and licorice. Very smooth and well-blended, especially in the transition to the hoppy finish. A good Porter, I'll be trying more from this brewery.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking pour and a good smell. Tasty beer. There's not much better then a good stout, and this one is pretty good.
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black pour, with a fluffy tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is fantastic. Wonderful on the palate. Coffee is predominant, along with chocolate, but you could get lost in this one. Some expresso, licorice, toffee, caramel, smokey malts, nice hopping.. it just goes on. Finish is a semi-sweet, perfect bitterness. Definitely the best port I've had yet. Most porters lose me on the finish, but this was top notch. Deserves its spot amongst the best ports'.
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was voted number 1 porter at our local beer shop as voted by the patrons. Smells like chocolate cheesecake from Schlotsky's deli.
Dark and rich.
Slightly alkaline yet not bitter at all. Seemingly foamy going down yet very pleasing and smooth to swallow. Goes well with many foods.
Being more food than drink, this one will fill you up.
I recommend this beer highly.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty and bitter this dark black brew is very nice. Not really my favorite kind of beer but this is quality. Hoppy/bitter presense, chocolately undertone. Very nice beer.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Poured an opaque black, with a thin tan head that left thick rings of lace on the glass. The aroma was a rich, thick, malty, sweet scent that hinted of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and perhaps plum, and it had me salivating from the start. Flavor was an amazing torrent of malty sweetness, providing a fruity tartness alongside an espresso bitterness, and this combination was nothing short of fantastic. Better yet was the mouthfeel; this is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had, especially for such a thick brew. It was exceptionally smooth and creamy, an absolutely delightful sensation. What an amazing beer!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet-black color, with a tight cocoa/creamy tan head. Aroma is a roasty delight: coffee, chocolate, nuts. Deep, rich, satisfying. Terrific initial grit on the palate, a torrent of beautiful bitterness braces the tongue, but it's smooth sailing all the way down. Full body, rewarding flavor, fat malt, and just sweet enough.
Texture smooths out and the large portion of this drink is an easy-going, fully flavored ride. While I love bolder and brasher stuff, Anchor Porter just about acheives perfection, and the happiness that ensues when it's flavors flood my mouth and spread my smile out wide confirm that thought.