jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Virginia Touch in Berryville, Virginia. Pours black with a good-sized off-white head. Roasted, slightly chocolatey aroma. More of the same in the flavor, slightly tart. Very nice smoky finish. Impressive.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a solid porter, pours dark brown, almost black, less than average head. thick burnt taste of caramel. it was impossible to drink this quickly. a wide bodied hearty porter, would probably be great with food.
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black with cream/tan head. Low carbonation which is good. Full bodied with a strong burnt caramel molasses flavour. Tastes like this beer has been boiled to caramel, fairly bitter. OK but not really to my taste I prefer the Fullers Porter.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep brown color with a creamy tan head and sticky lacing. The head retention is low, but maintains a decent layer. Smells of malt, caramel roasted grains and coffee, with is a surprising presence of fruitiness. Flavor has a rich sweet start and a roasty hop finish. Palate is medium to full bodied, creamy and effervescent with a full lasting bite at the end. Anchor Porter maintains characteristics of a higher gravity beer with a good balance, and more chutzpa than many others of the style without going extreme.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and vanilla aroma with caramel and fruit. Dark, dark brown in color with a beautiful dense tan head. Appetizing flavors of malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, cola. Super rich in body. Finishes with a unique wine like quality and nice hop bite. One of the best porters in the world.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with small tan head that lasts a minute. Sweet malt chocolate aroma. Some chocolate and coffee in the flavor, but something else I can’t pinpoint. Maybe brown sugar? Very crisp dry finish.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Rich, dark brown coloring. Nose contains hints of bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, malt and a smack of hops. Smooth going down with the same coffee and chocolate esssence in the heavily roasted malt front-end but a nice amount of hops following to keep it non-cloying thus providing a clean finish. Top shelf!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at 54 degrees. Pours black with a khaki colored head. Sweet, roasted head, not spectactular. Drinking it with the frothy head, which sticks around awhile, is much like drinking a cappacino. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee flavors. The hops come through and add a flowery, citrusy flavor. Nice mouthfeel. I don’t know why, but after it has sat for a few minutes and after I have taken a few drinks, the nose is a whole lot more apparent, and somewhat different from the first one. It smells malty and sweet, there is something else, maybe a woodsy smell? Almost what bourbon might get from the cask, vanilla and smokiness.
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.