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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Dark color with big beige head. Malt coffee smell with solid coffee chocolate taste in the mouth. Very smooth with some roasted coffee flavors and some alcohol.Finishes bitter and very good. A nice porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004 does not count
For a porter (which I have discovered that I am NOT a fan of) this is an excellent beer. It is almost black- nice appearance- with tons of chocolate malt and coffee overtones. The alcohol is well disguised and the head looks great in the glass. This was not the beer for me as it was just a little overpowering in its' intensity of flavor, merely proving I'm not a porter fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Near black, bit deeply reddish. Nice, thick, mocha head. Lovely nose, hints of chocolate, a bit of cofee, and nice bitterness. Some nicely deep fruitiness, bit of cherry or plum. Very nice flavor, impressively vinous up front, bit rich and sweet, slightly port-esque. Good roasts follow, hints of dry chocolate. End is crisp and perfectly hoppy, enjoyable dry and acidic. Excellent creamy flavor. #900.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2004
Almost black body with a good tan head that sheepishly diminishes after a big entrance. Slightly sweet chocolatey aroma. Malty with a bit of roast and rasin in the flavour profile. Very good and very flavourful for this well balanced unagressive porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5332) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 I keep meaning to get back to this beer but something always distracts me. I really need to get around to rerating this one. +++ Served in a 12oz brown bottle. Pours thick,dark black and oily with a moderate brown head that slowly dissipates. Deep black color in the glass - no light penetrates. Strong sweet scent of roasted malts and chocolate. Sweet and malty flavor with a strong suggestion of molasses, with smooth roasty flavors that linger on the palate. This is certainly one of the sweeter porters that I have had and is probably my favorite in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
A good malt-flavor to it. A really good beer. I'd encourage anyone to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Dark and traditional with a crisp finish and not too much sweetness. Reminds me of Yuengling but with a better mouthfeel and more attentuation. Pretty good, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Dark dark brown in color, almost black (when held in direct light, there is a hint of a ruby color), with a medium dark tan head. Nice coffee-like aroma. Thick, satisfying taste, crisp and malty with a mildly hoppy finish. Good aftertaste. My only complaint is that the head wasn't thick enough. Besides that, wonderful porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1574) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2004 Deep chestnut brown with thick tan head. Aroma is thick with raisin and prominent whisky notes. Lacing is thick. Slightly sweet with a bitterness that creeps up on you after the swallow. Rich and flavorfull in the malt department. A prince amongst paupers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 deep brown, almost opaque, like a good porter should look. very thin beige head. aroma is fairly light, but notes of licorice and malt--some smoked cheddar even?. body is excellent... full-bodied, with awesome roast and maltiness. really smooth and extremely balanced. slightly bitter, coffee aftertaste, but an excellent beer overall.

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