Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A satisfyingly rich, complex porter. Firm, creamy body with chocolate and fruit (subtle banana character) in the aroma and flavor; nice bitter hop/sweet malt balance mid-palate; mild alcohol warmth in the finish followed by a host of flavors in the aftertaste: coffee, molasses, yeasty dark bread, and a pleasant hop bitterness. Best to let this linger and let the aftertastes develop before taking another swig.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black licorice dominates the aroma, building anticipation for tasting. At least three flavors run a relay-race during the swallow: an initial candy sweetness, a strong hoppy middle, and a final and enduring roasted taste. Not to be wasted on unsophisticates.
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark, complex, and rich (sort of like Colin Powell) this brew IS the best American-made porter, period.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is black as night, with a little bit of ruby-colored tint, when held up to a strong light. When poured, you get a large head that lasts forever. Nose is a little malty, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee mixed in. Flavor is outstanding - what a porter is all about. Slightly toasted, malty, and a bit sweet. Palate is nice and creamy smooth. This is one of my favorites ever.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark body with a scalded milk colored head. Smells of coffee/chocolate. Very smooth feel in mouth. Taste is dark coffee and malt with chocolate and a hint of black pepper. Extremely bitter hop aftertaste for a porter. An intersting beer definately worth giving a try.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light chocolate aroma. Plenty of roastiness, with a slight chocolate flavor. Velvety smooth. A classic porter.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, coffee, and liquorice aroma. Almost black, trace of ultra violet, large creamy cappuccinno head. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and liquorice flavours. Medium bodied, finely bitter, and dry. Terrific, very satisfying!
thedm (4972) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that were mostly lasting and left a good lacing with a opaque black brown body and no apparent carbonation. Its aroma was mild with notes of malt and a mild alcohol smell. Its mouthfeel is initially kind of biting, from the hops, and finishes with a mild alcohol burn. The flavor is mild initially and then the alcohol flavor takes over. I can also taste some licorice in the flavor, but not much else. I don't get the typical malt and roasted caramel or coffee flavors from this porter and it has more hops than most. I seem to find myself bucking the trend on this one as I feel it is not the best example of the style. On the redeeming side, I think it has a higher ABV than listed as I can feel the buzz from just a half a bottle.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
First let me say that I am not a big fan of this type of brew, but I must say that this is my favourite for the style. Smoothe texture nice pour and the taste is smoothe, cold, and dark. Like I said, I am not a fan and would probably never get this again, but it was pretty good.
haddon90 (1493) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown color with a stable head. Some caramel/coffee comes out from the aroma. A very nice porter and one of the better beers Anchor makes.