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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
A very dark porter, with a somewhat subdued roast malt (+ caramel?) nose-no hops evident. Maybe a touch of diacetyl. Flavor is smooth and rich, perhaps on the sweet side. The roast notes are very mild. Overall, a good beer, but becomes more sating as you drink it, and diacetyl more noticeable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Not sure if this beer has changed recipies over the past 5 years or so but I don't seem to like it as much as I did (probably just me). Anyway still a WAY above average porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Bottle. Poured dark, dark brown with a generous tan head that lingered well and left nice lacing. Rich aroma, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and floral hops. Dark roasted malt flavors, coffee and nice bitterness from the hops giving a lingering spicy, bitter finish. Thick body, creamy carbonation. Very nice brew from Anchor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2049) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2003
Very dark coloured, generous lasting brown head, fantastic. Roasted malty aroma and flavour, a bit fruity and sweet. Bitter finish. Not as stout-like as some other porters, and i like that. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
Black. Creamy brown head. Excellent lace. Sweet milk chocolate aroma w/ notes of cherry, licorice, & hops. Thick, oily body. Roasted malt flavour of dark chocolate, licorice, fruit (cherry, plums), café au lait, & piny hops. Finish is lightly acidic & generously bitter. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside tavern- Very nice rendition of an American Porter...Strong coffee with some mild sweet aromas...Taste was very full...lots of dark roasted flavors plenty of coffee...Nice clean finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 8, 2003
12 oz. brown stubbie Anchor bottle. 3YF code on back of bottle. Poured out an extremely dark chocolate brown, almost black in appearance. Thick brownish head slides back to a thin lacing on top of the beer itself. Aromas are of caramel malts, molasses, slight burnt malts, and a faint wisp of hops. Tastes very good, especially for a porter. Dry finish to the strong malty backbone, and subdued hopping. Makes a great breakfast beer, goes good with bangers & mash, or steak & eggs. Another winner from Mr. Maytag.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
sort of off, coffee aroma. a bit sweet smelling. a lil bubbly, slight head that disappears. it ain't no carnegie or fullers, but it's a helluva lot cheaper. smoky coffee sweetness, but not much presence in the mouth. i enjoyed this enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Mild aroma of coffee and malt. Black with a small head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, smoke. Medium to full bodied. good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2003
A fantastic beer! Probably, to this point in time, my most favorite Porter. Its coloring is a deep, rustic brown and it pours with a brown, firm, leathery head. A sweet aroma that reminds me of toffee coated oat bran. Upon sipping it starts out with sweet and tobacco-like and finishes off with a smooth textured coffee taste. A complex, but thoroughly satisfying example of an American microbrewed Porter!

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