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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Lightly winey aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavor, good mouthfeel. Rides the line between a sweet and robust porter. Fine, but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
I really liked this basically black Anchor offering. Malt and chocolate with maybe some mild coffee visited my nose before my tongue was treated to a smooth, sweet, roasted mocha, almost stout-like texture mouthful. Left with a slightly bitter but mostly understated sweet wave goodbye. A must have for porter lovers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
Deep black, with moka head. Nice vanilla chocolate aroma. Intense roasted malt with some nutty bitterness, slight lactic acid taste, creamy mouthfeel, with chocolate lingering for a long time. Splendid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Draft: nice roasty, chocolatey nose. More of the same in the flavor. Typical porter appearance. Very nice porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Opaque black with a tan head, smells of chocolate, fruit and coffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel, good balance of hops against sweet fruit, chocolate and coffee. A very slight tinge of smoke (or ash) but certainly not overdone. A high quality Porter, glad I finally got around to trying it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2004
Black w. thick light brown head. Sweet, rye bread, liqourice, espresso, flowery hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Bottle, almost entirely black with slight tan head. Fruit, dark malty and chocolate aroma. Taste is the same, medium-full body, with some coffee, very smooth, great balance of hops, classic tasting. Thouroughly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1327) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $1.39 for a 12-oz single. Nice and dark- just about black, with a large, brown head. Looks frothy and fluffy, and seems to last. Deep roasted something in the nose. Slightly pasty as well. Nice. Deep cold coffee, deep rich and flavorful wonderfulness. This is a fantastic brew- a top-notch porter! Rum raisen comes to mind as well... Wow, I'm very impressed! A very nice beer that I will gladly snatch up next time I see it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
I definitely agree with the aroma of ashes. But the flavor is very rich, malty, and creamy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ingevara (840) - SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2004
It smells of ashes, but there is nothing of that present in the flavor. The flavor is strongly dominated by bitter chocolate. There is not much hops, and it lacks a balancing sweetness. The head is somewhat creamy but not very lasting. Quite enjoyable, but I'd like my porter slightly sweeter.

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