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RATINGS: 3019   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
San Franciscoís 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Black, nice brown head. Aroma from chocolate, cream, coffe and some nutty tones. Flavor brings viol, licorice, cocoa and coffee. Some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Fades to a simple ring with mild lacing. Sweet strong coffee and chocolate aroma with a little bit of fruitiness. Flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee and dark fruits, all burnt to a mild smokiness. Incredible. A slight sweetness lingers through all the way to the finish. Moderate carbonation and a substantial mouthfeel. The flavor lingers like an espresso chewing tobacco is lodged in your gums. Can be found almost everywhere, and is better than any other porter in most stores. Donít pass it up.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Nice aroma and well rounded head give way to a complex tase of bitter chocolate, mocha. One of my favorite porters.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodfieldnohit (9) - Canadian, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004 does not count
I had never had a porter before this....definitely liked this one. Very dark color. Combines my 3 favorites, chocolate, coffee, and beer. Highly recommended

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
the first thing i noticed after the pour was a bit of banana in the aroma,and thats a bit strange for a porter.as far as the body and head goes they were right on point.the first tip of the pint glass to my mouth gave me flavors of sweet malts,smoke,some b.b.q.,and a dash of hops.pretty good stuff although im a bit perplexed by the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2004
bottle. sweet candyish aroma. black body with a small mocha head that quickly dies off. very sweet flavour as opposed to the very dry Sierra Nevada. this is a very rich and robust porter. long lingering bitter finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biomechanic (55) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Not bad at all. The taste is on the light side but good enough to feel the smoked taste. Some hints of chocolate and hops gives it a decent aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nospam (1) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004 does not count
Well this is my first beer review, so you should probably disregard everything I say, but man, what a beer!! I donít think Iíve had a better beer let alone a better porter. It looks beautiful, pours a deep black with a little red in the light, with a nice tan head. The tase is perfectally balenced. A little sweet (from the smell mostly), a little bitter - like french roast coffee. I think I was expecting this to taste more like Guiness, but Iím supprised and pleased that itís much better. Donít pass this up if itís on the shelf.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Very dark brown/black pour supporting a creamy tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, vanilla and roasted malt. Just the right mouthfeel for a porter - silky and just slightly syrupy. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some spice with just the mellowest hoppy backbone. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and smoke. Another brewer calls their porter "Perfect" but this one hits that mark dead on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3895) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Bottle - 355ml. Opaque black body topped with a thin beige foamy head. Nice malty aroma with notes of roasted coffee, brown sugar and grapes. Delicious taste with various flavors of malt, roasted coffee, fruits and chocolate. Strong and long bitter finish with a subtle warming effect. Very nice porter.

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