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RATINGS: 3005   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2004
a solid porter, pours dark brown, almost black, less than average head. thick burnt taste of caramel. it was impossible to drink this quickly. a wide bodied hearty porter, would probably be great with food.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Bottle. Black with cream/tan head. Low carbonation which is good. Full bodied with a strong burnt caramel molasses flavour. Tastes like this beer has been boiled to caramel, fairly bitter. OK but not really to my taste I prefer the Fullers Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 10, 2004
A deep brown color with a creamy tan head and sticky lacing. The head retention is low, but maintains a decent layer. Smells of malt, caramel roasted grains and coffee, with is a surprising presence of fruitiness. Flavor has a rich sweet start and a roasty hop finish. Palate is medium to full bodied, creamy and effervescent with a full lasting bite at the end. Anchor Porter maintains characteristics of a higher gravity beer with a good balance, and more chutzpa than many others of the style without going extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Chocolate and vanilla aroma with caramel and fruit. Dark, dark brown in color with a beautiful dense tan head. Appetizing flavors of malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, cola. Super rich in body. Finishes with a unique wine like quality and nice hop bite. One of the best porters in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pours dark brown with small tan head that lasts a minute. Sweet malt chocolate aroma. Some chocolate and coffee in the flavor, but something else I canít pinpoint. Maybe brown sugar? Very crisp dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Bottle: Rich, dark brown coloring. Nose contains hints of bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, malt and a smack of hops. Smooth going down with the same coffee and chocolate esssence in the heavily roasted malt front-end but a nice amount of hops following to keep it non-cloying thus providing a clean finish. Top shelf!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Tasted at 54 degrees. Pours black with a khaki colored head. Sweet, roasted head, not spectactular. Drinking it with the frothy head, which sticks around awhile, is much like drinking a cappacino. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee flavors. The hops come through and add a flowery, citrusy flavor. Nice mouthfeel. I donít know why, but after it has sat for a few minutes and after I have taken a few drinks, the nose is a whole lot more apparent, and somewhat different from the first one. It smells malty and sweet, there is something else, maybe a woodsy smell? Almost what bourbon might get from the cask, vanilla and smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Pours a rich, dark brown-black...with a frothy, thick head. Smells of stout coffee topped off with chocolate. Body is full and hearty, but very creamy. Just enough sweetness to make it feel like dessert, but not enough to be overpowering. Great coffee flavors mixed with molasses...good bitterness. The is a fantastic porter from a great brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Nice dark pour. The color of strong coffee, with just a slight brown red glow. Moderate amount of fine carmel brown head. Very mild coffee aroma. Hints of black licorice and dark chocolate. The body is mouthfilling and satisfying, with just a fine flourish of tanic astringency to give it a clean finish. Very smooth coffee flavors, with a pleasant building bitter roast edge. Rewards slow sipping, and the flavors continue to develope as it warms. I am a fan. This is porter spot-on. Anchor may not make the biggest beer, but they sure make some of the most well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 This pours dark brown, almost black, and has a foamy brown head. It smells malty sweet with an added chocolate aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Itís very sweet to the taste, but not cloyingly so. Thereís plenty of roasted malts, a hint of chocolate, and a touch of licorice. Has a mild, sweet malt finsh.

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