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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Original Rating Oct 23, 2002: Mmmmmm... Anchor Porter. Cold espresso with some roasted malt added. Very fine. 9/5/8/5/18 Re-rate Aug 9, 2008: Ah early ratings... It’s about time I got back to this one. Dark brown color with a large, long lasting head. Sweet malt and lightly toasted aroma. Bitter roasted malt taste, almost astringent. A little bit of coffee and chocolate. Still a staple Porter, but nowhere near "the shit" that I originally thought this was. But who could blame me? It was one of my first real beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Black with a fiery ruby core.Thick tan head fades quickly.Nose of roasted malt,some coffee and bitter chocolate.Nice full palate with a velvety texture. This is the one I would offer to someone as a representative of the style. Cant go wrong with this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slovak34 (99) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Good tasting porter. Has a nice dark color and a good coffee/chocolate flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Very very smooth with an interesting mix of hops/burnt hops and malt. Definite coffee and chocolate flavors in there too. Great porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2002
No head. The nose is dominated by licorice and black coffee. The palate is rich, but medium in body. The hops are there, but not overwhelming. Much of the bitterness seems to come from dark malts. The finish is long and full of bittersweet chocolate. A good bottom fermented porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
A dark brown to black beer is topped with a thick head. The coffee like malt aroma is laced with hints of chocolate and licorice. the flavor is slightly smokey with coffee and licorice and the finish is dry and full of coffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Deep black color, large thick creamy head. Roasted malt aroma. Deep rich roasted malts and flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Slightly sweet. Good hop to malt balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and slightly hoppy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a very slight metallic tinge. Nice tasting porter, smooth and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Chocolate and roasted malts, sweet with bit of vanilla though slight metallic nose. Dark brown-black with big, lacing frothy light brown head. Medium-light oily body with low-med carb. Mellow roastiness with mild coffee-like bitterness. Sweet to start followed by smooth sweet nutty after. A very nice porter.

Updated on 2008-02-02: Either the recipe has changed a bit or I’m just not as impressed as before; Downgraded my numbers to 3.8 from 4.2. Still a nice porter, but not as "wow" as I thought in the earlier days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Lovely balance of port and mocha-like flavors. Warm and rich, lovely color, too, although a slightly thin body. Very much won my approval. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 pours black with a billowing tan head (not sure how that happened) aroma is a light coffee, and roasted malt. flavor is kind of sweet, with a licorice flavor. not as robust as I remember it being the last time I had it. my tastes may have changed since then, but this is still a wonderful porter.

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