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RATINGS: 3019   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
n0kwa (34) - Talisheek, Louisiana, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Had a great aroma and moderate head. Dark brown color. It had a litttle bit of a bitter coffee taste. I was a little disappointed overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (989) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 Creamy head. Malty aroma. Fantastic brew! Definitely goes into the regular rotation. Doesn’t taste nearly as dark as it pours. Nice roasty but not smoky flavors; hope that make sense? Extremely smooth & drinkable. Some fruity flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Roasty flavor of coffee and chocolate, with some bitterness and a tartness. Lots of body and silky smooth. A very good porter. Complex flavor and quality all around, but not as yummy delicious as Fullers London Porter. (4.0) ..... 3/5/2005 ,,,,, rerate ..... five months and close to 100 beers later I pick up a sixer to give this another go. I am much more impressed the second time. Maybe not exactly equal to the Fullers, but dont miss by much.. Damn near perfect for a porter, and the price makes me smile.. $7.74 for a sixer. Cheers! (4.1)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 High tannish head that fades fast. Aroma is rich dark chocolate and deep coffee. Flavor profile is huge for a porter, very complex. Dark roasted malts with heavy coffee and dark chocolate overtones with a slight nutty feel, combined with a decent aftertaste kick of hops and light cherry and date accents. Very drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2004
High tan-coloured head, but not very long-lasting. Aroma reminds of coffee, a bit of dark chocolate. The colour reminds very much of a Guiness, and the flavour is quite filling, a bit bitter but not too much. A very good porter and a very nice experience on the whole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manko (5) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2004 does not count
Very drinkable with a very dark apparance and full body. Nice head on this beer with a non-offensive hoppiness... Been staying away from beers west of the Miss., anfet tasting both Anchot and Sierra Porters, time to start re-visiting...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Bottled. Looks and pours like a Guinness, just with a slightly foamier head. Smells and tastes wonderful, like a whiff of Hershey bar hiding a more subtle sloe gin cherry. The texture is a little bit grainy, yet also mellow. Not a harsh note to be found. This is indeed one of the world’s great porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 typical porter app. w/ black body and light brown head...aroma of roasted chocolate and coffee notes...flavor is much more complex and defined with rich chocolates, coffee, toffee, nuts, cream....splendid aftertaste and coating of the mouth....tremendous effort and achievement by Anchor in regards to this phenomenal porter....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soutie (10) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Nice dark brew- similar to the Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve been drinking the past few days. Nice, hoppy & thick black brew. Head was quick to fade. Hints of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate in this unassuming bad-boy. A little watery, but all in all, a great one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Fresh, sweet, milky, chocolate aroma with light hints of roasted malts. Darkest brown, opaque body with lavish, pillowy, brown head that lasts throughout the tasting. Fruitiness up front recedes to reveal the thick chocolate flavour which plays out to a restrained roastiness in the dry finish with some light smokey notes. Full-body with heavy, thick, viscous and syrupy mouthfeel. Bottle.

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