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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Good porter, but I could taste the alcohol in it. I was surprised by that since its not that strong. Iíll try to gect another bottle and re-rate. Nice brown head, very thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Better than average porter. Very one-dimensional. It tastes and smells like chocolate, and thatís pretty much it. Some nice subtle hoppiness. It looks great in the glass and smells delicious. Itís nothing special though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2002
This porter was excellent, yet failed to reach expectations. Black bodied with a rich too thick chocolate head that settled like the islands in a rootbeer float. A rounded malt chocolate presence greeted my nose as well as some alchol and hops. The flavor was a bit robust and sharp malt with chocolate and alcohol appearing again to add an imperial stout like dimension. A fine, well-balanced porter that is good to have within armís reach.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Wow. A sumptuous porter that simply knocked me out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2031) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Very excellent porter, almost black in color, nice tan to beige head, lots of roasted & burnt flavors, rich aftertaste, great porter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
This beer took a while for me to appreciate, and Iím not sure why. The aroma is kind of weird--really sweet in an odd sort of way. The flavors are nice, chocolate, coffee, a touch roasted. The flavors are mild and pleasant, if the nose was nicer it would rank much higher with me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2002
eh. itís a completely acceptable porter, but thereís not much special about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 aroma was sweet chocolate and coffee...HUGE tan head, dark brown color,. roasted coffee flavor with a malty coffeeish finish and lots of bitterness..very nice porter although i found it too bitter for the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bbrock81 (304) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 This is seriously just about the best beer Iíve had. It is certainly the best porter Iíve had. You will definitely not regret gettting some of this. (Couple weeks later) Iíve come to the conclusion that this is currently my favorite beer. The balance of flavor is just awesome. There isnít really any one aspect of the beer that overpowers, itís just wonderfully smooth and even. Definitely worth the premium price. Delicious roasted malt aroma, with some chocolate and coffee notes. The flavor follows the nose, with chocolate being the strongest flavor, along with coffee, malt and a nice, restrained hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Thick black and viscous. There are tons of coffee and chocolate notes in the aroma. Very robust, yet smooth with a general roasted coffee flavor throughout. Plenty of sweet malt upon first sip and a nice balance of bittering hops. The finish is slighty dry and flavorful leaving you thirsting for more.

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