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RATINGS: 2871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 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 (312) - 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 (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Close to being great, but slight lack of head keeps it down in rating. Alittle heavier body would help, but great roasted malt hits you at first taste. Slight raisin aroma at first pour. Very drinkable on cool fall evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Re-Rate 11/13/02: The beer pours a deep brown, with garnet hues; the head is Herculean, spumous, light chocolate in color, and the lace in large clumps. Nose is malt, caramel, light toasted grains, somewhat sweet. Start is malt and ambrosial, the top skimpy, the finish has a germane hop presence, pointfully acidic with a dry malt aftertaste. Quite the decent porter, not overpowering, or under whelming, just plain ďGoodĒ. Ranks #272 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
oh yah heres a porter with some character nice flavor and balance with a slight but distinct choclate over tone well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Wow. I can remember actually disliking this beer--what a fool. This is a tremendous porter. Dark fruit and chocolate in abundance in the nose. Flavor of chocolate and dark fruit, trading dominance again and again throughout the swallow framed nicely by dark malt dryness and hops. Truly wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10706) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2002
Very nice colour. Almost black, with a light brown creamy head. Aroma of coffee and alcahol and hints of chocolate and spices. The flavour is roasted and have notes of coffee, chocolate, burned almonds and spices. Complex and challenging. Has an excellent aftertaste of bitter chocolate, and in the dying stages i have some apple notes. This is a great porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2002
One terrific Porter! Beautiful color and terrific head. Nice hops addition to the coffee flavoring. The first sip was nice and the last was even better. Very tasty.

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