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RATINGS: 3011   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kebu5299 (5) - Laurel, Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2002 does not count
Best American/World Porter

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nospam (1) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 23, 2004 does not count
Well this is my first beer review, so you should probably disregard everything I say, but man, what a beer!! I don’t think I’ve had a better beer let alone a better porter. It looks beautiful, pours a deep black with a little red in the light, with a nice tan head. The tase is perfectally balenced. A little sweet (from the smell mostly), a little bitter - like french roast coffee. I think I was expecting this to taste more like Guiness, but I’m supprised and pleased that it’s much better. Don’t pass this up if it’s on the shelf.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
umlaut (1) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
Chocolate and coffee flavors, maybe a little smokey. Not at all fruity like some porters. Friends think it’s a bit hopsy but I disagree, they’re probably just not used to porters. My favorite of all beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Anchor Porter is not just great, but something that brewers should take note of, a prime example of why craft brewing in America is as great as it is. When you look at the bottle, it appears frivolously austere, serious but unorthodox. The label appears to be from a generation ago, which invites you to taste a brew from a time when craft beer was the only beer available. The porter is rich tasting, with subtle hints of chocolate and strongly roasted malted barley flavor. It is slightly carbonated with just a dash of sweetness; pouring a creamy beige head and hints of bitterness. It is solid and noble, just as the bottle shows. Anchor Porter is the kind of beer you see on a menu at a neighborhood restaurant and recommend to friend who is looking for something other than Guinness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - NOV 16, 2007
I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to try this, its pretty easy to find (Relatively speaking). This is amazing stuff. It really reminds me of a trappist ale. This is the third porter I’ve rated (Bully Porter and Rogue mocha porter being the others). Its get a rare perfect rating. Beautiful dirty head, almost black body. Caramel, fruit (Can’t quite describe it), coffee in the palate followed with a burnt bitterness that balances it out. Wonderful aroma. Fig? Raisin? I don’t know. Just a great effort from Anchor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
philfish (14) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Very tasty and an interesting history. Dark beer, it’s a porter hello. I guess what it boils down to is, I like hints of coffee!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BilgeRat415 (11) - - MAR 1, 2012
Another Anchor, another wonderful brew. Anchor Porter is a nice, simple, direct porter. Not burnt, nor over done with coffee beans. Just a wonderful, deliciously dark ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
Porter de 5,5 % abv, et 35,5 cl dans la bouteille… Couleur brun noir, d’une opacité quasi totale. Mousse beige foncé très crémeuse, stable à 3 mm. Superbe texture. Arômes de malt cara, grillé et légèrement torréfié, cassonade, fruits mûrs, raisins secs. 1ère bouche soyeuse, au sublime ensemble café/crème caramel/fruits mûrs. Arrière-bouche dense, très longue, parfaitement équilibrée. 2ème avec de nouvelles nuances déjà, comme un prélude à la longueur. Arrière-bouche superbe avec un malt torréfié, des sous-bois. 3ème aux nuances délicates de vin, porto sur du bois de fût jeune. Arrière-bouche malt/houblon très longue et profonde. La longueur donne infiniment de nuances, avec une progression exceptionnelle. Une merveille pure. Les jambes sont épaisses et très marquées. Magnifique. La levure est d’une grande veine souple. L’alcool, bien que modeste, remplit parfaitement son rôle de soutien. La finale est un pur élixir que l’on voudrait éternel … CONCLUSION : en ce jour du 70ème anniversaire du début de la bataille de Bastogne, quel plaisir de trouver aux Etats-Unis ce merveilleux porter qui est aussi valeureux GI’S venus combattre chez nous. Simply the best. Thanks.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerUnited (47) - - AUG 17, 2016
My first 5. Cannot mark it down in any area ergo it’s a home run. Pours red hued black with large creamy head. Head smells of vanilla with smokey. Very sweet and rich tasting. Full-bodied. Dark notes of toffee, fudge, parkin, treacle and coffee balanced by lighter /sweeter nuances of vanilla and lactose. Intense finish with cocoa toffee and smoke. I could talk about it all day but quite frankly you should just go out and try it. Top quality porter from a great brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
garrison (811) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Dark, complex, and rich (sort of like Colin Powell) this brew IS the best American-made porter, period.

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