NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 April, FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!! 2007!- Re-Rate.
Aroma is stewed raisins, cocoa, chocolate and black licorice. Huge fluffy mocha colored head. Very frothy and lasting. Black body. This beer is just damn close to perfect. Black licorice, cocoa, anise, roast malt and a deceptive alcohol kick. It’s just farking awesome. That is all there is to it.
August 21 2006 re-comment
Still a freaking benchmark for the style though this time it seemed to have more raisin notes to it. It’s still the freaking bomb as porter goes and it is still pushing the boundaries of the style after all this time.
June 12 2006 re-rate
Aroma is rich chocolate, brown sugar, raisin and maple syrup. Body is black and holds a slowly diminishing, two finger thick mocha head. Fore is stewed raisins, maple syrup, burnt malts and burnt bitterness. Has a baltic porter feel to it flavor wise. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Finishes like a liquid blast of rum raisin bread and chocolate tinged coffee.
original rating was 4. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Very nice and quite unique. Lots of deeply roasted caramel malt flavor along with raisins, chocolate, and coffee. I agree with those that think its more like a stout than a porter. It has a nice sweet aroma and bittersweet chocolate finish as well. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Bought it for a recipe and had one while i was cooking. WOW! powerful, really coats your mouth with a toffee flavor. A lot of rosted flavor with a 60 second finish. this is a belly-filler! andrewlutes (3) - USA - JUN 16, 2005 does not count
This is a great beer. Great strawberry aroma with a smooth head and a chocolatey/coffee aftertaste that lasts just long enough to make its point. I love this beer, and anything Anchor makes. thehinge (296) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2005
This seems more like an impy stout as I rate it. Black as night with a light brown head with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is malty. Taste has caramel and nice roasty character. I was not disappointed by this beer.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Not a style I typically enjoy, but this porter was borderline spectacular. Great roasty flavor with a thick, sweet caramel to it as well. Exceptional complexity and a nice, thicker body than most porters. Puts the steam and liberty to shame. This ought to be Anchor’s flagship. ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 6, 2005
I really wanted to like this beer, and at nearly a 4 I had high hopes, but I was honestly quite disappointed. This beer displays a heavy prune or raisin taste. Way too much of the flavor banks on that alone. It’s a shame to behind that cloud of prune taste i could make out some very nice malt flavors. Just a bit too over the top, there are many porters that blow this away in just my local area. How this got so high I’ll never know. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
I’m a sucker for Porters. I’m not sure what it is about their flavor or appearance that really excites my palate. Anchor Porter is no exception. Very drinkable, mild hops. Foxbush (2086) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
This was a pleasant surprise. Anchor’s Porter poured a deep black with a light brown creamy head. The aroma was immediate with malt, coffee and mocha. The first mouthful burst with rich intense flavor. This Porter is one to enjoy. I will be going back for more. Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2005
After the lovely aroma and appearance, the taste of it was almost a letdown. Nice bright smell, with the hops right up front. Color is quite dark, and resistant to light. The hops are evident in the taste, almost overly so. The problem with this is it drowns out the natural mocha and coffee flavors inherent in a porter. Still a great beer, and a real treat. Think of the voice of Ally McCoist, that’s how smooth it is.