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RATINGS: 3030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.1
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2004 Pours a thick black with a medium-sized, brown, frothy head. The head does go away after a while but is easily brought back by a little swirling. Aroma is very unique and different from any porter I have had; it smells more creamy and chocolatey than anything I have had yet, aside from Young's Double Chocolate Stout. There is some coffee in the nose, but it is beautifully mellow rather than overpowering as is common; also some toffee smell. Flavor is malty up front, with lots of chocolate flavor, some light coffee, and caramel, with the perfect bitterness in the finish--great balance. Feels really good, too; almost as silky as a nitro can but without the nitro; just a tiny bit thin. Overall, this is a really nice, unique porter. I like the fact that there is no smokiness, the coffee is a little more laid back than usual, and the hops balance this beer very well. Overall, very nice stuff.

3.8
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2004
Pours a deep balck , with just a hint of reddish brown around the edges. Thick tan head, with good retension. Creamy feel, with a fuller body than many Porters. The malts are very prevalent, wints flavors of cocoa, coffee, and licorice. Very smooth and well-blended, especially in the transition to the hoppy finish. A good Porter, I'll be trying more from this brewery.

3.9
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2004
Nice looking pour and a good smell. Tasty beer. There's not much better then a good stout, and this one is pretty good.

4.2
Hangover (1152) - oxford, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2004
Dark black pour, with a fluffy tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is fantastic. Wonderful on the palate. Coffee is predominant, along with chocolate, but you could get lost in this one. Some expresso, licorice, toffee, caramel, smokey malts, nice hopping.. it just goes on. Finish is a semi-sweet, perfect bitterness. Definitely the best port I've had yet. Most porters lose me on the finish, but this was top notch. Deserves its spot amongst the best ports'.

4.3
god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
It was voted number 1 porter at our local beer shop as voted by the patrons. Smells like chocolate cheesecake from Schlotsky's deli. Dark and rich. Slightly alkaline yet not bitter at all. Seemingly foamy going down yet very pleasing and smooth to swallow. Goes well with many foods. Being more food than drink, this one will fill you up. I recommend this beer highly.

4
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2004
Roasty and bitter this dark black brew is very nice. Not really my favorite kind of beer but this is quality. Hoppy/bitter presense, chocolately undertone. Very nice beer.

4.7
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2004
Wow! Poured an opaque black, with a thin tan head that left thick rings of lace on the glass. The aroma was a rich, thick, malty, sweet scent that hinted of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and perhaps plum, and it had me salivating from the start. Flavor was an amazing torrent of malty sweetness, providing a fruity tartness alongside an espresso bitterness, and this combination was nothing short of fantastic. Better yet was the mouthfeel; this is one of the smoothest beers I've ever had, especially for such a thick brew. It was exceptionally smooth and creamy, an absolutely delightful sensation. What an amazing beer!

4.5
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Jet-black color, with a tight cocoa/creamy tan head. Aroma is a roasty delight: coffee, chocolate, nuts. Deep, rich, satisfying. Terrific initial grit on the palate, a torrent of beautiful bitterness braces the tongue, but it's smooth sailing all the way down. Full body, rewarding flavor, fat malt, and just sweet enough. Texture smooths out and the large portion of this drink is an easy-going, fully flavored ride. While I love bolder and brasher stuff, Anchor Porter just about acheives perfection, and the happiness that ensues when it's flavors flood my mouth and spread my smile out wide confirm that thought.

4.1
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2004 Bottle. Almost black, small thin off white head that went away quick. Nose is exactly what you want out of a beer: crisp, clean, thick. Tastes is very sharp and crisp. Notes of licorice, roasted hops, bitter chocolate and coffee. All the fore mentioned tastes are very low key and not at all overpowering. The beauty is that these flavors are all there but they blend together perfect. This is a very compplex well crafted beer. This is almost the most perfectly crafted beer I have ever had. It is commplex in its subtlety. I could write poetry and prose about this beer for days. If I was forced to write one negative thing about this beer it would be the slightly thick mouthfeel, but that is very, very minor.

4
piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 15, 2004
Virtually black with a tan head. Licorice is the dominant aroma here, with other malty notes of roasted nuts and caramel. There's tons of licorice flavor too, with some chocolate flavors also entering the picture. Long finish, great stuff. Thanks Lubiere!


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