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RATINGS: 2997   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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3.4
dins (266) - Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2001
a bit sweet for my taste.............................................

4.4
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2001
Is there a theme going on here? Maybe the best porter made in the USA, but them more research is required. Reminds me very much of Sam’s Imperial with its port flavors. Great coffee dryness, teasing chocolate aroma. Anchor Steam made this brewery famous, but this beer is better.

4.1
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2001
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3.7
joet (2646) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2001
Fine cola colored foam, a very deep copper color There’s not much in the nose which is a tremendous flaw for the style. Some chocolate in the mouth and excellent balance with full hop flavors balanced by a tanninesque finish. Very clean. Besides the aromatics, well done.

4
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2001
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4.5
muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 July 2001: Did a Porter session and sampled this after McNeills. Not disappointed with this great brew, probably 5 years since I’ve last had it. Wonderful smoky/sweet/popcorn (yeah, that’s what I get) aroma followed by incredibly well-balanced robust/sweet flavor. Probably the best American porter I’ve had. Now, if only I could get the barley wine around here....8/5/10/5/19 4.7

June 2005: yet another beer I rated incredibly high in my first year on RB that I will proceed to trash now...no, just kidding. The beer pours an incredibly well-laced, thick dark-headed coal black, just beautiful...lovely cocoa nose with small hints of buttery caramel and popcorn, hmm was I spot on 4 years ago?...vanilla and a tiny hint of orange as well...flavor is outstanding, the velvety moutfeel supporting creamy vanilla-chocolate, sort of "3 Musketeers" bar nougat goodness, but with some acerbic, lightly sour cherries and dark roast coffee giving some bite...compulsively drinkable, exquisitely balanced, still one of the very best porters ever and worth the extremely high grade I gave it when young and impressionable.

4.7
nrime99 (13) - USA - JUL 30, 2001
My favorite porter............................................

3.7
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2001
I think this porter is dissapointing and could be a lot better. Never had it on tap, which may account for that.

4.6
vanabbema99 (13) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2001
I love anything by Anchor Steam, and this Porter is no exception. I would have to say that this is my favorite all around porter; not as sweet as other porters, which I don’t care for. Yummy.

3.7
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2003 A very nice porter, but something hangs around in mouth for too long afterwards.


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