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RATINGS: 3050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
San Franciscos 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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kebu5299 (5) - Laurel, Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2002 does not count
Best American/World Porter

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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 dont think Ive 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 Im supprised and pleased that its much better. Dont pass this up if its on the shelf.

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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 its a bit hopsy but I disagree, theyre probably just not used to porters. My favorite of all beers.

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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.

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teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - NOV 16, 2007
I dont know why Ive 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 Ive rated (Bully Porter and Rogue mocha porter being the others). Its get a rare perfect rating. Beautiful dirty head, almost black body. Caramel, fruit (Cant quite describe it), coffee in the palate followed with a burnt bitterness that balances it out. Wonderful aroma. Fig? Raisin? I dont know. Just a great effort from Anchor.

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philfish (14) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Very tasty and an interesting history. Dark beer, its a porter hello. I guess what it boils down to is, I like hints of coffee!

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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

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corkyrory66 (1721) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2014
Porter de 5,5% abv, et 35,5 cl dans la bouteille Couleur brun noir, dune opacit quasi totale. Mousse beige fonc trs crmeuse, stable 3 mm. Superbe texture. Armes de malt cara, grill et lgrement torrfi, cassonade, fruits mrs, raisins secs. 1re bouche soyeuse, au sublime ensemble caf/crme caramel/fruits mrs. Arrire-bouche dense, trs longue, parfaitement quilibre. 2me avec de nouvelles nuances dj, comme un prlude la longueur. Arrire-bouche superbe avec un malt torrfi, des sous-bois. 3me aux nuances dlicates de vin, porto sur du bois de ft jeune. Arrire-bouche malt/houblon trs longue et profonde. La longueur donne infiniment de nuances, avec une progression exceptionnelle. Une merveille pure. Les jambes sont paisses et trs marques. Magnifique. La levure est dune grande veine souple. Lalcool, bien que modeste, remplit parfaitement son rle de soutien. La finale est un pur lixir que lon voudrait ternel CONCLUSION: en ce jour du 70me anniversaire du dbut de la bataille de Bastogne, quel plaisir de trouver aux Etats-Unis ce merveilleux porter qui est aussi valeureux GIS venus combattre chez nous. Simply the best. Thanks.

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TheBeerUnited (51) - - AUG 17, 2016
My first 5. Cannot mark it down in any area ergo its 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.

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Teran (316) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2017
Oh, yes: bubblegum in porter, what a fantastic idea! No, porter is refreshing more than ever. Innovation, but at the same time traditional - which I like so much. Dark coffee colour with very nice caramel nuance top. Medium carbonation, sticky and creamy texture. Hardwood, chocolate malts, prune and salted ripe fruits. Peace of art.


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