Anchor Brewing Co. “Anchor Porter” Review (#087)


Anchor Brewing Co.
“Anchor Porter”

San Francisco

From The Brewery

Anchor Porter is a unique dark brew, which was introduced by Anchor in the early 1970s. Anchor Porter, like all of Anchor Brewing Company’s products, is brewed with only natural ingredients. Specially roasted dark malts are used, Now that’s dark beer! along with a top-fermenting yeast. The brew is hopped at a very high rate, and is naturally carbonated to produce an intensely rich flavor and thick creamy head.
The rich flavor of Anchor Porter has earned this delicious and unique brew a worldwide reputation for outstanding quality.
We use specially roasted malts, a top-fermenting yeast, and only fresh whole hops, which are added liberally. All this combines to produce a rich and intense flavor with subtle notes of chocolate, toffee, and coffee.

Malt: 2-Row Barley
ABV: 5.6%

Review

Appearance: Enjoyed in an imperial pint glass; this opaque black-with-a-hint-of-red beer was capped off nicely by a chunky tan head with nice lacing. The head lasted most of the way down and left nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet toffee and coffee; nice inviting level of roast. A little bit of dark fruit notes.

Taste: A nice balance between the roasted malts and the sweetness of baker’s chocolate. Starts off with a bunch of fruit and molasses up front, followed by roast, and a drying hop finish. Very deep.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dense, and creamy without being too heavy. A nice drying finish.

Drinkability: Big.

Notes: This is everything an American porter should be. A perfect beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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