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Brew Review: Anchor Porter

17 May

Brew: Porter

Brewed by: Anchor Brewing Co (San Francisco, CA)

Style: American Porter (5.6% ABV)


Anchor brewing released this beer almost 40 years ago and it is still going strong. That’s something to be said about a beer that is pretty dark in color which for most people means a big heavy too filling type brew and one they stay away from. Sticking around for 40 years as a brewery that isn’t one of the big 3 is something to be said as well, Anchor executes and delivers every time with each of their beers which has made them very successful.

The original American Porter poured out a dark brown with some reddish hints floating along the sides and bottom. Not totally black but not opaque either. There was a tan/khaki head that rose about a half inch above the brew as well and lasted for a little while before settling down. Looked like a traditional solid porter.

The aroma was pretty spot on, exactly what you would expect from a stock porter. Roasted malts mixed some sweetness and nuttiness that overall wrapped itself into what we expect porters to deliver when we try them. Nothing to extreme here and nothing lacking either.

The taste was sweet, almost too sweet. There were a fair amount of hops present in the brew which was a little surprising but it didn’t detract from the overall experience that much. The syrupy malts were present but they were too distant and didn’t pack enough big bodied punch to carry the beer.

The beer needs more body, it feels thin and lacking in the a way. I also found a lack of roasted aromas and tastes that I thought should be more essential to a good porter. The light drinking aspect was most likely due to the abundance of hops that were added to this brew which also detracted from the fact that I wanted something that was going to fill me up and not have me asking for more because I wasn’t satisfied yet. Mostly it needs more body and more roasted aspects to make this a perfect porter.


Final Grade: B-