American Porters always feel, to me at least, a little more like stouts and they’re all the better for it.
This little bottle is no different and it’s very nice indeed.
Opening with a smell of sugar cane, lemon, coffee, cinnamon and fruits, Anchor’s Porter just wants to be drunk.
It’s fathoms deep in the glass with just the merest trace of a head and is packed full of wonderful things.
There’s grown up stuff like espresso, brandy snaps, stewed plums and extra dry green woody hops.
But there’s also a whole bunch of fun kids’ stuff too, like fizzy dandelion and burdock, sherbet filled flying saucers and jelly sweets.
I love the fact that with each mouthful I find myself saying, “Oh! That’s nice,” about yet another layer of flavour.
HIdden in the background is a very meaty, almost Marmite yeastiness along with toffee apples made with over ripe fruit and a slightly singed toffee that provides a smoky aside.
And if you think that’s not enough, you are also treated to a tongue wringing dryness that cracks your lips and makes you want another mouthful.
Tags7.5% + Amber Ale American American beer Barley Wine Barrel Aged Beer Beer Review Belgian Belgium Best Bitter Bitter Black IPA Blonde Bottle Conditioned bottled beer Brewery Brewery Interview Brewing Brown Ale CAMRGB Can Canned beer Craft Double IPA Drinking Fruit beer German Golden Ale Homebrew Home brew Imperial Stout IPA Lager Lambic Pale Ale Pilsner Porter Real Ale Rye Beer Saison Single Hop Stout Tax Wheat beer