With roots dating back to the gold rush, Anchor has been brewing beer out of San Francisco for almost 120 years. Though theyre probably best known for their Anchor Steam, I was in the mood for something a little darker.
The Porter is nearly opaque, even when brightly back-lit. It is extremely dark brown, almost black throughout, with a barely perceptible red mahogany glow at the edge of the glass. The dense, creamy head reminds me of the foam found on top of a cappuccino, and lingers long after Ive emptied the glass.
The beers rich, well rounded flavor is achieved using black, chocolate and caramel malts. It finishes light, and surprisingly smooth, considering its the color of heavily used motor oil. This porter is easily drinkable, with very little bitter aftertaste, and none of the heaviness commonly found in dark beers. Though I drank it on a mostly empty stomach, I imagine Anchor Porter would feel right at home next to a healthy portion of steak and mashed potatoes.