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Walker's Reserve - Porter - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,502 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1502
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A singularly distinctive beer that represents our finest brewing efforts, Walker’s Reserve is a elegant dark ale featuring robust flavors of toffee, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. This brew employs five specialty malts, as well as oat and barley flakes, for added complexity and flavor.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-15-2002)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station on 12/21/13. Reviewed from notes. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass. I was also told while having this that FW has decided to discontinue this beer. It's quite a pity, because this is the first time I've had it and I feel like I've waited far too long. It is an excellent beer. Anyway, onto the review...

Appearance - Body is a dark brown, like taupe, and atop it sits a frothy head of ecru (yellowish-grey light brown/tan). I had to look that one up to find the color shade that most fit. Head is about a finger and a half thick and dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a healthy mottling of lace all around the glass. The mottling is complex enough that it's hard to make out the rings as I drink the liquid down, but they are certainly there.

Smell - Nothing really blows me away with the aroma. Pretty standard notes of fresh-brewed coffee, baker's chocolate, charred bread and some nuttiness--perhaps some walnut. Even a little earthiness, like fresh peat, but faint. But the roasted grains are the predominant profile here, even if the entire aroma is a tad subdued.

Taste - Here, many of the same notesare present, but more obvious. The overwhelmingly predominant flavors are wonderful notes of fresh-toasted bread, like you get when you turn the toaster to the darker setting and pull the bread out right before it turns into a nasty charred mess. You get the complex roasted flavors from the grain, like fresh buckwheat biscuits, and the faint cacao and coffee grounds make their presence felt, but in a supporting role. I don't think I've had a more "toasty" tasting beer, and I mean that in a very good way. In some ways, it's nice to taste a porter that does a couple of profiles so well, without the dark fruit or licorice elements that are common in many of the same style.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Full enough to provide a little chewiness, but not overpowering or difficult to get down. Highly drinkable for a dark beer and a dry, but not overpoweringly so, finish.

Overall, I must again express my regret at waiting so long to have had this beer. And if what I've heard about it being discontinued is true, that only magnifies said regret. I will definitely have to grab another bottle or two and since there isn't really a large hop profile to this American porter, perhaps I can sit on one for awhile and prolong my enjoyment. Either way, if you haven't had this beer and you fancy yourself a fan of the style, make no delay and grab a bottle NOW.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 17:11:55 | More by LambicPentameter
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Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.