Walker's Reserve - Porter - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a brew the color of the darkest cola. When held to light it takes on a much more maroon-like hue. It holds a massive two and a half finger head of active, cakey tan bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving patterns and rings of lacing all down the sides of the glasses. Carbonation appears to be very robust. No sediment is noted, but some haze comes with the last few ounces from the bottle. The aroma shows bright metallics against charred caramel and coffee malts. Baker’s yeast acts to dry, while a citric hop on the far back adds a juiciness. Notes of raw vanilla, molasses, medicinal bite, light clove, and a mossy grassiness also contribute. Our first impression is that this beer is quite nice, with softness and appropriate sweetness through the taste. As we sip, roasty char and basement musk start things off with a brief sour twang. There is also a flash of sweetness, coming as dark fruit of black cherries and plum, milk chocolate, and caramel malts. The peak shows enhanced sweetness of white sugar, hints of cooling vanilla extract, light booze, and a light citric hop to balance. The finish comes with more of that basement mustiness, pepper of that light booze, a depth of char to the chocolate malts, hints of metallics, and milk chocolate sugars to balance. The aftertaste breathes of roasted walnuts, chalky grain, more citric hop than anywhere in the flavoring, charred smokiness, and light phenolic plastics. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The feel is velvety soft, with excellent slurp, cream, froth, and pop on each sip. The mouth is coated with wet foaminess, only to dry with light astringent chalkiness. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mouthfeel. As soon as it hits your lips you are in heaven, with cloud-like softness, and supreme slurp and froth to the mustache. The flavoring was also nicely balanced, with good char but also a nice sweetness to balance. There was even a surprising hop character through the aftertaste, which we should have expected from Cali folk. Be sure to let this one warm up to temperature before indulging, as it makes a hugely noticeable difference here.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2012 00:16:08 | More by TheBrewo
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