Walker's Reserve - Porter - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jondeelee:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Walker’s Reserve Porter opens to an ashy nose with a surprisingly strong initial citrus kick, which quickly fades as the bottle remains open. Once cleared, little of the citrus remains, replaced by huge swaths of ink-black mounds of cigar and campfire ash, along with burnt coffee grounds, charred toast, and burnt caramel. This heavy blackness is kept mildly in check by lesser notes of caramel, heavy cream, toffee, and brown sugar, as well as vanilla. A scant few fruit esters, mainly fig and light raisin, with some cherry, add further complexity, growing in strength as the beer warms. Thick brown breads and biscuits add earthiness. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and surprisingly heavy and nuanced for a beer of such light ABV (5.8%). The balancing sugars, all of which increase in volume with warmth, are also very nice, as is the return of the citrus notes with warmth.
On the tongue, the beer is very fruity and citrusy for a porter, with white grape, grapefruit, cherry, berry, orange, apricot, and even apple notes, as well as citrusy lemon from the hops. These light, airy notes, which are very spritzer-like, are checked by an undercurrent of ash, toast crust, black malt, and tobacco, all of which grow stronger as the beer is held in the mouth, until there is almost nothing left but ash at the end. The effect is very reminiscent of a decent Black IPA in the citrus-ash contrast. Further light notes of vanilla, caramel, and biscuit add more complexity, joined by brown breads. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, the ash and black malt flavors increasing to near dominance, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.
Overall, for a beer with such a light ABV, it’s impressive how much flavor is crammed in here, and fans of Black IPAs should add this to their list. The citrus-ash contrast is done better here than almost anywhere else, and the shift from the former to the latter over the course of a single mouthful is smooth and wonderful. The watery, heavily carbonated mouthfeel is a bit of a turnoff, but the rest of the beer is very nice.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2013 00:11:56 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
July 26th 2011 (from notes)
A - super deep brown, one finger very tan head and some okay lacing
S - lots of vanilla and chocolate, nice oak, nutty, very sweet, toasted grains and malts
T - nice coffee, milk chocolate, toffee, nutty, vanilla, slightly hoppy, nice Toastiness, great malt and some wood/earth
M - fluffy, well balanced, nice complexity, low acidity, medium long finish and medium dry
D - no matter light or dark big or balanced, this beer is for you.
Final thought - at less than 6% ABV this beer isn't for getting tossed. But at only $4 this is a great beer
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 19:34:12 | More by whatthehull
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
650ml Bottle from Brewdog Glasgow (£11, 5.8%):
Dark brown to black a 1.5cm, foamy, light brown head that settles as a nice, thick lacing after a minute.
Slightly sweet with some light coffee & some chocolate coming through on top of some dark malts and a sugar base. The aroma seemed like a creamy one and was very enjoyable on the nose.
Dark malts & faint coffee with some sweetness from some caramel malts. There is a very faint hop bitterness to the beer that accompanies the chocolate and nutty taste of this one, & the beer is rounded off with some faint, background spice at the end.
Ridiculously smooth and creamy with a medium body and light medium carbonation on top of that. The drink proved a fast and easy on to finish with a lot of flavour on the palate and some touches of smoke along with a dry finish helps this one to end perfectly.
Such a good beer & more than worth the steep price with an amazing taste & great mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink from the start & refreshingly enjoyable given the fact the beer was a good session offering with the alcohol content remaining fairly low, particularly for an American craft beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 09:19:12 | More by flyingpig
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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