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

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Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter

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very good

1,577 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 65
Gots: 161 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep, blackish-brown colored beer...it's head is initially thick and luxurious, but falls quickly to a wispy lace. The aroma is great: oak, earth, roasted malt, black malt, must, a bit of dark fruit skins. Nice. The taste is balanced, if a bit oily. Earthy and dark. Lots of bitterness. Full in body. This is a very enjoyable beer, with lots of interesting, multi-dimensional flavors.

Suds, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a really nice looking tan colored head on top. The lacing was very light but it did cling to the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer was toasted and burnt almost, there was a little bit of earth in there too. The taste of the beer gave off a well balanced flavor of roasted malts with a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel of this pretty good too, it had a slightly creamy texture to it with a decent carbonation in there. Overall this brew is quite nice on just about every level. It's a solid porter for sure, this is probably worth trying if you haven't had it already.

Knapp85, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Pjev11
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pjev11, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Very dark with tan head that dissipated quickly with interesting lacing for such a subtly hopped beer.

Smells very dry with some chocolate notes. Tastes much the same. I was expecting a bit more. There are better porters out there, but maybe the packaging misled me. If this was in a six pack, I might find it a pleasant beer to come back to. But since it's called "reserve" and sold in a 22 oz bottle, I'm a bit underwhelmed.

ProudBeerSnob, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of teromous
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is a very dark brown color, on the verge of being black. It is opaque, with a thin tan head that gives minimal lacing.

S: I pick up a rich caramel smell, light notes of coffee, a resinous smell, and slightly metallic. All scents are fairly subdued.

T: I get very light coffee flavor, tied with roasted grains. The roast flavor isn't very pronounced. There is a light tinge in the beer, slightly metallic. Taste is very thin in this beer, but it's not horrible.

M: It has a light bitterness and is smooth without being too sticky or slick. It feels very light in body, as if it has been watered down some.

O: Overall, I would say this is not a horrible porter, but I would not drink it again unless somebody bought it for me. I would not recommend it to a friend. It is thin and lacking in complexity.

teromous, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

kevgod, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of blackwingedhorde
4/5  rDev +2.8%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of newsage
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another solid beer from Firestone Walker. This is a great clean tasting porter, Smooth like velvet and a little bit of chocolate and oat but less heavy than an oatmeal stout but thats because it's a porter! With that said one of the best porters I have Tried. I also like Sierra Nevada porter, Mad River Steel head Porter, and Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter too!

newsage, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Salty Pig in Boston.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer is dark reddish/brown with a small tan head on top. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a thin layer on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: A combination of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and a some lightly roasted malt. Overall it seemed to be a little weak though.

T: A bit more flavorful than the nose lead on. A good bit of roasty malt/toasty bread, some coffee, and to a lesser extent cocoa.

M: Medium bodied, slightly bitter, but relatively smooth.

O: Not bad, expected a bit more based on the other beers I have had from FW thus far. Good, but not great, especially the weak nose.

mdaschaf, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Vylo, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -10%

disemgrowler, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -10%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of MASPuros
3.5/5  rDev -10%

MASPuros, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of hdelavega
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with no light coming through, nice two fingers of light tan head. Pretty nice lacing.
Aroma is dominated by a light roasty carmalized malt, there is a little dark fruit in there to but mostly roasty aromas.
the flavor follows the nose pretty closely, nice roasty malt, just a little dark fruit in the back, not to much going on.
Pretty light body with a nice medium light carbonation. A very drinkable porter.

hdelavega, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jstark5150, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Fermenticusrex
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Fermenticusrex, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -10%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of PowDay
3.5/5  rDev -10%

PowDay, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Brewermeister
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Slight retention and some lacing. Roasty aroma. This beer has a huge malt character and hops are barely noticable. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry roasty finish. I have had this in the bottle and on tap from the brewery... both excellent.

Brewermeister, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mercyfulfate
4/5  rDev +2.8%

mercyfulfate, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

waiting4lunch, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a good topping of foam, and lots of lacing down the glass. Warm and rich tasting. Malt is quite evident along with a distinct chocolate flavor. Aromas of roasted barley. Good dose of sweetness on the tongue followed by a little raspy darkness of burnt sugar, and some hops. Maybe a little raisin toast.

A highly drinkable and mellow dark beer. Nice tanginess to accompany the malt. Attractive in the glass. More darkness in the finish. Not a bad beer. I have only started drinking FW beers this past year, so they are all new to me.

Update 01/20/2013: Had this on tap at Pizza Port OB. Liked it again. Rich and roasted, pleasant woody and leathery flavor. Just sweet enough.

mactrail, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of plfahey
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Very dark brown color with garnet highlights when held to the light. Healthy crop of foam sits atop the surface, with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Roasted malt, toasted bread crusts, bittersweet black baker's chocolate, and some sweet, raisiny caramel and tangy licorice. Moderately low earthy/piney hops in the background.

Flavor-Plums and caramel are quickly wiped from the palate by dark, roasted malt flavors-bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt with background notes of espresso and bread crusts. In the finish, there is some green, piney, herbal hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness, while the black malt flavors crescendo in the aftertaste with notes of coffee grounds and ashy charcoal. Somewhat acrid, burnt flavors linger long on the palate, but are somewhat tempered by a pleasant citrus/piney hop character.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and extremely creamy mouthfeel is awesome. As the carbonation dies down, the body comes up a little bit light, but I'm a little forgiving here as the texture is so excellent.

Quite tasty, though a little bit heavy on the roast flavors in the finish-I suppose that's what makes it an American porter (an Extra Robust Porter?). Even still, it's a bit much for a porter in my opinion. Still, a fine beer through and through.

plfahey, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A Pours a dark brown color that borders on black. Topped off with a tan head that has a very long life.

S The first smell I got off this one was smiler to the one that emanated from the engine of my car when a belt started smoking. However as it warmed I got some earthy chocolate and coffee with a slight herbal/floral hop note.

T Follows the nose minus the burning belt part. Lots of earthy chocolate with some coffee and kind of a floral hop flavor.

M Nice full body

Overall this is a solid porter that is quite enjoyable to drink. I would seek this out again.

beerandcycling88, Dec 31, 2011
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.