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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,536 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,536
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 62
Gots: 153 | FT: 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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2011 01:30:34 | More by dbrauneis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 23:13:47 | More by kjkinsey
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a finger high tan head. The head died down, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts and molasses along with hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style because it’s lighter bodied compared to other porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:44:08 | More by metter98
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-04-2011 18:14:30 | More by whallgren
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alamode

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 14:44:02 | More by alamode
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2011 06:16:39 | More by doucmehu
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" mocha coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Toasted, chocolate and coffee malt.

T: Toasted, coffee and some chocolate malt flavours with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:35:12 | More by DaftCaskBC
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ejw127

Nevada

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-03-2011 22:51:23 | More by ejw127
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-03-2011 16:29:51 | More by bigred89
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tbern007

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber.
Pours a very dark brown/black with mild ruby if held up to the light. Thick, light bubbled light brown head that lasts a long time, producing thick lacing to the last drop.
Smells like roasted coffee/malt with slight bitter chocolate. Not as pungent as I expected from a porter, but still looking forward to the taste that follows.
Tastes like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, black coffee, with a tinge of hops at the end. The more I drink of this, the more complex it becomes, the stronger the roast/chocolate.
Very tasty. Dry and bitter competes with a little sweetness that equates to well-balanced. Very drinkable. I'd have another for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 17:51:21 | More by tbern007
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 05:44:00 | More by rab53
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-29-2011 23:36:34 | More by Exiled
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BrewerMike

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I would love this beer. I've loved other selections from Firestone, and I'm a huge fan of porters. It pours a nice color and has a nice aroma. Kind of chocolaty, smokey aroma. The flavor up front is also nice--seems balanced with some nice chocolaty flavor. But, on the swallow and in the aftertaste, I'm getting a stranger vegetal flavor that is really bothering me. And now all I can do is taste that off flavor, along with a slight cloying sweetness that also bothers me. The body is a bit thin but this doesn't bother me as much as the flavor. Overall, not my favorite but I'm willing to try another bottle in case I got a bad bottle. Ah well.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:51:56 | More by BrewerMike
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jjfancybeers

Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-28-2011 15:07:14 | More by jjfancybeers
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rhino54

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-27-2011 19:04:55 | More by rhino54
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-26-2011 03:47:33 | More by tpauer
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Gatch

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - As dark as a beer can get. Deep brown up to light. No head.

S - Smoky, roasted malt. Dark chocolate, coffee.

T - Medium-roasted malt & coffee. Malt lingers but nothing special.

M - Thinner body than expected. Typical porter finish of watered-down roasted malt. Like lake water.

Try it, though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 01:39:15 | More by Gatch
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-25-2011 20:35:27 | More by deapokid
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-25-2011 05:04:02 | More by barnzy78
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-25-2011 01:12:19 | More by mdillon86
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-24-2011 16:28:42 | More by dwaz
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pint-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a thick, oil-looking dark brown, almost black colored body; slight reddish hue around the edges; pour forms a nice tan colored, 1 finger size head, which held very well; some lacing formed around the glass; beer gives the appearance of a healthy and full-bodied beer; viscous

S - Roasted malt nose; licorice; smokey nose up-front, followed up with a touch of burnt bread; roasted oats, oatmeal; brown sugar; vanilla

T - Roasted malt flavor; chocolate; slight flavor of coffee on the back-end; smokey flavor with a touch of what appears to be cinnamon; roasted oats; brown sugar; vanilla

M - Full-bodied; smooth roasted malt and chocolate flavors; lingering espresso taste, stays for a while; creamy; chewy

D - Good drink; I liked this and made a great dessert beer; one of the better porters I've had, I'm not a huge fan, but this definitely gets my vote; worth a try

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:59:25 | More by ferrari29
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-24-2011 00:42:21 | More by jbertsch
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.9%

11-23-2011 23:33:09 | More by spoonhawk
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bluntedboywonder

New York

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-23-2011 21:40:07 | More by bluntedboywonder
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.