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

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very good

1,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 634
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 64
Gots: 166 | FT: 7
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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2/5  rDev -48.6%

spamages, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Kopfschuss, Dec 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ONN8, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Etan, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Corkpuller, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

hopburster, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bigd84, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

william5586, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that has been waiting in my fridge for a couple months for no particular reason...poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an opaque and nearly black color with a finger of foamy khacki head which has rather good staying power...eventually falling to a foamy collar with some lacing left around the glass.

S - A bit surprised by the lack of aromatic intensity found here. Struggling a bit I can find coffee, dark roasted malts and a bit of licorice. What I can get out of it smells good, but I'm a bit disappointed to have to look so hard to find it.

T - Immediately I pick up an underlying acrid, charcoaly, burnt toast character. Also get some roasted malts and still picking up some licorice too. The burnt aspects dominate the flavors here...not bad but lacking a certain complexity.

M - Body seems a bit on the light side...not quite medium overall. Carbonation is fizzy and of medium intensity. Burnt and smoky flavors dominate...really dry - not more than a hint of sweetness anywhere here. Hops really disappear behind the heavily kilned malt and contribute little here that I can truly distinguish as hops.

O - Overall, I guess I'd say that I am a bit underwhelmed by this beer. It's mostly solid and definitely well brewed, but misses the mark a bit for me. I don't mind the charred character...just wish there was a bit more malt presence to balance it a bit and more aromatics also.

portia99, Dec 16, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jesse14, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

taitlifto, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

eeggles, Dec 14, 2011
4/5  rDev +2.8%

RBCORCORAN, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Might be my first ever Firestone beer. Was in the mood for a Stout or Porter and this one was calling my name at the local GBS.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into an imperial pint. No freshness date found on the label -- ink-jetted date noticed once the beer was poured: 04/21/11 -- bottled on or best by?

A -- Deep, dark black with ruby highlights and a dense, firm, brown head that lasts and leaves good lacing.

S -- Smooth, roasted malts. Light cocoa coming through, maybe even some mild licorice.

T -- Big, roasty, coffee-ish malts up front. Some light citrus blending with some earthiness back. Finishes with a roasty to dark chocolate character. Pleasant bitterness in the finish from both roasted malts and American style hops.

M -- Surprisingly light-medium body and smooth mouthfeel. There is some slight tannic bite from roasted malts, but nothing you wouldn't expect in a Porter.

O -- A very good interpretation of the style. Everything I'd expect from reading Porter on the label. Upon further review, the citric hops and the roasted malts started to fatigue my palate, as they often do, and I was not ready to ask for another of these beers -- though it is still in the American Porter style.

steveh, Dec 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very classy and bold Porter that hits all the style characteristics squarely on the head and in assertive fashion. Exquisitely balance and very smooth- this beer is a winner!

The dark brown beer shows near-brilliant clarity and with a glossy sheen. A firm tan head caps the beer and carries stubborn retention and leaving rings of lace with each sip.

Firm toffee and burnt molasses flavor carry early malty sweet taste with complements of bittersweet cocoa, bold roast coffees, oily walnuts, heavy toast, and light woody taste. Balanced hops only contribute to the woody, grassy taste with a mild citrusy counterpart.

Firmly malted, the beer starts and finishes very creamy and lush. But early malty sweetness fades nicely into a toasty-dry finish and light spicy hop bite.

Delicious and drinkable, this classy Porter belongs in the conversation with Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

BEERchitect, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

twelveinches, Dec 13, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks solid, like a dark dark roast with just a touch of foam. The coffee comparison is apt, not just in appearance but aroma and taste as well. It’s full bodied, with a robust, roasty flavor. Sharp yet smooth, with a clean finish. Simply put, it’s a great beer from a great brewery.

elNopalero, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

alalvarez75, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy burnt caramel color with a red tinge and a lazy tan head. smells like bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. flavor has definite woody notes and vanilla is also present, although not sweet. smokey like charcoal and very very mellow. nice balanced hop vibe as well for a porter. mouthfeel is smooth like all of firestone walkers beers, with light carbonation. overall this is a nice porter for the wood beer champion, and a good example of the style.

StonedTrippin, Dec 10, 2011
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.