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

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Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,607 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,607
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 65
Gots: 166 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-15-2002

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.
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Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Walker's Reserve Porter is a dark cola brown color with thick white head. It settles quickly but leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet but roasty with a little bit of toasted nuts.

Flavor is smooth and well balanced with good roast, caramel, and chocolate. Nice depth of flavors and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Creamy and smooth.

Overall a really nice porter and very drinkable. I only wish they would put it in 6 packs.

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured froma bomber into FW pint glass...

A - Pours a deep brown with a two finger tan head that dissipates at a decent pace. There is a good amount of lacing to be had here...

S - Some roasted malts, a little chocolate, and a good dose of coffee...

T - Starts out sweeet. Caramel and sweet chocolate. Dark roasted malts, and some nutty notes follow with coffee and lingering roasted malts in the finish. The nuttiness is interesting, but not out of place...

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbontion...

O - Not a great brew by any means, but definitely a solid one. Something I will be picking up again when I am in the mood for the style. Firestone has yet to disappoint...


Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours black with a nice 1.5 finger head.

S - the nose consists of chocolates with some fresh herbal hops

T - the taste consists of a lot of dark chocolates up front. The dark chocolates really don't go away and seem to be the thesis of this porter. There is a modicum of burnt malt, and is definitely overwhelmed by the chocolate flavors. The hops in the nose weren't present on the palate oddly enough.

M - smooth, creamy and full; leaves a little dry from the roasted and chocolate malts

D - this is a solid porter. The more I drank it the more impressed I was by it. Pretty straight forward but delicerrs in the right places - this is more bold and packed with flavor than most from this style. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. Little to no light penetration through the beer. The date of bottling is on the neck, but is not easy to read. It is easier to see it once the beer has been poured from the bottle.
Aroma is predominantly malty with hints of sweetness, chocolate and coffee coming through.
Taste initially had a nice hint of bitterness upfront, giving way to a sweet finish. But with time, as the beer warmed up, the bitterness upfront gave way to a more sweeter note and the bitterness was more noticeable in the finish thereafter.
Not the most robust porter, but a very tasty one nonetheless.
Medium bodied and easy to quaff equals good drinkability.
Overall, I would say that this is not the best porter, but definitely a good porter. Worth a try.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,607 ratings.