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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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1,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 62
Gots: 158 | 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:
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 Dan3279


4/5  rDev +2.8%

I was lucky enough to share a bomber of this porter with a few friends last night. I had the bottle poured into a snifter glass to find a deep dark brown body that left a nice brown colored one inch head. The aroma was awesome with strong hints of roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste was awesome, extactly what I expected from Firestone Walker. The taste hits you just like the nose with the cholcate upfront followed by the roasted malts and hints of coffee. The beer has a nice medium body balanced with some bitterness. It was extremely easy to drink and it would be very easy to drink the entire bomber in one sitting. Just an excellent all around porter and I wish I could get it here in Ohio whenever I wanted it.

06-06-2011 01:18:22 | More by Dan3279
Photo of peabody


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours out a rich coffee color with one finger of suds. Slight lacing.
Smell is coffee and mocha chocolate. Slight fruitness in the raisin/date catagory.
Taste is very clean and crisp for a porter. Quite Quaffable is this brew. Coffee notes and slight sugar/malt. Nothing overpowers here, really nicely balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is a bit boring because of the cleanliness.
Overall a Good rating for this great porter.
Firestone has some good beers for sure.

06-05-2011 18:04:37 | More by peabody
Photo of pburland23


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my dimpled Guinness mug.

Beer pours a deep, dark, opaque black. When head up to the light, you can see trances of dark brown around the edge of the glass, but not much. Pour created a little more than a finger light brown head. Head retention is pretty good as well.

Smell is dominated by roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. At the end of the inhale, I caught some citrus hops. Nice smelling beer.

The taste was surprising. There was an upfront mineral quality to it which reminded me of an oyster stout. There's also a sizable chocolate, coffee and hops presence. At the tail end of the sip, there's a touch of malty sweetness that ties the flavor quite well.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin for a porter...a little disappointing. The carbonation is middle of the road. It doesn't add anything to the mouthfeel for certain.

Overall, this a good porter. Not the best American porter I've had, but certainly a very good one. I'm glad to have Firestone Walker in Pennsylvania. They have not disappointed me yet.

06-05-2011 02:41:40 | More by pburland23
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

22oz. bottle served in my CL tulip. Pours one shade darker than cola with a dense, fizzy, three inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Thick loops and slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Not much happening in the nose - a suggestion of roast and perhaps chocolate malt. I also get a faint metallic quality. Taste follows nose - roasty at the start and finish with dull chocolate notes forming the backbone. There's also a trace of lactose creaminess towards the middle. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light) with an active carbonation that falls short of being lively. Carbonation levels are consistent from beginning to end. A decent porter, but nothing to write home about. There are definitely better values out there and I found this a bit steep at $7.99 a bomber.

06-02-2011 00:49:28 | More by Jwale73
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem, NH(!) Pours a virtually opaque black body with a good inch of khaki-colored head. Fresh citric grassy hops dominate the aroma, though coffee and caramel notes try to creep in to balance it out. Coffee, caramel, citrus, grass, cattiness - all these invade the palate at the same time and at the same strength. Medium to full in both body and carbonation. Every sip invites another. Huge flavor makes it seem like it's heavier than it is. That said, it's very balanced in a way that I've seen in few other beers. Absolutely awesome. Unique compared to the style and on the whole.

06-01-2011 03:19:29 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

The beer is dark brown and transparent, for the most part. The head is about 1/4" and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The aroma brings some light roast and coffee. The flavor is somewhat bland and unexciting. Everything seems subdued. The feel was a big drawback, as the beer is simply too thin. I've had some really terrific beers from this brewery, but this one, while not bad, per se, falls a bit short in my book.

06-01-2011 00:55:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Bomber shared care of wishuwerebeer, thanks Bryan. Poured into a pint, this brew appears a very dark brown color with a creamy tan cap that holds strong. A webby pattern of lace sticks all across the glasware. When held to the light, some ruby red clarity shines through the body.

The smell of this brew is fresh roasted grain with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is a faint mineral quality along with citrus hop inclusion. Light fruity accents are across the back highlighting the sweeter side of the nose.

The taste is dark and roasted with heavily Kilmer malts. There are fruity ester flavors that mix with hops which taste more citrus-like. There is a mild tang about this brew that blends with the fruity flavored hops and alcohol. Faint licorice notes are evident along with some mineral character.

Overall this is not a bad brew. It is well balanced and easy drinking with the alcohol being well integrated with only slight hints to the flavor. The alcohol doesnt provide much of a warming effect which increases it's overall drinkability quite a bit. This is just a well made and easy drinking brew. It is worth seeking out and having a try. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated.

05-31-2011 14:33:20 | More by stakem
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3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Brownish black poured into a pint glass. Smell is slightly grassy with semisweet chocolate. Taste is fairly light with some watery chocolate and roasted malts. This is very easy to drink with a low alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Average porter.

05-30-2011 04:16:00 | More by webmanspidey
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Dark brown with ruby highlights for the beer's color. Three fingers of head after the pour, that recedes to a nice film after the a few sips and retains throughout.

Roasty malt of coffee and mostly chocolate, dry. Smells like an awesome session Porter.

Roasted chalky malty, chocolate, coffee, and minerals. The finish is particularly dry. The midle has some chalky texture.

Thiss beer is simple, but simply awesome!! I hope this beer goes in to year round production, available in IL. A top session AP.

05-30-2011 00:55:34 | More by scruffwhor
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

On-tap, served in a pint

Appears a somewhat opaque chestnut brown with mahogany highlights throughout. The cap stood a solid one finger and receded slowly. Some mild lacing.

Dark chocolate, cherries, oak, vanilla and some roast. A solid aroma on all fronts with everything in near equal portions.

The flavor profile followed the nose. Coffee and dark roast with chocolate throughout. Cherries poke through the middle while oak and vanilla come out in the finish.

A medium body Porter with a smooth feel. Carbonation was on point. Overall, this was enjoyable and a Porter I would welcome in my glass anytime.

05-28-2011 14:16:59 | More by ColForbinBC
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Dark brown w/ a sliver of caramel head which disappears immediately. Good carbonation and lacing. Decent looking beer for the style.

S- Mainly chocolate, coffee, malt, slight hint of hops, maybe a little oak in there as well. Exactly what I'd expect, but it's really on the weak side. If it was stronger and more robust I would up the score considerably.

T- More of a hops kick w/ the taste. Coffee, chocolate, malt are all still there, but it's a completely different profile than the nose. Wish the taste was a little more robust, but it's decent for the style.

M- Very smooth, w/ hops aftertaste. Hops bite up front, then smooth hops/chocolate/coffee feel at the end. Coffee sticks around forever.

O- Nice offering. Wouldn't pick this up again, but it's because of the style, not the beer. This is a solid porter. Not the best I've had, but it's good. A little on the thin side though, and not very warming or robust. Cheers.

05-28-2011 00:20:01 | More by jayhawk73
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3.15/5  rDev -19%

Overall a pretty boring thin porter.

Beer is brown / dark and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Beer smells like a diluted coffee.

Beer is thin and a little ashy on the finish, moderate to light in bitterness, the forward is a little watery and plain. Not too impressed guys but I suppose there is nothing wrong with the beer overall.

05-26-2011 17:43:00 | More by drabmuh
Photo of matty


3.5/5  rDev -10%

Dark brown colored beer witha slowly fading creamy head,Aroma is pretty much toasted malts.Taste is toasted malts with a little bit of cocoa and coffee grinds.Overall a decent beer that doesn't really do anything to separate it from other porters.I would recommend and would purchase again.

05-25-2011 12:56:37 | More by matty
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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that becomes a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells kind of weak overall. Some roasted malt, graham crackers, and only a hint of any coffee/chocolate aromas. Taste is of roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, slight coffee grounds, and a citrus zest hop finish. There is a very mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This is a light bodied beer with a crisp level of carbonation. Kind of watery for what it is. Overall, this is a decent porter but lacks many of the classic smells and tastes commonly found in the style. This is a beer I would like to try on tap to see how it differs from a different serving style.

05-25-2011 01:33:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

22oz brown bottle, bottled-on dating stamped on neck

A - Deep ruby with a thick tan head that has good retention and leaves webs of lacing down the glass.

S/T - Some chocolate notes and creamed coffee, but mostly roasted malts. Some earthy hop and dark chocolate bitterness through the finish. Neither are as "robust" as the name implies. The aroma was very weak. I really had to search for it.

M - A bit on the thin side for a porter and very low carbonation makes it seem a little watery.

O - Tasted good, but overall a little disappointing. The 22oz bottle format will probably prevent me from buying this again.

05-24-2011 23:55:55 | More by garuda
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

22oz. bomber served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a chestnut brown color with a fair amount of garnet highlights. You can nearly see through the body when you hold the glass to direct light; the center of the body becomes all garnet & ruby. 1.5 fingers of camel colored head forms in tiny, tiny bubbles. Tight but soft, plenty of lace. Good looking beer.

The nose of Walker's Reserve screams porter. Lots and lots of roasted malt character: ashy chocolate and dustings of coffee grounds. There's a distinct chewing tobacco component to the nose. Something creamy, too... like marshmallow. There's hops here, earthy ones. Aromas of topsoil and dried leaves. This has pretty much everything I could ask for from a porter in terms of aroma. My very favorite porters have a more complex hop character, but Walker's Reserve shows quite quite nicely with its balance.

I immediately pick up on some muted dark fruits that I didn't smell at all; distant fig/blueberry. But that's really an accent for the coffee grounds roasted malt character that rightfully dominates the palate. Marshmallow, I'm sure of it, lends a nice, creamy counterbalance to the roast. Earthy, tobacco-like hop flavors do just fine on the initial attack, but get a bit awkward on the midpalate; a bit plasticky. That awkward plastic character stays for the finish, and is really the only thing holding this good porter back from being better than just "good."

Walker's Reserve feels like a true porter should. It's on the very light side of medium-bodied and has plenty of carbonation to carry those roasted flavors across the whole mouth. Overall, this is a textbook example of what a good porter should be. The only flaws that it has are small ones that prevent it from being great.

05-22-2011 02:55:46 | More by Reaper16
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New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured into my 13 oz tulip. Bomber marked towards the top just neck. Nice dark brown, with a 3 inch tan head. Lots of sticky lacing, attractive. Smell pretty mild, some hints of chocolate & coffee. Faint hops, some breadyness. Taste maybe a little stronger then smell, all the same flavor. Body good for the abv, but I like it more chewy. Great Porter, but porters aren't my favorites. Nice drinkability.

05-21-2011 17:08:00 | More by SawDog505
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

2010 Batch. The reddish to dark brown poiur leads to a long lasting, thick, foamy tan head. There seems to be a lot going on the aroma but nothing that jumps out. There's some smoky malts, yeast, roasted coffee, and raisins but it all melds together well. The body tended to be thinner than I had hoped. The taste is also quite subtle and mild with a bit of malts, yeast, and a pleasant hop ending.

05-20-2011 00:04:39 | More by puboflyons
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Walker's Reserve Porter (it doesn't say "robust" anywhere on my bottle) is a tasty and not overly complex porter. This would be a great beer to have on draught at a bar.

A: Black colour with a decent 4 mm head that fades to reasonable lacing. 3.5

S: Coffee smell that is slightly bitter. Very earthy. 4

T: Bitter coffee with a hint of burnt malt. This is a nice, simple porter. 4

M: Thick and foamy. 5

O: Nice and tasty. Not overly complex. 4

05-18-2011 03:05:04 | More by vandemonian
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Dark-brownish color, looking like soda in the glass. Decent amount of carbonation. Nice bubbly tan head arises from the pour with low retention. No lacing left afterwards. Smell is very muted: some roasted malt sweetness, very minimal amount of coffee grounds and chocolate notes. Definitely could use more in this facet.

Lacks a bit in taste as well. Unfortunately, watered down in flavor. Some roastiness in the malt backbone with very little black coffee astringency. Some sweetness to the taste as well, but overall very unilateral. An average tasting porter at best.

Kinda thin for my liking in the mouthfeel. Would've liked it to have been a bit more silkier and smoother in feel. Carbonation really is evident in mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but not too eye-opening.

05-18-2011 01:30:42 | More by infi
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Deep dark brown. Not quite black, but really close. The head is light cocoa colored and a huge three fingers, it also appears very frothy and sticky. Let's see what it leaves in the glass....A great patch work it leaves.

Smell is sweet of molasses and some coffee also. I smell some bread yeast flavors. Not much else comes to me.

Taste is about the same as the smell. A bit sweet from what I taste as burnt sugar and some light roasted coffee flavors. A bit of tartness comes late.

Mouth is full and rich. Carbonation is good. A bit thin at the very end but not unlike a Porter should be.

Overall I am happy I picked this up. A great representation of the style and (especially for FW) a very moderately priced bomber. I highly recommend this to any one that has access.

05-14-2011 06:08:10 | More by azdback
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tight mocha head that fades quickly leaving little lacing.

Smells of coffee and slight chocolate notes.

Tastes of good roasted notes with some underlying sweetness. Malts have tones of coffee, bitter sweet chocolate, and some brown sugar. A definite sweetness emerges and adds to the mix. A touch of citrus hops comes on the end as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

A very good beer that has nothing wrong with it, but it also doesn't wow.

05-14-2011 00:36:17 | More by ocelot2500
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

poured into sam adams pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown that is similiar in color to cola. 2 fingers of whitish tan head that has nice sticky lacing on side of glass.

Smell: Fresh roasty malts.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, and moderate astringency noted in the aftertaste. This porter has a taste and smoothness similiar to an oatmeal stout; (not sure if Firestone Walker brewed this beer with oats or not).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, but very close to full bodied. Moderate and lively carbonation.

Overall: A solid porter, u can session a bomber yourself quite easily. Nuff said! Cheers!

05-13-2011 03:34:05 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

pours deep dark brown with a 1+ finger tan head which left lacing rings all down the glass

smells of milk chocolate roasted

taste is like the nose - semi sweet milk chocolate upfront then come the roasted malts with a little coffee - this is how i want a porter to taste like

mouthfeel - ligher body with good carbonation that gives it fuller feel and oh so smooth and creamy

overall this is a great porter but i do have take off some for being a bomber only when there are so many other great porters in sixers

05-08-2011 23:00:01 | More by jsh420
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Very dark and not quite opaque with deep red/brown highlights. Fine beige/tan cap, good head retention with lots of sticky lacing. Chocolatey aroma, quite malty, Mild roast with a hint of vanilla. Plenty of malt in the flavor too, roast and chocolate, a bit of toffee, balanced by moderate bitterness that carried along some citrusy hop character. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Slightly astringent from the dark grains. Overall, really well put together. There was a lot of malt presence, nice balance from hops, and it was tasty from start to finish.

05-08-2011 20:20:21 | More by DrJay
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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