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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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1,577 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 flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap the other night, found it in a bottle today. I figure this is a good way to start of what will be a cold weekend here in Northern California.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick sizable off white head. Looks inviting.

Aromas are rich, some chocolates, roasted malts, and dark sugars.

Taste is nice and full flavored. Some dark chocolates, burnt sugars, oak, and some creamy malts. Finish is thick, and crisp, with a nice bitter mineral hop bite that helps round out the dark sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's thick, but not to heavy. About right for a robust big porter like this.

Nice drinkability... nice porter. I will definitely grab this one again when I am looking for a porter. A bit on the heavy side to make this one sessionable or a frequent drinker, but it tastes great on a cold winter day.

flexabull, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber - no freshness info.

Pours an opaque deep brown into a pint glass with an inch or so of tan head. Head reduces in a few minutes and offers some sticky lacing for most of the glass.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee with some hops underneath. A surprising sense of alcohol given its relative lightness in the ABV department, and particularly since it is a dark brew. As the carbonation decreases, it smells more and more like their Pale or Union Jack. Don't know what that element is, but it ain't good, and seems oddly unnatural.

Taste follows with mostly chocolate notes. Otherwise the beer is sweet and unrefined in my view, just not a great deal of depth, rather simple. Offers a decent feel and a moderately lingering finish, perhaps a bit thin. Drink is decent.

This brew may sneak iinto the 'Robust Porter' ABV range, but is otherwise not too robust in flavor.

HalfFull, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my buddy Eric for hauling this from Cali!

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a finger of tan head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Cocoa & a bit of coffee

T: Cocoa & coffee up front, plus some dryness. Roasted grain & some mocha as this warms. Finishes dry with a bit of leafy hops & apricot fruittyness blending with roasty grain

MF: Medium bodied, pretty smooth with moderate carbonation

Drinks easy enough, a solid porter

russpowell, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brown, thick head. Smells of hay. Liked the chocolate malts and hops, but thought the mouthfeel was a little light for a porter. Chose this today 'cause I needed a light alcohol beer for the PM. Not bad, not great--did the trick.

Beerenauslese, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of RunDWP
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really sturdy porter, with a stiff tan head and lots of lace work on the glass, and a coffee aroma. Solid, malty flavor with a coffee bitterness, with some oak and dark chocolate notes. A rather smooth finish for all those strong flavors, and a little less bitter than the typical porten. Very drinkable, but will put hair on your chest!

RunDWP, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer keeps getting better each time I try it. Pours dark brown with a very short brown head. Toasty malt, oak, cream, chocolate, tobacco, and coffee. Taste is sharp with more bitter coffee, dark chocolate, oak, and some maple syrup and a cascade hop finish. Very nice.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours pitch black like old motor oil. nice pale khaki colored head, decent retention rate and a lot of independent lacing.

S: roasted malts, light sweetness in the nose. good roasted malts, with some chocolate, toffee, and a touch of caramel.

T: very nice tasting porter. roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some light coffee notes. exactly what a porter should taste like.

M: smooth and mellow mouthfeel, dead on carbonation level for the style. robust, but mild bodied. very nice.

D: solid porter. easily drinkable, perfect feel IMO, and a great rep of the style.

paulthebeerguru, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber received in a trade with skadoesntsuck. Into a pint glass.

Appears dark brown with ruby highlights and a once inch thick creamy light tan head. A bit of lacing but not too much.

Aroma is mild but there are notes of chocolate, a bit of ripen fruit, and a light roasted coffee.

Taste is initially chocolatey leading into a nutty middle with a light roast bitterness akin to weak coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable.

Fairly good porter overall. Not the best of this style but it's certainly worthy.

roadhouse, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Into the snifter. 1 finger of off white foam atop an extremely dark brown base. Almost black. Head retention isn't a strong suit. Slight bits of lacing.

S - Relatively muted. Mostly muted roasted malts. Notes of crappy milk chocolate. I smell none of the oak they claim to condition this in. Pretty non-descript and boring.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, stale coffee, a slight sourness. For having such a hefty malt bill and aging it in oak, it's awfully boring.

M - Too thin, especially for having oats in it... carbonation is okay though.

D - About the only thing this beer really has going for it is it's relatively low abv, and lack of taste. Sure, it helps drinkability but I'd drink Edmund Fitzgerald over this any day.

Notes: I had high expectations for this and was let down. It's not gross, but it's nothing standout, especially being an oak conditioned porter.

SaucyA, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/09/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown in color. Pours a quite large four fingered head and leaves lightly sticky patchy lace.

Smell- Non assertive, roasted chocolate malts and a bit of cocca powder. Hops are slightly detected.

Taste- Gets better as it warms and breathes. Very well blanced with mildly bitter hops coming into play from time to time. A dull-like chocolate base of malt is the main player.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carbonation level. Fairly smooth, but a touch watery at times. Light hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A decent porter. Plenty of better ones and plenty of worse ones. Drinkable though.

GClarkage, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Total wine, shared with a friend tonight.

A - Dark black body with a 2-finger mocha head. It dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Chocolate, dark cherres, pine, and flowery hops.

T - Chocolate, black patent malts, and earthy hops.

M - Balanced, but a bit of light alcohol aftertaste mixed with some earthy, maybe flowery hops.

D - Good, but slightly aggressively hopped with light alcohol. Truly indicative of a west coast porter.

MisterClean, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for being a terrible fantasy baseball manager and thus providing me with this beer.

Pours a semi-dark brown with a creamy two inches of tan head. Head retention is excellent, with a very full lace and quite a bit of stick.

Aroma has some milk chocolate and a bit of roasted malt, and is also somewhat earthy and even musty. Not terribly robust for a robust porter.

Taste is more robust than the smell, with more prominent roasted malts, some caramel and a bit of chocolate. There is an earthy character to it, as well, and a peat sort of mustiness. I taste a bit of hops with just a hint of citrus, as well, but the malt profile dominates here. Roasted flavor lingers on the finish with what I assume to be a bit of hop bitterness, too.

Mouthfeel has a decent creaminess to it and is pretty smooth. It's medium in body, but feels a little light.

Solid beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

number1bum, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Night
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black / brown with crimson tints hiding near the bottom of the glass. Thick, solid, dark tan head with a fair amount of cream and bubbly pockets throughout. Lasts fairly long and leaves decent arcs of lacing. Aroma reveals chocolate, raisins, coffee, a hint of pineapple, and light charcoal. Mouthfeel is lighter to medium-bodied and just a little bit juicy. Light carbonation. Flavor is strong roasted barley: charcoal, steak, and resin with hints of bitter chocolate and metal. Finish brings an acidic coffee-like wash. Aftertaste is mild and bitter.

Night, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured for a little T.V. watching.

Pretty damn black. Hold it up to the light and can almost see a dark ruby hued edge. Good thick head. Looks creamy.

Smells of burnt malts. Maybe anise. Maybe smoke. Maybe coffee. Well, I was taking scent notes and realized I'd been sipping too so I guess these notes are now for smell and taste.

Started out a bit harsh, then warmed and became quite smooth. Too damn drinkable. 5.9% might as well be 0%. Continued warming makes it even smoother and creamier to the point of YUM.

Overall: nice

PatronWizard, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large capped bottle, courtesy of wastrinkensie.

Dark, redissh-brown, close to black body, little lighter and closer to red on the rims, with a light tan head, with little retention and average lacing.
Nice, if not powerful aroma, milk chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts.
Thin on the palate; taste is nice, but lacks power and depth; same chocolate, but here bittersweet, some roasted malts.
Easy to drink, lively carbonation, but is very far from a "robust" porter.

brdc, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish black with a big fluffy off color head. The aroma shows a light roasted malt, with a slightly iron, metallic character. The flavor is delicate, surprisingly so, with a satisfying roasted malt character, with a light bite of alcohol and a pleasant bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin but slightly clingy with an aftertaste of fine cocoa. Good.

Seanibus, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty nice head, had to be careful not to over fill the glass with it. Pretty dark but you can get light through it. Lingers on the side of the glass pretty nicely.

Good aroma of chocolate, bourbon, a touch of sweet caramel and malt.

Good sweet malt right up front being cased by dark bitter sweetness.

Good carbonation, smooth and an easy drinker. A great pint to warm up next to.

SolsticeDreamer, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. About an inch of head forms on the pour. Don't know what's going on in the smell, but it seems a bit "minerally". Taste is plenty of roasted malts and coffee. Plenty of carbonation with a full mouthfeel. Another good beer from Firestone. It would be nice to have their stuff distributed here.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of edmedina
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour gives off about 3 fingers worth of head. The color is almost a black but you do get some light in there. So I guess that makes this a light brown. Aroma is light, hints of malt and caramel can be found. First taste and immediately you are hit with the malts but then I start to pick out almost a burnt caramel or coffee taste. The after taste doesn't last at all like a heavy porter or stout. Instead it is dry almost carbonated. It's actually a pleasant after taste really. This is my first beer from Firestone and I've heard many great things from them. If this is any indication, I can't wait to get more of their offerings.

edmedina, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured slightly agressive. nice two and a half finger head. deep brown color with dark ruby highlights when held up to light.
head fades to a nice film over the top of the beer. lacing is decent. a little quick on the fade yet some lacing retains for quite some time.

smell is good. light hints of caramel, chocolate, and delicious roasted malts.

taste is good. i get the malts and caramel up front. decent aftertaste. lingering malts play with the back of my mouth.

mouth feel is good. decent carbonation with a very smooth feel. goes down easy. i have no problem going back for more.

Mauerhan, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/30/08.

Pours a deep dark brownish black color. A moderate pour produced a three finger tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of sweet caramel.

Taste is lots of toasted malt and lots of sweet milk chocolate. Some subtle vanilla and caramel flavors as well. Just a bit on the sweet side but it's not bad.

Feel is medium body. It's smooth and creamy. Just a tad on the thin side. No lingering aftertaste. Drinkability is also very good. It goes down very smooth.

bkilpatr, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown, approaching black, with creamy head that fades quickly to a thin cap. The smell has some light aromas of licorice, chocolate, a bit of sour grain, and some light malt. The taste is very creamy, but a bit light as well. Some more of that licorice throughout, as well as quite a bit of grassiness, cocoa notes, and lightly roasted grains, as well as a touch of fresh cream. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, perhaps a bit too soft. There is some bitter bite there, but it is very restrained. Still, there is something comforting and alluring about the flavor and creaminess that makes it very satisfying. Pretty nice, and at 5.9% somewhat sessionable as well.

Georgiabeer, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thinner tan head. Nose is fairly strong coffee and malts. Flavor is a real nice and smooth mix of coffee and some mild molasses. Just a nice balanced flavor. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation is a bit full with a slight bite, but it is fairly smooth. Very nice to drink. A really smooth porter that you could easily go all night on. Try it for sure.

RblWthACoz, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took me a while to get this brew in the lineup and get a few minutes to enjoy it. This one pours very dark with a huge head that eventually gets back to a soft mocha skim on top. Aroma is dark and bittersweet chocolate with a hint of brandy with ripe sweet fruit.

To the palate with lots of chocolate only pushed aside by a wave of carbonation. A silky smooth river of toffee and coffee candies follows and ushers in a pleasant dryness. Full on the tongue yet smooth and slippery enough to be drinkable.

This is one fine brew hat I wish I had a few more of.

gpcollen1, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker- Reserve

Bought this bomber ($5.99) at Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach.

A- Deep dark brown with a smooth tan head. Solid lacing.
S- Dark chocolate, coffee beans, and vanilla. A bit light on the nose.
T- Sweet smooth dark chocolate with hints of light roasted coffee beans, vanilla, oak chips, and licorice.
M- Very smooth and slightly sweet. slight chalky dry cocoa finish.

Overall- Big smooth flavors make this very drinkable. A good session porter.

NJpadreFan, Jul 18, 2008
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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