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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,535 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,535
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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whatthehull

California

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 26th 2011 (from notes)

A - super deep brown, one finger very tan head and some okay lacing

S - lots of vanilla and chocolate, nice oak, nutty, very sweet, toasted grains and malts

T - nice coffee, milk chocolate, toffee, nutty, vanilla, slightly hoppy, nice Toastiness, great malt and some wood/earth

M - fluffy, well balanced, nice complexity, low acidity, medium long finish and medium dry

D - no matter light or dark big or balanced, this beer is for you.

Final thought - at less than 6% ABV this beer isn't for getting tossed. But at only $4 this is a great beer

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 19:34:12 | More by whatthehull
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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-28-2014 18:55:46 | More by Chuck_25
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cdean801

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-28-2014 03:00:40 | More by cdean801
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Limanti

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-26-2014 01:32:34 | More by Limanti
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-25-2014 04:48:17 | More by brpendergast85
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-24-2014 21:26:29 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-24-2014 18:50:15 | More by masterofsparks
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-24-2014 14:38:38 | More by Burkbom23
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-23-2014 23:53:59 | More by TrojanRB
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Cmshort418

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-21-2014 01:06:17 | More by Cmshort418
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FitnessForBeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-19-2014 06:59:07 | More by FitnessForBeer
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml Bottle from Brewdog Glasgow (£11, 5.8%):
Dark brown to black a 1.5cm, foamy, light brown head that settles as a nice, thick lacing after a minute.

Slightly sweet with some light coffee & some chocolate coming through on top of some dark malts and a sugar base. The aroma seemed like a creamy one and was very enjoyable on the nose.

Dark malts & faint coffee with some sweetness from some caramel malts. There is a very faint hop bitterness to the beer that accompanies the chocolate and nutty taste of this one, & the beer is rounded off with some faint, background spice at the end.

Ridiculously smooth and creamy with a medium body and light medium carbonation on top of that. The drink proved a fast and easy on to finish with a lot of flavour on the palate and some touches of smoke along with a dry finish helps this one to end perfectly.

Such a good beer & more than worth the steep price with an amazing taste & great mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink from the start & refreshingly enjoyable given the fact the beer was a good session offering with the alcohol content remaining fairly low, particularly for an American craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 09:19:12 | More by flyingpig
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Ajlvt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-17-2014 04:37:46 | More by Ajlvt
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SnifterLifter

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2014 22:55:36 | More by SnifterLifter
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msanborn

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-16-2014 17:24:42 | More by msanborn
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.9%

03-16-2014 03:10:55 | More by Fettpopps
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brett606

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-16-2014 02:08:12 | More by brett606
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ortie

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-14-2014 04:52:46 | More by ortie
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-13-2014 06:03:08 | More by oso
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2014 01:29:36 | More by OnryAndMean
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Mostly opaque brown, with some red highlights at the edge. Head is small, with little lacing.

S - Roasted malts, with chocolate notes, and a surprisingly strong note of booze. I've had BBA with less alcohol in the nose, and the ABV is low enough that this element being so forward is somewhat surprising.

T - This offers an interesting range of malt flavors, the core being a roasted flavor heavy on nib and toasted grain. A strong bitter undercurrent is paired with caramel notes. The alcohol comes into the finish, trailing off into a subtle, but not overpowering drying.

M - This is not a particularly creamy porter. It's virtue is in how light and clean the beer drinks, given the flavors at play.

O - A shame this beer is on the way out, since I only just found it (Firestone Walker is not distributed in my home state; I found it at a bottle shop during a trip to DC). With a complex taste, this brew offers a fine example of what a carefully crafted beer can coax from the porter style. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:20:26 | More by Tsar_Riga
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12/2/13 Bottling. Poured into a stemless red wine glass at room temperature.
A - Pours a deep brown color with a two finger tan head. The head quickly dissipates to a lacy film.
S - A tart, citrusy smell with a malty background.
T - Chocolate and roast coffee up front with slightly bitter finish.
M - Rather thin with minimal carbonation. No mouth coating at all.
O - A little heavy on the roast and could have used more malt to round it out. Not my favorite porter but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 20:53:14 | More by kdahnke123
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-04-2014 16:22:43 | More by ToddHolder
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2014 01:26:51 | More by Bunuelian
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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2014 18:52:43 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.