Walker's Reserve - Porter - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Had this on 2013-01-27 in Columbia, PA
A - Very dark brown but clear. 2-finger tan head and very good lacing.
S - Light roast, touch of coffee, dried apricot,
T - A little tart pucker, dried stone fruit, char, more coffee bitterness than hop, light chalk and a hint of sweetness. Light tanin.
M - Astringent initially but finishes reasonably creamy.
O - A really top-shelf porter although I slightly prefer the Founders porter. My wife really enjoyed this one as well.
01-27-2013 21:21:32 | More by Tucquan
4.19/5 rDev +7.7%
Aged One Year in the Bottle
The beer pours a very dark coffee brown, nearly black, and it sits in the glass as black, with a nice little sand dune tan head on it. The body is dark and impenetrable to the eye, but carbonation bubbles can clearly be seen racing to refill the head. Odd enough, the beer leaves alcoholic legs on the sides of my glass, despite its lower alcohol percentage. The lacing left by the beer on the sides of the glass is thin and slick, but does leave some nice patches on the sides of the glass. On the nose, this beer smells tremendously oaky, with lovely chocolate touches. Slight dark fruits, brown sugar, and what seems like candy sugars can also be detected in the nose. The smell is rich and decadent, with some great malty complexity, and some tremendous smells from the wood this beer aged in. On the tongue, the beer tastes of oaky chocolate with brown sugar and raisin notes. The beer begins with nice oaky wood before slowly working into chocolate, very slight coffee, and dark brown sugar. The finish touches lightly with roasted malt, but they are very faint, and a watery taste and feel can also be felt. The aftertaste is quite clean, with only a light lingering of roasted oak. On the mouth, this beer feels heavenly smooth and wet, while feeling medium in body, though it thins out as it drops from the back of the throat. The mouth is left damp and sticky sweet, longing for more of this beautiful beer. Overall, this beer aged wonderfully, I would be really curious to try a non-aged version of this, but as it is, it is delicious. I suspect that the roasted malts have died away to leave the lovely oak and chocolate more room to play, which is fine by me. My only complaint is the slight wateriness in the finish, but honestly that just makes the beer easier to throw back. This is a great beer for sure with superb oak notes. Try this beer.
01-20-2013 01:45:16 | More by Maxwell
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):
LOOK: Rich, dark brown, near black, opaque, creamy tan head
SMELL: Dark malts, chocolate, cold coffee, faint wood
TASTE: Smooth, creamy, a bit viscous, soda water-like carbonation, leafy, toffee, chocolaty, bready, oaty, semi-acrid, coffee, char, smoke, wood, semidry finish with rich, dark malt lingers
The use of the word “Reserve” seems to throw some beer geeks off—they apparently think it’s meant to an special release—but this is one killer robust Porter that should be judged for what it is; an über beer without the hype, and more than enough backbone to back it up.
01-09-2013 17:30:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,566 ratings.