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
86
very good

638 Reviews
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Reviews: 638
Hads: 1,630
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 63
Gots: 174 | 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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Reviews: 638 | Hads: 1,630
Photo of elmocoso
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, Black, Cherry-cola color. tan head that is gone in a flash. Slight carb. Nose is sweet fermenting prunes or a combination of stone fruits. dark fruity-wine undertones. taste is pleasant. very sweet in the front. A roasted and bitter lingering aftertaste. Ashtray? Not bad, though. Puckering. Mouthfeel is above average. Kind of creamy but not exceptional. Solid sipping beer, but a few steps back from being grand. (420 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe because I drank this on a nice warm spring day I didn't like it, but I must say for such a fancy bottle and such, this beer is a big ol' disappointment. I though the reserve in the name would set this beer apart, but it didn't. Guess that makes me a sucker for fancy ass bottles and fancy ass names.

Oh well.

Pours molassas with a decent head that receeded quickly. Mild burnt malt smell, but kinda non descript. Not a bad beer, but again, overall kinda nondescript, kinda boring. A bit watery at the end, and slightly acidic. A nuttiness comes out as it warms. Not bad, but not very smooth. I could take it or leave it. If I went to a crappy bar and saw they had this, I would be thrilled. But would I buy it again? Probably not. (742 characters)

Photo of Mark
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark porter that has a tan head, laces moderately well. Mellow aroma of roasted malts, a nice change from some very strong smelling porters I've had. Taste profile is also mellow. Just a ribbon of roastiness, some fruity tones and a good malt base. mouthfeel is a bit watery, but there is no denying that this is a decent drinkable porter. A good session porter. (369 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black brew, VERY strong backlighting shows this beer to actually be clear.

Smell is hops and fruit and sweetness. The hops give this a pine and smoke aroma.

Taste is very good, Complex concert of sweetness and coffee, and chocolate and fruit. This is no Sam Smith's but it is very good. Caramel and pecans appear in the taste too. Almost a 5 really a 4.75 here.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Very drinkable, would be exceptional with heavy foods like Chocolate and Bangers and Mash. (502 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from ye old gold plastic foiled crown capped bomber bottle of 22 oz. No freshness dating on the bottle.

Beer pours into the glass as a nice black beer with chocolate brown highlights peaking from every corner of the glass.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy from my previous experience with Firestone Walker. A light fruitness is apparent in the palate as the hops fade back with a growing sense of brownies (that warm rummy chocolate aroma)

Flavor is strongly chocolate at first, but as the malt starts to fade into the background, a roasty and tannic edge grabs the finish and runs it through to a dry dry finish (despite the resididual sweetness apparent on the tongue.)

OVerall not a bad beer. The tannic and vanilla edges to the beer are probably attributed to the use of oak barrels for a portion of the ferment. (Confirmed at the brewery) (859 characters)

Photo of budsboy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep brown with a fair tan head and very little lacing. Smell is sweet malt and some fruitiness -- fig, raison. Taste is fully malt finishing with a pleasant bitterness. The bitter stays. There is an unexpected sharpness there, almost tobacco-like. Mouthfeel is a wee bit chalky. Smooth down the gullett, and all-in-all an above-average porter. Good quiet beer. (367 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is almost black. A thin and bubbly brown head has yellow tinting to it. The rimming leaves some evenly placed rings down the sides of the glass. Some dry cocoa powder, baker's chocolate and vanilla bean on the nose. The flavors are so smooth in this porter. I think the oak barrel aging gives this beer some of its smoothness. And also a little woodiness on the palate. There's some nice bittersweet chocolate tones in this one. And a little smoke. And some vanilla mixed with bitter and slightly piney hops. The best part of the experience is the chalky residue of cocoa dust left on the tongue after the swallow. The mouthfeel is velvety and body about medium. This one is solid.

Thanks for the Reserve Mr. Long. (722 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Very nice looking Bomber, immediately noticeable by the fact that the crown cap is covered in a shrink wrapped thick golden plastic, fooling you for a short time that it may even have a cork. Black label with white and gold writing, only broken with a flash of dark red behind the words ‘Porter Reserve’. Slightly dusty looking bottle, the last one in the store.

Appearance: Extremely dark, but not quite solid, dark mahogany brown body. Light refracts at the edges to reveal a ruby red hue. Poured from the Bomber with a huge head, a pock-marked tan-brown affair that laces well and leaves rivulets of foam tidemarks on the glass walls with each mouthful. Solid levels of carbonation that help to reinstate the head to a greater size when swirled.

Nose: Gorgeous rounded mature odors, fantastic and a real surprise, it’s as though this beer has come straight from a wooden cask. Indeed, oak wood and aged roasted roasted malts with hints of chocolate permeate. A beautiful antique nose from a dusty bottle that I picked up – I may well have benefited immensely from the Stores aging process of not selling this last bottle.

Taste: Nice smooth mature tastes that have a solid roasted malt backbone, a light coffee hint and dark chocolates in the middle, these transform into milk chocolates with a bitter bite in the ending. The East Kent Goldings used for the Dry-Hopping work really well here, and add a great depth as well as a crisp bite to the 45 I.B.U’s. A solid, robust porter, just exactly as advertised.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light velvet feel at first that makes way for a caramel swirl feel with a rather astringent bitter finish.

Drinkability: Hmmmm, I’m licking my lips after this one. I will have to invest in some more of these, well certainly the next time when I see it at least.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this dark quality offering, the aromas alone were worth the purchase. A very nice Porter. Recommended, it you see it – try it. Judging from my experience with an older bottle, maybe it is well worth leaving this one for a while in a dark cupboard before drinking it, just a thought. (2,145 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany with a rapidly receding brown lace.
Fantastic aromas of smoke, black cherries, aged port, earth and chocolate. Chalkier and muffled post yeast pour.
Taste can't help but to fall on its face after the promises made by the nose. But it didn't have to fall so hard or so fast. Mildly roasty up front with a standard-issue chocolate porter traits. Very straight-forwards with almost none of the promised nuance. The middle finds a watery cola sweetness. Woodier late with mild chopped almonds. Hints of smoke and dirt before the dry leaf pine hop closure.
Thin and lifeless in the mouth. Bolsters itself to some extent with warmth (and the addition of the sediment). Boasts the use of oats, but I cannot find them tastewise or in the typical silkiness they provide.
Boring, but worth smelling. (807 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eclipse brown color. Medium head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. A lighter bodied porter. Malts are roasted, chocolate and carmely. Hops are grapefruit and citrus. Well balanced. It's a little lighter bodied for a porter, but still a very nice, very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (365 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 19 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This beer is blackish/brown with a tan head (no shock here)
Flavor: The flavor is coffee/roasty with a touch of hoppiness.
Aroma: This brew emits a coffee-like aroma
This is a very quaffable porter. (291 characters)

Photo of darklager
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep, dark, light absorbing brown with a gigantic head. The aroma is mostly chocolate and roasted malt, with coffee hiding in there too. The flavor is smooth, but also lacking in complexity. A very light, easy drinking porter. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Even though this is a somewhat light, and uncomplex beer, it still has a good flavor. Overall I would say this would make a good session beer, but not something to treasure every last drop of. (465 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good and well-balanced Porter. I definitely believe it would be a good candidate for a "starter Porter" because it is not overly robust or sharp. Pours a dark brown (almost black) color with a significant head and nice lacing. Coffee, chocolate and caramel in the aroma. Flavor is somewhat subdued and not overly complex but the balance was enough to make up for that. The coffee and warm chocolate flavor makes for a nice experience overall. (458 characters)

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