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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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very good

1,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,617
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 64
Gots: 170 | FT: 7
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/18/13
Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a 3 and half finger tall khaki head which leaves plenty of nice lacing as it slowly recedes. Gorgeous looking porter.

Aroma: Grassy and herbal hops straight away and some faint notes of baker's chocolate, coffee and some dark roasted malts. Pretty low key, albeit very balanced aromatics on this porter.

Taste: Very similar to the nose; grassy and herbal English hops right away, with some soft notes of chocolate, light coffee and slightly nut like roasted malts before the dry, bitter finish. Lingering impressions of vanilla, herbal hops, espresso and roasted malt are left on your palate until the very last drop.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied with a sublimely creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Honestly, this beer almost tastes cask-conditioned. Superb.

Overall: Yet another perfectly balanced beer from Firestone Walker. This ale offers
plenty of flavor and has a very rich and creamy mouthfeel at only 5.8%. While I do wish the roasted malts peak through a bit more in the more in the nose, they certainly do have a stronger presence in the flavor profile. This is by far the most balanced porter I've tasted, and I can pretty much say its my favorite. Highly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Blue Palms.

A: Dark ruby that lets through a modicum of light. Creamy head.

S: Bland and sweet with a whiff of soap.

T/M/O: Competent, but unexceptional. The main taste is malty, moderately robust, and chocolatey, with a bitter finish laced with cacao. Overall though, it's brief, at times thin, and largely dull. Mouthfeel is carbonated and a bit sterile (think metallic shining clean). Still, it's a decent beer. I'd have another.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with a finger off of white head that settles into some nice lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, a touch of smokiness, and dark malts. Maybe some coffee.

T - Roasted malts, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. Exactly what I look for in a porter.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Heavier carbonated and lighter than expected.

This is everything I look for in a porter. It's very drinkable, smooth, and roasty. Another great beer from Firestone Walker and this one is at a great price point. If this came in six packs I'd drink it all the time.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.