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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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1,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 62
Gots: 154 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-11-2013 16:03:41 | More by Timoth
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:30:54 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-06-2013 21:01:04 | More by polishkaz
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-06-2013 18:50:09 | More by oakaged88
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-05-2013 18:22:59 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-02-2013 01:05:52 | More by Bobheed


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Walker’s Reserve

Appearance: Firestone’s year-round porter offering pours a dark brown, somewhat Coca-Cola-like color. There is a healthy looking three fingers of dark khaki head, but it has a strange, reddish tint. The retention and lacing are fantastic. The carbonation is just visible and is reminiscent of soda. This is a pretty classic looking porter with the addition of impressive clarity.

Aroma: The aroma is typical of a porter, no more, no less. The hops are prevalent, the roasty, coffee/chocolate malts back it up, though one imagines that the taste will be the inverse of this.

Taste: Exactly as expected: an inversion of the aroma. The malts are on the forefront, but are not dominating. The roastiness is not as powerful as one would expect from a porter, for better or worse. The hops are there and provide typical bitterness, which is a bit awkward for the style. Lastly, the alcohol (only 5.8% ABV) comes through in the end of the taste, along with a slight woody, vanilla type flavor that seems to permeate most Firestone beers. Like the rest of this beer, it is just above average.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is far too much both for the style (and for most styles for that matter). This, added to a slightly watery viscosity, makes for a rather underwhelming overall mouthfeel. One cannot help but think that some more alcohol would have helped this category out.

Overall: This beer is not bad by any means, but it is not really any better than the average porter. There are far better options out there for less money and wider availability in my area. Firestone’s smaller ABV beers seem to be, by and large, a disappointment. The rest of their lineup and their barrel program make up for these average offerings. 13.5/20

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:43:47 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-01-2013 00:02:49 | More by chefduff2
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

12-31-2012 05:24:34 | More by cletusdog
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-28-2012 22:12:38 | More by BradMacMullin
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-27-2012 19:19:12 | More by pathman
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-27-2012 19:17:04 | More by CBodamer
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-27-2012 12:22:37 | More by IPAFrankieH
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-26-2012 03:08:21 | More by Buster
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-25-2012 22:26:33 | More by sloelco
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to do a porter thing with my GF on x-mas eve. First up was the Taddy Porter. Now this.

Dark brown, hints of opacity towards the edge of the glass. Magnificent head with an averagely vigorous pour. Lacing is nice throughout the session, I give it an 8 out of 10.

Nose dominated by herbal hops. Upon taking a stronger whiff, I get some chocolate and roast malts as well.

Flavors are nice for a porter. Chocolate, herbal hops, roasty after taste as well. For a 5.9% beer, I was expecting a little more though.

Mouthfeel is nice, maybe a hint over carbonated for my tastes, but probably spot on for the style of American Porter.

Overall this is a rock solid interpretation of an American Porter. Would recommend seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 06:41:38 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber. Bottled on 10/12/12. Remember loving this one on Thanksgiving, albeit while a bit buzzed. Been looking forward to a second tasting.

Pitch black. Solid tan head with nice retention and lacing.

The aroma was not at all what I was expecting. Butterscotch and caramel are very pronounced. Also quite noticeable is what I can only describe as candied fruit. Sour apple and cherry. There was a bit of chocolate initially.

Chocolate, roasted malts, and earthy hops to start. The beer does not progress much from here. Bready malts, caramel through the middle. Then that butterscotch I got in the aroma. The finish is the least enjoyable part for me. Some harsh bitterness and astringency. Then some fruitiness that is almost sour. Cherry again, not particularly pleasant. The finish lingers.

Kind of sticky. Not smooth and creamy like many other porters. Coats the inside of my mouth but not in a good way.

Disappointed with this one. It is a rather unique porter. Not the typical chocolate/coffee blast.
I can maybe see the appeal, but this one is not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:49:18 | More by hctap00
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date Nov. 30, 2012
Type/Style Porter
Package 22oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 5.8%

Aroma: Sugar, Fruit, Wood, Slight Alcohol

Appearance: Black, 2 Finger Head, Nice Lacing

Body/Texture: Medium Body, Light Alcohol Burn

Aftertaste: Coffee, Chocolate, Dry, Slight Alcohol

Overall: 3.5/5 Good beer from Firestone Walker. Having had some of their other offerings since I know they are a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 17:11:24 | More by SColl
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-20-2012 03:39:01 | More by Fantalek
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-20-2012 03:28:28 | More by willitsmckinley
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

12-19-2012 19:00:44 | More by King_KongDCO93
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New York

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-17-2012 21:01:36 | More by prisdefer
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-17-2012 04:41:09 | More by johunnic
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into stout glass

A: Nice full, deep brown/garnet, but only when up to light, light tan finely bubbled head that is supported by visible active carbonation, head laces glass with nice legs

S: Full rich malt aroma, very nice mild roasted character with some supporting caramel and a sizable nose of sweetness, a great balance, some slight herbal tones that I'm guessing come from just a hint of hops

T: A Very balanced porter, while the malt is very good, it didn't shine as much as I thought, but that may be a good thing, a fairly light roast flavor, doesn't have that real sharp roasted malt edge, also softened by some bready sweetness, the hops are more noticeable again providing a very herbal bitterness that blends so smoothly with the sweetness it tastes like one flavor, if it is oak aged it only shows very very mildly at the end, maybe adding some hints of earthy tannin in the finish

M: Dry finish, medium-light body, on the lighter side of what you'd expect

O: A very good beer, supremely balanced in flavor, just maybe needs another level of malt to really take it up a level and a tad more body. If you're looking for a nice mild porter, this is great. Once the carbonation fizzles, it almost has a watery feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:41:22 | More by dpodratsky3
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-14-2012 04:21:57 | More by kylefurlong
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.