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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

1,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 65
Gots: 166 | 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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Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass the beer pours a rich brown color with a decent 1 finger tannish color head with good retention though not much lacing. The nose is predominantly roasted barley with supplementing earthy hops and milk chocolate on the back end. The flavor again is dominated by the roasted barley with a nice kick of earthy and citrus hops. Well balanced as the beer warms, very enjoyable. Finsihes with a lingering oily roast and hop on the tongue. Mildly bitter. Very good. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, very enjoyable. A bit pricey, but I am glad to have tried.

Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ambruns1979
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jdougherty
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, dark brown. It looks black until held up to the light when some brown and slightly reddish light passes through. The head is thin and evaporates into some wispy foam clinging to the edges of the glass very quickly.

SMELL: The aroma is weaker than I expected, but some coffee and a little bitter hop aroma is there along with some very mild lemon.

TASTE: Robust is an excellent word to describe this porter. It is bold and aggressive, particularly in the hop department. The bitterness seems to be provided more by the hops than the coffee flavors. A little chocolate compliments the coffee and a very strong nutty flavor also makes itself known. What is surprisingly absent is that roasty, toasty flavor associated with so many porters, but given the hoppy and coffee-fueled bitterness it works well with this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and lightly carbonated. There is just enough sparkle here to make it feel like a beer and no more. There isn’t much sweetness, but the dryer feel is not over the top.

OVERALL: After a getting into some bigger, Imperial/Double Stouts/Porters recently, the regular old porters and stouts can be a bit of a letdown. The Walker’s Reserve holds its own in the flavor department, however and makes for a really strong porter when a huge dose of booze might not be the best idea.

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

Poured from tap into pint at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
No really big head but a slight tan foam. Really nice chocolatey roasted malt and slight hoppy aroma.
Taste is of a slightly bitter/hoppy chocolatey roasted malt and coffee. A bit of sweet vanilla. Really nicely done.
Well balanced and full of flavor.
I've been eyeing this for a while, and my only regret is not trying sooner. This is a fantastic porter.

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

Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter, 22 oz. bomber: I was a little disappointed with this highly rated porter. Do not get me wrong, it’s a great beer with bold flavors of coffee and molasses that burst forth. For a porter, I want something smoother and less in your face. I would call this a stout, and a very good one at that. But it is too over the top for my taste in a porter.

Photo of CBPAS
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $5.50. Into a Fullers nonic.

A: Nice deep brown with a light tan head that bubbles up to about two inches and sticks around nicely. Excellent lacing left behind as it recedes. Perfect clarity.

S: Not a ton going on here, English ale yeast lends a nice fruity ester that mixes with some slightly roasty malts and a bit of chocolate. Not bad by any means, but could use a bit more.

T: A lot of the same, nice little bit of chocolate and a touch of coffee. Nice little bit of bitterness in the finish, and a pretty earthy hop profile. Caramel and a little vanilla. Not a bad beer at all, but not one of my favorite porters.

M: Medium body, perfect lighter carbonation, fairly dry finish. Really nice here.

O: A decent porter, but a bit expensive. I'd drink it on tap, but I probably won't seek out any more bottles of this. Above average, but not in the same league as Black Butte or Founders Porter.

Photo of Murrhey
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Very thin tan head with virtually no retention. Deep ruby color, almost black. Minimal carbonation.

S- Roast malts and some chocolate notes. Definite coffee and burnt smells as well. Very robust and warm.

T- Thin flavor, but what is there is nice. Chocolate is biggest taste, with a bitter coffee taste following. Some light fruitiness in the back, but surprisingly light flavored.

M- Extremely light. Beer flavored water with a dab of carbonation. Not good.

O- The smell is nice albeit light, but this beer is seriously lacking in other categories.

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

The beer poured a dark brown with a light tan head that didn't last long and a lot of visible carbonation. It kinda looks like rootbeer. The smell is roasted malt with a little bit of woodiness. The taste is darkly fruity with some hints of cocoa, coffee, and a tiny bit of tobacco. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. A very solid beer and a great example of the style.

Photo of cougarbait
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Crossmd
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stemware glass. No born date.

Pours a deep brown, cola color with a one finger tan head that settles into a halo in the inside of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of hops and aromatic malt roast. A hint of chocolate in there as a tertiary note?

Tastes of a robust and well thought out, if not terribly unique porter with a notable addition of what feels like west coast hops. These jump, but are surprisingly well integrated into the flavor profile. I enjoy this a lot already.

Perfect amount of effervescence as a textural support. maybe slightly lighter in the mouthfeel than a typical porter. Much closer to an IPA in terms of oil/slickness in its feel.

Typically I find a lot of porters to be slightly too bready for me palate to enjoy entirely and the addition of the west coast hops I enjoy a lot. It doesn't stand out necessarily on its own as a "porter's porter" proper, but has a really nice balance to it that I'll be picking up again in the future, especially as it gets to be between winter and spring.


Photo of sulldaddy
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is about 8-10 months in the cellar. Beer pours a rich cola brown with smooth creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour.
Aroma is dry cocoa notes with some roasted malt mixed in as well. I dont get any booze and really no hops either, there is a bit of sweet milk chocolate too, but overall the nose is pretty mild.
First sip reveals an average body and mild rolling carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dry bakers chocolate. not super complex but tasty. Maybe a little bit of coffee bean comes in but the flavor is good while not being overwhelming and too robust.
Quite an easy drinker as I am surprised when the bottle is empty.
A good porter, though not too complex, the drinkability helps this brew.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with 09/25/11 on the neck. Pours a dark brown/black color color with an inch of tan head. Fair amount of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate, earth and coffee. Flavors of coffee, earth, smoke,tobacco and roasted malts. Heavy mouthfeel. Kind of an oaky, burnt coffee finish. Decent porter. Overall, its not the worst, not the best.

Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky garnet/brown. Dark, but nothing approaching black. Finger and a half of beige head with moderate dissipation and good lacing.

S: Mocha, toffee, dark fruit, cacao and molasses. Great nose. Flavors leap from the glass.

T: Toffee, tobacco, dried dark fruits, coffee. Awesome finish that is nutty with notes of...leather and a bit of smoke.

M: Seemed a tad thin. For a beer with such pronounced flavors, there could be a little more body.

O: Not really "reserve" status in my book. Good, but not transcendent. And if you're going to wrap a bottle cap in foil, the beer should be transcendent.

Photo of McCafferty
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JimHulley
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bdkucharski
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.