2016 Imperial Walker's Reserve | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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2016 Imperial Walker's Reserve2016 Imperial Walker's Reserve
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ONovoMexicano on 06-19-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
31
Reviews:
7
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
7.03%
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charrel
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzy
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrojanRB
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage, poured on 12/27/16 into tulip

Inky black appearance, but on the edge of the glass where the light hits just right, deep dark red like smoldering coals

Smells of tobacco, molasses, and caramel.

The taste brings vanilla and toffee to the party...a bit of bourbon as well, but not overpowering

Feels a bit heavier than I would expect from a porter...more into stout territory (semantics to a degree). Not overly oily, lightly carbonated, has a relatively dry finish for the style, with the mild burn of alcohol pleasantly lingering

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Photo of scottiethebody
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoryR
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Coal black with a caramel head.

S: Caramel and toast. Perfect intense smoked wood porter aroma.

T: Delightful. So smooth and caramely.

F: Full but never cloying. Lighter than a stout as it should be.

O: I feel like I want a smoking jacket and a nice leather bound book to pair with this. I could smoke a pipe and contemplate the universe in my study with the best of them.

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Photo of ross84
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark black that has a thin slightly oily texture to it. It's an interesting look for a porter and good one for one that was barrel aged. It has that smoothness you get from the aging while maintaining some of that hefty look.

The smell is decent. It has a nice moderate vanilla smell that must come from the barrel and a light alcohol note to it as well. The other noticeable smell is an interesting smooth bready note from the British Yeast that complements the vanilla. Interestingly, the chocolate is fairly lighter than you would expect.

The taste is pretty good. The British Yeast is fantastic with its banana bread like taste and the light dark chocolate and vanilla notes work well with it. The alcohol also adds a nice bit of sweetness to it.

The feel is interesting. It's still heavy body but very slick and slightly oily. The carbonation is softer and closer to that of a cask ale, which is pretty good.

Overall, a very good beer and one worth seeking out and trying if you can find it.

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Photo of PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bradledj
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit too smoky for my liking (I don't really like any smoke in my beers at all). A bit thin on mouthfeel, but other than those two gripes, this beer stands up quite well. Plenty of bourbon and chocolate to go around. Not my favorite from FW but damn good, as is expected.

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Photo of erjaq
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SimcoeKid
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevSal
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz picked up from the source poured into my badass fw glencairn

looks great in the glass!
smell is a chocolate and bourbon smack in the face, as it warms there's more leather and smokey bacon, smoked malts at full force.
taste is great! follows the nose closely, chocolate and bourbon, as it warms the smokiness starts to come thru.
body is hefty, alch burn in the finish
overall this is an excellent beer, biggest drawbacks however is you have to like smokey beers. that price tag, kinda hold it back too, $25 brewery only, when I can get their reserve beers for $17 out the door. very well done beer though, if your a fan of the original, you'll be in love

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2016 Imperial Walker's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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