Imperial Walker's Reserve
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Porter - Imperial
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 6.82%
Ratings:
65
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 24, 2022
Added:
Jun 19, 2016
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  16
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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4.21 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Mar 24, 2022
 
4.33 by cd34 from Illinois on Mar 20, 2021
 
4.09 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Dec 22, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Not a lot of head. Dark brown that lets a little light in around the edges. Oh, well. I'm not in it for the looks.

Smell is like a spicy cola. There's also some dark, sweet woodsiness. Sorghum. It's not particularly strong overall, but the relative combination of scents is different. There's also something akin to thickness in it.

There's tons of smoked wood up front. I'm getting both the char and the unburnt wood underneath. There's a little bitterness, but that only adds accent instead of dominating the show. Following that is prunes, and there's some depth to that flavor. Then there's lots of black licorice, and that has depth, too. So, there aren't a bunch of things, but the few that do stand out are pretty complete and not just glancing impressions. Finish is a bit like a Sercial Madeira wine in character, if not taste. It might complement a meal that has some smoked pork quite well.

It's coarser than I'd expect for a twelver, but the rest of the feel is pretty good. Sharp smokiness in the aftertaste, and prunes (with some other dried dark fruits). It's heavy.

Dec 02, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

2016 Bomber
Wet oak immediately hits the nose followed by sherry right out of the bottle.
Vigorous pour yields little fizzy head. Lots of fizzy lacing. Really dark brown/Black color.
Warming results in sweet bourbon aroma.
Tastes of oak and whiskey. Roasted malt flavor follows. More sweet than dry. Medium body. The whiskey barrel and porter complement themselves really well.

Nov 06, 2018
 
4.33 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 28, 2018
 
4.31 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Jun 22, 2018
 
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on May 26, 2018
 
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on May 26, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by emyers from Illinois

22 oz bottle poured into teku glass. 2016 vintage

Near black, light brown head

Nose: dark fruits, bourbon, and cocoa powder

Taste: dark fruits and bittersweet chocolate dominate along with the bourbon. Flavors seem just a touch muted compared to the nose.

Body is fairly light, medium carbonation.

Mar 24, 2018
 
3.56 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Feb 01, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark brown with a bubbly tan collar.

Smell is smoked bacon and ham, roasted malt and campfire wood--all of which taken together is inoffensive and not overpowering, allowing room for cocoa, walnut butter and waxy oak.

Taste is smoky chocolate-covered bacon and dark fruit. A chocolatey finish lingers on the palate with minimal bourbon heat. This is really drinkable, while savory in a good way, skirting a sweetness that would otherwise put this into luscious territory.

A medium-full, smooth body has a full froth and semi-dry finish.

Jan 22, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like cookie dough, smoke, rye, oak, dark chocolate, and whiskey.

Though this tastes a tad thin, there's lot to like about this beer. The barrel character is really nice, with oak, and a hint of vanilla, and just a little bit of whiskey. There's some dark fruit and lots of smoke, with dark chocolate brownie batter on the finish.

This is medium bodied, but a bit thin for 12.5%. I guess it is technically a porter, after all.

I really enjoyed this one. If it had just a bit more creamy thickness, I would have thought it was near perfect.

Jan 03, 2018
 
4.12 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Dec 21, 2017
 
3.96 by crobinso from Colorado on Dec 17, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Brolo75 from California

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with some light coming through around the edges, no head developed or lacing, very little carbonation, looks thicker than most porters I've tasted.

A: Lots of smoke, char, dark chocolate, espresso, peat, smoky oak, some alcohol does come through, smells deep and rich.

T: Like the nose, smoke, char, bit of spice, dark chocolate, espresso, peat, smokey oak, finish is very dry with lots of smoke and char, alcohol does come through, there are soft notes of dark fruit, lots of depth and complexity.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, dry char and smoke finish.

O: I suspect this has been aged in Scotch barrels as it has lots of smoke, char, and peat, I don't think it's bourbon barrel aged, overall, I think this is a world class beer with lots of aroma, flavor, depth, complexity, and a thick rich full mouthfeel, definitely going to seek out another bottle or two for the cellar.

Dec 08, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours basically black with a frothy light brown head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Smokey, a little coffee and chocolate, toasty, earthy, some toffee sweetness, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Plenty of bacon-y smoke, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of burnt toast, earthy, slight underlying dark fruit, and toffee sweetness. Smoke brings out a hint of diacetyl as it warms.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation.

O: A little heavy on the smoke from my taste, but the base beer behind it is super tasty.

Dec 08, 2017
 
4.16 by InfernoBoss from California on Nov 17, 2017
 
4.32 by Odysseyalien from New Jersey on Nov 04, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color, nearly opaque with a one-finger creamy off-white head that eventually disappears completely

S- aroma is dominated with brownie batter up front, along with walnuts, caramel & chocolate judge. Nice barrel notes bring out aromas of woody oak, bourbon, vanilla & toasted coconut. Well rounded complexity

T- slightly sweet up front with plenty of dark roasted malt that brings out come chocolatey elements, as well as some caramel and molasses. Mid-palate brings out the brownie batter flavor that was found in the aroma, with some nutty undertones. The finish brings out the barrel with plenty of oak and bourbon, as well as undertones of vanilla and coconut. Lingers of more bourbon and brownies

M- medium body and moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- nice complexity for a porter that delivers a consistent brownie batter flavor that works well with the barrel aging, very good

Oct 20, 2017
 
4.42 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 05, 2017
 
3.85 by BarrelAgedG from California on Sep 10, 2017
 
4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Aug 28, 2017
 
4.35 by 2GOOFY from California on Jul 22, 2017
 
3.74 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Jul 16, 2017
 
4.3 by chossboss from Oregon on Jul 14, 2017
 
4.34 by mig100 from Texas on Jul 05, 2017
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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by devilmakesthree from Oregon

Dark and rich in texture, it delights the palate with with smoothe vanilla and brandy, it's nose of oak and and sweet mash. Alcohol warmth smoulders throughout. A fantastic ale, through and through.

Jul 04, 2017
 
4.5 by crob3888 from California on Jul 03, 2017
 
4.25 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma on May 28, 2017
 
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on May 26, 2017
 
4.1 by charrel from Texas on May 09, 2017
 
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Apr 12, 2017
 
4.2 by vfgccp from New York on Apr 09, 2017
 
4.37 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Apr 01, 2017
 
4 by cherche from Washington on Mar 27, 2017
 
4.65 by matthewrdale from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2017
 
4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Feb 17, 2017
 
4.31 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by TrojanRB from Texas

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

Dec 27, 2016
Imperial Walker's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 65 ratings