Imperial Walker's Reserve | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.24/5
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Imperial Walker's ReserveImperial 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
Ranking:
#3,279
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
56
pDev:
7.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
17
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of emyers
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of BEER88
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chossboss
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andyjeigh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charrel
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Walker's Reserve from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 56 ratings