Walker's Reserve - Porter
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Ratings:
1,648
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 17, 2022
Added:
Nov 15, 2002
Wants:
  63
Gots:
  169
SCORE
87
Very Good
Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter
Notes: 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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3.24 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

On tap at Firestone Walker Taproom Restaurant

A: Pours dark brown with slight copper tones and a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Roasty, earthy, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit, faint smoke, earthy herbal notes, and toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, black coffee, a little dark chocolate, faint smoke, a little dark fruit, plum and cherry, earthy herbal notes, and toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Happy to see this one brought back in their throwback series. Really solid porter with a lot of flavor packed in a very reasonable ABV.

Dec 30, 2018
 
3.67 by Heftklammer from Massachusetts on Dec 27, 2018
 
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 31, 2017
 
3.89 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Nov 01, 2017
 
4.14 by socon67 from New York on Apr 07, 2017
 
4.23 by Thirstygoat from Illinois on Feb 25, 2017
 
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2017
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2.89/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by EMH73 from New York

I was incredibly disappointed by this beer. It was thin and watery with very little carbonation. When the best aspect of a beer is how it looks in the glass you know you've got a problem.

Jun 20, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

This is a pitch black porter with a very thin white head. The smell is rich and of molasses, plum, and a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is of molasses, plum, toffee, chocolate, and a little coffee. It is a very rich, sweet, and heavy. It is incredibly smooth and the finish is very creamy. This is a really great dessert porter. Some people would probably complain that it’s a little too sweet, but I am actually kind of into that with porters. It is everything that their Velvet Merlin stout isn’t, which in my opinion is good. My only complaint would be that it’s only 6% alcohol and I think you could have put more into this, maybe even made it an imperial stout without having the alcohol be overwhelming with the kind of bold flavors it has going on here. I am not really a big fan of Firestone Walker, but I think this is the best beer I have ever tried of theirs hands down.

Jun 08, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.

May 06, 2016
 
4.91 by thedemise from California on Mar 30, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

I managed to happen across a few bottles on a random shelf and bought 2 for $5.99 a piece. Didn't realize how old they were without a bottle date. The cap seems to suggest it's from 2010, but it could also be the date that the beer won an World Beer Cup award.

The beer was great, btw. Aged beautifully, with just a hint of dark fruit that develops with age. Otherwise, smooth, with nice chocolate and cherry qualities. Still poured a reddish brown with a 1 cm caramel head. Very glad to have tried it.

Jan 12, 2016
 
3.75 by jrob21 from Georgia on Dec 24, 2015
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3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Substantial deep brown pour, lighter brown head on it, mixed with some red color thrown in there. Aroma wasn't pungent, some roasted malt, a little constrained compared to a lot of their other dark brews.

Taste was good and chewy, nutty, tiny bit of chocolate malt perceptible. Hopping was up there, but the bitterness was not. A solid beer, but in the bomber format, meh, grab a sixer of velvet merkin instead.

Dec 18, 2015
 
3.65 by Antc2382 from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by manfromanotherplace from New York

For 5 bucks a bottle this is a bargain, not up there with the very best porters ive had, but this is still a very good beer. If you are a fan of porters this is an excellent choice, great aroma and sweet choclatey flavour.very good.

Sep 17, 2015
 
4 by Magister_Beav from Vermont on Sep 05, 2015
 
4.34 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Sep 02, 2015
 
3.75 by richkrull from Wisconsin on Jul 06, 2015
 
4 by jams1220 from New Jersey on Jun 29, 2015
 
3.75 by Matt141 from Texas on Jun 28, 2015
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gryphon69 from Michigan

Been aging in the celler for awhile, impressive will get more if I can find it.

Jun 19, 2015
 
3.87 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland on Jun 09, 2015
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by captainkrad from New Jersey

Smokey burnt caramel malt and slight bitter hops. Smooth.

May 24, 2015
 
3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on May 12, 2015
 
3.81 by nebula1999 from Connecticut on Apr 25, 2015
 
3.89 by swanfungus from California on Apr 17, 2015
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3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Darwin232 from New York

Had this on tap. I have a feeling it was more an issue with the beer lines rather than the beer itself.

Mar 24, 2015
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by neurobot01 from California

On draught; apparently, this keg has been sitting in a FW warehouse since the beer was discontinued, and brought out for a special event in SB. Held up surprisingly well with age for a <6% beer.

Mar 20, 2015
 
4.3 by Leag0002 from Illinois on Mar 15, 2015
 
4.48 by gabepesce from Massachusetts on Mar 13, 2015
 
3.5 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Mar 03, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Imacopyouidiot from Illinois

It's called robust porter, I disagree. Good, not great.

Mar 01, 2015
 
4.25 by ovaltine from Indiana on Feb 23, 2015
 
3.84 by Farinag16447 from Florida on Feb 22, 2015
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by breadwinner from California

Too bad this one went the way of the buffalo, because I thought a really darn good porter, rich in feel, and with a great mix of coffee and roast notes. Ah well, you can't always get you want, or so they say.

Feb 22, 2015
 
4.21 by mattboyer182 from Indiana on Feb 15, 2015
 
4.2 by Borrego805 from California on Feb 04, 2015
 
3.63 by BeenTired from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2015
Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1648 ratings