Walker's Reserve - Porter
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Porter - American
3.9 | pDev: 10.77%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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EMH73 from New York

2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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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steelerguy from New York

3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque balck, small tan head that fades very rapidly, and what appears to be moderate carbonation.

Aroma dominated by chocolate malt with a bit of coffee.

Clean roasted malt flavor, like the smell mostly of chocolate with a touch of coffee. Ends with a citrus like hop note.

Light body that finishes amazingly crisp and refreshing due to the carbonation and hint of citrus flavor.

Good, straight forward example of an American Porter. Nothing special, but very solid.

Apr 29, 2012
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my CL tulip. Pours one shade darker than cola with a dense, fizzy, three inch, khaki-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Thick loops and slashes of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Not much happening in the nose - a suggestion of roast and perhaps chocolate malt. I also get a faint metallic quality. Taste follows nose - roasty at the start and finish with dull chocolate notes forming the backbone. There's also a trace of lactose creaminess towards the middle. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light) with an active carbonation that falls short of being lively. Carbonation levels are consistent from beginning to end. A decent porter, but nothing to write home about. There are definitely better values out there and I found this a bit steep at $7.99 a bomber.

Jun 02, 2011
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 14, 2011
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sharpski from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Sep 05, 2014
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Fermenticusrex from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jan 03, 2012
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RoninTK3 from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with a finger off of white head that settles into some nice lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, a touch of smokiness, and dark malts. Maybe some coffee.

T - Roasted malts, cocoa, and a touch of smoke. Exactly what I look for in a porter.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Heavier carbonated and lighter than expected.

This is everything I look for in a porter. It's very drinkable, smooth, and roasty. Another great beer from Firestone Walker and this one is at a great price point. If this came in six packs I'd drink it all the time.

Feb 22, 2013
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ExpendableCrewman from Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 22, 2013
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far333 from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black with ruddy highlights at the bottom of the glass. A big thick light brown frothy head worth two fingers rises up and slowly settles back leaving ringlets of lace.

Light aroma of roasted malt, cocoa and fig.

Rich flavor of dark malt, milk chocolate, charred oak, smoked meat, morphing to darker flavors like bitter chocolate and espresso. A tart cherry twang emerges in the finish, and puckery oak lingers.

Mouthfeel is full, moderate carbonation leaves a creamy mouthfeel followed by a dry finish, a bit tannic.

Great mix of flavors, very drinkable. I would say a good sipper, but I'm gulping my way through because it's so tasty. Thanks to barleywinefiend for passing this one my way.

Feb 12, 2009
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Mryup from California

3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: A dark black/brown with formidable head. The chocolate-nuget colored head is very appealing.

S: Chocolatey with hints of toffee and malt but the oak-aged "smokiness" is obvious and in my opinion conflicting.

T: Porter....smokey. Hints of vanilla and coffee. It is my humble opinion that their "patented oak-aged barrel" system does work for this beer. Nevertheless, the taste is still acceptable.

M: Wow, it's light. I didn't expect that. Carbonation is right on (typical for Firestone). Surprisingly, a very good and thin mouthfeel.

D: This is a good beer but how much oak barrel beer can you drink? To me, it gets old after one beer.

Overall I'd say this is a good beer in the wrong age where there are many great porters. When you enter the ring of porters, you'd better put your dukes up. Putting "Reserve" on the bottle doesn't make it special.

Sep 29, 2007
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Exiled from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 29, 2011
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BigPlay1824 from New York

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

Pours clear with some carbonation bubbles datk brown coke color with fluffy brown head lingers nice lacing
Smells choc and caramel malts
Caramel malts slight chocolate actually reminds me of coca cola
fizzy smooth and thin leves the mouth zesty
Overall it was kind of odd for the style for me, not wholly bad just not what I had been hoping for, once I got the notion in my head that it tasted like coke, that was it for me, I couldnt get the idea out of my head, glad I tried it but wont agaim

Feb 18, 2012
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GreyGhost4 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jul 08, 2012
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yoitsarch from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 13, 2012
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bkwhoppa66 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 26, 2014
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elmocoso from Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, Black, Cherry-cola color. tan head that is gone in a flash. Slight carb. Nose is sweet fermenting prunes or a combination of stone fruits. dark fruity-wine undertones. taste is pleasant. very sweet in the front. A roasted and bitter lingering aftertaste. Ashtray? Not bad, though. Puckering. Mouthfeel is above average. Kind of creamy but not exceptional. Solid sipping beer, but a few steps back from being grand.

Aug 04, 2004
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KELPAK from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9%

Aug 01, 2013
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gbrill from Arizona

4/5  rDev +2.6%

May 20, 2012
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dmh866 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sep 18, 2013
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PowDay from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Jan 02, 2012
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robmoak from Mississippi

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nov 30, 2012
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wakeuptothesun from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Jan 04, 2014
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lackenhauser from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, deep brown color with quite the sizeable head on top. Low aroma-chocolatey with some mellow toasted malt. Nice malty flavor with chocolate and a mild espresso flavor. Low bitterness-nice mix of dry and sweet in the finish. Decent body. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Jun 01, 2006
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birchstick from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours black with a nice 1.5 finger head.

S - the nose consists of chocolates with some fresh herbal hops

T - the taste consists of a lot of dark chocolates up front. The dark chocolates really don't go away and seem to be the thesis of this porter. There is a modicum of burnt malt, and is definitely overwhelmed by the chocolate flavors. The hops in the nose weren't present on the palate oddly enough.

M - smooth, creamy and full; leaves a little dry from the roasted and chocolate malts

D - this is a solid porter. The more I drank it the more impressed I was by it. Pretty straight forward but delicerrs in the right places - this is more bold and packed with flavor than most from this style. Definitely worth a shot.

Nov 18, 2011
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resistdefy from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mar 31, 2013
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