Walker's Reserve - Porter | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 11-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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1.2/5  rDev -69.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2.1/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown with a thin beige head. No lace and one misshapen swirl of retention like some one spit in my glass. My girlfriends pour looked so much better than mine. +.5 for potential?

Aroma is really weak roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is similarly weak roasted cola. Horribly thin and watery, both taste-wise and in body - like someone deluded a porter with spring water.

WTFF&W? My initial reaction is that his is one of those big beers that sat on the shelf for way too long but F&W hasn't been in MA long enough for that to happen. Huge letdown from what I've found to be an otherwise stellar brewery.

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Photo of hardy008
2.23/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown with raisin colored highlights. Has a two finger beige head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt and chocolate.

There is a lot of charred flavor in the taste. There is charred dark roasted malt, ash, and some chocolate. The charred flavor is what brings the score down. There is no sweetness to balance out the bitterness from the dark roasted malt, which is too bad, because the charred flavor is too strong, and not welcome by me.

Light bodied for the style, decent carbonation, and a charred aftertaste. Not a very good porter in my opinion. I will not seek this out again.

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2.31/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at my local Whole Foods. Allowed to warm slightly before pouring. There was a significant amount of rust around the edges of the cap. Poured into a Southampton snifter at low altitude in NY.

A: Pours an opaque, deep brown color with a bubbly light tan head. A fair amount of retention here, as a cap of head remains on the beer throughout drinking. Good lacing as well.

S: The aroma of this one is relatively faint overall, but there are hints of coffee, dark malts and caramel.

T: Opens with some dark malts that quickly give way to an unpleasant metallic taste -- not sure if this is attributable to the rust on the cap. After drinking most of the bottle, I feel as if I just had a penny on my tongue.

M: Medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel.

O: This was a disappointment. Not sure if the rust got in the way of the flavors or the beer just isn't that great.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a dark brown in color with a modest but very dark brown head.

Smell – There is some huge coffee bean in the nose that pretty much dominates all other smells. I can catch an occasional wisp of darkish malts but mostly it’s the coffee beans.

Taste – This tastes like cold coffee with a couple of packets of raw sugar in it.

Mouthfeel – This didn’t make medium-bodied and was much too light for the flavor profile. There’s some modest carbonation to it.

Drinkability – I don’t know what Firestone was shooting for here but whatever it was they missed the mark.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is a very dark brown color, on the verge of being black. It is opaque, with a thin tan head that gives minimal lacing.

S: I pick up a rich caramel smell, light notes of coffee, a resinous smell, and slightly metallic. All scents are fairly subdued.

T: I get very light coffee flavor, tied with roasted grains. The roast flavor isn't very pronounced. There is a light tinge in the beer, slightly metallic. Taste is very thin in this beer, but it's not horrible.

M: It has a light bitterness and is smooth without being too sticky or slick. It feels very light in body, as if it has been watered down some.

O: Overall, I would say this is not a horrible porter, but I would not drink it again unless somebody bought it for me. I would not recommend it to a friend. It is thin and lacking in complexity.

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2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What happened here. No balls to this beer. After having a nice afternoon with some darker brews, this one stood out like a sore thumb as weak at the knees. Chocolately aroma was quaint but the flavor was thin with little malt and a deadpan finish. I really wanted to like it, but it was honestly quite empty of flavor (read:watery) and was left unfinished at the table

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2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was the plus for me. The color was a deep brown with a fair amount of tan foam that disapated after awhile. Also, there was a fair amount of lace of the side of my glass, a Plus.

Now the smell of roasted malts was pleasant, except then I could smell the piney aroma of IPA hops. I don't want to smell IPA hops in my Porter.

The taste with first sip was of roasted malts, and that lousy bitter IPA hoppy flavor, with just a hint of chocolate. The second sip and beyond was strickly roasted malts and the bitter hoppy flavor.

This is not what I expected in a Porter. Is that what they ment when they bottled and call it "Robust Porter"? You can have it!

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2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, bordering on black. Stale dark malt aroma, with notes of mild coffee and chocolate. Flavor is very light and mild, with light notes of cocoa and vanilla. Unfortunately, it tastes and smells dead, in spite of it being unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This thin bodied effort is a major disappointment.

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2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from old, rather sparse, notes

A - Pours a black color with 2 fingers of head and average lacing.

S - Mellow chocolate with bitter coffee tones. Roasted malts are subtle background players.

T - Taste of roasted malts with a nasty soapy character. Really unenjoyable. Chocolate and coffee notes can't get past the strong soap. Perhaps something is wrong with the bottle, because I can't believe this beer could be well regarded.

M - Soapy and slippery. Medium body with a soapy slickness.

O - Huge disappointment. Almsto undrinkable. Perhaps FW has an issue with QA.

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2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with reddish brown edges in the light. Slightly violent pour that gave near a two finger head. Plenty of lacing but the bubble construction on the head is pretty unattractive; more reminiscent of dish soap than a good porter.

S: I never wanted to make this comparison in my life, but when I smelled it I was shot back a bit to Bayhawk Chocolate Porter, which, in case you're unfamiliar, should have a spout attached to the bottom to make it easier to drain pour. Old, cheap, and stale chocolate in the nose with overly roasted nuts and some smoke. The smells don't seem very robust for a porter that goes by the name, but we'll see.

T: Roasted nuts and char with old, stale chocolate feebly pumping in some questionable sweetness. The flavors seem to float in the beer instead of having the beer itself embody the flavors. More reminiscent of drinking water with lots of 'beer floaties' in it than drinking actual beer. I just don't get this one.

M: Watery with prickling carbonation that does little to help or hide the flavors. No smoothness or creaminess.

O: I've had nothing but good experiences from firestone walker so far so this came as a surprise. This was a very mediocre porter and I don't see why anyone would drink this more than twice if they've had other porters of even reasonable quality. I still have great respect for Firestone Walker as a brewery but this one shouldn't have left the lab.

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2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Very thin tan head with virtually no retention. Deep ruby color, almost black. Minimal carbonation.

S- Roast malts and some chocolate notes. Definite coffee and burnt smells as well. Very robust and warm.

T- Thin flavor, but what is there is nice. Chocolate is biggest taste, with a bitter coffee taste following. Some light fruitiness in the back, but surprisingly light flavored.

M- Extremely light. Beer flavored water with a dab of carbonation. Not good.

O- The smell is nice albeit light, but this beer is seriously lacking in other categories.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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