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

Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter
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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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Photo of Crossmd
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stemware glass. No born date.

Pours a deep brown, cola color with a one finger tan head that settles into a halo in the inside of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of hops and aromatic malt roast. A hint of chocolate in there as a tertiary note?

Tastes of a robust and well thought out, if not terribly unique porter with a notable addition of what feels like west coast hops. These jump, but are surprisingly well integrated into the flavor profile. I enjoy this a lot already.

Perfect amount of effervescence as a textural support. maybe slightly lighter in the mouthfeel than a typical porter. Much closer to an IPA in terms of oil/slickness in its feel.

Typically I find a lot of porters to be slightly too bready for me palate to enjoy entirely and the addition of the west coast hops I enjoy a lot. It doesn't stand out necessarily on its own as a "porter's porter" proper, but has a really nice balance to it that I'll be picking up again in the future, especially as it gets to be between winter and spring.


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Photo of sulldaddy
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer is about 8-10 months in the cellar. Beer pours a rich cola brown with smooth creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour.
Aroma is dry cocoa notes with some roasted malt mixed in as well. I dont get any booze and really no hops either, there is a bit of sweet milk chocolate too, but overall the nose is pretty mild.
First sip reveals an average body and mild rolling carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt and a bit of dry bakers chocolate. not super complex but tasty. Maybe a little bit of coffee bean comes in but the flavor is good while not being overwhelming and too robust.
Quite an easy drinker as I am surprised when the bottle is empty.
A good porter, though not too complex, the drinkability helps this brew.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with 09/25/11 on the neck. Pours a dark brown/black color color with an inch of tan head. Fair amount of lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate, earth and coffee. Flavors of coffee, earth, smoke,tobacco and roasted malts. Heavy mouthfeel. Kind of an oaky, burnt coffee finish. Decent porter. Overall, its not the worst, not the best.

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Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky garnet/brown. Dark, but nothing approaching black. Finger and a half of beige head with moderate dissipation and good lacing.

S: Mocha, toffee, dark fruit, cacao and molasses. Great nose. Flavors leap from the glass.

T: Toffee, tobacco, dried dark fruits, coffee. Awesome finish that is nutty with notes of...leather and a bit of smoke.

M: Seemed a tad thin. For a beer with such pronounced flavors, there could be a little more body.

O: Not really "reserve" status in my book. Good, but not transcendent. And if you're going to wrap a bottle cap in foil, the beer should be transcendent.

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Photo of McCafferty
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of IKR
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, bordering on black. This beer has a modest medium beige head.

Smell: Bready yeast aromas feature upfront with some mild coffee notes following.

Taste: Bready yeast aromas from the nose feature along with the mild coffee notes. The beer finishes fairly dry with some slight hop and roasted malt notes. Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation appropriate for the style.

Overall: Not overly complex but a good porter.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bomber split with a friend, poured hard into a goblet. Big coffee colored head of tiny bubbles. Good retention. Black as night with some dark reds getting through at the base of the glass.

S: Roasty, sweet and very inviting. Chocolate and molasses the main scents.

T: Initial sweetness that is molasses-like, with roasted malt flavors of chocolate and coffee, moving to some very slight fruitiness, herbal hoppiness and finally a long, dry, bitter-char finish.

M: Full bodied without being too thick, with very nice carbonation.

O: Probably the best porter that I've ever had. Excellent.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of quetzal013
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Why do you drink beer? I don't have one reason. I started thinking about a treatise on why, but this does not appear the time since I'm reviewing via iPhone HID (human interface device).

This is my first experience with walkers reserve, don't know why, just is. I don't think I'm "pretentious", but people probably rarely think they are. I believe this is a fantastic beer. Appeared a nice dark brown, low to med head. Not a thick beer. There was lacing, but nothing you would wear to consumate a marriage. Just a solid looking beer.

Nose, again, modest but reliable. This beer seems like the friend you call when you need to move. Not flashy, but hard working. It won't judge you, it will just be there when you need it. There are subtle coffee and roasted malt notes.

Tastes like a benchmark beer. For sure there are better, but don't knock this porter for presenting a very nice flavor profile... And with the ABV, give Firestone Walker credit. Coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, subtle bitter hops.... Wonderful beer.

What do you say about a beer that is very balanced, stylistically spot on, sessionable, affordable, available, and enjoyable? I say, thank you and FUSL.

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Photo of tony223366
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous and tight 3 fingers of tan head. Really fluffy at the top. Primarily it's full of extremely small bubbles. Some sticky lacing is already apparent. Color is extremely dark, no light will get through it. That being said there is the tiniest hint of red. Good looking beer.

S: Pretty standard porter aromas. Some light coffee and chocolate. Getting some dark fruits but mostly just the rich malt. Not getting any real hop aroma's. I'd say this solidly falls as average for a porter aroma.

T: Actually quite good and refreshing. Some really nice rich coffee and chocolate flavors. The dark malts really come out to play here. Some richly dark caramel too. The hops are playing around in the background... enough to lend some complexity throughout but not enough to really be noteworthy. The bitter is not too strong but just a bit. The finish is surprisingly clean for a porter. It starts out a little on the sweet side and finishes a little on the bitter side. Could use just a hint more of a roasted flavor.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Very good carbonation.

O: This is a very drinkable porter. It has some lightness to it and none of the flavors are too in your face. The smooth body with the good carbonation really adds to the drinkability. I actually don't hate that it's not smokier or have more roasted flavors. It keeps this beer refreshing and very easy to finish this 22oz.

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Photo of Rayek
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nonic, the beer emerges a deep mahogany hue that borders upon black. A dense cream head slowly falls to a patchwork quilt of foam. Decent lace was left behind.

First off, there a bit too much fizz going on here. The tingly carbonation gets in the way of the flavors. Letting the beer breath a bit helped. Espresso is the primary theme here. Coffee and baking chocolate do most of the work. As the beer warms, a black tea bitterness comes through. The beer gets a bit acidic late.

Overall, the body kills this for me. The rest of the beer is quite god when you get the fizz out of the way.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 75.2% out of 100 with 1,643 ratings
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