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

very good
1,643 Ratings
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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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with no light coming through, nice two fingers of light tan head. Pretty nice lacing.
Aroma is dominated by a light roasty carmalized malt, there is a little dark fruit in there to but mostly roasty aromas.
the flavor follows the nose pretty closely, nice roasty malt, just a little dark fruit in the back, not to much going on.
Pretty light body with a nice medium light carbonation. A very drinkable porter.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Slight retention and some lacing. Roasty aroma. This beer has a huge malt character and hops are barely noticable. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry roasty finish. I have had this in the bottle and on tap from the brewery... both excellent.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a good topping of foam, and lots of lacing down the glass. Warm and rich tasting. Malt is quite evident along with a distinct chocolate flavor. Aromas of roasted barley. Good dose of sweetness on the tongue followed by a little raspy darkness of burnt sugar, and some hops. Maybe a little raisin toast.

A highly drinkable and mellow dark beer. Nice tanginess to accompany the malt. Attractive in the glass. More darkness in the finish. Not a bad beer. I have only started drinking FW beers this past year, so they are all new to me.

Update 01/20/2013: Had this on tap at Pizza Port OB. Liked it again. Rich and roasted, pleasant woody and leathery flavor. Just sweet enough.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Very dark brown color with garnet highlights when held to the light. Healthy crop of foam sits atop the surface, with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Roasted malt, toasted bread crusts, bittersweet black baker's chocolate, and some sweet, raisiny caramel and tangy licorice. Moderately low earthy/piney hops in the background.

Flavor-Plums and caramel are quickly wiped from the palate by dark, roasted malt flavors-bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt with background notes of espresso and bread crusts. In the finish, there is some green, piney, herbal hop flavor and moderate hop bitterness, while the black malt flavors crescendo in the aftertaste with notes of coffee grounds and ashy charcoal. Somewhat acrid, burnt flavors linger long on the palate, but are somewhat tempered by a pleasant citrus/piney hop character.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and extremely creamy mouthfeel is awesome. As the carbonation dies down, the body comes up a little bit light, but I'm a little forgiving here as the texture is so excellent.

Quite tasty, though a little bit heavy on the roast flavors in the finish-I suppose that's what makes it an American porter (an Extra Robust Porter?). Even still, it's a bit much for a porter in my opinion. Still, a fine beer through and through.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A Pours a dark brown color that borders on black. Topped off with a tan head that has a very long life.

S The first smell I got off this one was smiler to the one that emanated from the engine of my car when a belt started smoking. However as it warmed I got some earthy chocolate and coffee with a slight herbal/floral hop note.

T Follows the nose minus the burning belt part. Lots of earthy chocolate with some coffee and kind of a floral hop flavor.

M Nice full body

Overall this is a solid porter that is quite enjoyable to drink. I would seek this out again.

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Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,643 ratings.
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