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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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint.

A: Dark chocolate, with molasses-hued edges. A thin halo of a head. Some light to moderate oily lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, drip coffee, sweet, toasted, and burnt malts.

T: Chocolate and coffee coming through from the toasted malts. I catch an underlying apple skin dryness that's a wonderful compliment to the dark malts. Some light fresh hoppiness midway, that comes back around in the finish. Some dark cherries makes for a fine lingering aftertaste.

M: A fine porter presence. Not too stoutish, not too lagerish, just right as a tasty, brew with depth, that is also very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SpenceLillywhite
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a finger high tan head. The head died down, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of roasted malts and molasses along with hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink for the style because it’s lighter bodied compared to other porters.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

A: 1/2" mocha coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Toasted, chocolate and coffee malt.

T: Toasted, coffee and some chocolate malt flavours with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A decent porter.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tbern007
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber.
Pours a very dark brown/black with mild ruby if held up to the light. Thick, light bubbled light brown head that lasts a long time, producing thick lacing to the last drop.
Smells like roasted coffee/malt with slight bitter chocolate. Not as pungent as I expected from a porter, but still looking forward to the taste that follows.
Tastes like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, black coffee, with a tinge of hops at the end. The more I drink of this, the more complex it becomes, the stronger the roast/chocolate.
Very tasty. Dry and bitter competes with a little sweetness that equates to well-balanced. Very drinkable. I'd have another for sure.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BrewerMike
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought I would love this beer. I've loved other selections from Firestone, and I'm a huge fan of porters. It pours a nice color and has a nice aroma. Kind of chocolaty, smokey aroma. The flavor up front is also nice--seems balanced with some nice chocolaty flavor. But, on the swallow and in the aftertaste, I'm getting a stranger vegetal flavor that is really bothering me. And now all I can do is taste that off flavor, along with a slight cloying sweetness that also bothers me. The body is a bit thin but this doesn't bother me as much as the flavor. Overall, not my favorite but I'm willing to try another bottle in case I got a bad bottle. Ah well.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A - As dark as a beer can get. Deep brown up to light. No head.

S - Smoky, roasted malt. Dark chocolate, coffee.

T - Medium-roasted malt & coffee. Malt lingers but nothing special.

M - Thinner body than expected. Typical porter finish of watered-down roasted malt. Like lake water.

Try it, though.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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