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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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

Thanks to korguy123 for this one. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown with half a finger of bubbly light brown head that very quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet cark caramel and a hint of molasses.

T - Very robust up front. Dark roasted coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, burnt malts and sweet molasses.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with excellent retention. Some nice lacing clinging all around the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, biscuit, and some spicy hops. Fairly nice and standard porter aromas. Taste of big toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, biscuit, and spicy hops. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, biscuit, and spices on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and nice mouthfeel that goes down smoothly. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is definitely one of the better robust porters I have ever had. Tons of flavor and great balance.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Village Tavern and let me say this about that. This robust porter could be the best out there and definitely better then the bottle not that there is anything wrong with the bottle.
Recieved from the waitress in a nice goblet and had a rich deeper brown color. A thin small head sat on top which was quite dense and never fading. It had avery light beige color and was striking. Carbonation looked to be very nice.
Aroma was rich with roasted malts, chocolate malts and hints of coffee. There is also a underlying sweetness too.
Taste is thick and robust on the palette.
A rich complex taste of roasted malts sweet milk chocolate and espresso. Underneath is another layer of flavor thats sweet and softer, light oak, molasses, vanilla. It enhances the bold malt flavors and brings them into balance.
The beer slides down with no effort and has lingering bitter aftertaste from the abundance of rich malts.
Perhaps i lucked out and this keg was recently tapped but I'll tell you what: this was definitly the best porter I've had to date.
Search it out and try on tap and you'll agree or your money back!

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3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter

08/25/11 printed on the bottle

Pours a dull, medium brown, settling a bit darker. Very faint grape juice highlight. One and a half finger, porous head drops quickly leaving a skim of retention, a thick collar and scattered lace.

Notes of tangy roast, chocolate, dark grains, vanilla, peanut butter and a hint of earthiness. Reasonably full aroma considering the moderate abv.

Flavors of roasted coffee (with accompanying bitterness), cocoa and chocolatey grains. Tangy roast turns to a more substantial middle with a modest sweetness carrying the finish.

A plump, light-medium. While there is an underlying smoothness, top carbonation is a bit prickly and tampers too much with the body. Finishes with residual roast and dryness.

There are some good things happening here, but I think it could be a lot better with a few tweaks.

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

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a pint glass a deep, dark chocolate pour that left a one finger mocha head that leaves nice side lacing.

S - Some light roasted malts, dark chocolate, with slight hops.

T - More of the same with those light roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee. A bit diluted tasting.

M - Nicely creamy, little light in the mouth.

O - This isnt that bad of a porter. A bit too sweet for me, but still nice and chocolatey.

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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Deep black with a deep garnet through a light. Thick tan head appears.

S: Slight hops with a light roasty smell and hints of chocolate.

T: Watery up front with slight hops into a roasty dark chocolate finish.

M: Medium bodied, actually light up front, with medium carbonation.

O: This is a decent porter, but nothing to seek out again. I much prefer Founders Porter to this, it tastes similar, but more of a full flavor.

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Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle ((if there was a bottling date on the neck, it has been rubbed off - but purchased in March 2011) poured into an imperial pint - just like on the label. Pours a deep cola brown with a thick khaki head - settles nicely w/ sticky lacing around the glass. A reddish glow shines up from the bottom of the glass where light reflects through.

Aroma is sweet dark roasted malt.

Taste follows nose - dark, sweet, roasty, a little bitter. Caramel, toffee, clean water. Clean dry finish, balanced.

Overall this is a smooth, drinkable, classic porter.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- 2010 bottle of Walker's Reserve Porter, but definitely does not say "Robust Porter" on label.
Pours a dark, but see through rootbeer color with a 1-1/2 finger tan head that disappates rather quickly. Light lacing.

S- Not bad. Faint hint of coffee. Perhaps a bit of tobacco.

T- Weak. Just does not cut it. Have had better Porters.

M- Light carbonation. Rather thin.

O- Does nothing for me. Having said that....it looks like I blew it on this one. Should have drank it "fresh". Bottle must have gotten lost in my stash. Guessing that I purchased it over 6 months ago. Will try next release.

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Photo of d4114
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty much jet black but not quite, no light coming through.
Finger of thick tan head nice lacing.

S- Interesting, really like a toned down imperial stout. Sight roast on the smell but big wood and vanilla notes. Really inviting smell.

T- Getting big oak and tobacco flavors, really wood like in general. Not getting much of the vanilla I got on the nose. Has a charcoal and burnt character running through the whole palate. Very big flavor on this while being easy to drink it no problem like a porter should be.

M- Its seems there's a nice feel to this beer under all the carbonation, found it distracting because I felt it cleaned out the flavors pretty fast and made it too dry.

O- Really enjoyed this a lot. This is the most woody beer I've had and I really liked how it all came together really nice, minus the mouth feel, impressive beer.

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3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter. Sampled 5/2/11.

A: Pours with 1 finger of creamy light brown head that diminishes quickly. The body is very dark brown - if not black - with ruby highlights. As the volume of beer decreases, the dark brown color changes to mahogany.

S: Fairly standard nose. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cookie, grain, paper and lactose. Earthy yeast while lightly musty.

T: Similar to the nose but lacking depth of flavor. Better on draft. I think I read somewhere that this beer is blended with another that's spent time in bourbon barrels. If that's the case, the result is too subtle for me to have noticed.

M: Medium light body. Creamy texture and average carbonation.

O: Just a notch above average. I'd pay money for a draft serving, but I think I bought my last bottle of Walker's Reserve. It's ok, these guys don't have to do everything amazingly.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz chug into a giant snifter...pours a nutty brown that coalesces to black in the glass with a shimmery head that isn't huge but is sufficient. Classic porter nose, dark and not too heavy. Well balanced on the tongue. Goes down easy. Glad they didn't make this too strong. Mouthfeel is energetic. Very clean well-rounded porter. A little more expensive than many of its caliber, but not outrageous. Will drink this again.

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Photo of BigMike
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark chocolate brown with some lighter brown around the edges. A thick creamy tan color head of 2 fingers tops it off. Leaves great looking lacing through out the glass.

S: Your typical porter nose. Dark roasted malts. Coffee notes, some like smoke and chocolate.

T: Same as the nose. More of a smokey coffee presence. Tons of roastiness.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Rich and creamy. Good carbonation. Not much alcohol presence but smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: One of the best porters i've had. Definitely up there with Founders and Edmund Fitzgerald.

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

Pours deep brown near black, one finger tan head, some sticky lace on the glass. Smell is fairly roasted, coffee, light milk and dark chocolate, lightly nutty, light dark fruit notes. Taste is full of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, light coffee in the finish, caramel, finish is fairly hoppy a little unexpected but welcomed. Medium active carbonation, lightish feel, light to medium body, fairly good feel for style but lighter feeling carbonation would have gone a long way I think. This is a very tasty porter that gets better as it warms, glad my buddy brought this back from California and I'm glad its now available in Buffalo so I can revisit this down the road.

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Photo of PhatMatt905
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Rubey red color. Little to no head in my glass.

S-Raisins and earthy hops. With slight citrus notes in the back. Some roasted malts like caramel and toasted brown bread.

T-Strong bitterness thoughout. lots of rasin and caramel notes. Loveley earthy flavours finishing with nice oak tannis on the tounge. Leave a dryness that makes you want to take another sip.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Prune juice color.. brown, small light tan head.. some cling lace.

S - Chaulky cocoa, light toasty malt.

T - Nice and very malty. Cocoa comes through nicely.

M - Light to medium body. Decent carb, good balance.

D - Pretty tasty, and low abv... A nice offer.

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Walker's Reserve - Porter from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,645 ratings
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