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

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,643 Ratings
Walker's Reserve - PorterWalker's Reserve - Porter
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,643
Reviews:
642
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
172
For Trade:
5
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, black, almost jet black, though a very slight visibility around the edges when held up to light. Thick, tan foamy head. Smells like roasted malt, somewhat sweet with caramel or toffee notes, and a biscuity nose. Tastes like bitter, dark malts, sweet, with a touch of coffe and roasted character all over. Extremely drinkable, with just a touch of carbonation and a velvety feel. Amazing porter in my opinion.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pinthouse Pizza in Austin.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, big bittersweet chocolate aromas, coffee, and bread.
T: Follows the nose with a Roasted malt flavor that is not over barring. Again, that lovely bittersweet bakers chocolate flavors, light coffee and bread/biscuit flavors. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. Man, FW always makes superbly drinkable beers. This is no exception.

Another excellent, well made, and to style beer from Firestone Walker. Highly recommended.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I went for this on the strength of the Bros. 95. Other users bring this down to the good range.

Poured into a tulip nice lighter head, not caramel like british porters.

Aroma is sweet and caramel, very pleasant.

Taste is sharper than english porters leaning toward an american black ale. Thin mouthfeel.

Balanced flavor throughout the taste, sharp and condensed on the palate.

Worth the try.

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Bottled on 11/20/12

A: Dark brown/near black with a light tan head. Some nice lacing.

S: Tons of rich carmel. Some coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate as well. So much milky sweet carmel.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, tobacco, coffee and a bit of carmel. Slight acrid flavor near the finish that isn't too appealing (maybe from the age?) Finish is fairly smooth and clean. As it warms, it gets a bit sweeter, more of the toffee and carmel coming out.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly good drinkability. A good porter, wish I could try a fresh one to see how different it would be since this is barely within 120 days.

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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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