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 vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of coldriver
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with nice fluffy head. Aroma is muted roasted malt with some cocoa and coffee . Taste is sweet and fairly hoppy for the style, but lacking that meatiness from the best porters. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but creamy smooth. This is an easy drinking porter that's a bit light and sweet for my tastes.

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

Pours an opaque balck, small tan head that fades very rapidly, and what appears to be moderate carbonation.

Aroma dominated by chocolate malt with a bit of coffee.

Clean roasted malt flavor, like the smell mostly of chocolate with a touch of coffee. Ends with a citrus like hop note.

Light body that finishes amazingly crisp and refreshing due to the carbonation and hint of citrus flavor.

Good, straight forward example of an American Porter. Nothing special, but very solid.

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Photo of Njstoutlover23
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Appearance: This beer Pours a murky dark brown with a finger of fluffy, off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet from the grain with some roast. Nothing really stands out here, but it's not bad either.

Taste: This is a smooth one, some roast and a mild sweetness. This doesn't have that full flavor that shows up in the best porters. Mild dark chocolate and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a solid porter. It has most of the things you'd look for, but I would have liked some more chocolate notes.

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Photo of obywan59
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with slight ruby highlights and a 3 finger tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Coffee on the nose with light toasted malt.

Taste of dark chocolate with a definite smokiness and a hint of wood and vanilla.

A bit thin, but still syrupy. Slightly drying on the tongue with good carbonation and warmth.

This is pretty laid-back compared to Firestone's anniversary brews, but I could still taste the barrel on the first sip. An easy drinker, I wish I had a second bottle.

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Photo of travMI13
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Dslim71. Thanks again! No bottle date. 650 ml bottle poured into a large tulip.

A: Pours a deep brownish-black with reddish hues and an inch of thick, creamy, off-white head. Tons of lacing, and great head retention. Nice.

S: Plums, other dark fruits, and some roastiness, and some chocolate. Smells pretty good.

T: Mostly coffee notes and some chocolate up front. There is an earthiness in the middle, and some molasses creeps in there, providing a syrupy quality to the finish.

M: Pretty nice amount of carbonation. I like the syrupy finish here. The body is a bit thin, but the sweet and syrupy finish really makes up for that.

O: Up to this point, the only beer I have had from Firestone Walker is Parabola. I'm really glad I got to try this. I prefer the Founders Porter and Edmund Fitzgerald more, I think, but this really had some nice qualities. This makes me excited to crack my Sucuba and to try some other Firestone Walker brews.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

Pours a dark brown to black color and seems nearly impenetrable to light. Brownish red glints around the edge of the glass. Beautiful, big, thick, creamy taupe head. Dark chocolate and heavy cream aromas. Wonderful chocolate flavor up front that yields to a less obtrusive coffee and finishes wih an appropriate coffee acidity. The mouthfeel is thick, wet, smooth, then, immediately, mildly crisp along the entire surface of the tongue. A very nice beer and true to style. It kicks Guiness' ass 6 ways from Sunday.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark, mahogany brown color with a good head, light tan and decently thick. Good lacing on the glass.

Light smell; a faint roasted grain presence, a touch of chocolate.

Roasted malt grains with a bit of French roast coffee and a touch of bitter chocolate and cocoa highlights the tastes. An agreeable overarching touch of smooth bitterness envelops the entire tasting experience.

The body comes across medium and silky smooth. Clean and wet.

This is respectable yet unremarkable porter. There is a lack of any truly distinguishing character or depth to this beer. Still, it's easy drinking and has enough porter attributes to satisfy when you're in the mood for a dark ale.

Late note: had this on draft at the Star Bar in Denver during BAs 1st annual Winter Warmer Pub Crawl: Denver Style. My handwritten notes had this rated at 3.5, so I noticed some consistency with the beer qualities.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vbiliyar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of skipjack17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Pours a reoasted chesnut brown with a nicely formed tannish colored one finger head that held nicely thru the duration,seems a bit lighter in color than most of the style.Roasted nut,earthy hops,and bitter chocolate in the nose,not much sweetness with a nice mix of roast and somewhat raw earthiness.Mild molasses-like sweetness and big earthy hops upfront on the palate,a finish of bitter chocolate and more raw earthy hops.This is an American hopped up porter,I liked it it's solid.

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Photo of MikeConklin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mikeg67
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, tanned head and some lacing. Aroma is of bready malt followed by piney hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is bready malt, toast and herbal hops. Finish is medium and semi-dry. Not very complex but drinkable porter.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of uvm2003
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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