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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Photo of Jhatwig
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of scootpolute
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass (I know, it was the only glass clean at the time!).

Look: black body with a thick, creamy tan head ...good lacing...When its closer to a light, it looks closer to brown than black. Some brownish, reddish highlights at the edges. Looks good.

Smell: heavy chocolate fudge & little coffee and some alcohol soaked currants...Not much jumping out, but has potential for a good porter!

Taste: chocolate stands out, with some espresso, a bit of currant and anise, with a bit of bitterness that seems to come more from the roasted malt than the hops. The alcohol is there but oddly subtle, that ends with a strong current flavor...

Feel: full bodied, a little chewy but, thinner than I was expecting...carbination is ok, a bit flat, but not horrible for this style.

Overall: This is a pretty good porter...Although not as good as the other styles from Firestone...My average 'score' for a Firstone beer has been '4+' (out of five beers beeing the best)...This one is about 3/3.5 (tops)...Good beer although would be hesitant to try again (due to the competition these days!!)...Oh I guess price 'does' matter to some folks...so, this was a pretty good 'deal' at $5.00 for a bomBer...Bottome line, 'good' not 'great' and definetely NOT horrible...CHEERS :~)

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Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jimelee108
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of joesc230
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BFro
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheViolator
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass the beer pours a rich brown color with a decent 1 finger tannish color head with good retention though not much lacing. The nose is predominantly roasted barley with supplementing earthy hops and milk chocolate on the back end. The flavor again is dominated by the roasted barley with a nice kick of earthy and citrus hops. Well balanced as the beer warms, very enjoyable. Finsihes with a lingering oily roast and hop on the tongue. Mildly bitter. Very good. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, very enjoyable. A bit pricey, but I am glad to have tried.

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Photo of DSlim71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ambruns1979
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jdougherty
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, dark brown. It looks black until held up to the light when some brown and slightly reddish light passes through. The head is thin and evaporates into some wispy foam clinging to the edges of the glass very quickly.

SMELL: The aroma is weaker than I expected, but some coffee and a little bitter hop aroma is there along with some very mild lemon.

TASTE: Robust is an excellent word to describe this porter. It is bold and aggressive, particularly in the hop department. The bitterness seems to be provided more by the hops than the coffee flavors. A little chocolate compliments the coffee and a very strong nutty flavor also makes itself known. What is surprisingly absent is that roasty, toasty flavor associated with so many porters, but given the hoppy and coffee-fueled bitterness it works well with this beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and lightly carbonated. There is just enough sparkle here to make it feel like a beer and no more. There isn’t much sweetness, but the dryer feel is not over the top.

OVERALL: After a getting into some bigger, Imperial/Double Stouts/Porters recently, the regular old porters and stouts can be a bit of a letdown. The Walker’s Reserve holds its own in the flavor department, however and makes for a really strong porter when a huge dose of booze might not be the best idea.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at Yardhouse Scottsdale.
No really big head but a slight tan foam. Really nice chocolatey roasted malt and slight hoppy aroma.
Taste is of a slightly bitter/hoppy chocolatey roasted malt and coffee. A bit of sweet vanilla. Really nicely done.
Well balanced and full of flavor.
I've been eyeing this for a while, and my only regret is not trying sooner. This is a fantastic porter.

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Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker’s Reserve Porter, 22 oz. bomber: I was a little disappointed with this highly rated porter. Do not get me wrong, it’s a great beer with bold flavors of coffee and molasses that burst forth. For a porter, I want something smoother and less in your face. I would call this a stout, and a very good one at that. But it is too over the top for my taste in a porter.

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Photo of CBPAS
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of surfotog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

22oz bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO for $5.50. Into a Fullers nonic.

A: Nice deep brown with a light tan head that bubbles up to about two inches and sticks around nicely. Excellent lacing left behind as it recedes. Perfect clarity.

S: Not a ton going on here, English ale yeast lends a nice fruity ester that mixes with some slightly roasty malts and a bit of chocolate. Not bad by any means, but could use a bit more.

T: A lot of the same, nice little bit of chocolate and a touch of coffee. Nice little bit of bitterness in the finish, and a pretty earthy hop profile. Caramel and a little vanilla. Not a bad beer at all, but not one of my favorite porters.

M: Medium body, perfect lighter carbonation, fairly dry finish. Really nice here.

O: A decent porter, but a bit expensive. I'd drink it on tap, but I probably won't seek out any more bottles of this. Above average, but not in the same league as Black Butte or Founders Porter.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Very thin tan head with virtually no retention. Deep ruby color, almost black. Minimal carbonation.

S- Roast malts and some chocolate notes. Definite coffee and burnt smells as well. Very robust and warm.

T- Thin flavor, but what is there is nice. Chocolate is biggest taste, with a bitter coffee taste following. Some light fruitiness in the back, but surprisingly light flavored.

M- Extremely light. Beer flavored water with a dab of carbonation. Not good.

O- The smell is nice albeit light, but this beer is seriously lacking in other categories.

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Photo of TheTrevor
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark brown with a light tan head that didn't last long and a lot of visible carbonation. It kinda looks like rootbeer. The smell is roasted malt with a little bit of woodiness. The taste is darkly fruity with some hints of cocoa, coffee, and a tiny bit of tobacco. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. A very solid beer and a great example of the style.

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Photo of cougarbait
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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