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:
171
For Trade:
5
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4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's called robust porter, I disagree. Good, not great.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breadwinner
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Too bad this one went the way of the buffalo, because I thought a really darn good porter, rich in feel, and with a great mix of coffee and roast notes. Ah well, you can't always get you want, or so they say.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch black color with very little head, but what head it did pour, quickly formed a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Nice aromas of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, though surprising, not much in the way of aromas of roasted malt or hops.

Taste: There’s some nice flavors of roasted malt present at first, followed by some very tasty flavors of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, finished by some very nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and pretty smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very good porter. Great flavors of malt, caramel and a touch of chocolate and hops, wrapped up in a chewy/creamy session-able quaff.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled 12-02-13; over year old in the bottle
other than a slight musty smell the taste and body have held up well.
There is very little toffee and caramel sweetness left in 12 months, but the lingering grains are quite nice and this beer was very drinkable at 1 year. Up front, one can expect to enjoy the finely roasted malts leading the way... grab one and enjoy if your path should cross it.

Shown as retired, this review assumes the commercial description was accurate and is meant to only describe that the beer held up at the 1 year year mark.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +14%

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