Dec 7, 2011

Firestone Walker Walker’s Reserve Porter

Walker's Reserve Porter

I haven’t had a Firestone Walker beer that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed. From the Union Jack to the amazingly awesome Parabola, each beer is distinctive in flavor and of outstanding quality. Finding this bottle of their Walker’s Reserve Porter a couple of weeks back immediately drew a Pavlovian response from my salivary glands almost immediately.

Brewed with five malt varieties, as well as oat and barley flakes, the beer is a robust, yet smooth drinking example of the style. And at 5.8% ABV it’s dangerously drinkable — essentially, I could drink a ton of this stuff.


The porter pours a dark, dark brown with a large, light tan head.


Hints of a light coffee roast, subtle chocolates and a very light char all come together in the well balanced nose.


A more pronounced roast emerges within the flavors as chocolate and an earthy character arrive shortly thereafter. A lightly hopped, dry finish carries a touch of bitterness. This is an easy drinking beer.


This brew is just another example of why the brewery is quickly moving up my personal favorites list at record speeds. It doesn’t matter what style the product is, if it’s from Firestone Walker odds are that it’s going to be outstanding.


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