Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Pours almost black with a khaki head. great aroma, hoppy, chocolately and coffee at the same time. flavor is kind of like that too, good balance between all the elements that make up a flavorful experience. really is somewhere between a porter and a stout, hard to complain about in any way. firestone has to be one of the most consistently good brewers i’ve come across.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at the brewery. Great dark color with nice chocolate and coffee aromas. Great choclate flavors with good mouthfeel. Nice beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Walkers Reserve (Porter)
clear dark brown, whispy tan head, rich dry chocolate aroma, big rich chocolate flavor, light bitterness that grows,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, deep brown, with a thick, slow developing tan head. Sharp hop aroma, with roasted malt and alcohol coming through as well. Sweet and malty, with some toffee and coffee as well. Fairly light. Some of the woodiness comes through as well.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a bad Porter. Pours out a deep brown color with a nice beige head. aroma is full of roasted malt with some nice hoppiness to it. flavor is very similar with a sweetness to it. Over all this is a very nice beer.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, almost black colored beer that has brown and amber hues to it. The aroma is nice and roasty with definite coffee aromatics. Dusty cocoa powder, toasted grain husks, browned soda crackers, a burnt acidity that is almost wine like at times (though I can’t really put my finger on why). Burnt berry aromatics seem noticeable in front of the burnt acid notes. The aroma of this beer is quite roast driven; coffee-like aromatics and touches of chocolate really form the bulk of the aromatic compounds here.
Light and almost creamy feeling as it first hits my tongue. I actually think I can taste the barrel influence, which I was not really expecting. It is quite subtle, but the wood seems to add a touch of spiciness, some tannic structure to the body and some oak-character especially towards the finish. Lightly sweet up front, the malt sugars are quite complex and roasted though; touches of caramel, some accentuating chocolate notes and a fruitiness are what is noticeable. The fruitiness also seems to be driven by some of the roast derived acidity, which is also apparent here. Spicy oak notes almost give this something akin to a hotness that one would see in a distilled, barrel aged spirit. The creamy body accentuates notes of dark chocolate, which become more apparent as the beer warms up a bit.
This is a tasty beer; the oak definitely adds an interesting even significant component, albeit a fairly subtle one. I like how quaffable this brew is, it is light enough, but has a soft, creaminess to it that is just nice.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and mild oak notes. Good silky mouth feel. Tastes of robust chocolate, roastiness, and hints of cherries and oak in the finish.
rayg1 (585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured out a dark brown nearly black with a light brown thick head. Smell of roasted malty smell with some dark baker’s chocolate no real hop or spice noticed. Taste is chocolatey and coffee with some woody afternotes. Interesting and quite good actually.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Garrett, thanks. Pours out a dark brown color, almost black, with a big tan head on it. Smell is roasted and full of chocolate and some notes of vanilla and oak. Taste is sweet and rich with plenty of coffee and chocolate flavors. Very good stuff, thanks for this one Garrett.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown/black with medium sized, fizzy tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, brown sugar and oak. Very smooth mouth feel that leads the way towards the dominating malt-oak flavor. Some of the sweetness in the nose is apparent in the taste but not overtly. Very fine brew.