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Firestone Walker Walkers Reserve



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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
This dude poured a nice thick dark brown color that forms into a dark thick foam. The taste and smell of this Porter are great. It took me 5 different stops to finally find it but it was worth it. A very drinkable solid beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Aroma = roasted notes and slight oakiness Appearance = Dark brown to black Flavor = Really great, Oakiness is subtle and smooth and well with in balance, roasted and low toastiness with some dark carmel Palate = medium Full Overall = Super beer! I really like the light balance of oak and smooth not acidic roastiness. For a bigger beer you can drink continuously. Great job

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
22oz bottle. Aroma: roasted malt, coffee, oak, light smokiness and dark fruits. A little bit of oxidation, too. Appearance: Dark brown in color with small red highlights. Head was medium khaki, full and foamy with great retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Nice roastiness with some coffee and smoke. Oak and light vanilla. Some light pine and citrus from the hops with a good hop bitterness. Again, a little oxidation creeps in. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not a bad stout. Enjoyed the subtle woodiness from the barrel ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Super yummy from the get-go. It’s been a while since I had a really good porter (I’d fallen into a quite enjoyable IPA/Imperial IPA rut/bliss). The aroma is natural porter chocolate/coffee. Really dark, with a strong light you can see the dark brown/mahogany tones at the edges. Frothy head; milkshake-like. Tastes like it smells, delicious (in the flavor I picked up more of the oak barrel influence, often incorporated by Firestone, than in the aroma). smooth aftertaste. Firestone is a fantastic brewery that keeps pleasing. If you see this beer buy it! 22 oz. Pasadena, CA, USA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 7, 2007
22oz bottle poured dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma was typical porter with some oak and some oats. Taste was very nicely balanced yet complex with all the malts and oak flavors. Could be one of the best from Firestone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Aroma has a slight dark fruit component that shines through despite the powerful oak and vanilla aromas. Poured out with a very thin, tan head that dissipated rather quickly, settling on top of a chestnut body with ruby highlights. Roasted malts are very buttery and slippery on the tongue. Enjoyable and pleasantly soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2006
Quick thankyou to Kook for lobbing this one back from the U.S., amongst others. Served up at backyard patio temperature at a small tasting here in Perth.
Deep, shimmering, ruddy brown with not much of a head though by this time my flute glass was all gammed up. Deep, woody, dusty and gritty, lightly roasted malt nose with a nice, dry, peanut butter edge. Very pleasant. Medium-light bodied and smooth as silk. Quite dry, and again dusty overall. Light roasted coffee, complex malts and bitter, dry chocolate on the swallow. Nice show of wood age inside the swallow and aftertaste. Good reserve of grit, burnt sugar and dry roasted grains also. Quite a nice drop, though not on the intense side of things. A relaxing beer, nicely made. (1 pint, 6Fl.Oz, age unknown)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 Bottle:

11/17/06. Pours deep brown with a nice dark-tan head. A mellow blend of chocolate roastiness and soft red wine notes, slightly chalky on the finish. This is a perfectly nice porter, well balanced, no glaring flaws -- but for me it was just too cautious of a beer. It lacked the spark of personality that would have taken it to the next level. That said, I’m quite happy drinking this stuff! One could do a heck of a lot worse.

Tap 1/28/10. Draft at Fiddlers. Pretty much exactly as above. No flaws, just yawns. 3.6 seems a bit generous but it probably deserves the 7s and 4s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown/mahogany body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate, lactos, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, vinous, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2006 22oz bottle acquired in trade with Odeed (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of light wood / oak, chocolate (that came out more as I let it air out), and light vanilla. Tastes of light oak, roast, vanilla and had a light coffee finish. Body a little on the thin side.

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