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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1000) - Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Paid exactly $6 at Leary’s. 650mL bottle containing a charcoal dark wooded brown strongly resembling black. To snifter it pours inky and altogether smooth with a fluffy, webbing off-khaki head three fingers in length which gradually sank to one-to-two fingers. Aromas of seaweed, caramel, burnt cotton, toffee, ginger and British yeast. Tastes kind of salty and earthy with undercurrents of refined sugar, ash and almond butter. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2014
In short: A nourishing small porter. Tasty but a little too sweet to be sessionned.
How: Bottle 22oz, a few times, generally fresh.
The look: Mostly clear dark mahogany body topped by a persistent small tan head.
In long: Nose is roasted cereals with a dessert-ish sweetness and almost nothing in the way of esters and fruity notes. Body is medium in size and well carbonated. Taste doesn’t surprise nor disappoint. Roasted cereals, black liquorice, dark caramel, cacao beans. Low in the hops department. A little too much sweetness sensation for such a low abv beer but nothing that really prevents drinkability. Overall, a nice but unexceptional almost-sessionnable porter/stout. Yet another rating for me, and I’m very good at writing superb beer ratings, I write beer ratings I can be very proud of until I get close to the end and then I ruin everything for no apparent reason double-penetration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1866) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Refrigerated brown bomber from blutt59, March 27, 2013, poured into a snifter. Black with dark brown highlights and medium/small beige head. Aroma is roasty, medium body, medium carbonation, and some thin small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark malt, roasty, coffee, some caramel, and herbal hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7975) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 650 ml, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014. Bottled 12/02/13.
Thanks to rlgk + Aniela!
Clear dark brown color, small teal to tan head. Sweet, malty, grainy scent. Malty, dry, harsh, bitter taste. Bitter, grainy aftertaste, some dry wall. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, dry medium bitterness that is harsh like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6083) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"smooth beer! compared to the 3 crappy to pretty good porters we had over the last couple days, this one was great. Very nice hop aroma, but the nose was lacking the roasted malt/chocolate. They were present in the flavor a little more, with a light hop balance, which was nice. Again, really smooth. Better than any other Firestone beer I’ve had (in 2008)."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4896) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Clear dark brown color with a tan head. Coffee, vanilla, mild roasted, mild fruity and chocolate aroma. Really nice. Medium + body. A bit fizzy carbonation. Fine bitterness. Chocolate, raisins, coffee and toffee flavor. Unusual but nice porter.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11430)
- Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Deep amber/brown beer with a decent beige head. Malty fruity aroma, spicy notes, toffee, caramel, raisins, some vinous notes. Fruity chocolate flavor, spicy, caramel, coffee, raisins, some banana. A bit strange, thin and not very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3034) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark brown with a rather small frothy and bubbly offwhite head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty with toasted malts, caramel, coffee, hay, soil and minerals. Taste is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and slightly malty with roasted malts, cereal, caramel, moist soil and hay. Mouthfeel is watery, tiny roasted astringent and light bodied. finish is bitter and slightly malty with roasted malts, coffee, minerals, soil and hay. Quite bland…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Luktar karamell, russin, choklad, surt. blaskig svart färg. Smakar russin,´vattnig, surt, choklad, citrus, frukt tunn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma was roasty with chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, earth and had a light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1812) - - OCT 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-13-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance - The beer pours a nice deep brown color with a hug light brown colored head. The head fades relatively quickly at first, but leaves a rather persistent small one finger head of foam. This small bit of foam does eventually fade however leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is nice of sweet and roasty smells. The roasted malt aromas are a blend of chocolate and toasted malt while the sweeter smells are of caramel and some toffee. Along with these aromas are some other smells of a yeasty nature as well as a bit of an oaky and woody smell which when combined with the rest produce a rather nice smelling concoction. Taste – The taste begins with roasted brown bread and sweeter chocolate flavors mixed with some caramel sweetness. Other sweeter flavors of toffee come to the tongue shortly after the initial tastes, giving a more buttery and smooth flavor to the brew. More toward the middle of the flavor profile some vanilla and more cocoa come to the tongue along with the emergence of a light level of earthy hop. The hop remains rather light, bittering the brew only ever so slightly. Toward the end, some coffee flavors as well as a nice oaky taste comes to the tongue adding a little bit more bitterness. Even with the coffee and hop, the taste is still very smooth and one is left with a smooth, rather sweet and lightly bittered and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The lower carbonation is rather nice for the darker flavors, as well as the bit of oak taste more toward the end of the taste, nicely allowing those flavors to be sensed. A bit thicker of a body would likely be slightly better for the style, but at only 5.8% abv the creaminess of the brew is quite respectable. Overall – A pretty nice porter overall with some nice oak/woody tastes and a good balancing bitter flavor to the sweet and roasted malt backbone. For a porter of only 5.8 % the beers flavor profile was quite robust and made this brew a pleasant drinker.

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