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RATINGS: 872   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance - Body is a dark brown, like taupe, and atop it sits a frothy head of ecru (yellowish-grey light brown/tan). I had to look that one up to find the color shade that most fit. Head is about a finger and a half thick and dissipates after a couple minutes, leaving a healthy mottling of lace all around the glass. The mottling is complex enough that it's hard to make out the rings as I drink the liquid down, but they are certainly there. Smell - Nothing really blows me away with the aroma. Pretty standard notes of fresh-brewed coffee, baker's chocolate, charred bread and some nuttiness--perhaps some walnut. Even a little earthiness, like fresh peat, but faint. But the roasted grains are the predominant profile here, even if the entire aroma is a tad subdued. Taste - Here, many of the same notesare present, but more obvious. The overwhelmingly predominant flavors are wonderful notes of fresh-toasted bread, like you get when you turn the toaster to the darker setting and pull the bread out right before it turns into a nasty charred mess. You get the complex roasted flavors from the grain, like fresh buckwheat biscuits, and the faint cacao and coffee grounds make their presence felt, but in a supporting role. I don't think I've had a more "toasty" tasting beer, and I mean that in a very good way. In some ways, it's nice to taste a porter that does a couple of profiles so well, without the dark fruit or licorice elements that are common in many of the same style. Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Full enough to provide a little chewiness, but not overpowering or difficult to get down. Highly drinkable for a dark beer and a dry, but not overpoweringly so, finish. Overall, I must again express my regret at waiting so long to have had this beer. And if what I've heard about it being discontinued is true, that only magnifies said regret. I will definitely have to grab another bottle or two and since there isn't really a large hop profile to this American porter, perhaps I can sit on one for awhile and prolong my enjoyment. Either way, if you haven't had this beer and you fancy yourself a fan of the style, make no delay and grab a bottle NOW. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3326) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast chocolate, vanilla. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and nutty finish. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light chocolate coffee aroma. Big roasted chocolate and coffee flavor. Smooth and chocolatey finish with a lingering roasty aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (1611) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter. There was barely any difference in both glasses for the smell and the appearance. The appearance was basically black in color and it had a nice one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled foamy lacing that ended up sliding down into the beer after a while. The smell had a decent amount of light to medium bitter arrangement of milk and dark chocolates that allow a nice roasty bitter coffee under my nose. The taste had a nice roasty to sweet blend blessing my taste buds and allowing a nice gentle dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was semi - sharp and good to me. Overall, this was a pretty good beer I’d have again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1925) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
From a bomber. Pours cola brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes smooth, sweet, smokey, earthy, light peat, light booze. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, nutty, light raisin, earth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3357) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, earthy notes, light espresso, light prunes, and faint raisins. Flavor is roast malts, dark chocolate, light coffee, medium bitterness, and some dark fruit esters; smooth with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (834) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours a dark cola with thin tan head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Taste of roasted goodness and coffee/chocolates.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2014
22 oz bomber. The pour is a dark dark brown/black with a nice garnet or ruby note around the edges with a nice light tan head and some minimal lacing. The aroma is nicely balanced with a good roast and hop profile. There is some light coffee and a touch of chocolate. The flavor is much of the same. I love the roasted malt in the flavor. There is a light addition from the cocoa, but it's so balanced. The mouthfeel is a thin, with a light carbonation. The aftertaste is roasty, and lingers nicely ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TizzleJizzle (607) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2014
American Craft Beer Week! Firestone Tap Takeover at the Common Table. Poured a dark brown with a thin khaki top. Taste of chocolate, slight roast and malty. Medium carbonation, medium-thick body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fezzy (79) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Aroma and flavor full of roasty malt, chocolate, and significant emergent vanilla, but nicely balanced with aromatic hopping, which is floral and bitter yet smooth citrus. The fine balance makes the brew easy on the palate, in spite of being so flavorful. Very nicely done.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Chocolate malt aroma. Mild chocolate malt flavor slightly watery with a light finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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