Pours a dark brown color with a quarter inch creamy tan head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin swirl of foam resting on top. Very little lacing.
The aroma is really nice. Chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and coffee with a mild earthy hop present as well.
The taste starts sweet with caramel malts and chocolate then works into a light coffee flavor and finishes with an earthy light citrus hop with a slight bitterness. A very nice balance in the flavors and is very refreshing.
Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy making it very drinkable with a dryness in the finish.
Overall, another impressive beer from FireStone Walker. The dark flavors are balanced nicely with the earthy citrus hops and makes for a very easy drinking refreshing porter. The price is not bad on this beer as well. A darn tasty brew that is worth a try! Try one!
Pours clear to a point. Foam is large, mocha, and thick. Retention is quite nice leaving crescents along the sides of the glass as it meanders revealing more of the beer below.
Aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malts are very easily detectable. Chocolate doesn't take much to find as it is right on the heals of the other two. Light coffee develops late.
Taste has the caramel in the beginning and middle giving way to chocolate and a touch of coffee in the middle. The end continues with sweet chocolate that blends with roasted malts. A bit of roasted bitterness lingers. Quite nice.
Medium body has a nice creaminess to it accompanied by a "normal" carbonation for the style. Dries the palate.
Easy to drink porter that has all the right features, bringing them together in a very tasty brew. A complex porter that isn't over the top. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Friday, August 05, 2011 at 20:14:13
Tasted: Friday, August 05, 2011
$7.99 for 22 oz. bottle
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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.