Walker’s Reserve Porter
By Firestone Walker Brewing
For people who enjoy a deep and rich flavor in their beer then look no farther than a good porter. Porters can be very strong in flavor so I won’t make many recommendations for pairing with food other beef and I prefer my beef grilled with a porter.
Walker’s Reserve Porter pours is of a deep dark brown to black and as it settles it darkens to more of dark chocolate with just a bit of redness. The light brown head dissipates quite fast in to a thick light brown lacing the covers the entire top of the porter.
Walker’s Reserve Porter smells of rich fresh roasted coffee along with chocolate and maybe a bit of touch caramel or toffee. As I continued to smell I started to get some more faint but defiantly there touches of oak and butterscotch more so to the end.
Walker’s Reserve Porter has a heavy mouth feel almost syrupy. The tastes of a nutty, woody, and thick roasted coffee to the smoothness of creamy chocolate. The roasted malts are normally the dominate force in most porters, but here it is more of the lighter flavors that combine to make to make a stunning taste that is hard to describe, which change a bit with each drink.
The lighter flavors are of fruit, oak, vanilla, caramel, and maybe just a bit lemon or some citrus, for me these are the stars of the show.
It is as if they took a porter and added some of the great ingredients of an IPA to the mix, making one very unique Porter. Walker’s Reserve Porter is one delicious porter that I will put on my highly recommend with a few tweaks this could be a gold medal beer.
Verdict 5 of 6
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