Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HalfFull:
3.65/5 rDev -14.5%
Pours a very deep amber with minimal head yet decent carbonation, which lingers on but yet provides no significant lacing on the glass.
Smell is nondescript when cold, a hint of malt. Yet opens up ever so slightly as the beer warms.
Taste on the other hand is all up front! A blast of malts, caramel and chocolate and very enduring and endearing. Finishes with a chewy sugar-malt flavor. Drinkability depends on what you're having for dinner. Me, I'm having a salad after this because I think I just had dessert ;)) Yum...
05-21-2008 06:05:01 | More by HalfFull
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5/5 rDev +17.1%
S: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, figs, light roast coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon.
T: Everything that was present on the nose with some maple syrup.
O: This must be the ambrosia of ancient lore. Amazingly complex. Amazingly delicious.
03-09-2014 00:16:14 | More by 01001111
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Dark russet brown with garnet highlights. The head is modest, enduring a while as a beige cap, and leaving small streaks of lace.
At first- and probably too cold- the nose only ekes out band-aid phenols, and a peppery hoppiness. Over time, it warms and deepens with stewed fruits, coffee, toasted grain, and cognac booziness. Still, the nose is easily the least impressive facet here.
Even when still too chilled, the taste is incongruent to the overly phenolic nose (and more in line with the "warmer" nose) with it's deep and thorough date and papaya fruitiness, and toasty graininess. It gradually deepens it malt sweetness with more fruit (raisins, plums, oranges, and pears), and bathes it all in caramel and brown sugar. Once it hits midway, it begins to dry with the toastiness emerging more, and mingling with coffee, bitter cocoa, peppercorns, allspice, and herbal hopping. Alcohol is mildly noticed with a grapey, red vinousness.
Full bodied with a modest but steady carbonation. Definitely beefy, but comforting as well, especially as the cold outside begins to bite.
This is solid example, in spite of its weird aroma. It's something of a large hurdle to overcome, but it does.
This is the first FW I've seen in town, so hopefully the door is now open.
01-12-2009 06:56:16 | More by cokes
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
Draft at the Toronado, 1/3/2008.
Pretty subtle aroma: winey with slight notes of dark malt and brown sugar. Poured deep brown with reddish highlights. Good clarity. Almost no head, aside from a ring of off-white. Flavors of plums and raisins mixed with a strong sweetness. A sweet brown sugar flavor quickly became apparent and lingered well into the finish. Some alcohol flavor, but less than I'd expect for such a big, viscous beer. Nice bitterness in the background became apparent as sweetness eventually faded. Full-bodied, moderately low carbonation. Nice alcohol warmth in the slightly sicky finish.
Interesting beer. Just a hair shy of being excessively sticky, sweet and cloying. Despite all that, somehow, it worked.
02-19-2008 02:39:38 | More by ojclark
4.95/5 rDev +15.9%
Volunteered at the AHA conference in San Diego and this was being poured at Paxtons session. It was the first beer and it was amazing. It was served at around 9am on Friday morning and it would go really well with some pancakes or french toast. The appearance was darker and the smell had a lot malt to it. The taste blew me away. Very good mouth feel. Would definitely like to have this again with some food.
06-25-2011 18:32:39 | More by 2LBrew
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Enjoyed from tap.
Poured a deeper amberish-brownish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits -plums and raisins-, lighter woodiness, light vanilla, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, wood, and chocolate. The barrel aging was present, but not really over powering.
12-09-2008 04:21:44 | More by hopdog
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
On tap at O'Brien's for CBC/WBC
Pours a clear, dark red hue, thin layer of white head, moderate lacing
Smell is sweet malts and dark fruits, some vanilla, moderate alcohol, and light hops
Taste is light malts and sugary fruits, pillowy chocolate/cocoa malt in the middle with some vanilla extract, hints of hops peek through, and finishes sweet with light alcohol presence
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture is very pleasant, ample carbonation
Drinkability is moderate, wonderful texture good balance of flavors, gets a bit cloying in the long run but overall a solid strong ale
04-20-2008 04:00:49 | More by Stoneman78
4.78/5 rDev +11.9%
Had on tap at the Firestone Night of the Ales. Pours a deep orange with a good inch of head that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Smells of raisins, figs, and has a good earthy quality. Tastes similar with fruity undertones and good carbonation. Could easily drink a pitcher of this but the distribution was limited. Overall a great beer but I do not think I will get a chance to try again due to limited availability.
02-13-2009 07:24:28 | More by JoeySchlitz
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
A: reddish brown, clear, minimal head
S: malty, not as sweet or as big as the taste (but it was cold at the time, prob needed to open up)
T: oh, yum. i tasted vanilla, almonds, brown sugar, and above all, roasted toffee flavors. all i could think about was DESSERT
M: spicy, warm
D: i could tell it was (is) high in alcohol, but still extremely pleasant
had this on tap at my work... my friend/coworker and i don't usually love the sweeter, darker, sugary-roasted-dessert-ey beers, but this beer instantly won our hearts, goshdarnit. we had the brilliant idea that 'saucer' was destined to be a beer float. we plopped a scoop of vanilla ice cream in our glass, and WOW. yes, you should ridicule us for this. and yes, it was phenomenal.
04-09-2009 06:04:49 | More by KateMcN
Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.