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Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 15
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ojclark on 02-19-2008)
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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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...

HalfFull, May 21, 2008
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

aquazr1, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of 01001111
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel

S: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, figs, light roast coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon.

T: Everything that was present on the nose with some maple syrup.

M: Syrup.

O: This must be the ambrosia of ancient lore. Amazingly complex. Amazingly delicious.

01001111, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Reappropriated
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Reappropriated, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of ojclark
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ojclark, Feb 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

rollncalguy78, May 13, 2014
Photo of AleHunter805
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

AleHunter805, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of deford
5/5  rDev +16.6%

On tap at Barrelworks in Buelton. Pours a dirty brown with pretty much no head. Looks thick as it pours. Bourbon, vanilla, sweet toffee or caramel (or something like that) and a flower garden of wonderful spices and scents on the nose...just fantastic! Taste goes on from there adding maple and dark fruits. Mouthfeel was just right, with all the flavors dancing over the tongue. Overall it's the best Quad I've ever had, I can't imagine what could make it better...Just wish there might some day be more...

deford, Sunday at 06:02 PM
Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Kramerwtmf, May 18, 2014
Photo of 2LBrew
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

2LBrew, Jun 25, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%

wethorseblanket, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

ubiq3000, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

wolf_switzer, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of mbw314
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mbw314, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of bnelson997
5/5  rDev +16.6%

bnelson997, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Gilmango, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ACB, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

hopdog, Dec 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ejhansen7, Oct 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

drewone, May 30, 2014
Photo of Ferrari805
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Ferrari805, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Stoneman78
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Stoneman78, Apr 20, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JayPeso, Jul 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

indianabeerman, Sep 19, 2014
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Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.