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Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Saucerful O' Secrets
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%


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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KateMcN

California

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 06:04:49 | More by KateMcN
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On tap for the Feral One release party at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, wood, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, caramel, wood, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a mellow barrel aged presence after 6 years in a barrel.

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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.

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I (Wiseman Nick ) ordered multiple free samples of this at the Firestone 14 Release yesterday (in Paso Robles, CA; not Escondido). Following review is based on notes taken at that time.

Served in a small (~5oz.) Firestone Walker snifter.

Appearance: Muddy brown body with amber highlights. Looks very thick and syrupy (a bit oily), and has absolutely no head. Carbonation appears to be very low.

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Dark russet brown with garnet highlights. The head is modest, enduring a while as a beige cap, and leaving small streaks of lace.
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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Snifter at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles on 11/14/08 for seven dollars, had to get a glass of this after Brian gave me a taster, reviewed from notes

A-Deep brown body with some dark red tint, looks 1 1/2 inch vanilla colored head that lasts a few minutes, some retention, light lacing
S-Belgian yeast, hoppiness, honey, toffee, banana, coriander, several different dark fruits, sugar and sweetness, and mango
T-Starts off with some faint spices and bitterness, middle is sweet with fruit and slightly chewy malts, finish has some sweetness with caramel and sugar but some hops too, Belgian yeast becomes stronger once it warms but that mild hoppy bite is still in the finish adding some unique dryness to the usually sweet style of beer, liked how this one escaped from the norm and branched out, nicely balanced and not syrupy or extra thick
M-Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, sweet, dry, yeasty, and spicy mouthfeel, taste lingers for long time
D-Could drink numerous glasses because the alcohol is so well hidden, it is supposedly slightly above ten percent too, pretty smooth overall and not very heavy on the stomach

This beer was great, probably my second favorite of the whole night, different than I was expecting after having Saucerful of Merkin a few months before, it was more flavorful than I thought it would be, the oatmeal stout must have had a larger presence in the blend, wish I had some bottles of this but I know they did not have many issued in that for anyways, will be drinking again if and when I see it, unique and tasty Belgian dark, recommended

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11-18-2008 02:01:08 | More by Floydster
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Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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