Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2009 06:56:16 | More by cokes
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-19-2008 02:39:38 | More by ojclark
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got this 12oz bottle via Kegergator>KingG so thanks to both.
Poured a shade darker than a mahogany color with some ruby on the sides. About an inch of foam is produced that had some light yellow highlights. Very good retention and I just needed to give it a swirl or two to get the head going again.
The first aroma that came up to me as I poured was bread and bread dough. Then I got the sweetness of caramel and dark fruits like raisins and figs. After it settled for about a minute the spices and yeast aromas came through, some cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps some subtle vanilla and clove. The aroma was quite pleasant; there wasn't any dominating aromas from the spices/yeast and it has a nice balance of bready aromas and dark fruits. A touch of alcohol was also present and some cherries as well.
Tasted a bit too much of grains and toasted malts and overpowered the bread characteristic of this beer which I really liked on the nose. Sweetness came in on the middle along with the raisins and various fruits and finished with a bit of heat, but not too much. Very malty, would have liked to see a bit more dark fruits but if this is a Belgian strong dark ale I think it fits that category well. A bit of an off taste in the finish, slightly metallic in the aftertaste and a bit of bitterness near the end.
Mouth-feel was rather good but had a conflicting finish in which it tasted watery but the carbonation made it seem soapy or almost full. I'll give this one a pass.
Quite good actually, wouldn't mind having another.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2008 22:59:56 | More by seaoflament
3.65/5 rDev -13.7%
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...
Serving type: on-tap
05-21-2008 06:05:01 | More by HalfFull
Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.