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Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
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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3/5  rDev -29.9%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Kramerwtmf, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

alano, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
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...

HalfFull, May 21, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ubiq3000, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

drewone, May 30, 2014
Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

seaoflament, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -6.5%

rollncalguy78, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Gilmango, Apr 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

ACB, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Wowcoolman, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Floydster
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Floydster, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewery; bourbon barrel aged; 10.2%abv. Ruddy brown with a creamy beige head that has good retention. Bourbon and vanilla are quite forward in the aroma, along with some fruity, bright scents (cherry, peach). There is also a nice caramel-maple thing going on, and some dried fruit sugars. The flavor is sweet, with a dried fruit/maple quality. The barrel is evident here as well, with a good doses of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. The alcohol is quite mellow, and along with the wood, works pretty well to just dry out the finish. The body is medium, with plentiful, yet quite soft carbonation; slightly syrupy as well. I think that before aging, this would have been a respectable yet not outstanding belgian dark strong, but the synergy between the bourbon, oak and sweet malty flavors really made this interesting and quite good.

bulletrain76, Jun 10, 2009
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Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.