Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
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
11-18-2008 02:01:08 | More by Floydster
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
4.1/5 rDev -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.
06-10-2009 19:55:08 | More by bulletrain76
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
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
03-10-2014 00:26:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
Smell: Candi sugar, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, spices, and flowery esters. Caramel and booze picked up as it warmed. Really complex and interesting.
Taste: Bourbon, clove, flowers/herbs, molasses, and chocolate liqueur. The bourbon acted as a beautiful accent early on, but quickly became the dominant flavor once the beer warmed. As with the smell, very complex and interesting - balanced too. I dug it.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, syrupy, lightly carbonated, and malt-heavy. Not too warm or dry, though the bourbon barrel effects were apparent.
Drinkability: Very complex and balanced, though the bourbon quickly took over (in a bad way) as the beer approached room temperature. Definitely worth a try!
11-07-2010 16:39:38 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.