Saucerful O' Secrets - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.8/5 rDev -11%
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.
04-10-2008 22:59:56 | More by seaoflament
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
4.1/5 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
5/5 rDev +17.1%
S: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, figs, light roast coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon.
T: Everything that was present on the nose with some maple syrup.
O: This must be the ambrosia of ancient lore. Amazingly complex. Amazingly delicious.
03-09-2014 00:16:14 | More by 01001111
Saucerful O' Secrets from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.