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Bonfire Brown - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012

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Reviews by tophers:
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3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found the aroma to be great with the dark chocolate notes. Head could have been a little but more long lasting but it fit into the style guidelines. I thought this beer could use a more of malt backbone as I would like the malt to shine a little bit more in this beer. Good beer from Saugatuck. Wouldn't be the first choice on my list for an American Brown but not a bad representation of the style.

a: Medium brown with some ruby highlights. Appears to be fairly transparent from what I can tell. Head is quite thin and off-white in color with large bubbles around the side of the glass.

s: Aroma consists of toffee and chocolate primarily. Chocolate smell is of a dark chocolate and is very pleasant. Some bready and coffee notes in the background too. Not detecting any hop aroma. Some fruity esters.

t: More hop forward (bitterness) than malt with this one, although not overwhelming. Malt flavors are of toffee, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. A bit of fruitiness in there too. Moderately bitter with a moderately dry finish. No diacetyl.

m: Medium body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense glowing caramel brown body with a thin light beige head that last for a good bit and a few strands of microbubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- The deep toasted dry malt aroma has some lighter toasted malt notes underneath and a fresh biscuit and grain hint to it.

T- The nice slightly dry lightly toasted malt has some breakfast roasted coffee coming through and a fresh dry grain taste aswell. There is a deeper toasted malt hint in the finish. There are some mellow yet complex malt flavors that linger after each sip aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat notice.

O- This is a great brown ale with lots of nice complexity and depth aswellas a good freshness. This is a really nice session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

best brown ever

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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Reddish brown in color with a 1 finger dark khaki colored head. Head is fairly creamy but dissipates quickly.

S - Chocolate and a roasted malt predominate. Roasted malt has a bit of a roasted marshmallow aroma reflecting a somewhat sweet malt. Somewhat of a wheat bread undertone as well.

T - Very carbonated and acidic. Very earthy and toasty. A hint of soy. Not quite as sweet as I expected based on the aroma. Toasted bread flavor upon swallowing that is somewhat brief but is a nice final flavor. Slight bitterness on the finish that lingers. Bitterness is almost a cocoa powder bitterness.

M - More viscous than it is dry. Nice body without being overly thick or crisp.

O - I feel like this beer leaves something on the table. The aroma and appearance are very good but the taste does not quite live up to what the aroma promises for me. Overall a good beer that I would buy again.

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Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.