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Bonfire Brown - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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83
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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012)
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Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +36.2%

best brown ever

AliceG, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Kerry1
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Kerry1, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of verticalted
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Very smooth brown ale..

verticalted, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Arty_Man
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

My favorite Brown with a touch of smoke.

Arty_Man, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of luvbeerbiz
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

luvbeerbiz, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Drk93TT
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Drk93TT, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of sheepski
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

sheepski, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear walnut, forming a modest light tan head with ok retention and sparse lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.25 carbs. The nose is nice...definite walnut and hazelnut (almost like extract was added), vanilla, carob, minimal hop presence, mild dark fruit, and bread crust. When swirled, I get this odd peaty manure smell. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly roasted astringency. Taste is of rye bread crust, walnuts, a surprising herbal hop flavor, medium bitterness, a clean ferment, slight chalkiness, and a leathery/woody finish. No appreciable off flavors or aromas. Some reviewers are mentioning smoke in their reviews, but I get none.

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this is one of the best I've had in a long time. A wonderful example of the style. Complex yet very drinkable. Highly recommended. I'll have to go pick up some more of these.

Mitchster, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of kristenrae8
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

kristenrae8, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of JVoyager
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

JVoyager, May 29, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first impression of this beer was, "Wow," but that has subsided more quickly than I expected to a lesser superlative. Its still great.

It initially opens and puts a nice dark brown with loads of nice foamy head. The aroma carries just a tad of some smoke.

The taste is that of a full bodied brown with a little smoke. It's sweet and has almost no hops taste. Just right for the style. The aftertaste liners nicely. It would be nice to see variations on this with more malt and other flavors. I look forward to trying others from this brewer.

schoolboy, May 24, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tea brown color capped by a small head; not much lacing

Smell: Roasty, with hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel

Taste: Roasty, up front, with the chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors setting the pace; some nice balancing elements come from char and earthy hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a surprise, as I am not normally that fond of a brown ale; this one is a bit more like a Porter

brentk56, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of jbierling
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amount of head settled on the beer. The beer was a mahogany slightly rubied in color. The scent was was smokey and full. The taste was extremely full of flavor and not at all overpowered by hops. The mouthfeel was complex and pleasing. Semi-dry finish.

jbierling, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark brown color with a very nice, creamy tan head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a very bubbly, creamy lacing.

Smell - Creamy, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and malty. Smells delicious.

Taste - Matches the aroma.. Very sweet and creamy, earthy and toasted malts, nutty, with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor throughout. The coffee comes out stronger in the finish, with a slight bitterness and smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a very tasty brown ale, better than most that I've tried. A little strong on the coffee though.. But this would go great at a bonfire or a winter drink.

jsisko01, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

Bung, Sep 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

bob_d_j, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

EricTKole, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

strohme2, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

samEBC, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/3/2013. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, toffee, toast, cocoa, light nuttiness, light roast, brown bread, light smoke, and floral hops. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malty notes, with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cocoa, brown bread, smoke, light char, light nuttiness, light coffee, floral, and light pine. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, light char, toast, brown bread, coffee, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of robust dark malt flavors; with a nice moderate hop balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an damn nice brown ale. Nice balance and complexity of robust dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. I don’t think I’ve had a smoked brown before, but this was very well done; very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 16, 2013
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Rwagner, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DruC4, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jduprey007, Aug 31, 2014
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Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.