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Bonfire Brown - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Bonfire BrownBonfire Brown

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82
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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oldvines

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-20-2013 02:48:48 | More by oldvines
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bigaddy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-22-2013 00:15:56 | More by bigaddy
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

09-17-2013 23:22:40 | More by BlissJunkie
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-30-2013 13:29:46 | More by tommy5
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beerhawk41

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-06-2013 21:32:21 | More by beerhawk41
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-06-2013 16:33:23 | More by danthehopslamman
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (marked 130218 749) into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with a lively one-finger head of medium coarse bubbles that settled into a layer of foam. The color was a slightly cloudy brown.

Aroma: Bready, malty with some hops -- slightly more than might be expected for this style.

Taste: Black coffee predominates the taste, with some chocolate and hops. As the beer warms-up, the malt comes to the forefront as it should. Grapefruit hops lingers.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was a little coarse but becomes more pleasant as the beer lingers on the tongue. The body of the beer is medium light.

Overall: A fairly good flavor profile -- not overly complex or terribly interesting, but good. I'll have this one again as it is a very drinkable beer. The taste definitely improves on warming-up: At too cold a temperature, the coffee taste component is rather bitter. (The importance of serving temperature is something I'm learning to appreciate.)

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 12:58:18 | More by breakingbland
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Bettyloug

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-28-2013 22:50:27 | More by Bettyloug
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Rayek

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-28-2013 00:49:25 | More by Rayek
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-20-2013 02:32:36 | More by Sparky44
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a nice brown color. a touch hazy. a bit of a tan head that fades away

Smell: toasty malts, maybe a hint of caramel malts as well

Taste: a touch smokey toasty malts. a hint of sweetness. low complexity

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter and moderate feel

Overall: a decent brown. lacks complexity or much that would make this stand out

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 21:40:02 | More by SportsandJorts
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asweet

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-15-2013 18:18:41 | More by asweet
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Rihup

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

06-29-2013 04:20:20 | More by Rihup
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Nihilistkid

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-26-2013 06:42:50 | More by Nihilistkid
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-21-2013 15:48:08 | More by imperialking
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Rohkey

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-18-2013 20:50:42 | More by Rohkey
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JVoyager

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-29-2013 00:38:05 | More by JVoyager
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hackmann

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I don’t know it is all foam. One inch of brown liquid and a four finger tan head and that was on a gentle pour. This is one foamy beer – went to pour the last inch of beer from the bottle, once my glass was half done, and wow explosion of foam. All over the table; the foam was pouring out of the glass like lava coming out of a volcano; it just would not stop foaming.

Aroma: toasted grains, mild-medium roast coffee, lightly toasted sugar,

Flavors: medium roast coffee, toasted grains, roasted caramel malt, some dark chocolate likeness, and a little toasted sugar

Mouthfeel: super fizzy carbonation (something is wrong with this ale), very dry finish, toasted grains linger on the palate

To the Point: Toasty is the word to describe this ale. A very nice and toasty brown ale. I just want one with 75% less carbonation. I would try this again. The flavors are nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 22:18:54 | More by hackmann
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bob_d_j

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-10-2013 23:28:43 | More by bob_d_j
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 15:18:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-11-2013 02:52:54 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-22-2013 23:44:51 | More by JohnnieNepal
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:00:36 | More by Mitchster
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superspak

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:13:51 | More by superspak
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-15-2013 14:38:54 | More by ROBSTARR
Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.