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Bonfire Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 11-02-2013

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Photo of spycow
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msds
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/15, poured 12/28

Perhaps too thin, but otherwise pleasantly creamy feel. Long lasting head, and good carbonation. Earthy caramel toasty flavors dominant, but nicely hoppy.

Photo of jzeilinger
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not much flavor and aroma.

Photo of Knapp85
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too thin, not spiced that well too smokey.

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RenzoD
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was my beer of choice for ringing in the winter solstice and I am not dissapointed with my selection.
This is more of a traditional take on the winter ale style beer than Fremonts Abominable Ale. It has almost a dopplebock kind of meaty taste. Super creamy mouthfeel and surprisingly pretty hoppy. Dark malty color like most winter warmers and a nice creamy head. I think I enjoyed Abominable a little more than this but I'd take both.

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a tasting glass at the Fremont taproom.

Appearance: dark brown hue with just a little bit of haze and a thin layer of ivory foam. I think it looks quite good.

Smell: light and toasty, with some light caramel notes and a hint of herbal hops. Not bad.

Taste: toasty and lightly sweet, with a mild hop character and a moderate bitterness. There’s an odd soapiness to this one; not a dealbreaker, just a bit out of place.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a very nice creaminess for a brown ale. I dig it.

Overall: this is quite a decent brown ale; it drinks easy and is inoffensive.

Photo of Andrew777
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stratusjeans
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, let's just get this out there; this beer is all about malts. And we kind of know that most BAs think malt, in anything other than an imperial stout (but there we really want sugar!), is actually evil. "That IPA is too malty", etc. The complaints about it being "thin" are sort of amusing. It's an increadibly creamy beer with great carbonation ... but it's a 6% abv winter warmer. You want a stout body? Even more amusing; the comments on there not being enough spices. True ... very true ... since there are NO spices. There is a cinnamon and clove aroma, and a peppery finish but this is all due to malts and yeasts. The smoke is subtle, adding savory elements but not overwhelming.

All told, this is a very unique and well done take on the winter warmer. A smokey, spicey flavor with a creamy body, best as it approaches room temperature. If you're a drinker that appreciates malty beers and doesn't need their winter beers to be syrupy, sweet, over spiced, barrel aged, infused with a dozen adjuncts, 10%, or hop bombs ... but just made out of, uh, beer ingredients like deft combination of malts, yeast, hops, and water, this is really an excellent beer.

Photo of FederalOC
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of LouZ
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of rand
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz can to pint glass

Tasty little winter brew with a interesting, malty profile. Oaky, caramelly, toasty, with notes of nutmeg, allspice. Gets a little too sweet toward the back of the palate, reducing its drinkability as it warms. But appropriate for the season, and the malt-profile is quite unique.

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mr-jj
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Collective.

Color is reddish brown with a thin tan head that fades quickly. Smell is caramel malt, rye, spices and nutty aroma with hints of smokiness. Flavor is very similar to the nose, with a bitter finish. Body is full with low carbonation.

Overall, a really good beer. I'd call it a winter brown ale if I was choosing a specific style. Lots of brown ale nuttiness but so much more complexity and taste.

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Beardo
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%

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Bonfire Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.