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Bonfire Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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3.79
pDev:
21.11%
 
 
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Bonfire AleBonfire Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by LiquidAmber on 11-02-2013

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 118
Reviews by Gobzilla:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Photo of DanGeo
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Great looking beer with a robust, frothy head as persistent as they come. A pleasure to look at.

Smell is muted, doesn't showcase anything smoky (I really wanted a bonfire) and has that sourmash smell from bourbon or vodka puke. 3

Taste doesn't remind me of smoke really, at least initially. In reality, I get something more akin to earthy tobacco and leather. It eventually grows on me but not enough to love it. Chocolatey notes develop and eventually it takes on some smoky flavor, but it still feels to be an afterthought. 3

Way light in body for my liking, especially for a winter warmer, and viciously bitter and earthy on the finish. 2.75

Two plus months old, so that may contribute to my experience, but for a smoked beer lover, this wasn't a standout.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is brown; head is massive. Pleasing spicy and malty aroma. Flavor is pretty good too. Texture is pretty creamy, especially at this cool but not cold temperature. Really well balanced and with a solid load of interesting malt flavors, this beer is highly sessionable.

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Photo of Aerol
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RenzoD
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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.

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Photo of Gobblegon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckornmannn
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can, many times: deep mahogany copper color; transparent. Light brown tenacious dense head of foam. Mostly hops on the nose, oddly enough. Toasty and lightly smoky with a good amount of hops in the background. Mouthfeel is silky and darn near perfect; probably from the wheat and rye in the malt. Lingering smoky aftertaste. I have had this many times it has really grown on me. It is a really unique beer and probably my favorite winter warmer this year.

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Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of randomn8
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter Warmer ...a really vague catch all style so I'll play the game a be lenient as well. This is a damn good beer. If you think of a "Winter Warmer" as strong, sweet, spiced or anything along those lines you will be disappointed. It is none of those things. But it is a damn good beer! Very close to a Dunkle..but it's an ale. It uses smoked malt but...(maybe my time in Bamberg is showing but..) it isn't smokey at all. Wish I had a keg of this right now. Malty, full flavored without being full bodied, medium ABV, really what I want to drink gallons of during the..Winter.

Well done once again Fremont!

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3.12/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a dark reddish-brown color, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like warm smoke, chocolate, rye, and caramel.

This is pretty interesting. The smoke is subtle and warming, with none of the ill-effects that smoked beers can sometimes have. There's some chocolate, rye spice, and sweet caramel, and maybe a bit of sweet molasses. Up front is mostly smoke and rye, with a very sweet finish.

Unfortunately, this finishes kind of watery- the finish falls a bit flat. It's got a good level of carbonation.

This is really unique, definitely cool to try something so different.

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Bonfire Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.