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Bonfire Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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84
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 11-02-2013

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of RenzoD
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont Brewing pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a fine, two finger light tan head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of sweet toasty and biscuit malt, brown sugar, faint cinnamon and smoke. Flavor of mild bready malt with hints of toasted malt, light smoke, nuts, light chocolate. Very nice medium creamy body, great mouth feel. A nice mellow brown ale style winter ale with distinct, but not intrusive smokiness. Slightly sweet and somewhat underwhelming at first, but nice balanced malty, nutty flavors develop, finishing malty and nicely smoky. I can easily picture sitting around a bonfire with a mellow brown ale while drinking this. I will add this to my seasonal rotation.

Photo of msds
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Bottled on 02.17.13.
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler on 01.30.14.

A: See through black with some red. No head.

S: Caramel, dark berry, sweet breadiness.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, some roastiness.

M: Smooth.

O: Malty sweetness comes first, then comes roastiness. It was good, but I'm not sure now how well it held up for being such an old beer without a high ABV. The place that I was buying bottles from likes to inadvertently age their beer. I'm going to re-review this when the sun goes down at 3:30pm up here in the PNW.

Photo of rand
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Kurmaraja
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.14.13

A - Pours a clear medium-dirty brown with a light tan head that fades fairly fast.

S - Smokey, malty, and bready.

T - Sweeter smoke, toasted malty bread.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Smokey winter ale, but lighter and sessionable.

Photo of dar482
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a toasted dark woodsy brown.

The aroma has toasty malt, whole wheat bread, sweet caramel. A nuttiness, some brown ale notes.

The flavor has sweet toffee, a peanut or generic nuttiness. Tons of toasted bread. A bit of rye spice.

This is a beer has this wonderful brown ale flavor with some winter ale notes. Delicious stuff.

Photo of draheim
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber brown w/ a loose sudsy head.

Aroma is smoky and roasty, smells a little bit like day-old coffee grounds. Some sweet malt in the background.

Taste is likewise both sweet and smoky. Some toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel is light, a little thin. Doesn't quite align with the stronger, bolder flavors. Good carbonation, clean finish.

Overall, a more sessionable winter warmer than Abominable, but it lacks the strong, rich, complex quality and body I look for in the style.

Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jzeilinger
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not much flavor and aroma.

Photo of mr-jj
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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 BVukelich
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap with lunch. Didn't pick up much on the aroma. Real malty punch at first, roastiness flavor with mild bitterness. You definitely pick up the harsher acrid or bitter notes on the lingering aftertaste. Beautiful color, decent head and average carbonation. Definitely lacked the WOW factor but warranted a 2nd pint.

Photo of woemad
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes. Consumed in January.
12oz can purchased at Total Wine in December. According to the can, it was canned on "11/04/13 at 1349." According to the boilerplate, it was brewed with "Pale, White Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Rye, Smoked and Chocolate malts" and "Cascade and U.S. Goldings hops." It was also stated that it packed 40IBUs and was 6% abv.

Poured a dark mahogany color with a rubyish tinge when held up to light. There was a big, creamy beige head that was long lasting and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

The aroma was earthy and malty. There was also a whiff of what smelled like gingerbread. No hop aroma to speak of.

Like in the nose, the flavor was mostly of earthy malts, along with some spicy hop notes as well. Also like the nose, there was a lingering gingerbread-like aftertaste.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Not a bad tasting beer at all. Kudos to Fremont for brewing a winter warmer that isn't some variation on Celebration (i.e., an IPA with some holiday spices thrown in).

Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Bonfire Ale at a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color, translucent, with a small off-white head.

The smell is an earthy aroma, some charcoal, smoke and peat notes.

Taste is a lot like the aroma, earthy flavors like smokey peat and grain. There is a hint of caramel and then a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit light for the style, but good. A very clean character.

Overall a very good brew. I would have it again and not necessarily in the winter.

Photo of Knapp85
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too thin, not spiced that well too smokey.

Photo of claybob43
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a bonfire and taste like a bonfire.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

a fun beer with tons of rye and darker wheat malts. lots of body and rye character to this beer, peppery and stiff. the color is curious too, darker than amber but lighter than brown, clear, and looking quite still in the glass. the nose is all rye, which is great, so many of these beers sprinkle in a bit of rye and call it, not this beer, its rye heavy. the dark wheat adds a roasty character and a deeper, more autumnal base. the smoked malt is mild, barely there in the nose, and extending the finish of the beer, but never being rauch style in robustness. i like a malt forward beer that has more gong on than a 60 crystal. this is that, and its a great grain bill. hopped up enough, but mostly bittering with a slight pine element. definitely cold weather beer. cool to have these available this week for GABF.

Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between two pint glasses. If there's a bottled on or best by date, I can't find it.

Pours translucent ruby brownish, with a small tannish head. Not much carbonation. Smell is rich, malty, spicy.

Taste is rich, well-spiced, lots of caramel, surprisingly tasty, moderately bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and nice. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer.

Photo of TwoTrees
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Something new from Fremont? I'll bite!

A: Pours a dark ruby red that really only shows when held to the light. Dark tan, sudsy head that layers on top and never really dissipates.

S: Roast malt, molasses, very faint medicinals, wood charcoal...

T: Bitter chocolate, light smoke, brown sugar, hop laced bitter finish...

M: Lighter than expected... Subsued carbonation, sessionable weight.

O: Fremont is on the rise and, while this beer isn't going to knock anyone's socks off, it is well executed. Not quite entering 'Rauchbier' territory (ala Schlenkerla), Bonfire does provide a pleasant smoky layer backed by bitter chocolate and roast malt. If you see it, pick some up!

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