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Bonfire Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 11-02-2013)
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Reviews by woemad:
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woemad

Washington

3.99/5  rDev +5%

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).

07-05-2014 23:29:06 | More by woemad
More User Reviews:
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-14-2013 13:56:44 | More by mdaschaf
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hreb

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

12-07-2013 02:41:27 | More by hreb
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-22-2013 07:06:49 | More by jmccraney
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-29-2014 17:31:30 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-06-2014 03:48:20 | More by Hendrick24
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sergeantstogie

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

12-02-2013 02:54:42 | More by sergeantstogie
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-13-2013 03:36:23 | More by Hopmodium
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

11-25-2013 05:20:38 | More by LiquidAmber
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CletisVandamme

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-20-2013 02:33:23 | More by CletisVandamme
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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-05-2013 18:46:34 | More by Eighty
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Mole_Playing_Rough

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-01-2014 05:37:07 | More by Mole_Playing_Rough
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-17-2013 08:58:43 | More by Birdlegs
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sukwonee

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-24-2014 03:40:07 | More by sukwonee
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Braz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-19-2013 03:15:40 | More by Braz
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CaptainQ

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-12-2013 05:55:49 | More by CaptainQ
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BeerNW

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-07-2014 03:57:42 | More by BeerNW
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510a

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

03-24-2014 23:23:52 | More by 510a
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-26-2013 18:29:41 | More by HuskyinPDX
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bernat1971

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-17-2014 04:12:09 | More by bernat1971
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dar482

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-08-2014 03:49:01 | More by dar482
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fsck

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

03-11-2014 02:49:35 | More by fsck
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draheim

Washington

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

11-23-2013 03:59:05 | More by draheim
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

12-04-2013 04:10:52 | More by johnnyboy76
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MidloRapid

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2013 01:48:20 | More by MidloRapid
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Bonfire Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.