Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer - Fireman's Brew, Inc.

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81
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112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fireman's Brew, Inc. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2009

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Photo of Jason
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle.

Fizzy head, thin ring of lacing and as dark as brown can get. Hint of chicory and over-toasted bread in the nose with a fume of alcohol. Smooth and creamy with a slick full body. Malt character is pretty big, roasted flavors are held to a minimum though there is a mocha thing going on here. Hops? not much here ... sweetness and some alcohol play it out. Soon the malt leaves and the alcohol warms for a semi-dry finish.

A bit roasty for the style, an OK flavor over all just not the best example.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a slight reddish tinge. Half finger light tan head that dissipates almost instantaneously, leaving a barren, flat surface and a miniscule ring of suds around the edge of the glass. Almost no lacing to be found.

Smell - Toasted malt with caramel and some brown sugar/molasses sweetness. Faint cocoa notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Molasses and some caramel sweetness, giving it a very cola-like flavor. Faint touches of cocoa come through near the finish, along with a very light grassy hop presence. Aftertaste leaves a fair toffee sweetness and just a touch of alcohol warmth, especially as the brew reaches room temp.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with tingly, almost biting carbonation. Very smooth; I wouldn't guess this to be 8% if I hadn't read the bottle.

Overall - Doppelbock? Hmmm. Has the ABV, but not quite the full flavor to go with. Decent, but I've had much, much better.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Firemans Brew "Brunette Beer"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$1.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as it seemed so gimmick, at least in the "brunette" name tag.

It's a dark mahogany brown in color beneath a creamy head of tan foam. The head retention and lacing are both very good.

In the nose it's toasty and nutty, but limited, at least in conveying what the flavor holds.

In the mouth it's medium in body with a median carbonation that warms to leave it smooth across the palate.

Notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cold black coffee, and a bit of soft fruitiness make up the flavor. It's not rich, but full-flavored; and moderately complex. The bitterness is restrained but balancing, as it should be, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of roasts bittersweet chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The only hops to be found are in the finish as well, again, where they should be.

As a doppelbock it's slightly on the lighter side, but it's also quite readily accessible, and pleasantly drinkable. Had it not been labeled a doppelbock I'd rate it much higher, up in the 4's. Enjoyable, and worth trying.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Fireman's brew is rather pleasant. Dark brunette reddish tinged brew with a thick beaded tan head that dies down to leave a light foam and light lacing on the glass. Nose of toffee, chocolate, and sweet malts. Great mouthfeel with toffee and caramel up front, chocolate on the back and sweet malts to the side with mild corbonation. Alcohol is well hidden in this one, that said it does not remind me of many dopplebocks, yet a solid brew in it's own right. More of a sweet brown with some alcohol kick. Cheers.

Photo of bobaguilar
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a "go to" beer for me when I want a dark beer, but something lighter than the Imperial Stouts that I usually drink. Good flavor, and not bitter for the style. A consistently enjoyable beer that is enjoyable with food.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fireman’s Brew Brunette has a thin, cream-colored head, a dark, reddish-brown appearance, some visible bubbles, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malt, and the flavor is of dark baker’s chocolate, sweet brown or black bread crust, and low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Fireman’s Brew Brunette finishes crisp, refreshing, and NOT boozy.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very close to being black in color—faint traces of reddish brown are visible near the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away, leaving only a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with equal hints of roasted malts and sweetness.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except no roasted flavors are present and there is a slight bit of sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed rather light in body for a doppelbock and seemed more to me like a beer from the schwartzbier style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finishing things up with the spunky brunette, often overlooked but usually the best catch (no offense to the fiery redhead...ever...). This stuff pours a garnet-tinted sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dried maple syrup, toasted biscuit, dusty grass, and a kiss of milk chocolate powder. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light coffee, decidedly watered-down molasses, and a tocuh of cocoa powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, the best of the Fireman's Brew Charlie's Angels, but it's still a fairly meek d-bock. It ain't entirely bad, but it's still pretty weak.

Photo of hayesez
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SanDiegoBeerLove for tossing one of these in a recent trade. I drank this one out of my Rose-Hulman pint glass. Pours a dark thin brown color with a short bubbly head. I know it is easy to describe some beers as a cola, but this looks so much like a coke. Bigger bubbles that rise quickly to the top with a semi-fizzy foam. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a small island of brown foam in the middle. Halfway through my beer, there is nothing left on the top. No lacing on this guy either.

Has a very nutty smell - also has the scotch caramel smell that you get on some dopplebocks. No alcohol is detected at all. Also has a light roasty malty characteristic.

Taken a bit off-guard as I took my first swig. A very thin mouthfeel with virtually no carbonation. I expected a fuller-bodied beer, but this doesn't even reach medium. The malts are there, but I was hoping they would be even more pronounced. Has a bit of the caramel-sweet taste and finishes with the nuttiness detected form the first whiff. Taste is gone very quickly, and extremely mild. I am blown away that this thing clocks in at nearly 11% ABV - not detectable at all.

The flavor of this guy is good, they have that down. However, it just doesn't have the malt profile that I expect from a top-notch dopplebock. I know they claim they pounded this guy with malts, but I think they could go even further. As it is, it is extremely drinkable. Seriously, there is ZERO alcohol detected and very low carbonation. At 10.8%, this beer goes down way too easily. Overall, a good brew.

Consumed on 1/30/2010

Photo of FosterJM
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

470th review on BA
Draft

App- Almost a darker red with some brown highlights. A little bit of head on it as well.

Smell- Just almost where it needs to be a little bit more with the malt and the dark fruits.

Taste- Just feel apart, watery, thin and just not appealing.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. No real aftertaste

Drink- I had such high hopes to find another great US dopplebock but wasnt meant to be.

Photo of Lou101
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fireman's Brew Brewnette Ale is my favorite beer, period.

I was first introduce about a year prior of writing this review.

I enjoy the first hints of dark chocolate and hintings molasses after-taste with slight caramel undertones.

The body of Fireman's Brew Brewnette is rather dark, almost black and can fool most people believing it is a different type of ale when it is poured.

Fireman's Brew Brewnette has a thin texture for having such a dark body.

It is definitely very smooth to drink and is not filling like most full bodied ambers and dark ambers.

If I ever see Fireman's Brew Brewnette on tap I also order up a pint.

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into me conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - with which I'm not horribly impressed.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight tan colour - quite thin, no cream, and bad retention. Colour is a solid black. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Dark malts - some of them toasted. A mild strength aroma. A bit unexpected, but not unique or special.

T: Dark malts form the foundation, with a slight vague hint of roast and a hint of chocolate. Very simple yet to style. Not layered, complex, or subtle. Not unique or special. It's pleasant for what it is, but it's boring and uninspired. Why brew this?

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch too thick. Adequately carbonated.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Boring. Very mundane. I wouldn't have it again. Fans of the style might enjoy it. It's not bad, but it's far from good.

C

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice doppelbock. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A bit too dark/roasty for the style, but nicely enjoyable otherwise.

Photo of travolta
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

App: Black with some coffee brown tint. Creamy, frothy brown head. Some lacing and mild head retention.

Nose: Chicory, coffee, toffee and toast. A bit of sweet malt at the end.

Taste: The taste matches the nose. Coffee at first, which goes sweet into toffee and malt. No real hop profile in the nose or taste.

Notes: Had this on a cold snowy day with chocolate chip cookies. Not a bad beer.

Photo of BARFLYB
1.64/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl by way of an extra in a recent trade.

Muddy dark red with brown creek water and 3/4th's of a semi loose large bubbled foam, no stick

Deep dark malt, a hint of smoke/peat and alot of sour apples in the sun. Also getting some caramel, vanilla and irish cream. The sour tartness is telling me this may be infected.

And it is infected, there is no doubt about it. Tart apple and just a off taste. If you try to forget about the problem there is some light plum and lighter raisin and some roast. The sweet maltiness may be there but it aint winning this game. Putrid.

The feel is medium in stature, not quite as thick as Id expect a huge alcohol dopple. Also it's reTARTed, soured, flawed and it sticks around with no apologies. Carb is quite up there to for something this big, or perhaps it's something else that's stinging my tounge.

The drinkability on this went down the drain. Sorry ain't gonna happen this time. It may bit a bit taboo for me to review an infected beer as this 'May' not be what the brewer intended, But if that's the case than this should not be in my hands right now. Infected beer should not be sold, or should be recalled in a way. If I don't review it than how will people know what's up with it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted malt, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smells are a bit muted.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown into a fluted glass. Little bit of a tan head. Quickly recedes/ Lazy lacing throughout the session.

Lots of alcohol, and some biscuit on the nose.

Taste is more of the same. Just a failed balance of malt and alcohol. And boy is the alcohol not afraid to poke its head out.

Thin enough mouth feel for a fairly high ABV beer. But you sure can taste the booze.

I drank one bottle, won't be drinking another. Not impressed.

Photo of bnes09
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown, almost black and ruby when held to light. Bubbly soda-like head initially but actually has descent retention.

Sour dark fruit aroma. Just odd.

Sour flavor dominates. Tart cherries and prunes. I wonder if they used Brettanomyces yeast. I can't really taste anything else. Hardly tastes like a Doppelbock at all.

Medium bodied and little sticky. Acids cause a slick feel.

Not good. Flavor is way off. Tastes more like a wild ale to me. Not a fan.

Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body with a rich, creamy tan head; nice lacing down the glass. Chocolate malt notes in the smell. Taste also includes rich chocolate flavors with an oh-so subtle hop bitterness and alcohol at the finish. Medium-heavy body, fairly well carbonated.

A smooth, tasty chocolate doppelbock. A little on the over-carbonated side for me, but otherwise an excellent chocolatey malted doppelbock without being overly heavy on the alcohol taste.

Photo of dwilson01
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Today was the first day I saw this line of brew and I had to get one, the double bock sounded good, and I have always like brunettes as well (so the picture on the cardboard was enticing).

poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, tops with a thin light tan head made of large bubbles and dissipates quickly. Nicely carbonated and bubbles appear on the inside of the glass. Quite dark of body, extremely dark brown to black with a nice reddish tinge around the edges when held up to the light.

The smell is very up front with roasted and caramel malts. I get a coffee-like aroma combined with brown sugar, molasses, and a dark rye bread straight from the toaster.

The flavor has a great profile, initially the carbonation hits you with the hops in the brew giving you a slight bitterness. This is followed by the more intense roasted malt which although isn't smokey it definitely imparts some dark wood characteristics in the flavor. This is all wrapped up into a sweet aftertaste which I believe to be a cornerstone of the doppelbock, a molasses and dark brown sugar malty flavor to leave you with.

The mouthfeel is much lighter than you would expect for an 8.0% brew due to the carbonation which refreshes you for the rest of the flavors. The hops give the refreshment and they are backed by enough malt to keep their flavors subdued.

Very drinkable, almost dangerously so because of it's easy going body and sweet aftertaste which leaves your palate ready for more.

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich black, dark and glassy. Not much in the nose except roasted grains, burnt coffee. Very malty and rich, molassesy with a light gentle hop bitterness near the end. Oily and rich mouthfeel. not especially complex
or nuanced. Not too impressed with this one.

Photo of BeerBob
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc. pours a midnight red from a 12 fl. oz. dark amber brown glass bottle with a pry off crown. Head went to about 2 fingers of light tanish brown fine foam bubbles that settled out to a full ring with islands and lacing of before mentioned foam.

Nose is of fig and plumb with a touch of roasted walnut and the vapors of alcohol.

I was not expecting a citrus sour note at all, but there was a distinct sour up front. The sour was not untoward, but unexpected. Sweet roasted malt with fig follow.

Aftertaste is a lingering subtle dry sour with a mix of sundry fruits.

Not a bad brew, but not Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.

Photo of ReverendNathan
5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must concede across the board that this beer is without flaw. A friend turned me onto this beer for it's high alcohol volume (10.8%!), but it turns out to be much more incredible than I could have hoped. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there's no detection of alcohol in this drink at all! More than that, the taste is absolutely exceptional: a creamy smooth caramel flavor that tastes more like a soda than a beer. But then that high-ABV sweeps you off your feet!

It has a very slight burnt aftertaste which lingers for a long time. It leaves you wanting more. Then when you come back to it, the flavor explodes in your mouth again and... it's just an incredible flavor for a very low price ($8/6 pack). Granted, it's a microbrewery that I believe has not expanded out of Los Angeles, but if you get a chance I urge you to take it! This is the kind of beer people settle down on because again, it comes without flaw.

Photo of djchrismac
2.24/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not what I expected. Had on tap. Looks good. Hardly no smell at all.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on May 31, 2012. Minimal head, well less than a finger. Color was maroon black, reminded me of grape cough syrup. Caramel tan lacing that went away fairly quickly.

Lots of different smells that didn’t initially match up that well. Got caramel and toffee notes, then dark chocolate. Also some coffee malts in there as well

Tasted a bit better than the smell, at least more balanced. Got roasted toffee malts up front, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Got a weird aftertaste that was a bit like cough syrup.

Full-to-medium body. Thinner texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

A decent beer. I’d give it another try, along with some of their other beers.

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