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

Fireman's Brew Brunette BeerFireman's Brew Brunette Beer

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BA SCORE
81
good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 17.13%


Brewed by:
Fireman's Brew, Inc. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2009)
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Reviews by chainsawhutch:
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chainsawhutch

California

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - is a rich dark brown. Like a dark roasted coffee. The head is tan which dissipates quickly. Yet leaving some lacing from both the head and beer around the glass.

S - well balanced scent of roasted malt and grain.

T - malts and nuts at first taste. Followed by a hit of coffee before a clean finish. While drinking this beer, I almost spit it out of my mouth, out of astonishment. When the owner of the brewery told me it was 10.80%!!! Where they put the extra 5 - 6% of ABV in the beer, that I could not taste. I have no idea!

M - smooth as an egg white :-P

D - drinkability is stupendous, yet dangerous. Since the taste of alcohol is almost invisible. A drinker of this would not know what hit them after a few of these bad boys.

All and all, this a great well rounded beer from brewers with a good cause. Your Budweiser friends would probably enjoy this with you. A good gateway beer for the masses.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 21:50:10 | More by chainsawhutch
More User Reviews:
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metter98

New York

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:53:08 | More by metter98
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mlklein27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-17-2014 00:50:57 | More by mlklein27
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dwtyler

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-01-2014 23:26:11 | More by dwtyler
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BlazedNug

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-04-2014 19:49:16 | More by BlazedNug
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V3XX069

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-24-2014 03:22:32 | More by V3XX069
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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-12-2014 05:01:29 | More by Chuck_25
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gwiedman1

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-08-2014 20:21:20 | More by gwiedman1
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jesus808

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-07-2014 06:33:24 | More by jesus808
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, 1/2014 purchase
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Fireman's Brunette is a roasted-malt heavy "doppelbock" that comes across more like a lagered porter, which is not at all unenjoyable, but not exactly "true to style." The flavors center mostly around light milk chocolate and coffee flavors, with a sugary sweetness in the background. A bit thin in body, not remarkably complex, but nothing totally egregious; my worst complaint is that this feels like a cheater doppelbock using roasted malts to hide lack of strong Maillard reaction flavors and such. Probably wouldn't pick this up again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-colored, small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, which reduces in under one minute to a moderate-sized ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small-sized island of lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, a few sparse dots cling to the walls of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out slightly lighter traces of amber brown around the perimeter of the body. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of roasted and dark caramel malts contributing some milk chocolate, dilute coffee, raisins, and browned sugar syrup.

Front of palate tastes milk chocolate, weak coffee grounds, raisins, and brown sugar syrup. Mid-palate experiences milk chocolate, toasted bread crusts, weak coffee, slight phenolics, and pureed raisins. Back of palate detects continued roasted malt influences including milk chocolate, weak coffee, raisin puree, and moderate browned sugar syrup sweetness. Aftertaste of light roasted malts, including milk chocolate, weak coffee, raisin puree, and slight astringency.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (3/5) and smooth (2/5), which is pleasant, but the overall experience is a bit thin and watery for a doppelbock. The low viscosity of the beer is also inappropriate for an 8% ABV bock. Ethanol is fairly well hidden, just a slight warming on the back of the palate. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:28:43 | More by falloutsnow
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-01-2014 04:45:30 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-27-2014 01:22:31 | More by jaydoc
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-25-2014 22:38:22 | More by smartassboiler
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-20-2014 04:00:51 | More by AndrewMichael
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SoCaliC8

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-17-2014 11:59:14 | More by SoCaliC8
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bh123

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-14-2013 03:57:00 | More by bh123
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-03-2013 17:15:14 | More by Beermazter310
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 19:11:31 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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Robbythecuban


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-31-2013 04:07:07 | More by Robbythecuban
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-25-2013 01:55:17 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Gerred

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15.7%

10-21-2013 02:34:54 | More by Gerred
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-19-2013 21:56:45 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

10-07-2013 00:24:49 | More by jmbranum
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 21:02:28 | More by BeerBob
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rhino54

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-20-2013 14:18:51 | More by rhino54
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Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
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