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

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BA SCORE
81
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2009)
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dwilson01

California

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 04:28:23 | More by dwilson01
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Kevinpitts

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-14-2014 05:45:00 | More by Kevinpitts
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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Brutaltruth

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 20:57:39 | More by Brutaltruth
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TheSixthRing

California

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 02:55:22 | More by TheSixthRing
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Kansas

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California

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Kansas

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Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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New York

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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dwtyler

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Kansas

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Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.