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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

56 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 19
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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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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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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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 02:43:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 07:14:42 | More by TMoney2591
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beergoot

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 22:53:15 | More by beergoot
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BucannonXC5

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 07:40:10 | More by BucannonXC5
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kojevergas

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 07:08:25 | More by kojevergas
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travolta

California

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:48:56 | More by travolta
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Lou101

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 00:12:50 | More by Lou101
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bnes09

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 03:42:11 | More by bnes09
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FosterJM

California

2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 04:58:23 | More by FosterJM
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 08:55:12 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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dwilson01

California

3.95/5  rDev +11%
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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:03:59 | More by Jason
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

1.55/5  rDev -56.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 05:07:36 | More by BARFLYB
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ReverendNathan

California

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 04:42:02 | More by ReverendNathan
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hayesez

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:42:21 | More by hayesez
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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
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