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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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

09-26-2012 22:55:55 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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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metter98

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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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-27-2014 01:22:31 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -7%
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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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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kojevergas

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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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imperialking

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-06-2013 19:26:24 | More by imperialking
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

1.55/5  rDev -56.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

05-24-2014 13:23:22 | More by Latarnik
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

California

2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

470th review on BA
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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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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-13-2014 20:32:33 | More by krome
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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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beergoot

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-03-2013 00:49:20 | More by 2GOOFY
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-15-2014 13:03:29 | More by jgunther71
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BucannonXC5

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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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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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paulish

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-12-2014 16:25:39 | More by paulish
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-15-2014 01:24:24 | More by aquazr1
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bnes09

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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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Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
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