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

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86 Ratings

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jgunther71, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

krome, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Hellpop65, May 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

irongator, Apr 24, 2014
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3.44/5  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.

metter98, Apr 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

mlklein27, Apr 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

dwtyler, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BlazedNug, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

V3XX069, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Chuck_25, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

gwiedman1, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jesus808, Feb 07, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

falloutsnow, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LightnerLiquorKS, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jaydoc, Jan 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

smartassboiler, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

AndrewMichael, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bh123, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Beermazter310, Dec 03, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Aaron_Ramson, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Robbythecuban, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Smarty_Pints, Oct 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Gerred, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Oct 19, 2013
Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.