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

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BA SCORE
81
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 17.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Kevinpitts, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

paulish, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

j0hnc2468, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

sizemorer, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Brutaltruth, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

TheSixthRing, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Hohnbaum, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

aquazr1, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jgunther71, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

krome, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

Hellpop65, May 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

irongator, Apr 24, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -8.2%

mlklein27, Apr 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

dwtyler, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

BlazedNug, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

V3XX069, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Chuck_25, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

gwiedman1, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jesus808, Feb 07, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jaydoc, Jan 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

smartassboiler, Jan 25, 2014
Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.