Bonfire Brown | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Bonfire BrownBonfire Brown

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2012

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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of AliceG
5/5  rDev +35.9%

best brown ever

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Photo of Aaron197
4.92/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Kerry1
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of verticalted
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Very smooth brown ale..

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Photo of Arty_Man
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

My favorite Brown with a touch of smoke.

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Photo of luvbeerbiz
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of TurboBrew
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of sheepski
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of fishstick_pete
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense glowing caramel brown body with a thin light beige head that last for a good bit and a few strands of microbubbles that glide up the sides of the glass.

S- The deep toasted dry malt aroma has some lighter toasted malt notes underneath and a fresh biscuit and grain hint to it.

T- The nice slightly dry lightly toasted malt has some breakfast roasted coffee coming through and a fresh dry grain taste aswell. There is a deeper toasted malt hint in the finish. There are some mellow yet complex malt flavors that linger after each sip aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat notice.

O- This is a great brown ale with lots of nice complexity and depth aswellas a good freshness. This is a really nice session beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU's.

Pours out to a clear walnut, forming a modest light tan head with ok retention and sparse lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.25 carbs. The nose is nice...definite walnut and hazelnut (almost like extract was added), vanilla, carob, minimal hop presence, mild dark fruit, and bread crust. When swirled, I get this odd peaty manure smell. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly roasted astringency. Taste is of rye bread crust, walnuts, a surprising herbal hop flavor, medium bitterness, a clean ferment, slight chalkiness, and a leathery/woody finish. No appreciable off flavors or aromas. Some reviewers are mentioning smoke in their reviews, but I get none.

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this is one of the best I've had in a long time. A wonderful example of the style. Complex yet very drinkable. Highly recommended. I'll have to go pick up some more of these.

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Photo of kristenrae8
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first impression of this beer was, "Wow," but that has subsided more quickly than I expected to a lesser superlative. Its still great.

It initially opens and puts a nice dark brown with loads of nice foamy head. The aroma carries just a tad of some smoke.

The taste is that of a full bodied brown with a little smoke. It's sweet and has almost no hops taste. Just right for the style. The aftertaste liners nicely. It would be nice to see variations on this with more malt and other flavors. I look forward to trying others from this brewer.

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Photo of pererfromtheinternet
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a tea brown color capped by a small head; not much lacing

Smell: Roasty, with hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel

Taste: Roasty, up front, with the chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors setting the pace; some nice balancing elements come from char and earthy hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a surprise, as I am not normally that fond of a brown ale; this one is a bit more like a Porter

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Photo of jbierling
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amount of head settled on the beer. The beer was a mahogany slightly rubied in color. The scent was was smokey and full. The taste was extremely full of flavor and not at all overpowered by hops. The mouthfeel was complex and pleasing. Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am now in the Saugatuck B.C. phase on the Bottle Backlog eradication here at Chez Woody. We have recently gotten distro of their beers here in PA, providing me the opportunity to do a horizontal tasting & review of their beers.

From the bottle: "World Beer Cup Gold Award [2014] for American Style Brown Ale"; "Made in Michigan".

Upon Pop!ping the cap, I could think of no reason to be gentle in my pour & so I employed a heavy hand. Man, did the foam rush up! It began with three fingers of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that dissipated fairly quickly into wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27, albeit closer to 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an interesting husky nuttiness, kind of like roasting nuts in their shells, if that makes any sense. It was not exactly smoky, but it was evocative of that sort of scent. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big in my experience for the style. The taste was malty, very bready, like fresh brown bread, I have not baked bread in a long time, but if you need an example, inquire at your grocery store for B&M Brown Bread. It comes in a CAN, believe it or not! I looked at this site's "Styles" page, but it was kind of light on descriptors. I usually think of Brown Ales as being rather sweet, but this one was tending more towards dry. Warming, it had a maple syrup flavor with a light smokiness, but without being overly sweet. Finish was in the twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. It retained that breadiness throughout, but the sweetness was held in check while still evoking a maple syrup flavor. I can understand why it was awarded so highly, if it was identified as an American Brown Ale going into the competition. I am not sure that I would have identified it as such on my own. Still, it gives me renewed hope for the style.

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Photo of CernMatt
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good solid brown ale. It is not like chewing on a log out of a bonfire pit. I am normally stout and Porter drinker, and this fit in well for a thinner beer on a hot day. Also mixed it with a Kentucky Bourban Ale, and it was an excellent mix.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an extremely dark brown color with a very nice, creamy tan head. Dissipates quickly and leaves a very bubbly, creamy lacing.

Smell - Creamy, caramel, coffee, chocolate, and malty. Smells delicious.

Taste - Matches the aroma.. Very sweet and creamy, earthy and toasted malts, nutty, with a strong coffee and chocolate flavor throughout. The coffee comes out stronger in the finish, with a slight bitterness and smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a very tasty brown ale, better than most that I've tried. A little strong on the coffee though.. But this would go great at a bonfire or a winter drink.

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Photo of scott2269
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bonfire Brown from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 238 ratings