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

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Fireman's Brew, Inc.
California, United States
Bock - Doppelbock
3.56 | pDev: 16.29%
Jun 30, 2018
Oct 01, 2009
Fireman's Brew Brunette BeerFireman's Brew Brunette Beer
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3.57 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Jun 30, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads, slight sweetness. Taste has plenty of bready malts, some dark fruits, hints of alcohol. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jun 18, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

I almost passed on this one, looked at the 6 pack, saw it was a brunette beer. But later I noticed it was a Doublebock. Some times it pays to keep looking beers over that you have never seen before. Still almost passed on it figured it was a gimmick contract beer, never seen it before. But I gave it a chance and took a 6 pack home.

look: dark brunette almost black with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: sweet molasses

taste: some roasted malts, a micro amount of chocolate, but plenty of molasses. as it warms up you get some raisin or fig flavors. Smooth and mildly sweet. ABV is well hidden. Body is a little on the little side.

An Ayinger Celebrator style of bock but not as complex or refined. Not bad, I am glad I tried it.

May 15, 2018
4.25 by Flathead5173 from Ohio on Mar 22, 2018
3.52 by Boone757 from Virginia on Mar 02, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Clear deep amber-brown in color, with a large, dense, tan head, with quite good retention. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls,

Aroma: Sweet caramel dominates the aroma, there is also roasted malt, and a note of freshly-ground coffee.

Taste: Begins with caramel and roasted malt notes. As the taste progresses, there is a bit of coffee and bitter cocoa, though both are understated. Finishes with a faint hint of grassy hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite drinkable, lacks the subtlety of a Doppelbock like Ayinger Celebrator, but, nonetheless, good. Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer could be made great with the addition of toasted malts to the bill.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Pilsener glass.

Jan 20, 2017
3.4 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Jan 14, 2017
3.93 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Oct 26, 2016
3.5 by archero from Texas on Sep 10, 2016
2.63 by B_B from California on Aug 12, 2016
3.4 by cdwil from Texas on Aug 06, 2016
4 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas on Jul 31, 2016
3.68 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jul 28, 2016
2.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jul 14, 2016
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3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by utopiajane from New York

Pours a dark brown with ruby cheer. No bubbles or head at all. very poor for the appearance. Thin adn watery looking. A short lived bubble stream dies out. Nose is a malty richness, I had a whiff of cocoa that waned, soft fluid caramel. Nothing burnt. Mild but very good. A grapey or dark fruit fruitiness. raisiny, figgy. Soft earth from hops and a bit floral. Taste is good. Mild but completely flat. No body at all. Watery finish with lots of sweetness. Thin no hop bitterness.

Jul 13, 2016
3.53 by Zylod from West Virginia on Jul 12, 2016
4.91 by sas1971 from Illinois on Jun 01, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by taters21 from Ohio

Pours a highly carbonated cola black with a fast fading minimal head.
Smells of chocolate syrup, coca cola, and molasses.
Taste follows closely with chocolate and malt notes intensifying towards the finish, nice herbal/grassy hop finish to balance it out.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a doppelbock, but I kinda dig it, it's between an amber ale and a stout, but still creamy.
Overall, impressively smooth, and I like the hop finish to tame down all the chocolaty malt notes, will buy again.

May 14, 2016
3.33 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 28, 2016
3.35 by sendbeer from Georgia on Feb 19, 2016
3.46 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Feb 07, 2016
3.29 by KarmicSkrambl8 from California on Jan 12, 2016
3.59 by peachy-tay from California on Dec 12, 2015
3.85 by Avatar113 from California on Nov 07, 2015
3.38 by Nystrodomus from California on Nov 05, 2015
3.55 by renznolo from California on Oct 03, 2015
3.63 by kiki3drt292 from California on Sep 30, 2015
4 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Sep 06, 2015
3.46 by Bung from Michigan on Aug 16, 2015
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4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by bohdanmaks from Louisiana

A wonderfully refreshing doppelbock. Great hang-out beer.

Jul 21, 2015
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3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Firemans Brew "Brunette Beer"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$1.99 @ Cost Plus World Market, Arlington, VA

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as it seemed so gimmick, at least in the "brunette" name tag.

It's a dark mahogany brown in color beneath a creamy head of tan foam. The head retention and lacing are both very good.

In the nose it's toasty and nutty, but limited, at least in conveying what the flavor holds.

In the mouth it's medium in body with a median carbonation that warms to leave it smooth across the palate.

Notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, cold black coffee, and a bit of soft fruitiness make up the flavor. It's not rich, but full-flavored; and moderately complex. The bitterness is restrained but balancing, as it should be, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of roasts bittersweet chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The only hops to be found are in the finish as well, again, where they should be.

As a doppelbock it's slightly on the lighter side, but it's also quite readily accessible, and pleasantly drinkable. Had it not been labeled a doppelbock I'd rate it much higher, up in the 4's. Enjoyable, and worth trying.

Jun 21, 2015
3.54 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Jun 20, 2015
3.49 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Jun 16, 2015
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Jun 13, 2015
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4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Fireman’s Brew Brunette has a thin, cream-colored head, a dark, reddish-brown appearance, some visible bubbles, and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malt, and the flavor is of dark baker’s chocolate, sweet brown or black bread crust, and low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Fireman’s Brew Brunette finishes crisp, refreshing, and NOT boozy.


Jun 04, 2015
4.17 by Melocollo from California on Apr 28, 2015
3.13 by williamjbauer from Colorado on Apr 09, 2015
3.47 by btrammel from California on Jan 26, 2015
3.88 by bobbyhands from California on Jan 21, 2015
Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 143 ratings