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

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Fireman's Brew Brunette BeerFireman's Brew Brunette Beer

Brewed by:
Fireman's Brew, Inc.
California, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2009

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Reviews by chainsawhutch:
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4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - is a rich dark brown. Like a dark roasted coffee. The head is tan which dissipates quickly. Yet leaving some lacing from both the head and beer around the glass.

S - well balanced scent of roasted malt and grain.

T - malts and nuts at first taste. Followed by a hit of coffee before a clean finish. While drinking this beer, I almost spit it out of my mouth, out of astonishment. When the owner of the brewery told me it was 10.80%!!! Where they put the extra 5 - 6% of ABV in the beer, that I could not taste. I have no idea!

M - smooth as an egg white :-P

D - drinkability is stupendous, yet dangerous. Since the taste of alcohol is almost invisible. A drinker of this would not know what hit them after a few of these bad boys.

All and all, this a great well rounded beer from brewers with a good cause. Your Budweiser friends would probably enjoy this with you. A good gateway beer for the masses.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.


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Photo of Lou101
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fireman's Brew Brewnette Ale is my favorite beer, period.

I was first introduce about a year prior of writing this review.

I enjoy the first hints of dark chocolate and hintings molasses after-taste with slight caramel undertones.

The body of Fireman's Brew Brewnette is rather dark, almost black and can fool most people believing it is a different type of ale when it is poured.

Fireman's Brew Brewnette has a thin texture for having such a dark body.

It is definitely very smooth to drink and is not filling like most full bodied ambers and dark ambers.

If I ever see Fireman's Brew Brewnette on tap I also order up a pint.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of renznolo
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of samtrillo
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
2.36/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Chuck_25
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Basoos1
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Chilly_E
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of g_jenkins
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bobaguilar
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a "go to" beer for me when I want a dark beer, but something lighter than the Imperial Stouts that I usually drink. Good flavor, and not bitter for the style. A consistently enjoyable beer that is enjoyable with food.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Stoneman58
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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