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

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3.55/5
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139 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,792
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
139
pDev:
16.34%
Bros Score:
3.22
 
 
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3
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3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bohdanmaks
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A wonderfully refreshing doppelbock. Great hang-out beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Pens1967
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

RJT

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Photo of Melocollo
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of btrammel
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobbyhands
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djchrismac
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not what I expected. Had on tap. Looks good. Hardly no smell at all.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdlb44
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bobaguilar
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of DannyBuckets
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JackieKu
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of samtrillo
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Fireman's Brew Brunette Beer from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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