Steam Fired Stout | Fire Mountain Brew House

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Steam Fired StoutSteam Fired Stout

Brewed by:
Fire Mountain Brew House
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by msubulldog25 on 11-23-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 40
Photo of chinchill
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Undated 22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Prying cap releases a blast of compressed air but the beer remains well-behaved (no over-flow). The pour, however, is very foamy and even a gentle pour leaves mostly foam in the glass.

Aroma: some clear resemblance to an infected beer (hence, the foamy pour?)

Flavor: mild and well balanced, with an unfortunate hint of infection. Trace of coffee in the finish and weak aftertaste.

O: probably infected but nonetheless seems unlikely to be worth re-visiting.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured black, surprise, surprise. Brown head, 1/3". Aroma was of roast and not much else, a little bit of a dark fruit edge to it.

Taste, pretty simplistic, oily dark fruit cum stout. A hint of coffee from the malt, two more hints hitting those overripe and bitter prune and raisin notes. Obvious roasting, the alcohol seemed to prominent relative to the abv for me.

I'm not really sure what the steam aspect of this beer is. Perhaps the yeast is steam ale hybrid like and that's why I'm getting the dark fruity notes? I dunno. Anyways, bomber format, would not bang again.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger light brown head, middling retention and no real lacing to talk about. Dark chocolate color body, no clarity. Typical stout look, the carbonation is well developed though, so above average.

S- Strong toffee smell, chocolate, caramel, burnt malts and definite alcoholic esters. Nice smelling brew.

T- Surprisingly, the most obvious taste is alcohol. Roast malts and a smidgen of chocolate and coffee finish it off with roasty flavors. Not what I expected, but not bad by any means.

M- The first word that comes to mind is grainy. There seems to be a residue of like powder after the taste. Not sure what the deal is there.

O- Very solid and above average stout with the exception of that weird mouthfeel. I want to visit this place when I come home next.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of tan head. Pitch black body.
The smell is a faint roasted malt and chocolate.
The taste is good and interesting. Roasted malt, bread, chalk, chocolate and powder.
Low carbonation and medium to thicker body.
It is a good stout with a little different taste, which is good.

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Photo of Jeriba
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a wine glass

A: Pours black with copper highlights, topped off by a thin tan head.

S: Smoky toasted malt, somewhat boozy.

T: Slightly smoky flavor, bourbon flavors, and mild chocolate.

M: Somewhat thin, with medium-high carbonation.

D: Low ABV, not too intense. I would drink this again if I came across it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased tonight at the Boise COOP... Poured into my little CC goblet... fantastic retention and lacing..

Mild roast surprisingly on the nose.... dark fruits and toasty malts come out quite a bit... still enough cocoa and roastiness makes for a good aroma.... a bit of EtOH... but I'm not complaining.

Flavor has quite a bit of bittersweet chocolate and a lesser amount of roast/coffee elements... a bit of light fruity esters make me think ripe plum... subtle and inviting... this is a good brew.

I am surprised how much I like this brew.... Very well made.. Pushes the boundaries with lighter Imperial Stouts while still remaining very drinkable despite the higher ABV... I don't drink stouts very often if I am "just having a brew", but I could see this as a go-to. Good Job.


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Photo of portlandjeff
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Jet black. This thing is dark. I don't have very high wattage bulbs in my beer room, but held up to one of them, no light gets through the glass. A light pour produced about 1.5 fingers of light tan colored head. Head dissipates to a ring around the glass in a few minutes, and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Somewhat subdued when cold, strengthens as it warms and breathes. At first it was simply bitter raw cocoa, a little hops, and "charred". As it warms, sweetness enters the equation, and the nose moves from dark unsweetened cocoa powder to semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Bold. Roasty, chocolatey, somewhat dry, lightly astringent. Alcohol is well masked, and only light warming in the finish is perceived. At first sip, there is a nice amount of sweetness, but the finish is dry, creating a fuller experience. Several minutes after each sip, dark chocolate bitterness and roasty flavors linger.

M: I'd put the mouthfeel in the goldilocks zone: not too thin, not too thick or syrupy - just right. This is soft and coating without being thick or sticky. Carbonation is low to medium, and works well in this beer. There's enough to spread the flavor and keep things light, but not too much to detract from it.

D: Drinkability is good. It's not cloying or hot, and there's plenty of flavor and complexity to keep you interested in more. Perhaps a bit bold for drinking all night, but I wouldn't want any less from this style.

Don't drink this one too cold. I usually just keep all my beers at about cellar temp, but this one came from the fridge. Fresh from the fridge, it lacked balance. The sweeter, lighter notes didn't come through, and it tasted pure charred and bitter. As it warmed, everything else came through, and it went from sub-par to very good. I've learned my lesson.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches that came up and over the top with some ease. Settling down it left a decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular though it did retain a good bit of the puff of tan on top. The aroma was nice, well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. This was pretty much par for the course with the flavor. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes. Small touch of hops catching up right there at the end were enough to make it just slightly bitter

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Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker pint glass 7.29.2010.

One finger dark tan head, medium dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation due to dark hue. Nose features a signficant coffee hit up front, some roasted malt, molasses and floral hops with a bit of grassiness, there's a lot going on here. Taste, actually more chocolate than coffee in taste, which coupled with hops for slightly bitter finish, got a bit more bitter as it warmed. Some non-chocolate sweetness, not a lot of bitter hop presence on the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is medium full, a bit thin IMO for style, not a lot of effervescence. Pretty drinkable, not an outlandish ABV, nice contrast of coffee, chocolate and hops. Worth a try.

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Photo of Daktah
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly opaque black with a crazy tall tan head - might have been something with my bottle, but the first glass I poured had a head that wouldn't dissipate at all. Smell is great - powdery cocoa, malt, dough, and something else (a distinct doughy, yeasty scent that reminds me of something that I just can't recall). Taste is more chocolate, fresh dough and a hint of alcohol. Solid medium to medium/heavy mouthfeel that fits the style and flavor without being too syrupy.

Very interesting and very good, though I'm wondering based on other reviews if my bottle had something a little "off" about it - such a strong doughy character that I think others would have mentioned.

Would like to try this again for comparison, but even if this is what the beer is supposed to be, it's a solid and delicious beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in Portland in 2012. Kept in wine fridge, then regular fridge yesterday.
Probably served too cold at first...

Black. Black pour. Big dark tan head, rocky and thick. Yes! Was in the mood for something *nasty* and this seems to be it.

Aroma is a bit weak at first, but as it warmed it opened up. Roasted malt, chocolate, espresso, some vanilla, bits of wood and char in the back. Hints of pine and citrus

This big bad beer is easy to drink. Lightweight feeling with a nice robust flavor. A subtle hop presence give the beer a great finish; lingering is the coffee and chocolate, a bit of pine wood and roasted malt. Throughout this beer screams dark without pounding me over the head demanding attention.

Great fall beer--wish I had another for winter

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this Oregon rarity--a more generous beer-trader does not exist. Hail Brian!

Pours the deepest ebony color with a golden-brown head that reminds of a lightly toasted marshmallow. The head doesn't stick around long and thins to a crown quickly.

Nice robust aroma, with the expected roasted characteristics making room for a rich chocolate sweetness, fresh cream and a mild hint of anise. Dark fruits flash by, riding by on the faintest ghost of the 7.6% alcohol.

The flavor brings the kind of balance I like in a stout of this nature--elements of charred wood make up its main character, but that's not all you get. The supporting cast of cocoa powder, lightly-acidic coffee, grass clippings and weak black licorice add considerable depth. In the finish, grassy hops and only the slightest mineral character ride through with coffee leading the way.

Texturally, this has a slick glide that makes for easygoing drinking, and although this is one stout that can't be called thick or chewy, it has a nice milky creaminess to it that works.

With the malt and hops bringing various flavors to tongue/mind, it's easy to overlook that this is actually 7.6%--it could've been 4.6% for all I could tell. The alcohol hardly makes itself known. Glad to have tried this one, and it'll be interesting to see how Fire Mountain fares in the future. Good luck to 'em!

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Roths,Keizer. Dark dark almost black beer with a nice frothy beige head. Nice toasty,roasted malt aromas,slightly doughy with chocolate accents. Very pleasing taste all of the above plus a creamy coffee taste..a tinge of hop at th end and in the after taste. Great palate to this thick and luscious but goes down very well. Over all a good stout.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split into a couple large snifters

Pours dark black with a thin creamy ring of tannish head. Looks still. Smell is smokey, chocolatey, and maybe a hint of caramel.

Taste is roasty bitter, like super dark chocolate, with a hint of fruit and a bit of smoke. It's pretty interesting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly effervescent, not thick or sticky. Almost light feeling for a stout.

Overall, this seems like a quite solid stout to me.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather than over-hyping an upcoming brewery for countless months (as could have been the case), the two fellas that founded Fire Mountain (in 2008!) chose to toil quietly in what is quite literally the 'middle of nowhere', outside the tiny Willamette Valley Wine Country hamlet of Carlton. Heck, NOBODY around Portland had heard of these guys til a month ago, when their bottles started sneaking onto store shelves. Out of curiosity, I picked up a bottle of both the OPA and Stout on a recent visit to the Market of Choice in West Linn, then met 'Master Brewer' Dave Marliave at a tasting at neighborhood fave Beaumont Market. Couldn't be a nicer guy; best wishes, FMBH!

Label description: "A delightful, aged, roasty, Stout. Smooth and rich yet light bodied and dry.With a hint of sweet and a pleasing aftertaste of coffee and chocolate, this Stout is a pleasure to drink. N.W. Cascades and Fuggles give this Stout its hop essentials."

A: Perfectly dark - we could very easily call it 'black' but for that pesky held-to-light auburn that shows at the edges of most every stout... Nice head, a creamy mocha-tan that tops out at about 1-finger high, falls fairly quickly but doesn't entirely fade. Lasting lace lingers in wide sheets and sticky speckles.

S: A fairly strong coffee acridness, blended with mild citrusy hops. Wafting smokiness, a grainy huskiness, gives a sort of meaty/leathery quality, one that mingles with a faint lemony tartness. Nothing too strong.

T: A filling malt mouthful: big roasted coffee, an earthy/dirty grind; bittersweet chocolate (with a skew towards 'bitter'); fruitiness like orange pith, even red apple skins; then, there's the meaty, subtly sweet, smokehouse-char that sells this brew...all these roil around in the mouth, shuffling about with each sip. Maybe it could stand a bit more balance (as the end result tends toward a lasting bitter twang), but the varied/interchanging flavors are so interesting, alluring.

M: Really smooth, carbonation is subtle/mellowed to the point where the feel is a little TOO cool and reserved. A coating bitterness, ashy and dark, settles like the richest espresso roast and sticks to every surface in the mouth. The ABV takes a while to sneak up; there's no notable 'heat' to this one.

D: Interesting and VERY flavorful stout, one that stretches beyond just the coffee/chocolate/hop bitterness and adds a subtle fruit and a less subtle smokiness. Respect the alcohol content, as it may sneak up on the unsuspecting; a sipper perfectly suited for a cool and rainy night (such as this). Definitely worth a return visit.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle poured into a Tulip.
No bottling date

A: Pours a motor oil black with a dark mocha head, excellent 3 fingers worth of head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

S: Chocolate and coffee are the most dominate features to the smell of this beer, a little bit of spice, maybe even some anise?Roasted malts as well.

T: Chocolate chocolate CHOCOLATE! Pretty good balance of malt to hops in this beer, but the chocolate profile makes this beet delish! Small amount of coffee in this beer, but fairly mute compared to most stouts. Roasted malt profile is excellent.

M: Very very smooth tasting as fair as flavors, alcohol is their, almost a little to much but not bad. Good carbonation to the finish.

O: Excellent, excellent beer. First from Fire Mountain, but it will not be the last! Great price point as well.

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Picked up at Brawleys in Charlotte.
About black pour, nice layer of frothy dark cream colored head.

Aroma, roast malt, chocolates, cocoa. Faint anise, peat, smoke.

Taste, A real nice balance if roast, dark chocolates, cocoa, coffee. Light woody smoke and herbal hop notes.

Standout creamy body, right in the middle. Goes down quite easy, no alcohol presence.

A very nice interpretation of the style. Close to a foreign stout.

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Photo of velosuds
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Purchased from local supermarket after a tasting with one of the brewers.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly, as does the lace.

S-Dark chocolate and toasted malts. And coffee with a nicely balanced hop bill that includes Cascade and Fuggles.

T-Rich malt and dark chocolate with espresso coffee. Sufficiently hoppy, clean, and well balanced.

M-Very smooth, full bodied, and nicely carbonated.

D-This is a very drinkable stout. And a pleasant surprise from yet another, Willamette Valley microbrewery.

Also tasted the brewer's pale and IPA offerings. IPA was lacking, but the pale was quite adequate, but I have difficulty paying $5 a bomber when I can buy very good pale ale for $6-7 a six pack. This stout was quite nice and I will have again, especially when I don't want an imperial stout.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nearly jet black except for a some dark brown when held to the light,a 1/2 finger deep tan colored head atop.Dark roast and dark fruit dominate the aromas,the dark fruit really sticks out here.Roasty and pretty dry on the palate,the dark fruit is there but plays a limited role,a true American stout with it's big earthy dryer tones.Another killer beer from Fire Mountain,I hope we see more of their line here in NC.

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Photo of vejadu
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I live in one of those states that has long had very backwards laws regarding beer (Alabama). In recent years, some changes have occurred. One change is the bottle size allowed to be sold. I went to a small beer/wine retail shop and was pleased to see 1.375 pint bottles. Then I had to choose. I ended up picking a Fire Mountain Brew House Steam Fired Stout. Nice and dark and almost mocha flavored. I was impressed by the prolific head on this beer. I love a Guinness, but this runs a close second.

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Steam Fired Stout from Fire Mountain Brew House
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