Firestarter
Fat Bottom Brewing

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Style:
Porter - English
ABV:
5%
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Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 19.78%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
6
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Fat Bottom Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
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Notes: We put our spin on the classic porter by using Beechwood smoked malt, wheat, and real pumpkin. It’s velvety on the palate, and finishes with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and real vanilla. It’s just like drinking the Autumn season in a glass!
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walknot from Tennessee

2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

This beer looks dark and has a pleasant, chocolate smell.

Though this beer tasted a bit rich and creamy going down, I hated the aftertaste. I don't know exactly what a band-aid taste like, but based on a band-aid's smell the aftertaste of this beer has to be a close match. I had a second Firestarter a few days later hoping that the first one was a bad pairing with whatever I had eaten earlier, but the experience was the same.

Very disappointing as this is a local, a porter (my favorite style), and a pumpkin beer. Mine came from a six-pack.

Oct 04, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga TN.
This dark ale is clear but near opaque with fine ruby highlights and a creamy, semi-durable beige head>
The aroma carries chocolate, smoke and a false suggestion of sweetness. The flavor has more smoke and lacks balance.
Medium body with medium-low carbonation.
Overall: a porter for fans of smoked beers.

Nov 24, 2018
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WynnO from Florida

2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Intensely dry, roasted, earthiness.

Front end end is in character, but the dropoff on the back is bit too bitter and dry for my taste.

This is typical fare is many B or C grade breweries. It’s drinkable, but if I never had another I wouldn’t miss it.

Oct 28, 2018
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The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop from Wyoming

4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap on its first day of availability at Fat Bottom.

Without trying to disrespect the quality of the beer, this is to your normal pumpkin beer what Mandarin La Croix is to Orange Nehi. One caters to the beverage, the other to the flavor.

This is the first pumpkin beer I've had that respects the style (in this case, porter) before the modifier (pumpkin).

The problem with most pumpkin beers--ales, stouts, porters, whatever--is that the first swig is a PPPUUUMMMPPKKIINNNN bomb. As if the brewery is trying to distill a pie into an alcoholic beverage.

This one doesn't try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to porters. At first blush everything is there--heavy on the malt front with a hefty dose of bakers chocolate. Even on the nose, you're really only going to get a whiff of porter. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice really do not show up until the back end. It's almost as if the "pumpkin"-ness of this is on the finish, which is super dry.

It is not too sweet. It is barely sweet at all. But it is clear that it's pumpkin. And when it hits, it is very rewarding. Fat Bottom does not overindulge here. They restrain themselves, and the beer benefits because of it.

This is the best beer I've had by Fat Bottom. By far. An absolute perfect brew for a 50-degree Autumn afternoon.

Sep 13, 2017
Firestarter from Fat Bottom Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 6 ratings