Firebreather | Hi-Wire Brewing

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Brewed by:
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration between Hi-Wire Brewing and Burial Beer Co. Aged in Bulleit Rye Whiskey Casks.

Added by pimpinmidget on 12-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by RaggaD:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first try of either one of these breweries.Pours into a chalice a clear deep rich amber with a thinner lacey off white head atop,wow the color was just great in this beer.Vanilla and a bit of sour fruit in the nose along with some cakiness.A full feel and low carbonation makes it a joy in the mouth.Vanilla and sour fruitiness dominate palate there is almost a buttery rum element that comes into in the finish.I rate this beer high because I get something new at every sip,complex to the hilt,a great sipping,savoring beer.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber (purchased at Peabody's in Boone, NC) into a Riedell snifter.

A: A lovely amber colored brew with minimal short-lasting head and a bit of oily lacing.

N: Belgian candi sugar, sweet cherries, charred wood, caramel and whiskey.

T: Sticky sweet burst and brief complexity surrenders to flat cola, wood and berries. It's interesting, but fails somewhere; like it's missing a backbone.

M: Slightly oily and dry in the finish, I imagine from the rye. I think it's undercarbed.

O: First offering I've had associated with either of these breweries. I like where they're coming from - big props to all my local brewers with adventurous minds - but it's a bit of a mess, really. The nose is the star here, but the taste couldn't keep pace. More carbonation and some sort of skeletal structure would improve this endeavor. That being said, I bought two bottles and I'll revisit this beer in a year or so. I'll let you know if time alters my review. Pick this up if you get a chance, see what you think. Support your local breweries.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Large shared bottle (from July 2015 notes).
Looks and smells great but the flavor is a bit of a mess. In fact, the flavor is more disappointing given the aroma than any beer I’ve had lately.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of yeast, slight Rye, wood, vanilla, orange. Taste sweet malt, mild Rye, oak, caramel, figs. Nice BA!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear reddish amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some light copper highlights. The beer has a half finger sudsy foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (fig, plum, and raisin), spicy Belgian yeast, and sweet dark malts. That is followed by slightly stronger aromas of charred oak barrel, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with a moderate to heavy amount of dark fruit sweetness featuring fig, plum, and raisin plus just a touch of brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, charred oak barrel, vanilla, and spicy Belgian yeast. Hints of bourbon booziness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I'm glad I let this one sit for the better part of a year to get some age on it as it is not as over-carbonated as others have described. The bourbon and the charred oak of the barrel are truly the stars of this beer with the BSDA flavors being a little more subdued. Fairly easy to drink and enjoyable though definitely best enjoyed as a slow sipper on this chilly winter evening.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red waxed bottle poured into a snifter, the beer is a ruby highlighted, bronze coloring with a filmy, big bubbled, off-white halo of head on the surface. Aromas of old world fruit sweetness, with a rustic, charred wood character in the backbone, bourbon notes of booze and spice, and subtle vanilla notes. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with a blast of grape, fig, and apple forward, and an underlying backbone of subtle roasted notes, vanilla, and charred wood. Extremely subtle bourbon notes at the tail end of the beer, as well as into the aftertaste. Smooth, richly sweet aftertaste overall, on a light, smooth body. The finish is fairly clean and smooth, with a subtle linger of fruit sweetness that builds as you drink.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of GJ40
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Tasty Beverage.

A - Reddish brown with good clarity and a small tan head.

S - Sweet malts, whisky, honey and brown sugar.

T - A sweet and varied malt richness with some oak and whisky. There's no noticeable offset in the form of bitterness or yeast spiciness. It approaches a barleywine. The sweetness has some honey flavor almost as if it were unfermented. It's got good harmony but too far to the malty extreme for me.

M - Silky smooth with a very low carbonation.

O - Too sweet and malty for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Firebreather from Hi-Wire Brewing
3.55 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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