Maverick34 (2209) - New York, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Stupid name for a DB. Pours dark brown, slightly tan medium head. Malts tasted a bit too cooked, sweetness. A tolerable DB, nothing more.
J_man (697) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2013 Completing my horizontal tasting of the Firemans Brew lineup is the Brunette Beer, the dopplebock (no where on the label I have says Brewnette, although I like that). Good roasted malt and molasses aromas. Clear but very dark brown body with a tan head. Lots of flavor hits immediately with sweet dark and candied fruit followed by dark caramel and light molasses, and some dark chocolate. There’s a bit of chocolate creaminess in the body, but it’s a bit thin overall (a running theme with Firemans from my tastings). The alcohol kicks in after this and really integrates all the other components while giving a little heat. Some vanilla notes follow this along with more chocolate (milk and dark). Finishes with some roasty dryness and lingering chocolate. This seemed to be very close to style for a dopplebock which kind of surprised me since the other 2 beers they make are a blonde and a red, so I wasn’t expecting that (or for them to do something like a dopplebock when they only make 3 beer styles). It was very tasty with a chocolate truffle for dessert and would be great for winter. By far the most complex brew from these guys and in my opinion the best.
wlajwl (3804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2013 Aroma is caramel malts and a decent hint of sweetness. The flavor is caramel malts, fruit/dark fruit and a tart finish.
blaird22 (4) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2013 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Nice aftertaste. Not very bitter, but high abv for a brunette and very easy to drink.
DrnkMcDermott (2790) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nearly solid brown to black color under a thick tan head. Smell shows chocolate roast malt, and after it’s sat for a few minutes, some of the roastiness of a stout. Is that good or bad for a doppelbock. Not much alcohol on the palate, but I am starting to feel it after a few more drinks. Warm and creamy chocolate taste, a slight sour fringe around my tongue. Not a style that a lot of contract clients want to do, and it’s carried off pretty nicely.
hockey9930 (84) - - OCT 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a 1/2" head when poured from a bottle. Seeing yeast particles float up maybe it a bit less appetizing. Smells malty and chocolaty. Heavy bodied and moderately creamy; fizzy. Slight sour after taste.
adnielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Pours a black appearance with a creamy tan head with a dissipating head. Big roasty, nutty, a touch woody, caramel malty, cola, a touch burnt aroma. Somewhat sugary, burnt toffee, caramel, cookie, nutty, cola flavor. Not bad.
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (scorched caramel, burnt grain, molasses), with notes of brown/turbinado sugar, date/raisin, light note of shoe polish.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Similar quality as the Blonde (I see now they named their three beers as if they’re women...that in addition to the company name makes it loud and clear that fireMEN are MEN’S MEN, *grunt* *grunt* *grunt*). Almost nothing in the nose but sugars, and that carries through in the mouth, where there’s very little to balance. Just seems like a strong brown ale. A clumsy beginner brew.
Barreras (968) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a deep dark brown color with aroma of roasted malts and nuts. Taste is roasted as well, with a bitter aftertaste. The leftover taste on. The palate is almost too bitter. Overall a good looking beer that is a little tough on the palate.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My second favorite of the trio currently offered. This double bock pours brown/black and has a nice malty aroma. Lighter than a traditional dopple this would make a good introductory beer to the world of German style beers.