Zymurgeist2 (1051) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Out of the bottle. Aroma is a nice, dark bread and cocoa. Rich malt. Dark brown with a beige head that leaves a collar. Flavor is husky malt and slightly syrupy. Flavor leaves quickly with only a sweetness remaining. Lacks the complexity of a good DB, but tolerable.
larryLSB (436) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12 oz, Brunette on the label. Dark brown with a tint of red, small light tan head. Bottle says brewed in Ukiah, so not sure where it is really made. Mild nose, chocolate is prevailing. Taste was smooth and cola like, on the sweet side, somewhat thin body. Overall drinkable with a clean dry finish.
bigcat03 (208) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured into an Ayinger Celebrator glass, dark ruby brown color and a tiny, fizzy head; aroma is mostly roasted malts and chocolate; A touch of alcohol in the taste, with a little bit of roasty chocolate as well...kind of watery; palate is a bit watered down as well. Not the worst thing ever but certainly not that great.
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at my house. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of cooked malt, earth, light fruit and cocoa. Lighter medium body.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It’s got that same green root shism the redhead has. Sweet cocoa aromatics with a shy forth. Rich on the tongue with a bit of carbonation. Cocoa, coffee and tree roots. Long sticky finish.
Maverick34 (2308) - 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 (715) - 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 (3921) - 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 (2807) - 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.