mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Ralphs. Roasted nose. Good deal of malt and coffee. Slight sweetness up front. Good roasty flavors. Pretty tasty. I was a bit worried about this beer being overly sweet. That isn’t the case. Solid Dopplebock.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Rating #11. Interesting brew big nuttiness, dark brown and not real bad decent. (1940)
Strykzone (4837) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a nice lighter tan head that leaves stringy lacing. A rich malty cocoa nose. From the first sip this one is less than hoped for. It is one of those beers where i like everything tasted but they work against each other rather than compliment. Cocoa, mixed fruit, and an unfortunate mix of hops. Although this is a European style, the addition of west coast US hops would have been welcomed. The finish brought out more of the malt and especially the chocolate and that was nice.
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A 12oz bottle from Pick’s Liquors poured into a Shaker.
Pours a dark brown, almost black. Small amount of frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma strongly of coffee malt. Something else is there too, maybe a slight hop aroma.
Taste is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Definite coffee tastes and something a little sweet but I can’t quite place it.
It’s medium bodied with a creamy texture. Lively carbonation adds to its long bitter finish.
Overall, this beer is awesome. It’s a great dark beer and even though its about 90 degrees outside, I plan to go on out and enjoy this one in the sunshine. The fact that they donate part of their profits to help fire departments definitely gives them some brown nose points in my book too. I’ll definitely be buying this one again!
thegreenrooster (3175) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is is sweet malt with some caramel. Flavor is again sweet malt with a strong coffee. This is a dopple? Finish has some more coffee and a bit of dark fruit. This was weird and not what i was expecting this to be. Alcohol is well hidden.
Razaroth (8) - Murrieta, California, USA - APR 7, 2011 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smokey and rich caramel aroma. Dark black in color. I would have to say the taste is pretty good for a $7.99 price point on a 6-pack. Long notes of smokey wood and malt leaves this beer a great pairing for a tasty pizza. Overall, this is the first tasting I did of the Firemans Brew but so far I like it, especially at the 8.5% alcohol, hehe.
Getbetter (815) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle, minimal head, brown, lightly sweet,roasty, chocolate, coffee, bread, spruce, clove, licorice.I like it.
Note:This is beer is 8%abv it says on the bottle
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Contract brewed for Firemans Brew. Sampled on 7/25/2010. This dopplebock pours a deep black brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized quickly dissipating white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity, chocolate and a touch of tobacco. A medium bodied dopplebock. The malts are caramel and semi sweet. Hints of chocolate and tobacco as well. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation. One would expect a dopplebock to be a touch sweeter. Touch of alcohol at the finish. Hides the alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy bron with a tiny off white head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and hints of chocolate. Flavour was sweet with roasted malt, dark fruits and hints of chocoalte. Finished sweet.
BMan1113VR (7835) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a mahogany body and a large tan head. Aroma of tobacco, toffee, caramel, coffee, alcohol, soot, and candy corn. Fudge, corn syrup. Taste is sweet, tobacco, ash, molasses, candy corn. Lively bubbles, some alcohol, pretty slick. Not horrible, but not great.
The best product brewed at Indian Well’s facility...ever.