Barreras (821) - 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.
BucannonXC5 (731) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on May 31, 2012. Minimal head, well less than a finger. Color was maroon black, reminded me of grape cough syrup. Caramel tan lacing that went away fairly quickly.
Lots of different smells that didn’t initially match up that well. Got caramel and toffee notes, then dark chocolate. Also some coffee malts in there as well
Tasted a bit better than the smell, at least more balanced. Got roasted toffee malts up front, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Got a weird aftertaste that was a bit like cough syrup.
Full-to-medium body. Thinner texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A decent beer. I’d give it another try, along with some of their other beers.
Getbetter (699) - Cucamonga, 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
J_man (649) - 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.
GIJOE (443) - Monterey, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost black, thin off-white head. Nose is malty, notes of chocolate. Taste is sweet, but a little hop bite comes through. Medium body, lively carbonation. Nice brew.
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larryLSB (393) - 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.
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried this at the California Beer Festival. This was far and away the highlight of the festival. This is the ultimate stealth beer. Looks, smells, and tastes like an American Brown Ale, but it kicks like the 10.8% alcohol. Rich malty aroma and taste; this one is a keeper for sure.
bigcat03 (203) - 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.
hockey9930 (64) - - 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.
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.