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.
jmagnus87 (2027) - 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 Pickís 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 canít quite place it.
Itís medium bodied with a creamy texture. Lively carbonation adds to its long bitter finish.
Overall, this beer is awesome. Itís 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. Iíll definitely be buying this one again!
Getbetter (651) - 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
bhensonb (9812) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown/black color with a large creamy tan head. Smells like stout. Medium body with mild carbonation. Smooth burnt malt flavor. Dryish finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2714) - 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 itís 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 itís carried off pretty nicely.
J_man (616) - 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. Thereís a bit of chocolate creaminess in the body, but itís 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 wasnít 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.
KimJohansen (10341) - 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.
mjg74 (2428) - 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 isnít the case. Solid Dopplebock.
wlajwl (3317) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7689) - 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 Wellís facility...ever.