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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A traditionally styled Doublebock with rich structure, bold flavors and silky smooth finish. Handcrafted with a heavy dose of toasted chocolate malts to create a refined microbrew of uncompromised quality.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2009
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2438) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2011
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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keith0718 (377) - Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Good dopplebock. For 8% ABV it is really drinkable. Not a treacly malt bomb. Balanced and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Very dark molasses and caramel malts. Sweet and nutty. Notes of coffee as well with good chocolate highlights.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (874) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
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

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11248) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2807) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2269) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2682) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, brown sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice doppelbock. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A bit too dark/roasty for the style, but nicely enjoyable otherwise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (715) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
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.


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