superspak (4302) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
J_man (888) - 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.
johndoughty (4769) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Black with a small head. Quite a lot of body but not as much flavour as you would expect. Quite pleasant at first but soon sunk into blandness.
KimJohansen (10409) - 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 (2950) - 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.
wlajwl (5429) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle stating 8% abv pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a semi loose one minute long thin mocha head. The aroma offers up a flash of metal at first and then it slides into dark roasted malts, scorched toffee sweetness and then a faint earthy chocolate note. The taste has a pleasing mix of dark roasted malts, chocolate and a thin ribbon of cherry like fruity esters that really imparts little sweetness. It gets a little more dark roasted coffee like toward the finish. Decent enough but a little roasty for the stated style.
rosenbergh (9743) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. 1424034142214. From alesbymail.co.uk.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head.
Dark fruits, roasted malt, mild bitterness and some dryness in the aroma. Not bad actually. German Doppelbock with some dry roasty notes. The flavour is sweetness, dark fruits, mild coffee, dry malt and some hoppy bitterness. It’s a like mix of Doppelbock and strong Stout. Not bad at all. Strong and quite smooth. After the mediocre Lager and drinkable Red Ale this is really nice surprise from Firemans Brew.
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
5th October 2014
Pretty much opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Smooth and semi dry palate, light fine carbonation. Mild dark malts. Little fruity rang, almost coca cola. Pinch of cocoa powder. Whispers of roast and coffee. Light semi dry finish. A tidy and flavoursome brown.
cgarvieuk (20220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home... Deep brown... Thin tan head... Soft sweet toffee fruit malt nose... Dark malts... Dark roast sweet malts... Soft toffee roast