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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bonfire Ale steals from the winter fires its gift of dark barley and gentle hops to provide you, beer drinker, with this delightful winter treat. Fremont set the sky rockets to flight and wrote the book on afternoon delight before waking the night on the wings of a great blue heron to soar below the radar and above the clouds, raining down beer to blow your mind and caress your soul. Light a Bonfire today.

Down & Dirty: Pale, White Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Rye, Smoked, & Chocolate malts. Cascade & US Goldings hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4677) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Medium brown pour, with an off white biege head. Rye, a bit spicy, chocolate, nutty burnt grain, sweetness, earthy, and some citrusy bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2370) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Can, from Chris, I think. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very clear, dark red to light brown with orange highlights, and a medium off white head, with lots of tiny bubbles. A little cold, and hard to pick off the aromas, A slight toffee, crystal sweetness on the nose. Taste is initially sweet, sugary, and honey like. Dries out well in the finish, not much in the way of hops to speak of. a light bitterness to keep balance. Dangerously drinkable. Not sure how I feel about his being a brown, rather light and lacking on the chocolate character. Damn drinkable and good though. Just noticed there was smoke malt listed in the ingredients. I’m not getting any, but then again, I had a smoked swamp ape (whael) earlier tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2792) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle: Traditional brown color, medium depth, topped with a finger of sticky beige head. Malty aroma, earthy, some chocolate malt. Hints of campfire… it becomes much stronger in the taste, but not too strong. Earthy, floral, smoky, nutty… a complex layering of flavors. Finishes with a lingering floral bitterness and campfire smoke. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bomber bottled on November 21, 2014 purchased from Little’s. Pours a really pretty dark red hue with a persistent off-white head. The first thing noticeable in the aroma is rye. It’s spicy and very appealing. The straightforward American hopping works very well here, subtle citrus hints play with notes of chocolate and rye. The flavor is nice too. Complex malt bill has all the high notes of rye, wheat and chocolate. Rye seems to stand out the most, which I like. The bitterness is hefty enough to be identifiably American, but not over the top for a dark ale. This stuff is unique and tasty. I hate that they opted to name it Bonfire Ale, it’s just not smoky at all. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s delicious. I also strongly disagree with it being listed as a brown ale on Ratebeer. It doesn’t fit as far as appearance, flavor or aroma. This kind of mutt is hard to categorize though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2015
22oz bottle picked up at Yokes
Pours clear dark amber/brown with a medium sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, smoky, caramel and floral. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, ashy, leather and vanilla
A very good Brown ale with a touch of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 20, 2015
Bottled 09.23.14. Poured from a bomber into a Fremont beer can glass on 11.12.14. A: Cocoa and dark berry sweetness. A: 1 finger head that is retained. See though amber/red body. T: Roastiness, maple syrup, and brown sugar dominate. Woodiness and red grape are subtle. P: Smooth. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Bubbles on the back end. O: It almost feels flat at first, but then the bubbles kick in halfway and ride through the back end. It is much like a bock but better. The roastiness and woodiness don’t overwhelm, but add to the overall flavor. It is a bit more woody than the first time I had it, though. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanfolty (1946) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
January 18, 2015 - can acquired via trade. Light brown pour with nice amount of head that faded quickly. Aroma was grain, hops, spice and light smoke. Taste started grainy and a bit sweet, then moved into the spice and finished with a light smoky bitterness. Medium bodied, but at a time was watery and light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Danyel (1198) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Can. Pours brown with red hues and off white head. Aroma is very nutty vanilla, bready. Taste is a bit tobacco, dry, high carbonation, medium bodied, kinda musty. Overall, meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (751) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2015
12 oz. can from Supermarket Liquor. Appearance: finger of off-white head, copper color, clear, good lacing. Aroma: caramel, floral hops. Palate: light-medium body, average carbonation, sticky texture, light dry finish. Taste: sweet caramel into a good floral and slightly roast bitterness, with hints of citrus. Overall, very drinkable, surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (134) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Growler from brewey. Deep caramel rosted rye and chocolate malts. Very little hint of hops in this. However it doesn’t need to be. The highlight here are the Malts.

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