bytemesis (8423) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy reddish chestnut, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is nutty, malty, dark breads, molasses, light smoke. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, nutty, light smoke. Medium body, light acidity. The_Osprey (7998) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2017
January 2017 - Bottle share at Leighton’s. Thanks Leighton! As ’Firemans Brew Brunette’. Dark brown with a red hue, foamy light brown head, thin lacing. Aroma is varnish, dates, jaggery. Body is light, tingly carbonation, smooth. Taste is sugary, varnish, spicy and oxidised with some raisin. Just OK. (2.9) BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
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 Well’s facility...ever. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (scorched caramel, burnt grain, molasses), with notes of brown/turbinado sugar, date/raisin, light note of shoe polish.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Similar quality as the Blonde (I see now they named their three beers as if they’re women...that in addition to the company name makes it loud and clear that fireMEN are MEN’S MEN, *grunt* *grunt* *grunt*). Almost nothing in the nose but sugars, and that carries through in the mouth, where there’s very little to balance. Just seems like a strong brown ale. A clumsy beginner brew. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 23, 2017
33cl bottle shared at Leighton’s. Thanks to the host himself. It pours a clean dark amber ruby almost brown color with a minimal off white head. Aroma is malty biscuity and bollocksed. Taste is also sweet and malty, with more biscuit and bollocks. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, meh
Idiosynkrasie (7533) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 26, 2015
355ml bottle. Darkest brown colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Dark malty aroma, cautious hints of caramel, malt lozenge, milk chocolate, short bread. Taste is dark malty, hints of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, artificial sweetener; slightly alcoholic finish. Strykzone (7362) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a nice lighter tan head that leaves stringy lacing. A rich malty cocoa nose. From the first sip this one is less than hoped for. It is one of those beers where i like everything tasted but they work against each other rather than compliment. Cocoa, mixed fruit, and an unfortunate mix of hops. Although this is a European style, the addition of west coast US hops would have been welcomed. The finish brought out more of the malt and especially the chocolate and that was nice. wlajwl (6813) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2013
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. ajnepple (6625) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2014
12 oz bottle from Tipsy’s. Brown, almost black appearance with a small tan head, mostly diminishing, no lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee. Similar flavor, malty, sweet and creamy with minimal bitterness. Medium to full body, slick and smooth with soft carbonation and a rich finish. JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a darker brown with a beige head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet and has notes of raisin and nuts. Sweet and a bit boozy in the taste. Thicker mouthfeel and low carbonation.