Bonfires are, generally, quite smoky. This beer is so accurately named that you'd be forgiven for thinking there was a fire in the bottle.
Citizens of the internet may be familiar with the concept of the Drop Bear, the mythical creature from Australian folklore. Told as a tale to scare tourists, Drop Bears are Koala-like creatures that live in the treetops and attack their unsuspecting prey by dropping on their heads from above.
Happily, throughout the experience of drinking this beer no bears appeared out of the sky or otherwise. Yet.
Bonfire Stout: Taste Test
Smoke emanates from this one from the moment the cap is popped. It fills your nostrils with a rich, smoky aroma that has a subtle sweetness to it and a hint of coffee.
This is backed up the flavour, which keeps a lot of the smokiness but allows the roasted coffee and malts to really shine through, giving it much more body in flavour than it does in texture which is quite thin.
I didn't get much in the way of chocolate, but there is a hint of sweetness throughout which is somewhat swamped by the smokiness that runs through it like a wildfire.
Bonfire Stout: Bottle Notes
One of my favourite brewery logo designs, Drop Bear's logo features what is basically a Koala with an aggressive streak: the essence of the Drop Bear.
The dark grey background makes the orange trees (Eucalyptus I believe, but i'm no arborist) stand out very well, giving the impression of flames which works well to compliment the name.
It's got loads of info on the side as well which includes malts, hops and other details. A great label for a good alcohol-free beer.
Buy Alcohol-Free Bonfire Stout
Pick up this dropped-bear at the Wise Bartender for just £1.89 a bottle, or take a look at the Drop Bear site to buy it directly from them.
Buying from Drop Bear means you'll have to choose between packs of 6 or 12, but it's free delivery on all orders so it depends how much you want to try it.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.