Drop Bear Non Alcoholic Bonfire Stout Review.


What type of beer is Bonfire Stout?

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

A stout is a dark beer which evolved from porters. They are characterised by their dark colour, roasted malt and high gravity.

Nowadays you can encounter…

  • Milk stouts
  • Oatmeal stout
  • Dry or Irish stout
  • Imperial stout
  • Chocolate stout

Bonfire Stout Ingredients

Drop Bear have gone with the new trend of giving drinkers lots of extra information. Their ingredients list is broadly similar for all their beers but the exact malts and hops differs significantly and makes up most of the flavour.

Bonfire Stout includes…

  • Water
  • Malted barley
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Malts – caramalt, wheat malt, flaked oats, dark crystal malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, smoked malt

Seven (7) different malts! You cant help be feel there will be plenty of deep malt, chocolate and coffee tines here.

Hops – Chinook

Chinook goes well in a stout, adding some spice rather than heavy citrus or out of place tropical flavours.

Bonfire Stout Nutrition

The Drop Bear beers are by in large low carb, low sugar and therefore low calorie beers.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.5%
Calories 17kcal
Carbohydrate3.4g
Sugars0.2g
Bonfire Stout Nutrition Stats

These are impressive numbers if they can back it up with flavour. For context, only Guinness 0.0 has a lower calorie total than this. I am a bit worries by the low sugar as i think a non alcoholic stout needs some additional sweetness. Hopefully they have enough natural sweetness from the malt.

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

Bonfire Stout Look

Drop Bear have a highly recognisable label. There is a koala looking “drop bear” coming at out from the can. The can colouring is black to reflect the stout within

The beer itself is a black as you get. Ive seen plenty of non alcoholic stouts that look like a brown ale.

Bonfire Stout Aroma

It smells black if that is a thing.

The deeply roasted malt combines with a Italian roasted coffee bean smell and hints of bitter dark chocolate. You want to drink it after smelling it.

Bonfire Stout Taste

This is close to being fantastic but they have just let it go a bit too much.

You can taste all those big black roasted flavours and you are in no doubt you are drinking a stout. However I thinks a stout needs a little bit more sweetness than this is bringing and to be critical I just lacks a bit of body to be a great stout. 

I think in terms of flavours it would rival Galactic milk stout, but it has a lot more carbs and sugar to bring a bigger body and sweetness which you can tell is lacking here.

I think they are caught between wanting to make a low calories, low sugar beer and making the best tasting beer they can. Sometimes it is very hard to do both

Bonfire Stout Verdict

If you want a low calorie stout then this should be one of your first buys but if you are primarily drinking for pleasure this has missed the mark slightly

Bonfire Stout Score

7.5/10 – Still one of the better non alcoholic stouts I have had but everything I have rated above it has have a good bit more carbs and sugar to beef it up (apart from the excellent Guinness 0.0)

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy Bonfire Stout?

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

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Is Bonfire Stout gluten free? 

Yes, Bonfire Stout is gluten free as are all the Drop Bear beers

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Bonfire Stout vegan?

Yes, Bonfire Stout is vegan friendly

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Still one of the better non alcoholic stouts I have had but everything I have rated above it has have a good bit more carbs and sugar to beef it up (apart from the excellent Guinness 0.0)

3.8

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