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Drop Bear Beer Bonfire Stout Review

Although I purchased the Drop Bear beer multipack a while back, I only found the time to review New World Lager and Yuzu Pale Ale. However, after writing an article about the best non-alcoholic stouts on the market, it was about time I cracked this bottle open and get taste testing.

But before we start, a short overview for you beer nerds out there – information from the brew sheet:

  • OG – (Original Gravity) – 1020
  • Malts – Double Roasted Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Flaked Oats, Smoked Oats, Caramalt, Roasted Barley, Wheat Malt
  • IBU – (International Bitterness Units) – 27
  • Hops – Chinook
  • Ingredients – (listed below)

You can also check out the last of the Drop Bear Beer discovery pack – Tropical IPA.

Bonfire Stout Initial Review

After chilling in the fridge for 15 minutes, I took the bottle out with bottle opener in hand.

With no apparent hiss or bubbles, I started gently pouring the beer into a pint glass, slowly and at an angle. Before I knew it, I had to do that quick gasp to inhale the beer head, not managing to save all of it.

This caught me off guard, and for a second it reminded me of the menthos in diet coke trick, where the foam suddenly appears from nowhere. I poured the rest of the beer, and the head quickly died down into non-existence.

Talking of coke, this stout looks very much like it. The stout appears thinner than expected (using Guinness as a reference) and bubbles were visibly noticeable on the inside of the glass.

After a few sips, I left the beer for a few minutes, to return to that the presence of aeration was no longer visible.

The aroma of the beer is smokey, but slightly, not overpowering. It has subtle hints of dark chocolate and maybe liquorice, but otherwise smells ‘like a stout’.

I was expecting a smokey flavour of the stout to dominate, instead, it was only subtly present. Flavour wise, there is a slight bitterness with slight undertones of caramel. And although the bubbles were no longer visible, there was a slight tanginess left by the remaining bubbles.

Although this drink has some bold flavours, they are present in moderation. Unlike the Big Drop Galactic Milk Stout which I found far too rich and overpowering, this stout is enjoyable to drink in this quantity. Would I drink multiple in a sitting? Maybe two on a cold evening, otherwise I think one at a time is most enjoyable.

This drink is the closest, most enjoyable drink against the non-alcoholic stout benchmark – Guinness – but it doesn’t replace Guinness 0.0 for me. Instead, I think I’ll opt to stock both and drink to whatever I fancy.

Where Can I Buy Bonfire Stout?

There are a few different purchasing options for buying Drop Bear Beer. For this review, we purchased directly from Drop Bear Beer. Otherwise, you will need to purchase from an online retailer such as the following:

  • Wise Bartender
  • Dry Drinker
  • Light Drinks
  • Amazon
  • Nought Percent

Bonfire Stout Ingredients, Nutritional Information and Calories

The ingredients in this beer are as follows:

Water, Malted Barley, Wheat, Oats, Hops, Yeast

Nutritional InformationPer 100 mL
ABV0.5%
Energy (KJ / KCal)89 / 21
Fat (g)0.9
Of Which Saturates (g)0.02
Carbohydrate (g)3.0
Of Which Sugars (g)2.0
Protein (g)0.29
Salt (g)0.0

Barley, wheat and oats are the typical allergens in this drink, however, Bonfire Stout is vegan and gluten free.

Final Thoughts

Although there are many non alcoholic beers available worldwide, the number of non-alcoholic stouts is significantly less. So for most people, when it comes to non-alcoholic stouts, naming alternatives to Guinness 0.0 may prove difficult. 

Although Big Drop Galactic Milk Stout gets plenty of mentions as a Guinness 0.0 alternative, this Bonfire Stout is a worthy alternative and one I actually prefer.

If you are partial to a stout, porter or dark ale and you are looking to give non-alcoholic versions a try, then Bonfire Stout is definitely one you need to try!