Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by AdamBear:
3.15/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A-dark brown with a reddish tint. thin light cream colored head
S-smells like hot cinnamint and grains. sweet smelling. i was expecting some smokyness like a fireside chat would have, but there is none
T-comes in with a cinnamint flavor with an odd sweetness. tastes almost artificial. has some dark belgian sugars to it. the ending really does taste similar to a dark belgian ale...with a touch of bitterness. its an odd mesh of flavors. Actually, there is a really faint smoke flavor in the after-taste.
M-medium dry carbonation with a watery finish
O-it's more or less just a mess. there are a lot of flavors going on here, but they just don't mix together well. I think some of the spices need to be taken out. It definitely does have some sort of potential, but it needs work. not exactly easy to drink. it has a certain plastic-like bitterness that makes this not exactly fun to finish. I don't recommend, there's something better out there for you to choose.
Serving type: can
12-14-2012 03:59:06 | More by AdamBear
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3.29/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
When cooler weather comes calling, so does the flock to indoor convening- hovering around the fire for bar banter and cosmos riddling. And the San "by God" Francisco brewery makes a beer for such the occasion.
Fireside Chat opens with the common brown ale charm. Its dark chocolaty austere highlights its initial toffee, nutty and sweeter malt tones while aromas of butter pecan, walnut, chocolate and toast waft about.
Spicy introductions are made upon the middle palate as the creamy but semi-dry ale balances that malt sweetness with the supple spices of coffee and allspice- lead by cinnamon. Yet as delicate clove and nutmeg round out the beer's juicy malt center, its bigger-than-usual taste and effects take hold.
Drying alcohol and fleeting malt sweetness gives the ale a semi-sweet finish, creating crevices in taste that allow for the strong astringency from spice to balance the beer more so than hop additions. Those broad an woodsy hops are no match for the tannin-heavy unsettling that comes with those excessively boiled tea and spent coffee ground flavors.
While the ale simmers in the glass like coffee- there's a lot of promise in its taste. Allowing the spices to join the process in more post-fermentation usage would have retained the delicate oils from the spices and without leaching its brash tannin.
Serving type: can
05-27-2014 17:02:42 | More by BEERchitect
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.