Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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2.4/5 rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Picked this up in a mixer sixer. Looked interesting:
Poured into a pint. Label states: Canned on 9/24/12.
A- Dark deep mahogany, yet clear/filtered. Thick foamy head, very light tan, stays foamy but dies down a little. Lacing thick all the way down the glass.
S- Unique... a light toast with a dried fruit (maybe fig?) sweetness, and a very subtle clove/cinnamon hint.
T- A stronger malt flavor, overdone toast, some spice, but most apparent is the metallic aftertaste. It hangs on and makes me want to just down the beer before thinking about the flavor. Maybe it is overdue? I didn't notice the date until I tasted the brew and actually searched for it (on bottom).
M- Medium body, light carbonation, foamy rather than fizzy. Nothing special.
O- I'm disappointed in tasting the aluminum can with this beer. Maybe I should blame myself for not looking for a date, or maybe Fireside Chat should just be bottled. Nonetheless, I believe the beer isn't much anyway. Nothing really struck me as special in the end. Its bark, (presentation, appearance, smell) was definitely more appealing than its bite. Maybe I need to try this on draft, but I don't think I'll be going out of my way for it.
Serving type: can
12-06-2012 04:34:25 | More by BWED
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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 769 ratings.