Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
2.78/5 rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
"The truth is found when men are free to pursue it."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
Pecan shell dark brown that would probably be burnt orange with brighter backlighting. The upper third of the glass is filled with caramel nougat colored foam that is becoming finely pitted as small surface bubbles break. Extensive perforated lace is beginning to appear as well.
The nose is medium-dark malty, with as much toasted-earthiness as cocoa. The former is due to Munich malt and the latter is due to chocolate malt and cocoa nibs. No guesses on what the added spices might be. Finally, an underlying tartness sounds a small warning bell.
Winter warmers are allowed to be sweet and/or bitter and/or spicy. They aren't allowed to be sour. This one isn't over-the-top tart, but it's definitely a fly in the ointment. Looks like mistakes were made at the design stage, since 21st Amendment are usually pretty good at what they do.
Specifics include well-toasted bread, baked nuts, steely caramel, unripe fruit and loads of lemon zest. Oops, almost forgot the spices... which still aren't identifiable. Maybe a pinch of cinnamon, although I'm not entirely comfortable with that guess. This is a muddled mishmash of a winter warmer that will not find a home in my glass again.
The body/mouthfeel is no great shakes either, especially when taking style and ABV into account. It's waaay too light and loses any semblance of faint creaminess that it might have had before mid-mouthful arrives. Part of the problem is less than committed carbonation.
Monk's Blood BSDA was a spices-added brew that hit me right. Fireside Chat misses by a country mile. If 21st Amendment plans to release this offering next winter, they need to give it a major overhaul. Love the label... when you see who FDR is chatting with.
Serving type: can
03-03-2011 13:22:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Date on the can says bottled on 10/08/13
A: Dark opaque brown body with 1.5 finger khaki head tons of lacing and great retention.
S: Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. MAybes some other spices I cant make out. Its a pretty standard smell the style.
T: Follows the nose, along with some carmel and toasted flavors.
M: Mouthfeel is alright could be a bit thicker, theres a slight astringency on the finish. The booze is hidden well.
O: Im not super impressed buy it, but its fairly decent and above average for the price point, I'll probably get it again eventually.
Serving type: can
01-14-2014 05:15:54 | More by watermelon
3.9/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can in to tulip glass, canned on 10/14/2013. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, ginger, cinnamon, clove, dark bread, light roast, toast, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Strength of spices is a bit too much in the nose. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, brown bread, light coffee, toast, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown bread, light coffee, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: can
01-13-2014 00:36:06 | More by superspak
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.