Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by M_C_Hampton:
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: poured from a growler into a Weizen glass (because it was dirty from the awful Boulevard Wheat), pours a dark orange brown with a short pillowy tan head that lingers leaving some good lacing, clear
S: cherries, grapes, raisins, dates, prunes, smells of spiced cake, molasses
T: sweet malt with afore mentioned flavors above that transisions into a drier finish, clove bitterness present that is a little overpowering
M: feel is fuller bodied with a hint of alcohol present, aftertaste is strong towards the spice side, slight carbonation is correct
O: not a bad winter style ale, spice flavoring is on the heavy side, could use more malt for balance
Serving type: growler
12-11-2012 01:06:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
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3.29/5 rDev -4.1%
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 763 ratings.