Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by RJLarse:
3.68/5 rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I bought a couple cans of Fire3side Chat at Total Wine & More in Spokane. Poured in to a pint glass.
Pours a walnut brown color, translucent , with a foamy beige one finger head. The foam is fairly sticky and laces the side of the glass in a broad ring.
Smell is a darkly sweet aroma, with some dark fruit and rum notes. Dates, plums and a bit of a rum fruitcake aroma.
Taste is a lot like the smell, rich dark fruit flavors, a little spice and rum flavor. Just a touch of alcohol heat on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying, with a heavy sweet aftertaste.
Overall a nice winter warmer. A little long on the sweet flavors.
Serving type: can
01-28-2013 00:36:09 | More by RJLarse
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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 765 ratings.