Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
2/5 rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Poured into a snifter on 2/26/11
Dark; rusty brown color with some ruby highlights. 1/4th inch head didn't last very long. Wispy retention and some drippy lace.
Ginger and nips of cinnamon are light compared to a mish-mash of dark fruits, earthy notions and some tea-like aromas. Hints of clove. Sort of medicinal. After it warms it more closely resembles spiced bread.
Wow, the spectrum of "bad" is all over the place even after one sip. Ripe and medicinal dark fruits are immediately followed by an unpleasant tartness. Modest hops in the middle. The latter half is dry with some meager spicing. More medicinal flavors on the finish; also tea leaves, tree bark, dirt and pepperings of crushed aspirin.
A shade more than medium body, though it has an extremely coating feel - yuck. Carbonation seems reasonably low. The finish dry and bitter (and is compounded by the coating feel).
This isn't enjoyable at all. Though the tartness subsides, the medicinal bitterness picks up the slack. Though it could be worse, I drain-poured half of it regardless. The feel really kills this one.
Serving type: can
03-15-2011 04:16:10 | More by Ryan011235
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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
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