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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
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773 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.

Fireside Chat is our early winter seasonal brew available from October through December in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 10-19-2010)
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StoneTSR

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4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Deep, dark and reddish brown in color, the Fireside chat has a nice, thick and foamy head of about an inch capping the beer. The head retention is outstanding with only about a third of it fading in the first three minutes after the pour.

SMELL: Aroma of Christmas spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a little brown sugar and even some pine lingers behind the spice. If it were stronger I'd be happier with it.

TASTE: The cinnamon and nutmeg are still present in the taste, but not nearly as strong as they were in the nose. The brown sugar and sweeter malt flavors run the show in the early and middle portions of each sip, but they are balanced by a nice, subtle, hoppy grassiness in the finish. This is what a winter warmer should be.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich, full-bodied, smooth and creamy. A touch of carbonation tickles the palate, but the smooth, creamy texture works perfectly with the big body. Decedent.

OVERALL: This is not my favorite style by any means, but occasionally, I'll enjoy a winter warmer. This is, by far, the best example I have tried. Somewhere between malty and hoppy this beer truly warms with a comforting array of Christmas-like spices.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 08:36:59 | More by StoneTSR
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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.

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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.

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.