Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
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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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 769 ratings.