Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by Thur123:
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
This brew pours dark reddish brown with one finger of parchment colored head. The smell is deep rich brown malt with a slight edge of spice and no hops to speak of really. Very earthy smelling.
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The flavor is nutty malt with a very earthy edge. The yeast flavor seems to be prominent as well. The spice is pretty subdued. The flavor of this for some reason reminds me of a doppelbock. The end of the flavor comes off as tart with a bit of spice kick. Overall this needs more spice of bigger malt or perhaps a bigger malt profile, because this is kind of underwhelming, albeit tasty. There are dark cherries involved along with plums too.
Serving type: can
10-22-2010 20:41:09 | More by Thur123
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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 771 ratings.