Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by Tifore:
4/5 rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.
A - Pours a deep amber to mahogany in color. Lots of red and oranges. Develops a huge three finger head that is light white in color and pretty thick. Has a great lacing that holds to the sides of the glass as well.
S - Smells suprisingly light on the spice as compared to GLBC Christmas Ale or Wassail for examples. Spice is still there though, cinnamon and nutmeg mainly. Some fruity banana notes as well.
T - Taste is very much like smell. Spices come through and blend well with some hoppy-ness which leads to this semi weird bitterness at the end that doesn't really fit but kind of does.
M - Mouthfeel is very slick and oily. Lots of carbonation that attacks my tounge and leaves it tingling.
D - A highly drinkable beer. I could see having a few of these in a night and feeling great. I will definitely buy more this winter season.
Serving type: can
11-24-2010 03:41:51 | More by Tifore
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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.