Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by cbarrett4:
3.73/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
FDR was staring me down so I couldn't resist buying this! Poured from can into Dogfish Head becker pint.
Nice brown/amber hue with off white head. Kind of foamy and fizzy, quickly fades to a thin lace.
Smells nicely of cinnamon and allspice. And not much else. Still it is a nice nose despite being pretty simple. Perhaps a touch of the malt is coming through too.
Taste is winter spice and malts. Again, nice but simple.
Mouthfeel tends to be a mish mash of different styles, some bitterness from decent amounts of hops, medium bodied, medium finish.
Overall good, but kind of odd. Really comes off as a winter spiced amber with a heavy dose of hops. It's a good but simple beer.
Serving type: can
10-26-2011 23:37:37 | More by cbarrett4
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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 773 ratings.