Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
A- Mud dirty brown body, when held to the light I see some dark amber hues. Modest tan head, consistent lacing around the glass.
S- Tons of spices, I even get some yeasty smell,then some odd tart sourness mixes in, although it doesnt seem to be too out of place. Another swirl softened out the tart and produced more rich spice and chocolate.
T- Warm spices and chocolate come in along with uninvited sour guests. This just doesnt flow in a tasty way. Definitely the tastiest unbalanced brew Ive had so I'll give it points for that.
M- Smooth and creamy, not as rich as I'd like.
D- The out of place sourness gets distracting after awhile.
Pass on this one.
Serving type: can
02-02-2011 04:17:41 | More by foogerd
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3.29/5 rDev -4.1%
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 763 ratings.