Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by jtierney89:
4.3/5 rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Dark chesnut color with amber highlights. Bubbly and lively tan head. Smells like a piece banana nut bread had a baby with a piece of cinnamon raisin bread. Hints of rum soaked raisins and holiday spice.
Rich creamy body with a fluffy mouthfeel. Flavors are a lot like that of the nose but while the banana nut bread flavors come through stronger on the nose, the cinnamon raisin bread like flavors come through stronger on the tongue. Dry and spicy on the back end of the tongue with a mild alcohol warming finish. In my opinion an awesome brew for cold winter morning with breakfast or cold winter nights sitting by the fire enjoying some sweets and of course good conversation. A really good brew. And oddly, I think it drinks better out of the can than in a glass.
Serving type: can
11-09-2012 02:21:49 | More by jtierney89
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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.