Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by negroobserver:
2.53/5 rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I was very excited when I happened upon this beer at whole foods recently and I immediately bought a six-pack. I had never had any beer from this brewery, which made it even more interesting.
I was very disappointed. The beer had a dirty brown color with what appears to be floating sediment or spices. It smell really good with a strong hint of spices, particularly cinnamon and cloves. The taste is severly lacking. I found that the spices are overpowering and really take the flavor and texture of the beer away. The carbonation was strong and the mouth feel not very exceptional. Overall, I found that I didn't enjoy the beer very much and didn't really want to have another.
Serving type: can
01-18-2011 02:42:06 | More by negroobserver
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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.