Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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2.63/5 rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Super dark molasses brown with a slight cherrywood maroon tone to it. Big fluffy cap of beige foam makes a nice stand and keeps itself steady for a good while before dismantling itself to a heavy skim and lots of thick lacing.
Aroma is soft of roasted nuts and dark bready malts and some indesipherable spice that kind of seems nutmegy and all spiced? Cinnamon? Quite dull and muted overall and worthy for a Winter Warmer from a state that doesn't deal with a real winter like MN.
Taste is off by alot with an overall tanin bound tone of metal coins, hard water, and old roasted malt extract. Tangyness is far to soured for any Winter Warmer as there really isn't anything other then a unpleasant souring taste and texture.
Soured light bodied brew of distasteful delight.
Serving type: can
04-26-2011 00:30:42 | More by tavernjef
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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 765 ratings.