Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by womencantsail:
1.85/5 rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
On-tap at 21A
A: The pour is almost black cherry in color with a creamy off-white head.
S: Smells like sour cherries and prunes with some metal, smoke, and cereal. There's a bit of a booze-soaked fruit cake thing going on a well.
T: Like the nose, lots of sour/spoiled fruit juices, particularly cherries, prunes, and raisins. A bit of an olive flavor as well as metal and cheerios. And just for good measure, some alcohol and brown sugar.
M: The body and carbonation is both medium.
D: Another loser from 21A. This was bad in just about every way.
Serving type: on-tap
11-27-2010 21:03:34 | More by womencantsail
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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 770 ratings.