Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by zeledonia:
3.45/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Canned 9 November 2010.
Pours a deep mahogany brown; ruby highlights with light behind it. One-finger cream-tan had dissipates fast, leaving a bit of lacing.
Smell is rich, malty, and spiced. I get nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon. Some figgy and plummy dark fruit in the background, and a slightly acrid smell that I can't put my finger on. In general, it comes across as heavily spiced and not so well integrated.
Fairly tasty, if a bit bland. The malts take center stage - the spices are not as strong as they are in the nose. Again, dark fruits are prominent, but there's a hole there in the middle of the taste, where there ought to be something more. A bit of cardboard oxidation flavor, but that's the handler's fault, not the beer's.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy. Rather sticky, with a persistent finish.
I find this to be a pleasant, fairly flavorful beer. I could see it drinking pretty well in the middle of winter. But the malts and the spices seem like they're battling with each other, and they both come off the worse for wear. Its main downside is that the parts don't come together into a cohesive whole.
Serving type: can
07-26-2011 03:09:48 | More by zeledonia
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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.