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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

765 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Like FDR’s Depression-era radio addresses, which were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time, our Fireside Chat is a subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew. We begin with a rich, dark, English-style ale and then we improvise with spices until we know we have a beer worth sharing with the nation.

Fireside Chat is our early winter seasonal brew available from October through December in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like a classic, warming Strong Ale but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.

(Beer added by: elgiacomo on 10-19-2010)
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +45.3%

08-14-2013 02:39:58 | More by timjim1327
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gobrewins

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +45.3%

01-26-2012 02:55:39 | More by gobrewins
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zipyth3pinhead

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +45.3%

12-06-2011 06:07:09 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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OStrungT

California

4.78/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany color with a thik, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer has a pleasent, mild nutmeg aroma. I get a slight cinnimon aroma also. It has a mild, toffee like malty aroma as well.

This beer tastes like it smells. I like the mild, but noticable nutmeg flavor.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a spicy nutmeg like aftertaste. Carbonation is medium.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and that is about the onl;y problem I see with it.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. I am surprized it is rated so low. It is well balanced, with a nice flavor.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 21:50:55 | More by OStrungT
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ardeano

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- straight from the can; I was at work and wasn't fast enough to get one of the snifters

S- crazy complex - fruity, malty and deep

T- like nothing like I've ever had; the taste follows the nose almost to a 'T', extremely rich with sweet dark plum and a bit of licorice - it's hard to explain other than it's a rich brew...

M- thinner than I was expecting (I was expecting a heavy liquid - don't know why) but rich nonetheless

D- your not going to sit down and finish a 4-pack off but a nice, rich end to a meal for sure... and if your not used to a rich, fruity beer I doubt your going to like this. If your a novice and interested in this beer I suggest finding a single can or find some friends to go in on a 4-pack.

Would think that a hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate brownie with hot chocolate sauce on it would be a perfect pairing for this...

Serving type: can

11-23-2010 23:55:22 | More by ardeano
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with a little bit of head.

S - Smell some spices.

T - Really enjoyable. Warm malty flavor. Alcohol is not overwhelming. Caramel hints.

M - Excellent. Creamy, with light carbonation. Medium body.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I could drink several of them and will be drinking it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 23:49:58 | More by BeerDawgs
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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

11-22-2013 18:21:33 | More by Nage37
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Austinmschauer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

10-18-2013 13:41:28 | More by Austinmschauer
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cmonfradi

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

01-21-2012 20:49:52 | More by cmonfradi
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beastlyz

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

01-16-2012 16:43:17 | More by beastlyz
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

12-15-2011 21:57:08 | More by apintofknowledge
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

05-05-2014 03:04:54 | More by wrightst
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robertsp


4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

07-04-2012 02:36:40 | More by robertsp
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

10-19-2013 17:00:03 | More by powdersoldier
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

11-25-2012 16:37:00 | More by hollywood_15063
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cld253

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

12-17-2011 01:59:03 | More by cld253
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TapHeadBrewing

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

10-09-2013 02:52:23 | More by TapHeadBrewing
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johnh7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

12-08-2012 22:02:45 | More by johnh7
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

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cralyanne

California

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

05-04-2012 22:43:14 | More by cralyanne
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binkman

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight outta the can, so appearance here is completely the artwork. It smells like Christmas and the taste carries through as well. A lot of spice, but not all upfront and even kind of cinnamonny at the end. At 7.8% you might be expecting a very hoppy beer, but the spices do a lot to balance out the hoppy-ness, which scores points with me. I tend to prefer maltier brews. Carbonation was perfect in my can. You don't even realize it's 8% until you stand up to get the second one and fall back down. Didn't see any elves, though, like the one FDR is chatting up on the artwork. Very enjoyable brew. Even at $10 a 6er, I'll be going back for some more.

Serving type: can

12-13-2010 02:04:43 | More by binkman
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GreenJetta912

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok, I had this beer last year and remembered its greatness, so I bought a case this year. 12oz pours into a pint glass. head brings the level up to the very brim of pint glass. great lacing and average retention. color is dark amber/ dark brown with red hues.

Smell is spicy like a pumpkin ale. nutmeg and all spice.

The taste is straight English brown ale meets American stout and has a baby. The outcome is fireside chat ale and the spices stack on top of this making this grandious and delicious. This beer is fucking exquisite. great winter warmer beer.

The finish contains caramel/brown sugar notes and a nutmegy spice character. good stuff here!

overall: you are a moron not to buy this case. as a hophead this is at the opposite spectrum of flavors for my preference but this beer takes the cake in the category winter warmers.

I'm proud to make this beer my 50th review!

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 03:13:02 | More by GreenJetta912
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bobbinalong

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew seems to be taking a hit for not matching the style, but if you ignore that, this is a very tasty 7.9% offering.
The taste is very well balanced with the spices covering the sweetness of the malt perfectly. Mouth feel comes off as almost creamy but takes a slightly carbonated edge at the finish.
Not sure where the one reviewer came up with the sour taste as these cans offer nothing of the sort.
A very independent brew!

Serving type: can

10-18-2011 23:15:44 | More by bobbinalong
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YardmanFTB

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite spiced winter beers and it comes from a place that doesn't even have a winter (San Francisco). It is a dark English-style ale spiced with cinnamon and other spices common in winter ales. I find it to be a great mix between a malty English Ale and a spiced American-style winter Ale. A great beer.

Serving type: can

03-26-2013 02:44:09 | More by YardmanFTB
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beerman21

California

4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured a nice murky reddish dark brown, cinnamon brown soapy head.

S-nutmeg, burnt brown sugar, molasses. Quite subdued smell wise.

T/M- Wow! Christmas in a can! Sweet mixture of brown sugar, molasses, raw sugar cane. Warming booziness, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, bitter orange zest, which really keeps the sweetness in check. I'm sure that come from the hop variety they used... A real nice creamy texture, flavors of sugar cookies, coffee cake, figs, raisans. Very complex did not expect that just by the aroma. Definanetly fools you.

Overall- pretty awesome brew. I'm surprise there hasn't been more excitement about this seasonal. Imagine Anchor steam Christmas ale on steroids and there you have fireside chat. Damn good stuff.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 23:06:37 | More by beerman21
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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.