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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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79
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990 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 990
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 114 | 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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Photo of CraigP83
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark crimson, light carbonation
Odor: Malts, Caramel, and maybe a hint of vanilla
Taste: I struggled to figure this one out, it has spices that tend to build up in the back of your throat. Extremely complex each sip brings different notes. Slight bitterness but not overpowering.

Photo of BrettMRogers
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not enjoy it at all

Photo of JNForsyth
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InkedinRi
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark ruby red! Not much going on the nose.. Taste is good.. Spices and more spices.. Almost reminds me of a pumpkin beer.. Over All a good beer.

Photo of Buck85
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of stomioka
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zombill
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

EBD 1/31/15. Pours a clear dark amber with a beautiful deep dark ruby hue. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Light nose of dark fruit (figs) over light spice (cinnamon, ginger) with notes of burnt molasses. As it warms, light alcohol notes are noted with a bourbon quality. Almost light medium body with a bit of smooth texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with little effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is somewhat intense, quite complex and very well balanced. It begins with a wisp of fig that flows into a light sweet molasses with a burnt character. In the middle, these yield to the spices that impart a mild spicy bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of bitterness to caramel sweetness. As the sweetness fades, a slightly astringent aftertaste lingers of ginger over light cinnamon. The 6.9% alcohol is totally hidden.

Photo of polopaul20
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of schad
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ScottStache
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kimlsully
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of delta490
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear brown with light tan head that mostly burns off, with just a little holding on in the center of the glass. The aroma is lightly spiced and dark roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma but more robust with some distinct cardamom. It has a lighter body and just a hint of carbonation.

Photo of kkazemi
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of suckaj
2.52/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of abeaulieu
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of foamzula
4.68/5  rDev +35.3%

Photo of kaseydad
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was hesitant to take the plunge, but bad weather here....I needed a winter warmer.

Pours a murky brown colored ale with a decent sized beige foamy head. Major lacing.

A lot of dark fruits and spice in the nose. Plum, fig, prune, cinnamon and nutmeg round this out.

Taste is spicy on the buds with a big malt backbone and more spice on the finish. Cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, light molasses and some coffee-like aspects here. Semi-bitter finish. A lot going on here trying to warm the tum-tum.

Overall this was pretty good. The 7.9% is very deceiving. Sitting around my fireplace I indeed had more than my fair share chatting about the here and now.....and even the past. Vault time.

Photo of Hopmeplease
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of lawsonsj
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Crunk_certified
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of McMatt7
3.32/5  rDev -4%

Photo of capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 990 ratings.