1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
Fireside ChatFireside Chat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

925 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 925
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 26
Gots: 93 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fireside Chat Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 925 | Reviews: 294 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

BEERchitect, May 27, 2014
Photo of cvengeance
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cvengeance, Today at 08:00 AM
Photo of GRussell
4.36/5  rDev +26%

GRussell, Today at 01:35 AM
Photo of moundbz
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Kinda sweet and flat malt taste, tings the tongue.

moundbz, Yesterday at 03:43 AM
Photo of KANGAfat
4/5  rDev +15.6%

KANGAfat, Yesterday at 12:30 AM
Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Gww1864, Wednesday at 04:24 PM
Photo of mwpatter77
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%

mwpatter77, Tuesday at 11:22 PM
Photo of BukaBob
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%

BukaBob, Tuesday at 08:33 PM
Photo of Jeff_Benson
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Jeff_Benson, Tuesday at 02:14 AM
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

oberon, Tuesday at 12:25 AM
Photo of Tkelly121681
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Tkelly121681, Monday at 10:47 PM
Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Nice. Malts provide just enough backbone, with a toasty, chocolate character that is nevertheless subdued. Hint of bubblegum and just maybe a hint of marshmallow. I bet this would be great fireside.

logicalparadox, Monday at 07:50 PM
Photo of cozmo
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

cozmo, Sunday at 07:48 PM
Photo of cletusdog
4/5  rDev +15.6%

cletusdog, Sunday at 08:11 AM
Photo of MikeAllen
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

MikeAllen, Sunday at 03:37 AM
Photo of bcsteve89
3/5  rDev -13.3%

bcsteve89, Sunday at 03:22 AM
Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%

MuscleConfusion, Sunday at 03:20 AM
Photo of Brewers316
2.56/5  rDev -26%

Brewers316, Sunday at 01:12 AM
Photo of ajm5108
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

ajm5108, Saturday at 11:07 PM
Photo of Scott1015
3.6/5  rDev +4%

Scott1015, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of Risenhower
3.6/5  rDev +4%

Risenhower, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of rodlavers
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

rodlavers, Nov 22, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.