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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 48 | 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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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.

BEERchitect, May 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

sachie23, Yesterday at 07:47 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

A: deep amber, transparent
S: malty, grainy, bit spicy
T: malty, spicy, a bit grainy, mild bitterness, lingering alcohol
MF: medium to big body, creamy
Overall: a,solid brew, i would quaf a few with pleasure

brongladest, Sunday at 04:22 AM
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

somalley26, Saturday at 01:54 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

stevehagy, Saturday at 12:03 AM
Photo of dank203
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

really dark, almost pitch black with frothy, light brn head. aromas are slightly boozy, fig, raisin, coacoa, vanilla, cinnamon. taste of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, coacoa, vanilla, fig, all blended with a kiss of black cherry. feel is solid, just enough carbonation and smoothness

dank203, Friday at 10:51 PM
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

timmy2b, Friday at 11:56 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Poured out of a 12oz can into a pint glass. Fireside chat pours a dark molasses brown with a prominent off white head about two fingers I length. It leaves a light lacing with a head that dissipates quickly. Smell is an upfront sticky sweetness with a hard spice undertone. Heavy clove and nutmeg with a molasses finish. Taste is of upfront spice and molds into a nice sweetness, in the middle I'm picking up aged fruit, dried figs or currants with a light alcohol astringent at the end (not at all bad for a 7.9% beer). Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation that I feel really suits the style. Overall this is the first beer in the "winter warmer" category I have ever tried and I will be returning! A very smooth spiced beer that won't overpower.

Kimchi270, Friday at 04:35 AM
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3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

nodder, Oct 14, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

VashonGuy, Oct 14, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%

cantal, Oct 12, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +2.3%

Michaelcc73, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Oct 12, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +14%

The_Bob, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

cyber_phoenix, Oct 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

sansho, Oct 10, 2014
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3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.5] Deep gorgeous red to brown color. It looks a lot like a craft root beer in the glass. Forms a 2 finger head when poured. The head is dense off white foam. The can lists the best by date 01/07/15) and the IBUs 45 and the ABV 7.9%(+1 for the trifecta!)

S: [3.00] The smell is sticky spiced candy.

T: [3.25] Not like other beers I have tried before. The spices are not overpowering but they do cover any traditional beer taste. This is like a beer with cider spices in it. I can't discern individual flavor notes.

M: [3.75] Decent body and carbonation. No sense of alcohol even at 7.9%

O: [3.50] This is a new variety and taste to me. It was not like any beer I have had. It is not bad - but it is not something I would seek out again. The nose was a tad weak and I couldn't pick out individual flavors. As the beer warms I feel like it is tasting more like a Scotch Ale with spices.

fscottkey, Oct 10, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

dheldman, Oct 09, 2014
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2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

Ngntjp, Oct 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

trxxpaxxs, Oct 07, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -7%

hoppyhoppy, Oct 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

tb4475, Oct 06, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Slizy22, Oct 03, 2014
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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.