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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,054
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 149 | 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:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 10-19-2010

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.
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Ratings: 1,054 | Reviews: 325
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A: deep amber, transparent
S: malty, grainy, bit spicy
T: malty, spicy, a bit grainy, mild bitterness, lingering alcohol
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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

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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.

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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.

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
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