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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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819 Ratings

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 52 | 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 fscottkey
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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3.75/5  rDev +9%

notSweeney, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev +5.8%

HCGS89, Sep 27, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +22.1%

boogieman6, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%

12 oz. can, 2014 edition poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, completely opaque, mahogany color with two full fingers of white head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong notes of toasted malt, dried stone fruit, winter spices such as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, ginger, dark molasses and a touch of dark chocolate. Smells great!

Taste: Exactly like its aroma. Strong flavors of toasted malt, followed by strong flavors of dried stone fruit such as prunes, raisins, figs, apricots and dates, followed by candied sugar and Belgian yeast, and finally, some great flavors of spices such as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and ginger. Delicious!

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly chewy and pretty smooth, as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 7.9%, there is just a slight touch, a hint really, of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! Another great beer from 21st Amendment!! Tons of malt, stone fruit and spices! Delicious!!

Jeffreysan, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

malfunxion, Sep 01, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +2.3%

Sound_Explorer, Aug 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +45.3%

Brandonyslc, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

twenteone, Aug 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

vonnerbeer, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

ronricorossi, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

JDeming, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

rbail012, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

zestar, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

therealsikes, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Arch578, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Robyn, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Kinger2425, Jul 28, 2014
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.