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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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785 Ratings

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 20
Gots: 42 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Zimm, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

MCDub, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

waddellc2, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

SeanGC, May 05, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

JoeBlevins, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Aosemidey, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

hef, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Srabe, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

jimmah120, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of YardmanFTB
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite spiced winter beers and it comes from a place that doesn't even have a winter (San Francisco). It is a dark English-style ale spiced with cinnamon and other spices common in winter ales. I find it to be a great mix between a malty English Ale and a spiced American-style winter Ale. A great beer.

YardmanFTB, Mar 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

DiscGolfRobot, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Localdrinklax, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights showing through.

S - Mint, nutmeg, cardamom, and dark cherries with a bready malt background.

T - Thick, brown malt up front with some brown sugar. More of the spice character comes out in the middle as notes of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon come out. Finishes with more dark bread, spices, and a bit of caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Not bad, the spice aroma is still pungent even though this can has some age on it and it is a bit unique compared to many other spiced beers Ive tried. A fairly well handled example of a spiced beer.

nickfl, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with poor retention but nice lace on a near clear deep amber red body. Aroma is very sweet and well represented with nutmeg, cherry, mint and cinnamon, all spice really. Flavors of the winter season with more nutmeg, gingerbread, nutmeg and hint of peppermint. Some caramel malt base as well. A lot thicker than expected, moderate carbonation and fairly oily coating the palate. Very interesting with this one managing to have many of the same flavors as others in the class but the overall flavors and body make it different and therefore memorable.

kylehay2004, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

roywilliams, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

JacobGumina, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pop the tab and pour a brew of the deepest ruby red. It holds a two finger tall head of big, cakey, light brown bubbles on a rough pour. It leaves patterned lacing down the sides of the glass as it recedes at a slow pace. No haze is noted, but bulky sediment sits suspended about the foot of the glass. Carbonation appears light. The aroma is hugely robust, with sweet and biting cranberry, tart raspberry, candied cherries buttery caramel and coffee malts, burnt gingerbread, spicy booze, clove, lightly limey hops, and raw allspice. Our first impression is that the opening act is highly bittered, but it gives way to a smooth follow through, with cleanly stark components. As we sip, big metallics, soured coffee malts, raw cinnamon, lactics, and light leathers start things off. The peak comes with plenty of bitterness, drying coffee bean maltiness, earthy muskiness, and juicy, wet yeast. The finish washes with less bitterness, but the smoke and depth of caramel and coffee grain, more yeast, molasses sweetness, and spice of allspice, pumpkin, ginger, and pecan nuttiness. The aftertaste breathes of toffee sweetness, raw coffee malts, mild grapefruit and herbal hoppiness, strawberry fruitiness, raw leathers, charred smokiness, salts, white sugars, and distant booziness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium, but with hearty froth and cream on the front. The sip otherwise gives nice slurp, smack, and pop. Pucker adds to the astringent dryness as it clears away an initial coating. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the true winteriness and warmth of the spice and depth of malts. While we do wish things had fleshed out a bit more fully through the flavoring, each component was nicely contributory to the final sip, adding nice depth and excitement throughout. The nose gave big fruity sweetness, and smelled a bit more like a bock, at times, than a warmer. Mouthfeel also ultimately added to the experience, helping to keep you happy with almost every sip.

TheBrewo, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are of cider, ginger, and sugars.

Taste starts out with some cider flavors. Baked apple, slightly sweet, with some caramel notes. Finish is spicy. Mostly notice ginger, as well as nutmeg and cinnamon. Interesting beer, but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall, I like this. It might come off to some as being a bit heavy handed with the ginger and spices to some, but it works pretty well for me.

flexabull, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

GaryMarkle84, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass. Pours a dark color, like a porter. Nice fine head, which dissipates to a ring around the edges. Lots of suspended yeast, which detracts from the look in the glass.

Malty and rich gingerbread on the nose. Quite delightful.

Sweet malty flavor, balanced out by dark bitter roasted malt flavors with dark spice notes.

All in all enjoyable. However I feel it is slightly too bitter for the style. Still I will continue to purchase and enjoy this beer.

jco3rd, Mar 06, 2013
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.