1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.

785 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
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
Ratings: 785 | Reviews: 280 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -41.9%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev +9%

sixerofelixir, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of StevenK708
3.75/5  rDev +9%

StevenK708, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Shatter
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Shatter, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%

Picked up a single of this strange brew from a mixed six-pack at my local establishment. Let's see how it measures up.

Appearance: Pours a dark, almond-like, brown. Leaves behind moderate bubbles and an exceptional, frothy white head that takes it time to dissipate and the lacing it on par with most of the beers in this category.

Smell: Has some moderate, dark malts. Has an almost chocolate-like aroma, and it definitely comes into a positive aspect of this beer. It has a subtle tartness to it that actually draws me in more. I can see more indisputable things about this.

Taste: Has a upfront taste of slight fruits and calm, but thick malts. Noticed some lemon zest and cinnamon. Also I enjoyed a taste of brown sugar and slight amounts of vanilla. I thoroughly enjoyed the fine malts of dark roast, but the slight sweetness of spices. Goes together very well and is well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice, natural carbonation that makes for easy sipping.

Overall: Wasn't exactly thrilled going into this, but over time I did enjoy it as it went down. It brought some surprises to the plate, but there are in need of some improvements. Some of the spices added in were generic and not very different from the norm. Not to say this wasn't a good beer, as it was good for sipping, but nothing entirely too special. I would maybe try again if it were offered, but I guess I would recommend to a friend. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a lightly hazed brown-mahogany color with a small one half finger cream colored head. The small head persists for some time to fade eventually leaving a lighter level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of malty and spicy smells with notes of some sweetness within. The malty aromas are of a toasted malt with the spice being mainly of cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweet smells of caramel, fig, and plum mixed with a light boozy aroma, create a quite spiced fruitcake aroma overall

Taste – The taste begins of roasted malt and a very small amount of sweetness from plum and caramel. The caramel fades quite quickly from the taste, while tons of spice and a light boozy flavor come to the tongue. The spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg grow stronger to the end of the taste and are joined by an ever increasing rum like boozy taste. These flavors in the end leave a somewhat astringent rather dry boozy and spicy flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. The thin body does a rather poor job at complimenting the roasted and boozy flavors, although on the plus side the thin body and higher carbonation level did prevent some of the more off flavors from really lingering on the tongue. So overall a moderate mouthfeel.

Overall – Not really one I would recommend. The flavors are a little too spicy and astringent with a feel that does not complement well the winter warmer category (although I guess the boozy taste does).

Darkmagus82, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of hoppyhelena
3/5  rDev -12.8%

hoppyhelena, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of georgiaboy8686
4/5  rDev +16.3%

georgiaboy8686, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev +9%

IRONRakkasan, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of justinbrown
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

justinbrown, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of swh1972
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

swh1972, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev +16.3%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of vicsju1991
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

vicsju1991, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of BeezNeezy22D
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

BeezNeezy22D, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of thomscottson
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of swungomonkey
3/5  rDev -12.8%

swungomonkey, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Lelampp
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Lelampp, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Dirtinabottle, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of JMartin
3/5  rDev -12.8%

JMartin, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of CreightonSM
4/5  rDev +16.3%

CreightonSM, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of foureyedgeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

foureyedgeek, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ramblinwreck101, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of ChrisMon02
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

ChrisMon02, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
3.13/5  rDev -9%

A: pours a deep brown with a slight reddish hue, call it mahogany. a finger of deep off white head sits atop and fades to a small mat after a decent time.
S: smells of spices, toffee and a little bit of plumb. very sweet on the nose
T: toffee up front, some spices like nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon, a bit of dark fruit, slight toastyness from the malt and some sugary sweetness. slight herbalness on the back end. aftertaste is hard to describe but it's like spice mixed with some hops and a bit more residual sugar
M: medium with active and slightly prickly carbonation, a little drying on the swallow
O: solid beer but the finish on the swallow really ruins it. glad I only got the one. overall it's not bad and if the aftertaste was cleaner and the flavors played better it would get higher marks. up until that point it was a solid B.

SHODriver, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

themind, Jan 30, 2013
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.