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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

780 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | 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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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).

02-25-2013 02:03:56 | More by Darkmagus82
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hoppyhelena

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-24-2013 22:59:07 | More by hoppyhelena
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-24-2013 20:20:17 | More by georgiaboy8686
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-20-2013 13:17:50 | More by IRONRakkasan
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justinbrown

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-19-2013 06:55:06 | More by justinbrown
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swh1972

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-17-2013 18:53:01 | More by swh1972
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adkieffer

Washington

4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-16-2013 18:40:05 | More by adkieffer
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

02-14-2013 14:35:50 | More by vicsju1991
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BeezNeezy22D

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

02-13-2013 16:33:44 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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thomscottson

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-13-2013 01:59:19 | More by thomscottson
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swungomonkey


3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-10-2013 19:28:43 | More by swungomonkey
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Lelampp

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

02-06-2013 03:08:35 | More by Lelampp
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Dirtinabottle

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-05-2013 02:05:42 | More by Dirtinabottle
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JMartin

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-04-2013 17:37:21 | More by JMartin
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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-01-2013 20:57:51 | More by CreightonSM
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-01-2013 20:49:24 | More by foureyedgeek
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-30-2013 16:50:29 | More by ramblinwreck101
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

01-30-2013 11:29:19 | More by ChrisMon02
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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.

01-30-2013 04:19:24 | More by SHODriver
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themind

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-30-2013 03:17:17 | More by themind
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mirish72

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2013 03:09:39 | More by mirish72
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-28-2013 22:52:11 | More by Dizzy242
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Sleeve

New York

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

01-28-2013 02:34:16 | More by Sleeve
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +27.3%

This was a 12 oz. can poured into a mug.

It pours a opaque black with no particles evident in the beer. It smells sweet like vanilla and maybe ginger or some other spice. I feel that it is nicely balanced and welcomed. I love the spices of this beer. It has a warming very pleasant taste of vanilla and then fades to the other spices as well as to the malts of this beer which are rich. I taste lots of sweet tastes which escape me but I definitely get vanilla. I like this beer and would order it again especially if on tap.

01-28-2013 02:25:14 | More by brewdude1982
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RJLarse

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +7%

I bought a couple cans of Fire3side Chat at Total Wine & More in Spokane. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color, translucent , with a foamy beige one finger head. The foam is fairly sticky and laces the side of the glass in a broad ring.

Smell is a darkly sweet aroma, with some dark fruit and rum notes. Dates, plums and a bit of a rum fruitcake aroma.

Taste is a lot like the smell, rich dark fruit flavors, a little spice and rum flavor. Just a touch of alcohol heat on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly cloying, with a heavy sweet aftertaste.

Overall a nice winter warmer. A little long on the sweet flavors.

01-28-2013 00:36:09 | More by RJLarse
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.