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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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768 Ratings
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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 18.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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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mbs11

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-14-2012 01:16:16 | More by mbs11
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tellish33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-13-2012 22:03:34 | More by tellish33
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mattyrubes

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

01-10-2012 04:28:23 | More by mattyrubes
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, almost black brown, with a massive tan head, which takes a few minutes to recede. Retention and lacing are top notch. Quite the welcome I don't normally come to expect of this style, which was nice.

S - Smell is of various spices (cinnamon, clove, coriander?), with dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel malts.

T - Taste is of molasses and brown sugar malts with a heavy dose of the aforementioned spices (I definitely taste cinnamon and clove), with hints of vanilla. Mild hops to keep things in balance here.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Spices give the illusion of more carbonation than there really is. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O - Overall, a nice, inexpensive example of the winter warmer style. A good choice for those looking for a winter on the maltier side, or those who like quite a bit of spices.

Serving type: can

01-09-2012 08:32:32 | More by Flightoficarus
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rob99er

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-08-2012 05:31:11 | More by rob99er
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towlea25

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-08-2012 02:20:19 | More by towlea25
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abeldiaz

Washington

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-05-2012 18:22:51 | More by abeldiaz
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Cellach

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a stemless red wine glass. The appearance is surprisingly clear for its rich amber-mahogany hue, with a substantial tan head. The nose is subtler than I expected, with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg emerging most prominently. Nothing particularly malty or fruity. The palate also is lighter than expected. It is medium-bodied and clean, with light buttery toffee malts and a pleasant balance of baking spices. Subtle hints of dried fruit, figs and dates perhaps, work pretty well with the spices.

Overall, this seems above average for the style. Spiced winter ales are rarely all that interesting, with a few notable exceptions. This one is pretty well done, and I'd buy it again if the mood struck me.

Serving type: can

01-04-2012 19:59:52 | More by Cellach
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NWer

Washington

4/5  rDev +16.3%

01-04-2012 00:45:53 | More by NWer
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Scout11

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-02-2012 15:45:18 | More by Scout11
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hannaho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-02-2012 05:46:39 | More by hannaho
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Loveyourbeer

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.8%

12-31-2011 23:47:08 | More by Loveyourbeer
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

12-31-2011 01:51:17 | More by Riggsy
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brendanmdeegan

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very ambitious offering from the fine boys at 21st Ammendment.

Tons of various winter spices- strong hints of nutmeg particularly. I credit 21st for really swinging for the fences on this offering- even if it is one I wouldnt want very often.

Sidebar- LOVE the packaging "Like FDR's radio addresses, this beer is like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time."

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 17:14:34 | More by brendanmdeegan
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TerrenceOBrien

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-29-2011 00:22:38 | More by TerrenceOBrien
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -70.9%

12-28-2011 19:25:21 | More by thatdirtymick
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Fireside Chat
12 oz. can, $1.99 @ Joe Canal's, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Appearance: Surprisingly clear, very deep mahogany brown body beneath a short head of creamy tan froth. The head drops readily to a standard collar along the sides of the glass. Lacing is made up of tiny spots, some larger drops, and the occasional stretch of craggy lace.

Smell: Dark caramel and spice - no surprise there. Cinnamon is clear. Perhaps nutmeg, maybe ginger... nice.

Taste: The spice is strong, but I don't think it's over-done. However, it does kind of build at the back of the throat unless you give it some time between sips. It's balanced within the dark, almost-burnt-sugar maltiness, and a surprisingly bitter back-bone. As it warms it becomes more chocolatey and round, softening the spice a bit more.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently zesty on the tongue.

Overall: Charming, festive, and warming.

Serving type: can

12-26-2011 23:03:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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Shilt

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-26-2011 04:06:59 | More by Shilt
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lstokes

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with red highlights and minimal head/lacing, this smells like spice--nutmeg and cinnamon--and some sweet dried fruits, like figs and plums. The taste has both of those components, some toasted malt, and citric hops. A bit too heavy on the spices. It's a pretty solid beer with a pleasantly light and clean body--I really like the dry ending, since I find some Winter Warmers very sticky and unintegrated. It's a pretty good beer, and my mother loved it, so I'll probably buy it again.

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 21:22:52 | More by lstokes
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keanex

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can canned on 10-26-2011 into a pint glass.

A: Deep garnet clear body with a beautiful creamy 1 finger tan head.

S: Lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with hints of dark fruits. Very inviting on Christmas Eve.

T: Too heavy on the spices here, I can't taste much but the melody of spices and it took away from the overall flavor.

M: Medium to heavy body with light fizzy carbonation.

O: Decent for the winter time, but I'd like to see this toned down on the spices. Not very drinkable after the first one.

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 06:30:04 | More by keanex
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-25-2011 03:51:52 | More by brez8791
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer starts off with a honey-like sweet aroma with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Lacing is generous and looks great on the glass.

A very frothy pale tan head tops this dark red ale which highlights ruby tones when held to light.

First thing I pick up on in the flavor are the spices mentioned in the aroma. Mid palate brings a bold chocolate malt essence which is followed by a somewhat hoppy (earthy, floral) finish.

The beer is moderately carbonated and has a medium body on the high side. It finishes somewhat dry.

The drinkability is moderate at best on this, as the alcohol snuck up on me. It's a good beer.

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 02:22:08 | More by tlazaroff
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown that is malty and spices are mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. Pleasant and drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, above average carbonation. brown with a minimal head.Malty aroma, surprisingly little spices in nose.Caramel, nutty. A spiced up brown, would like more hops. OK, nothing special.

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 00:09:21 | More by Sammy
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adrian21

Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.3%

12-24-2011 22:01:36 | More by adrian21
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stewarbd

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-24-2011 21:14:09 | More by stewarbd
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.