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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 137 | 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:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 10-19-2010

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.
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear brown with light tan head that mostly burns off, with just a little holding on in the center of the glass. The aroma is lightly spiced and dark roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma but more robust with some distinct cardamom. It has a lighter body and just a hint of carbonation.

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3.92/5  rDev +13%

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2.52/5  rDev -27.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was hesitant to take the plunge, but bad weather here....I needed a winter warmer.

Pours a murky brown colored ale with a decent sized beige foamy head. Major lacing.

A lot of dark fruits and spice in the nose. Plum, fig, prune, cinnamon and nutmeg round this out.

Taste is spicy on the buds with a big malt backbone and more spice on the finish. Cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, light molasses and some coffee-like aspects here. Semi-bitter finish. A lot going on here trying to warm the tum-tum.

Overall this was pretty good. The 7.9% is very deceiving. Sitting around my fireplace I indeed had more than my fair share chatting about the here and now.....and even the past. Vault time.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.56/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.44/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.32/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Chocolaty and smooth

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a deep chocolate brown, boarding on black, 21st Amendment Fireside Chat gives off an aroma of nutmeg, clove, and allspice. The somewhat coffee-gingerbread like smell is slightly bitter, but malty, with hints of molasses. As noses go, it isn’t that complex. It starts off sweet, but moves toward the the bitter side of the spectrum. Despite this, it’s balanced, and doesn’t overwhelm the palate with bitterness. The mouthfeel is amazingly balanced, and doesn’t actually feel as heavy as it looks. The flavors are of nutmeg, clove, smoke, espresso, and touch of fruitness. The malt is also strong, giving off flavors of burnt caramel, molasses, and burned sugars. The finish channels a lot of the espresso and earthiness, and finishes somewhat like dark chocolate on the palate.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.