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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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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +16.3%

NWer, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Scout11
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Scout11, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of hannaho
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

hannaho, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Loveyourbeer, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Riggsy
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Riggsy, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of brendanmdeegan
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."

brendanmdeegan, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4/5  rDev +16.3%

TerrenceOBrien, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of thatdirtymick
1/5  rDev -70.9%

thatdirtymick, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Shilt, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of lstokes
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.

lstokes, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of keanex
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.

keanex, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

brez8791, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
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.

tlazaroff, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

adrian21, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

stewarbd, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with some beige head and bits of lacing.

Smells like an array of spices..cloves, licorice, cinnamon..leads to a roasted character and some brown sugar.

Taste follows nose into loads of spices again with roasted malt background and caramelized sugar.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink

TheMultiYeast, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

greenlab, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

doucmehu, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

pgofman, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

laymansbeerfan, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of hardy008
1.45/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pour a brown color with a light tan head with fair retention and not much lacing. Smells like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, roasted malt, and some hops. The roasted malt does not go well with the other aromas.

The taste is much like the aroma, and the roasted malt and the cinnamon, cloves, and ginger do not work well together. This is a mess to be honest.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation. The aftertaste has a confused mixture of spices and dark roasted malt which do not work together. Whoever thought beer this was a good idea was sadly mistaken. Thankfully I picked this can up as a single, so I never have to try it again.

hardy008, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

JulianBaughman, Dec 20, 2011
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.