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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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

SATBMan, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

patreely12, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of cld253
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

cld253, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of syntheticwings
4/5  rDev +16.3%

syntheticwings, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +16.3%

bmoney, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of apintofknowledge
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

apintofknowledge, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +16.3%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a dark burgundy brown color, minimal head and lacing. Scent is mild and contains roasted nuts, toasted grain, hint of char, minimal traces of caramel and seasonal spice, splash of cranberry juice. Taste is quite light and muddled, malts are roasty and toasty, but light, seasonal spices are a focal point, but light, splash of tart cranberry juice. Medium bodied and bubbly. Overall, not much going on and that makes it unmemorable.

rfgetz, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of nsabo
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

Ginger with some fruity cloves, chai tea, a smack of something like a rootbeer float, and doughy caramel malts. The hops are there, but so subtle there's nothing to report.
All in all, pretty tastey.
I dug their Monk's Blood a bit more, it being spiced, as well, but I'm happy to see more spiced beers around.

nsabo, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of photomike
3/5  rDev -12.8%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

St: 12oz can poured into a pint glass. Can lists ABV and COD.

A: Very dark chestnut brown with a dingy off-white slightly brown head. The head is fluffy, rocky, and a half-a-finger high; the retention is very good. Though the beer is dark, it is a clearer beer rather than cloudy. It also leaves decent lacing.

S: Clear nutmeg and cinnamon join with roasted malt. There is also a bit of dark fruit (raisins).

T: Lots of roasted malt and slight burnt coffee. Some nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon show on the back end along with alcohol and some hop bitterness.

M: Medium and smooth.

O: This beer has a great look and a nice aroma, but the taste does not deliver everything one expects. The alcohol and bitterness, though meant to balance, actually takes away from the beer as a whole. I also think the beer could be a bit heavier. There is nice roasted malt and burnt edges, but the holiday spices get a little lost in the background.

ianjsullivan, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of eeggles
4/5  rDev +16.3%

eeggles, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

tyjaman, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Ironfoot
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Dark with an amber tint when in the light. Good head and not cloudy.
Taste has an initial spice. A carmel nutmeg combination.
Tails off quite nicely without any overpowering flavors.
The spices are combined well and stay consistent throughout the drink.
Overall a definite winter beer. The high alcohol content is hidden very well. Spicy but nothing overpowering.

Ironfoot, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of AwesomeLiz
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a goblet glass from a can. Nice foamy head, recedes to a nice lace.

Appearance - Dark; deep ruby when held to the light.

Smell - Lightly hoppy, hints of vanilla and caramel.

Taste - This is where the English Ale characteristics definitely come out. Starts out malty with a touch of spice, vanilla, oak and the tiniest suggestion of smoke. Some stone fruits. Medium-light, balanced bitterness and alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel - to the full-side of medium bodied, almost creamy.

Overall a tasty (in my opinion) winter warmer, but could use more aggressive spice to counter the hops. Drink on a cold day with some Lebkuchen.

AwesomeLiz, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -12.8%

funkel81, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of GreenJetta912
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%

ok, I had this beer last year and remembered its greatness, so I bought a case this year. 12oz pours into a pint glass. head brings the level up to the very brim of pint glass. great lacing and average retention. color is dark amber/ dark brown with red hues.

Smell is spicy like a pumpkin ale. nutmeg and all spice.

The taste is straight English brown ale meets American stout and has a baby. The outcome is fireside chat ale and the spices stack on top of this making this grandious and delicious. This beer is fucking exquisite. great winter warmer beer.

The finish contains caramel/brown sugar notes and a nutmegy spice character. good stuff here!

overall: you are a moron not to buy this case. as a hophead this is at the opposite spectrum of flavors for my preference but this beer takes the cake in the category winter warmers.

I'm proud to make this beer my 50th review!

GreenJetta912, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Lillie1128, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

jpbebeau, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

jimmydugs, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Mosley1212, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Britton, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

I love the artwork on this can! Hopefully, the beer does the artwork justice. I poured this one into a shaker pint.

Appearance- The cap manages a half-finger and has decent retention, beige in color. The body is an extremely dark brown with just the slightest amount of auburn highlights.

Smell- A little bit of toasted malt and some sweet grain are what come out the strongest. There is some mild spice and a little vanilla that are poking through.

Taste- Talk about winter warmer, first noticeable spice and malt combo is very much a gingerbread cookie in a glass. However, there is an unpleasant bitter hop or burnt malt in the finish that overwhelms whatever good will this beer started with.

The malt is toasted, and there is a slight nuttiness into mid-drink. There is also a slight metallic tang every couple of sips. Just when it starts to get good, one aspect or another brings it back down a bit.

Mouth feel- It is a nice medium body, but a little too carbonated. Otherwise, it is pretty meh. It could have been helped with a creamier feel.

Overall- It is hard to dislike, and recommend this beer at the same time. Aspects of this beer, like the gingerbread cookie aspect and the nose, to a certain extent, are good qualities.

But the mouth feel, and metallic taste detract from what is going on.

Pintofbrown, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
3.68/5  rDev +7%

A: Nice mahogany color - reddish brown, and almost garnet-like when held to light. Definitely filtered - no visible sediment or haze. Slight light tan head.

S: Not a whole lot of scent - faint nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper on top of some brown sugar-like malts. Smells like a lighter version of a really tasty winter warmer.

T: A bit of a metallic tinge was the first thing that hit my tongue. Followed by a mellow brown ale sort of flavor with hints of the spices that I observed in the scent.

M: Texture is good - decent body and carbonation. Doesn't seem quite as thick as you'd think for a beer with nearly 8% ABV.

O: Not a bad brew, but not something I'd rush back to try. It made me miss better winter warmers (eg. Old Fezziwig).

jnn4v, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Can poured into tulip.
I dont understand this...it says its from Minneapolis on the can??

Looks almost like a stout, but when held up to light you can see a bit of red. Thick foam, gone in a few minutes, but leaves nice lacing.
Smells of sweet malts and a bit of spicy yeast.
Nice sweet smokey malts with a bit of spice. I like that its not overly spiced. Hint of vanilla and coffee with pine/spruce in the aftertaste. Feels a bit overly carbonated, but just being picky...
I dont know why this got such bad reviews? Its a very good winter warmer. Not heavy and not overly spiced, but enough so you know the season..in case you forget...
its well worth a try.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 08, 2011
Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.