Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 1,003
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.29%
Wants: 35
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
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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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented to me at the JAmison Pourhouse as a rich ruby brown with a small substaining head. Did't take notice of the carbs.
Aroma was light with some spices that were pretty sutle at best. Abit malty but not much.
Aroma is malty fresh with a light spice taste. Iwasn't aware of cocoa nibs unti I read there website but either way I did't really taste any cocoa.
Smooth drinking and pretty full with a clean semi bitter aftertaste.
A solid beer in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep mahogany color with puffy, 2 finger, light brown head.

S - Caramel malt, bready, light on spices, nutmeg and allspice. Slightly metallic and estery

T - Wow, almost overpowering on the spices. Clover and cinnamon, lots of nutmeg as well. It's certainly Christmas-y, but almost in that "Good god, Grandma, have you no limits?" way. Little bit of ester.

M - Full, drying.

Overall - I feel like 21st Amendment tried to find the most spices they could possibly put in a beer and do that. It wasn't bad, but it was way overpowering.

Photo of vkv822
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap @ Sellwood Public House.
from notes.

Deep mahogany with a thin off-white head.

Primarily chocolate malts, with lots of spice notes in both aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel is medium+ with mild carbonation.

This was an interesting beer, I enjoyed the aroma and taste, but overall the holiday-spice notes became a bit much towards the middle of the glass.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Canned on 09/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brown with some hints of ruby. Lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger light tan head with decent retention. Leaves a bunch of spotty lacing around the glass.

Smell: A malt and yeast driven aroma with a very big mix of spices. Toasted malts and a Belgian like yeast presence. Hints of banana, biscuit, cookie dough, gingerbread, toffee, caramel, and wheat grains. Big hints of spices including nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and pepper. Sweet brown sugar and molasses. Subtle hints of dark raisin, fig, dates, and prune. The spices really stand out. Interesting smell.

Taste: As spice driven and malty as it smells. Toasted malts with a taste of bananas, yeast, biscuit, gingerbread, grains, toffee, and caramel. Very big taste of spices including ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a little pepper. Undertones of fruit including apple, dark fig, raisin, dates, and prune. Sweet kick from some candied sugar and molasses. A quite interesting combination. Its sort of like a Dunkelweizen mixed with a heavily spiced winter warmer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and slick. Spicy and fairly smooth.

Overall: A pretty different take on a Winter Warmer. Very heavily spiced and a nice fruity malt mix. Pretty decent overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.44/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a dfh snifter.

A: pours a deep dark brown/mahogany with a little more then a finger of tanned head.... Head recess nicley with some nice lacing.

S: x-mas spice blast. Particuarly nutmeg and cinnamon over Sweet molasses.

T: x-mas spice over a rich malt backbone. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, molasses, brown sugar, rasin.

M: in the heavy side of medium, a touch of bitterness on the finish leavs the mouth tasting bitter and spicy, moderate carbonation.... Not a fan of the aftertaste.

O: if you like very spicy winter Warner's you'd probably really enjoy this. Not particuarly my style, too much spice for me.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark brown with a reddish tint. thin light cream colored head

S-smells like hot cinnamint and grains. sweet smelling. i was expecting some smokyness like a fireside chat would have, but there is none

T-comes in with a cinnamint flavor with an odd sweetness. tastes almost artificial. has some dark belgian sugars to it. the ending really does taste similar to a dark belgian ale...with a touch of bitterness. its an odd mesh of flavors. Actually, there is a really faint smoke flavor in the after-taste.

M-medium dry carbonation with a watery finish

O-it's more or less just a mess. there are a lot of flavors going on here, but they just don't mix together well. I think some of the spices need to be taken out. It definitely does have some sort of potential, but it needs work. not exactly easy to drink. it has a certain plastic-like bitterness that makes this not exactly fun to finish. I don't recommend, there's something better out there for you to choose.

Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.