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Fireside Chat - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 144 | 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:
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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of doughanson78
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown. Very clear from what light does come through. One+ finger off white head with good retention and alright lacing.

S: Nutmeg and cinnamon are upfront in the spice of this one. Some breadiness along with a honey graham cracker aroma. It's light but overall nice.

T: Some toffee, caramel, and brown sugar upfront. An off cinnamon, nutmeg, and light clove spice in the middle. Finishes with toffee and the slight graham cracker.

M: Medium body. Very high carbonation. Fizzy and creamy. Slightly slick.

O: A good winter warmer. Not a big fan of the style, but would buy this again.

Photo of CP20
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.68/5  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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Cellach
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of brendanmdeegan
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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."

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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1/5  rDev -71.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of lstokes
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

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3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.