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Fireside Chat | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#40,743
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
1,339
pDev:
15.95%
 
 
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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HeathbarATL
4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotunsynth
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Dark, illuminating mahogany/cola color that's clear and easy to see through. Really foamy, thick sudsy tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon come first. Others include dark fruit, Christmas spices, coriander, brown sugar, cloves, prunes, molasses, herbal hops, and maybe some toast.

Taste is much like the aroma and feels lightly smooth. Very pleasant aftertaste of lingering spices and warmth that really does make me feel like I'm by a fireplace. Altogether very well balanced and impressive.

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Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bhawk1
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juicebox
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nass
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice & elegant can artwork. It's well balanced & the spices are not overwhelming. This is a good winter beer & the high abv is well hidden. Cheers! A-

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From draft at 21st Ammendment. From the tap list: “ A subtle twist on the traditional seasonal brew.We begin with a rich, dark, warming English-style ale and add a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.” 45 IBUs. Nice beer & not too spicy.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rockhead
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark (almost cola-like) brown that doesn't let much light through. Little active carbonation, though it produces a nice, fluffy khaki head. The smell really delights and fills the room from the moment it hits the glass. Spice and big dark fruit...like something that would be nice to drink warm steeped like tea! The taste is not quite as impressive. Although the spices ring through, the malt flavors are kind of muddled. I wonder if this is one that needs to warm up a bit to really be appreciated. The ABV is well-hidden, though, and the mouthfeel is nice. Full, but smooth.

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMEG
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is another disappointment from 21st Amendment. This is a brewery that is capable of much higher quality. The beer is very monolithic - its got all the right elements of a winter warmer - the spice, etc - however, nothing special. The beer pours with a light head, has a pleasant aroma of fruit, and a mouthfeel that is expected. But the taste lets you down - I wish it were a more memorable beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper brown color with a thin dark beige head with short retention.
Nice English aroma with notes of cocoa, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, cream chocolate and prunes in caramel.
Flavor with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, cola, some earthy and herbal hops, coriander, maybe ginger, molasses, prunes and cloves. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness. It feels lower than its 45 IBUs.
Bordering medium body with appropriate mild carbonation. Alcohol of 7.9% is well disguised.
Flavorful and balanced Winter Ale that is well below average cloying levels of the style. Don’t expect a sipper. This is more versatile.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can into tulip pint

Look: mahogany brown with a dense, cream-colored head

Smell: brown sugar, dark fruit, christmas spices

Taste: toasted malt, christmas spices, slight medicinal alcohol, minimal hop bitterness (mostly in the finish); balanced

Feel: medium body; tight carbonation. Finish is long.

Overall: It's a tasty beer, but it doesn't have the sweetness or alcohol warmth that I associate with other winter warmers.

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Photo of IronLover
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep, reddish brown in color, similar to dark tea, with excellent clarity. Poured with a tall, creamy, light beige foam with medium retention. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and light coriander aromas with sweet dark malts and light earthy hop notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and pleasant warmth from the middle to the finish. Medium high coriander and nutmeg flavors up front with sweet malt beneath. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by pepper and pine notes with light cinnamon. Boozy heat ramps up near the end and gets a little prickly. Finished with peppery notes, lingering spicy hop bitterness and sticky sweet malt notes. Aromas and flavor were very spicy, reminiscent of potpourri and Thanksgiving. Despite the medium body, the feel was a bit thin.

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Photo of thornburyslasher
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good winter beer. For me this is the right amount of spice. Others I’ve tried had too much spice. They got
It right. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DeeBreezy
2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of RockyM72
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,339 ratings