Fireside Chat
21st Amendment Brewery

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From:
21st Amendment Brewery
 
California, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #124
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
80
Ranked #28,223
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 15.91%
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
988
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 07, 2022
Added:
Oct 19, 2010
Wants:
  47
Gots:
  281
SCORE
80
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Notes: 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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Ratings by Bogdawg:
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Rated by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can
Glass: 0.4L Tulip
Serving Temp: unsure. Maybe 55-60 degrees F


Look: Dark brown bordering on black and opaque. Large khaki head dissipates to 1", leaving good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Toasted grains and toasted caramel. Nice and malty. Hints of cocoa. Cinnamon and some nutmeg.

Taste: Similar to the nose but more intense. Very malty. Toasted bread and caramel. Nutmeg. Some cinnamon. Earthy bitterness that builds towards the end.

Feel: Smooth with a medium body.

Overall: An easy to drink spiced ale/winter warmer. I like the maltiness (as opposed to the sweetness that some other winter warmers exhibit) and the fact that the spices don't hit you over the head. The body is a bit light for my preferences for a proper deep-cold winter warmer, but it's fine for temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
Mar 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can. Brown with a large tan head and lacing. Smells of vanilla, lactose, nuts, roasted grain and dark fruit. Flavors follow the smell and are really meshed well together. Really like the feel and the flavor. Very good
Feb 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.72 by Lainee from Illinois

Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by generalraider from New Jersey

Nov 30, 2021
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Reviewed by VacheronVoisin

5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It was a wintry day as I sat by the wayside, an old radio popped on and drifting through the air I assumed I heard the voice of FDR giving a rather solemn announcement, only it wasn't that old sport but none other than Kris Kringle admonishing the world that Christmas would be cancelled if we didn't go out and wrangle a can of Fireside Chat from our nearest store.

Almost as if transported through a sleigh ride- there it was in all its glory; even still I wasn't totally taken by the illustration of FDR. I surmised it was all marketing and I rather begrudgingly grabbed the beers and went on my way, sure of the possibility that it would be just some potentially lame offering from 21st amendment.

It's easy to get suckered in by their illustrations and end up disliking the beer, but this was something different. As I would soon discover it would provide a state of perfection not easily tasted in these days...

It poured a brown-sugar-brown, and I threw it down the ol' hatch, expecting some form of mediocrity. That was until I realized it was the best blasted beer I'd ever tasted this side of the Rio Grande.

The smell was raisins drenched in honey, and a hearty dollop of pumpkin pie sweetness lingering like an oatmeal-raisin cookie crumble.

Mouthfeel was less than medium, highly crisp, yet smooth.

The taste as was faithfully described didn't disappoint, before I knew it I was toasting to both FDR and Kris Kringle, I could have swung on a chandelier if there was one. Raisins stuffed into chewy oatmeal cookies, waterfalls of caramel winding their way to my stomach, and all the spices of India summarized in a single, subtle, sublime note. Not too much spice, not too faint, the balance itself deserved an award.

And most surprisingly, the alcohol heat was nowhere to be found, a disappearing act that the best magician would be proud of.

Overall: I would not hesitate to give this the equivalent of 3 Michelin stars and 5 forks and knives, or just a solid 5/5. This will undoubtedly aid in the enjoyment of any holiday feast. A brilliant and blessed beer, one to truly savor.
Nov 18, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a dark translucent mahogany with a small tan head and some lacing.

Smells of malt and caramel.

Tastes of sweet malt and caramel with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Medium body with slight carbonation. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This brew is a decent representative of the type.
Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Brown with ruby highlights, dense khaki head, excellent retention, rings of lace
Deep malty aroma- toffee, bread, and toast, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg
Big British malt flavor, biscuits and toffee, way too much nutmeg, cinnamon is good, though
A bit too thin for what I want in a winter warmer, but carbonation is spot on
A bit more body and a bit less spice and this would be great
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a clear dark brown color with a frothy two finger tan head. Medium lacing was present. Nose is almost non-existent . . . just a hint of malt and spice. Taste follows the nose but more pronounced. The finish has a lingering sweetness and hop bitterness. Mouthful was good with a moderate body and light-moderate carbonation.
Feb 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Jan 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.07 by Seshin from California

Jan 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.4 by Thanatosbat777 from Georgia

Jan 04, 2021
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Reviewed by GregBarleycorn13 from New York

2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured a nice medium brown. Looked like it could be a good Winter Warmer. But the spices weren't all that pronounced. Had a decent English ale taste and quite bitter. I wouldn't get this again as it wasn't all that interesting.
Dec 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.76 by Sayb from Arizona

Oct 25, 2020
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured moderately hard from a can into a snifter glass, forming two fingers of foamy white head that soon faded to heavy lacing with major legs. Brown and slightly orangey body. Smell is a bit of barley and spices, pretty subtle. Taste follows the smell, with barley forward and some spices in the mid, but after taste is still barely. Moderate carbonation and just shy of medium bodied.
Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice creamy brown-bodied appearance/ creamy head and lacing.
Nose is malt and hops with caramel and some spice like clove, basically nice.
Taste is toasted caramel and spiced bread, with an odd cider-like/ astringency that lingers. But there’s a nice bitterness and even a bit of char n the roasted and even woody notes. Any overall sweetness is of light brown sugar, but is subtle.
Feels medium-smooth with medium carbonation. Dry finish.
It’s actually kind of complex.
Aug 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.59 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

1.9/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1
Notes from 4/20/2020.
Poured from a 12oz can into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is a very dark brown with 2 fingers of tan head. Retention is a little above average leaving a not quite thin cap. 4.00
The aroma is very low in strength and all I can get is a hint of sweetness and spice. 2.75
The taste is a little below medium-high in strength and I'm trying to get past the unfortunate medicinal flavor. There's some spices, and then the awful medicinal flavor attacks. It's like someone took an ancient leather shaving kit that has old dried smeared toothpaste and shaving cream, and stinks of stale aftershave. Then they poured water into the shaving kit, thoroughly shook it up, and poured it into a glass. There's a moderate bitter finish which perfectly excentuates the medicinal ancient shaving kit flavor. 1.00
The mouth feel is medium in thickness, a little creamy, and has a low astringent finish. 4.00
Overall, it's irredeemable. 1.00
Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by henry_lansing from Illinois

Mar 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jan 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Jan 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.57 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very dark appearance. Cola brown. Black in the middle and dark brown on the edges. The head is creamy and tan with great retention and lacing.

The aroma smells like brown bread, burnt sugar, and roasted nuts.

The taste is rich brown bread and toffee with lots of dark chocolate. Hints of ginger and generic spice, but the malt dominates over the spices. Finishes with a touch of earthy hops and lingering roasted, black coffee bitterness.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky.

A fine beer. I wish the spices were a bit more prominent, but it's a delectable Winter Warmer.
Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by archero from Texas

Dec 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.11 by Dduquette from Maryland

Dec 12, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Beautiful clear mahogany pour with 2+ fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and lacing. Very attractive beer.

S: Malts and spice. Christmas in a beer can, with nugmeg, clove, and cinnamon.

T.F: Semi-sweet and malty... overspiced with all of the above... cloying and earthy. Some hop bitterness for balance. Medium bodied.. a bit boozy... and a shit-ton of spice at the finish.

O: Not really my thing. It's a spice-rack extravaganza with a big boozy malty beer. Not one I'd grab again.
Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.03 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Nov 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.6 by zonker17 from Texas

Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
First had this in 2012 at Canfest (now defunct, marketing company bought it, ran it into the ground). Was the perfect beer to have there as opposed to taking a chance on an entire six pack in the wild (retail).

Rolls into the glass as a brown cola like color. Big ol' 1" beige head on the top, very good retention, was waiting to be able to drink this one. Aroma of dark fruit. Was hoping for the malt to lead the way first, but here its yeast and spice rack derived therefrom.

Taste, ok there's more of that dark fruit bitterness, more than desired. Supplement that with some nutmeg and coriander alongside every other conceivable addition from the spice rack. The combination of the high alcohol and high bitterness is not a winner in my book. I think I prefer my winter warmers to be less about the belgian spice rack and more about a rich malty existence. While substantially less strong, almost watery for style, I still prefer the Samuel Smith's version.
Nov 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by mysticx401 from Illinois

Jul 29, 2019
 
Rated: 2.68 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Apr 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Apr 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by 88caprice from Virginia

Mar 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by HeathbarATL from Georgia

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.46 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.2 by Jotunsynth from Illinois

Jan 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Jan 07, 2019
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