Fireside Chat
21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #125
Ranked #26,980
3.52 | pDev: 15.91%
Yesterday at 02:34 PM
Oct 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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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 ATL6245 from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Clear dark mahogany with ruby highlights, mousse-like head with excellent retention.

Aroma: Dark fruits, oranges, grains, spices.

Flavor: Spicy, dark fruit, grains, with hints of cocoa and toffee. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, warming, soft. Long finish.

Overall: Decadent looking beer in the glass, with its deep mahogany color with ruby highlights capped by a thick mousse-like head that lasts. Malt up front with dark fruit and grains with hints of cocoa and toffee. I actually get a soft citrus not in the aroma. Spiciness kicks in quickly, like mulling spices. Soft and luxurious mouthfeel with a pleasant warming on the backend through the finish. Fireside chat is perfect name for this beer. It's easy to picture folks sitting around the fireplace Christmas Eve enjoying this and a fun conversation.
Yesterday at 02:34 PM
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at a dive bar, pint glass.

Excellent Winter Ale look; dark ruby red amber color combo. Dirty white cap, 1f, sticky lacing all over the glass interior.

Nice aroma, too. Cinnamon and bittersweet chocolate, nutmeg, maple brown sugar malt.

Sugar and spiced malt. Cocoa vanilla mix.

Medium bodied sweetness with a little hop bite in the finish.

Definitely English Ale style with lasting drinkability.
Friday at 11:24 PM
Rated: 3.83 by tankg from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2023
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Rated by Caoimhin from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Decent beer with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, and light spices

No detectable alcohol taste despite being almost 8% abv
Nov 18, 2023
Rated: 3.57 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Nov 13, 2023
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Reviewed by JamarcusMarinovich from California

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Fresh can poured into pint glass. Huge 3-finger tan head but shrank relatively quickly. Honestly looked like I poured a Dr. Pepper...tan head and cola look. Light cocoa on the nose, hint of spice of some sort. Nice and crisp for such a dark offering, feels light on the tongue with a small bit of hop bite on the back of the tongue. Not overly malty, slight cinnamon/nutmeg and cocoa. Not getting the dark cocoa of nibs but no one flavor sticks out. Maybe an addition of vanilla and a bit more aggressive on the spices would make this one I could wrap my cold hands around. Easy drinking and a good holiday pour, but not really outstanding in any part.
Nov 12, 2023
Rated: 3.92 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jan 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The can pours clear, but very dark with a 1 cm cap of tan foam. The aroma is faint. A bit of toasted malt is detected.
The flavor is pleasant. Dark malts, bitter chocolate and late sour cherry notes are noted. The spice addition is light.
The brew is light-bodied.
This is pretty good for the season.
Jan 03, 2023
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
pours copper to almost black, almost blocking out the light with small almond head and little lacing.

Smells like a hot chocolate perhaps one where a piece of licorice was dropped into it.

Hefty, messy sweet malt out of the gate, Roasted malt, chocolate and nutmeg, ginger, spiced nuts. Above the norm carbonation. Lingering burnt finish and some alcohol warmth. Reminds me some of a Mexican hot chocolate - which for me is a one and done drink,

Likewise, this is robust and a sipper, which I appreciate. It a bit of a stew of sweet & spice flavors that don't fully compliment each other. But it might compliment a fire and a chat in the depth of winter [at an affordable price], so for that, kudos.
Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by TreyJ88

Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by BeerKegger

Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bought a 6-pack cans $10.79 Tamuras
210 days old. Strange that they brewed a winter ale in May.
Smell of chocolate
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of chocolate, cinnamon, spices, hides alcohol well
Overall a good winter ale at a fair price. Would buy again.
Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, color with a massive and foamy tan head that lingers for minutes. Thick. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of orange, ginger, bread and spices. Hints of coffee and cocoa.

Flavor: Moderate flavors of dark and roasted bread, orange, ginger, bread and spices. Some bitter pine and rustic cocoa off the finish. Relatively dry.

Feel: Medium bodied, Moderate carbonation. Drinks clean, leans dry.

Compared to Great Lakes Christmas Ale 11/2022: Pours darker, stronger head. Milder aromas. More dark bread, cocoa and bitterness. Less bread, ginger, and spices. Similar pine. Slightly more bitter and darker. Overall: decently similar.

Overall: A nice Winter Warmer here. Some dark and roasted bread notes with some hints of bitter pine and cocoa. Malty, yet not too sweet and incredibly dry for the ABV. Better than I expected based on the reviews on here. This one is at least average, probably above. (Rating: 4.02)
Nov 30, 2022
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Reviewed by HipCzech from California

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2022 release; 12 oz can poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. Deep, dark brown with a thick head of tan bubbles. Toasted malt, burnt caramel and subtle holiday spice on the nose. Flavors of dark fruit, cocoa, toasted bread, holiday spice and earthiness. Medium body and carbonation with a smooth feel. A satisfying seasonal warmer.
Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by Danzifer from Ohio

Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 3.41 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

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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