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.

Added by elgiacomo on 10-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,820
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
1,322
pDev:
15.95%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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45
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Ratings: 1,322 |  Reviews: 364
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

Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a glass. weird code followed by 1231. i take it to be this tears offering.

slightly dirty brown with hints of red body. decent off white fluffy head. good lacing.

smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and other Xmas spices.

taste follows the nose. not unpleasant mixture of spices, not overly strong.

mouth is a tad below medium, finish is Christmas spices.

overall, an okay christmas ale. not something I would want to have several of at a time, but nice once in a while.

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

Photo of jbundang9
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of burk1982
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Didn't take notes, so no review. But nicely blended malts and spices, it is under-rated. So, I'll look for this next year. Good packaging by 21st.

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Photo of mderhammer
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer should be reserved for the 2nd hour of "fireside chat"...meaning drink something better until you feel warm inside; the flavor profile is not very welcoming. The IBUs come out almost sour. If this was more of a cream stout base I would rate it better. I won't buy again next year.

Hammer

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superior can art, as usual. Spot the Elf, make a wish!

It was difficult, at first, to calibrate my taste buds to Christmas ALE, as opposed to an inescapable winter IPA, but after the first half pint, I was totally into it, even a challenge NOT to finish the six pack by the evening's end!

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Photo of GrantBrennan
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trdtercel92
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gabrielcolom
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rivarol
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nosquatch
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bbock13
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of austinc94
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Deets
2.26/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,322 ratings