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
Ratings:
1,276
Reviews:
353
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
252
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is a dark brown almost black colored body with a full one and a half finger white foamy head that rises just above the pint glass to mushroom cap a bit, gets a bit foamy but once it starts to die, there is barely any lacing, just some little spots here and there. The smell is quite Brown ale-like as there’s a fair amount of nutty roastiness but has a decent amount of a dried fruit-like substance with some spices coming through in an earthy sort of way, I’m thinking chai and maybe some ginger. The taste is mainly sweet but a decent spicy element includes itself into that same earthy aspect, a lightly spiced (chai/ginger-like) aftertaste, dry finish. Its somewhat easy on the palate. Overall, I say this is a pretty good winter warmer, well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of aemowgli
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of basaywhat
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours a light brown with an inch of tan head a little bit of lacing. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and spices. Taste is sweet caramel, chocolates, and spice.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of flaskman
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was on draft at my favorite dive in Buffalo NY in a 16 ounce IPA glass. It was very dark brown with about 1/4 inch head. The lacing was weak and the head didn't last very long. I found it to be a tasty beer. It reminded me of a spiced porter that was a little thin. The spice was done nicely. The brew was slightly sweet but not too sweet and balanced well with the spice. I thought that it was a decent winter seasonal that if on draft I would try again. I am not so sure I would spent the money on a 4 or six pack but I enjoyed it enough to order another. (they had just run out of Rare Vos :-)

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Rich grainy barley malt, spice cake, malty finish. Bread like, spice cake nose. Copper/Brown, mostly clear, tan head with sticky well dined ring of lace. Full but not heavy body. A meal. 45 IBUs

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4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a Nov. 2016 canning date.

Appearance: Pours with a clear, dark copper colored body topped by a frothy beige head. Decent retention and

Smell: spiced bread; intermittent off notes.

Taste: Lightly bitter and moderately spicy. Light bready notes and spices linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Medium+ carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall: a dark spiced winter ale that is not over spiced.

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Photo of timmos1
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I really wanted to like this one. On tap at San leandro. For a winter warmer it's just not sweet or spicy enough. At 7.4% and 45 ibu, it should be easily identified as winter beer. It's 45 here and it warms me up but the hop aftertaste is just bitter. Smoky, dirty hop flavor, little sweetness. I think I'll choose a different winter warmer than this one. Do like label art though.

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Photo of Timtac
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rickklein9
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KMillard
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
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