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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.

Added by elgiacomo on 10-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,144
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
1,307
pDev:
15.95%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
262
Trade:
0
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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

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-me-in-RI
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a way under-rated beer. Very nice texture, not overly spiced, substantial. Very nice!

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of classixIII
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of pkalix
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxOhle
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear cola/brown body with coarse ambient carbonation, tan velvet solid fluffy head. The nose is warm, eliciting notes of rum, caramel, raisin, baking/Christmas spices, and bread crust. The taste is sweet, with bread crust, caramel, butterscotch, and mild cinnamon and allspice in the background. The bread crust aspect lends some bitterness and anchors the sweetness. Body is medium, pretty soft, with mild carbonation in the background.
Great beer! The bitterness of the bread crust was too much of an anchor for me, but otherwise this was a great warming ale. The warmth and sweetness of the malt was great, the seasoning was in the right amount, and the alcohol was stealthy but potent. Top contender for all my Christmas parties.

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

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

From the bottom of the can: "Cold Spring, MN CQB19 0050"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown with a deep mahogany color when held up to the light. The surface of the short eggshell white head is smooth with some bumps and ripples like the surface of a wall.

Aroma: There is a light bit of what smells like it might be clove and a bit of a faint nutty aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a spicy flavor with what tastes like clove and cinnamon. It stays this flavor all the way through the drinking experience. At the end there is just a touch of a bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is an easy drinking beer with a moderate level of spice and just a bite of bitter at the end. The body is medium and it finishes wet.

Overall: This isn't the kind of Winter Warmer that would be sipped and savored slowly, but rather one that could be consumed like a regular beer during a holiday meal or party. It has a moderate spice level and it doesn't taste alcoholic so it fits nicely in that middle ground between a regular beer and a heavy Winter Warmer. I wouldn't rush out to get it for a special occasion but it would be the perfect beer to pick up for a party or a dinner with friends. I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

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

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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,307 ratings
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