Fireside Chat | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.5/5
1,280 Ratings
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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:
#40,516
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
1,280
pDev:
16%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
252
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,280 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason_cs
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flaskman
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -16.6%
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 -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rickklein9
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KMillard
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bb-magic
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of luke12345
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liquorpig
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jricharc
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Head caps quickly, and the nose is dark malt with dark fruit and a little winter spice.

Chocolate, caramel, leather, spice, smoke, baker's chocolate, prunes, and coffee in the finish. Relatively smooth as a sipper but I would prefer a thicker texture.

Not worth looking out for again but not without its charms.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 1,280 ratings
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