Fireside Chat | 21st Amendment Brewery

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,317 |  Reviews: 360
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

Photo of kevintaraross
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hreb
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a can glass. Beer pours cola brown in color and for some reason forms an enormous tan head, filling half the glass. Pleasant, warm, seasonal aroma suggests to me roasted nuts. Flavor is creamy but bold, with toast, burnt grain, spicy hops. I find winter warmer to be a style the benefits from restraint and lower ABVs than this offers, since drinkability can easily suffer. But this is well enough executed that drinkability is kept up, due to a combination of balanced flavors and great mouthfeel.

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Photo of OzmanBey
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Being a history geek I saw this and had to get it, not everyday Franklin D. Roosevelt graces a can of beer, the smell is nice malty smell, the taste is a nice malt taste with a hint of hops and a very nice spice notes that come out as the beer sits in your mouth. It's a very nice almost sweet taste that you don't find in too many beers, it's a nice twist in the Yuletide beers that I think everyone should try. Worth at least trying.

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitekid
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of basaywhat
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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 +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of flaskman
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,317 ratings