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:
1,274
Reviews:
352
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
248
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Beerhemoth
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of toddstolarski
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fireside Chat | 21st Amendment Brewery. Poured from the can into a snifter, the head on this beer is three fingers thick and khaki, with solid lacing, and a very, very deep garnet body.

Smells like hearty grains and roasted malts, with hints of molasses, ginger spice, and nutmeg. Nothing about this is overpowering or artificial-smelling, mind you.

I taste a full bodied, yet balanced blend of the aforementioned with a small zip at the end. Clean finish with a smaller booze warmth, which I'm rather grateful for on this frigid December night in Northeastern Ohio.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Fireside Chat | 21st Amendment Brewery with an overall 4.5. A winter ale that's not too heavy but still delivers its share of flavor and warmth.

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

Photo of mpolewan
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of detgfrsh
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can dated 10/18/16. Pours a nut brown color with a finger of tan head. Smell is sweet toasted malt. Medium feel. Taste is sweet malt at first followed by a rush of spices. Bit of a metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of LoudDerp
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bnes09
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weredone
4.51/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of m1k3g3tz
4.34/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grue_soda
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Karenremom
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guppy314
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can, pours as clear deep amber with a tan one-finger lasting head. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg (remnant of eggnog) with caramelly malt. Taste is sweet malt forward with lots of spice notes (cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove) as you'd find in an eggnog. But it is a bit of a cacophony plus some metallic taste, so not world class.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seedyone
4.44/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Lush is the word. A deep, dark ebony liquid topped with avery light tan head.

Aroma is coffee-like with a hint of spice. Cinnamon, vanilla, vague clove & something that has a bite are haunting this pint.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,274 ratings.
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