Fireside Chat | 21st Amendment Brewery

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78
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1,275 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
Ratings:
1,275
Reviews:
353
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
251
For Trade:
0
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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

Photo of PhillyB
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First of all, I got this beer six months to the day from its 'enjoy by' date. Still a very enjoyable experience!

Look: A pretty beer. Black and totally opaque, with a bubbly tan head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Pleasant, if a bit on the mild side. Dark chocolate, and oddly enough coriander.

Taste: Much beefier than the aroma, with the addition of a dried apricot/date.

Feel: Slight spice nip on the initial swing, but buttery towards the end.

Overall: While I get the impression that much of the spice has died down, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. A very well-balanced and enjoyable brew.

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

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kcc
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of couchsitta
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Discount Alpine Liquor in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $9.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: April 3, 2016
Consumed: April 3, 2016
Misc.: Enjoy by Jan. 31, 2016

Was semi-looking forward to this beer. I definitely like winter warmer beers, but 21st Amendment has just been OK the few that I’ve tried. Plus I noticed the “Enjoy by Jan. 31, 2016” on the bottom of the can when I got home (I don’t think it was on the box), I’ll try to not let that affect my review.

Poured a dark auburn, murky color with four fingers of khaki, frothy head. Average amount of spotty, foamy lacing in the sides of the glass. Very good retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled nutmeg, dark apple, maple walnut, cinnamon (wishful?), dark peach, dark apricot, hints of slightly spoiled milk and cranberry. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted not as spicy as I would have thought. Got those dark dried fruits - apple, grape, cranberry, apricot - along with nutmeg, rye, roasty malts, almost Scotch Ale like, and still light cinnamon. That 7.9 percent ABV is hidden. (Taste - 3.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Somewhat warming finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Not that good of a Winter Warmer in my opinion. Granted the enjoy by Jan. 31 didn’t help, but still. (Overall - 3.25)

3.36 | 77 | B-

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Photo of sherm570
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of allistermcg
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gonzo000
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chicagoish
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanhooks81
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MKrauss
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

Photo of Sheepdog6
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Really tasty beer. Was great with my steak tips and potato wedges for dinner. Good, hearty beer for winter.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fireside Chat from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,275 ratings.
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