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

12 oz can from"Lifesource" in Salem OR $2 ( i think). Pours a nice solid tawny brown with a large thick and frothy cream coloured head. Odd smells a bit like a spicy Christmas pudding..with rum cream on top..actually brings back memories and is very nice. Taste also is akin to British Christmas pudding..fruity,malty,dark,nutty absolutely a gem! Mouth feel is grand and easy at the same time. carbonated well. a lot of mediocre scores here..but this is just a great beer for me..invokes Christmases past.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can -> snifter glass

A - pours up a deep mahogany brown with a one finger tan colored head, not much in the way of retention except for a thin ring of foam, and only small amounts of lacing.

S - subtle nose with floral, bread, and earthy notes most prominent.

T - Caramel malts dominate with a roasted finish. Kind of one dimensional though.

M - thin like a brown ale, decent carbonation, no aftertaste

O - not a bad offering but I'd be lying if I said this is anything more than just okay.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from a can into a willibecher glass. Pours a deep brown with amber edges, 1.5-finger creamy off-white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Huge spice (cinnamon and nutmeg predominate) character up front, some rich fruit character, slight sweet bready malt presence.

Taste: Rich, fruity malt character, same spice character as in aroma (though more subdued), some alcohol, and a slight, almost smoke-like twinge.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied.

Overall: Interesting, enjoyable, but not particularly surprising or delicious.

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4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can, imprinted on the bottom: Canned on 10/14/2013

A: Dark brown body; dark red when held up to the light. 1 finger light tan head, which receded rather quickly. A little lacing left on the glass.

S: Spices, cinnamon, burnt sugar, ginger.

T/M: Just like it smells! Tons of spices right up front, rounded at with a nutty brown ale type sweetness on the end. A little heavy on the carbonation for me, but as it warms it evens out.

O: A very nice winter warmer style that is a nice accompaniment to a cold winter's night! Can easily enjoy a couple of these during the winter time on a snowy night, or day for that matter.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong spicy aroma. But it does not overly strong but mild. ``Shoyu'' like aroma. It may come from oxidation.
Color is deep brown. Small head and disappear quickly. Clear.
Flavor is also spicy. It remains until the finish. Malty. Strong hop character.
Medium-full body, warmly from alcoholic. Strong carbonation.
Hop character should be weaker for the balance but good spice ale.

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