21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

Brewed by: 21st Amendment Brewery

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Strong Ale
  • Variation: Winter, Spiced
  • Seasonal: Winter
  • ABV: 7.9%
  • IBU: 45

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

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.

Hops: Magnum, Goldings

Malts: Pale, Munich, Wheat, Crystal, Aromatic, Chocolate Malt and De-Bittered Black

Additional: Spices, Cocoa Nibs

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First Impressions

Artwork: FDR is doing one of his fireside chats, with an elf sitting in a chair across from him by the fireplace.

Color: Deep, dark mahogany or cherry wood.

Aroma: Malty gingerbread with cloves, and fresh apple cider.

The Tasting

Arrived in: Can

Served in: Goblet

Between local bottle shops, and Bevmo, we have never been able to find 21st Amendment in San Diego. Luckily our Bay Area resident cousin was able to come through for us, and bring some down during her recent visit. Thank you, Cathy.

In 21st Amendment’s spirit of historical reference naming conventions, this beer honors Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous radio addresses to the nation during the Great Depression-era to WWII. These periodic motivational speeches were known as “fireside chats”, even though they did not take place in front of a fireplace.

Fireside Chat was right in our wheelhouse, with several attributes we love about winter style beer: a strong ale, and spices. As 21st Amendment puts it — “a subtle blend of hand-selected spices for just the right festive flair.”

The beer is first brewed as a classic warming Strong Ale (dark English-style ale), then spiced with a proprietary blend, and cocoa nibs.

We immediately found Fireside Chat to be one of those rare ales almost as good to drink with your nose, as with your mouth. It featured a complex, pleasing aroma of cloves and spice, gingerbread, and especially fresh apple cider.

Appearance wise, Fireside Chat was dark reddish brown in color, and poured a poofy, finger thick crown at first. The off-white head died down soon after, and left behind a thin, lasting layer of froth.

It went down smoothly for a dark strong ale, but its mouthfeel was on the dry, and sharp side. We were expecting this fuller-bodied ale to be a bit creamier.

Fireside Chat featured several layers of flavor. Plum or raisin to start, but then our paths split on individual journeys through this winter spiced ale:

  • Mike — Allspice with gingerbread.
  • Sara — Spiced apple cider with smoky tobacco.

Regardless of our difference of opinions in the middle, Fireside Chat packed a biting, bittersweet finish from the cocoa nibs. A bitterness that was followed by another wash of sweet plum.

Final Score: 3.5/5

3.5 Stars

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale delivered a satisfying blend of subtle bitterness, plum, and winter spices. Smooth and strong, this ale will keep you warm in the cool winter months.

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