Coaster Critique: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat

On the ninth day of Beermas:

Fireside chat

Name: Fireside Chat

Brewed By: 21st Amendment

Style: Winter Spiced Ale

ABV: 7.9%

Pours a deep, dark brown approaching black, when held to the light the beer glows dark red. pour produced a thick, off-white head that left lacing down the glass.

A pleasant smelling beer that nails the winter holiday feel. Dark chocolate, raisins, orange zest, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg.

Flavor is sweet and malty up front, hints of chocolate and brown sugar are kept in check by a roasty, husky grain bite. Mid sip there are dark fruit flavors, dates and raisins followed closely by orange zest, cloves, nutmeg maybe a hint of cinnamon. Finish is surprising clean for a spiced beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, it’s spiced up which I normally don’t care for but it’s not like drinking the spice rack, there are plenty of other flavors happening here and it keeps everything balanced nicely. The name is spot on, this isn’t a beer I’d drag along to a party, it’s an evening sipper by the fire with a good book just relaxing and staying warm on a cold evening. Check this one out.



Can Design

The 12 Days of Beermas 2014

Day 1: Samuel Adams – Old Fezziwig Ale

Day 2: Goose Island – Festivity Ale

Day 3: Magic Hat Brewing – Snow Roller

Day 4: Shipyard Brewing Company – Gingerbreadhead

Day 5: Traveler Beer Co. – Jolly Traveler

Day 6: SoMe Brewing – Cinnamon Toast

Day 7: Ridgeway Brewing – Reindeer’s Revolt

Day 8: Rising Tide – d’Hiver

Day 9: 21st Amendment – Fireside Chat

Day 10: Southern Tier – 2XMAS

Day 11: Castle Brewery Eggenberg – Samichlaus Classic

Day 12: Anchor Brewing – Our Special Ale 2014

Also check out my Prior Beermas adventures:

The 12 Days of Beermas 2013

The 12 Days of Beermas 2012

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.