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Friday, December 16, 2011

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Ale

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Ale, a spiced ale winter seasonal offering from San Francisco-based 21st Amendment Brewing, poured mahogany into the glass, with red highlights under a short-lived beige head.  The nose was mostly caramel and sweetbread, with undertones of molasses and mild coriander.  

21st Amendment Fireside Chat opened with sweet, overripe stone fruits and a bright orange flavor sitting in the background.  As the ale warmed, just a touch of sourness came through, but the ale ultimately ended on an aftertaste of molasses and burnt sugar.

21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Ale falls victim to too much attention paid to the dark malt components and a bit too enthusiastic an addition of spices.  

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