Beer Wednesday – Fireside Chat
Happy Beer Wednesday, and Happy New Year!
I considered reviewing Miller High Life in celebration of New Year’s Eve (it is the “champagne of beers,” after all), but after looking on Barnivore, I couldn’t determine if it was vegan or not.
I also came to my senses, I mean, is anyone deliberately drinking High Life anymore? I drank it when I was in Milwaukee, but I think that it can be excused in Wisconsin, right?
Either way, I swung by our friendly neighborhood liquor store and picked up a can of what I fully expected to love, 21st Amendment’s spiced ale, Fireside Chat.
I was expecting something warming, with a strong alcohol taste, but still smooth and maybe sweetly spiced, like FDR’s radio addresses themselves.
The pour was beautiful, with a great thick, rich foam on it, and as I drank, the lacing was wonderful on the glass. (The speciality porter glass courtesy of my Christmas present from Jason. I’m putting them to good use!)
The beer itself,however, was a little disappointing. While it did have some of that richness I was looking for, I was hoping, from the spice and the color, for something richer. I know, I know, it’s an ale, not a porter, but I just wanted this beer to be a porter.
So taking that into account, Fireside Chat is very good. The richness of the ale was there, but it was still a bit thinner than I had wanted it to be. I love that the can makes it very clear that it is a soft ale (just 45 IBUs), and it totally had the warming that I was hoping for (7.9% ABV).
Overall, I guess I just wanted this beer to be richer and thicker. Whining aside, next time I want a rich, thbick porter, I’ll get a porter, and the next time I want a full-flavored, delicious winter ale, I’ll go digging into my local liquor store and see if they happen to have a can of Fireside Chat sitting in the cooler.
My rating? 3.5/5
Happy New Year, and here’s hoping that 2013 is a great year for everyone!