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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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. Celebrating the right to be original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
From can. Subtle spicy aroma of undetermined origin, over a sweetish brown ale malty character infused with just a bit of oud bruin aceticness. Light papery hops or mild oxidation present. Dark brown clear with mild haze, topped with light cocoa foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet with caramel malt, light brown sugar notes, and some mild spicy notes - ginger or allspice? Medium acidity comes next, with a bit of acetic character, not quite like a Flemish brown, but there is something reminiscent of it. Spicy character stays to the finish and leaves me with a mild acidic bitterness on the tongue, with growing tannic and hop bitter after. Not quite melded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Can:   Deep caramel, moderate foamy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Spicy nose, nutmeg and cinnamon, a little nutty and roasty.   On the tongue those items are there, fleeting, leaving a little earthy backside.   Not really feeling this one.   A little too subtle on the tongue and not very malty, seems a little thin in the body.   Not much of a Winter Warmer if you ask me.   Okay, but very ho-hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
Pour dark brown hints of ruby tan head decent lace. Aroma pumpkin pie, winter spice, vanilla, cream, butterscotch, roast malt. Taste slight sourness to start then quite bitter with a warming up of winter spice and roasty malts. MF medium body mild carb. Overall not sure if the sourness was intended not bad not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2011
THOUGHTS: Interesting. Definitely different. A nice surprise. Not what I was expecting since it was labeled spiced, not sour. TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a dark, brownish red that was basically brown in the glass with a large to huge, tan, head that kept a thin sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate, roasted and caramel malts; hints of chocolate; smoke, cola, sour fruit and light spices. The initial flavor was moderate sweet, lightly sour and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, moderately to rather sour, rather acetic and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was smoke, chocolate, roasted malt and sour and dark fruit. The medium body was slightly oily, but also a little watery with lightly fizzy carbonation and lightly chalky and moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
12oz can. Dark brown color. Light tan head. Aroma of dark wheat and nutmeg. Loads of toasted malts in the nose. Flavor of tart wheat malt, toasted malts, spice of nutmeg and clove. Not what I was expecting at all for a Spiced Ale, more like a Gingerbread Dunkel Weiss. 8,4,6,4,13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
21st Amendment Brewery--Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale--Ale With Spices Added--2010 12 oz. MicroCan. 7.90% ABV. 45 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace off white tan head. Cloudy bright dark ruby red color. Floral hop lightly toasted nutmeg clove spice front. Mild textured crisp dry sweet fully fermented spiced mildy fruity rich tasty dark malt mild cocao body. Tangy hop spice mild EtOH end. A nice surprise sampled 3/18/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $8.79 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 10/22/2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8588) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Can. Mahogony beer with a nice cream colored head. Malt and spice aroma. Malt/toffee flavor with dark red fruit and light spice. Medium bodied. Big red fruit lingers with toffee and light spice. Tastes slightly infected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Appearance: dark wooden browns under a tan head which fades into a thin film, thicker along the edges. Swirls with rings of lace that lingers.
Nose: spices. Tannic and woody – wood tannins abound. Cut wood, planks, old wooden houses, dried brush. Black fruit skins – plums and grapes with a sweet bitterness. Red apple skins. Must and musk. Ginger root still covered in dirt.
Palate: medium weight and mouthfeel. Crisp brown fall leaves, wood, and twigs in the finish. Leather and more wood in the back. Dark fruit stones contribute dry woody nuttiness while the dark fruits contribute tannins and tartness – grape and plum. Red apples underneath. Yum. A bit simple but quite tasty and truly reminiscent of the seasons. Flavor lingers longest top middle of tongue. Nothing in the breath. Woodiness of acres of orchards, crisp and dry with brush, leaves, twigs.
Final Thoughts: at first I wasn’t sure, but the more I quaffed the more I, well, got it. Not a beer for everybody to be sure because the essence of nature, the changing of seasons, spices, and whatnot are full force but for me at least it worked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5727) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Dark brown coloured body with a muddy red glow and a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, spices and a bit of cardboard with a touch of sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive spicey and herbal flavour with a definite pungent malty and roastty note that doesn’t seem great. Aftertaste shows a lot of spice and honey with some pungent malt notes. Overall, an okay beer, but an interesting take on the season - still nice to try, since the can is cool. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from a six pack from Draeger’s Blackhawk in Danville, California on 18-March-2011 sampled in Danville, California.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Can, hell of a better job on the artwork then the contants. Pours bruin body with a sparse off white head with bubbly lacing. Malty boring body with a bland aroma. A hint of spice, not id’d. A subtle tin note just ruined the enjoyment.

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