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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like FDRís 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Can. Poured a cloudy brown with a light tan head. Nose is citrus, spice, and caramel. Taste is heavily spiced, with lots of sweet malt, some hop bitterness. A bit strange with all of the fruitiness. Body is full and finish is lightly bitter. Overall, a decent winter spiced ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Dark brown pour, big loose off-white head. Dark fruit, nuttiness, spice on aroma. Also tastes of raisiny dark fruit, toffee, moderate spicing, roast, a light acidity. Pretty decent example of a spiced winter ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raphael (1030) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Medium brown with thin khaki head. Itís the spices, bitter spices, nutmeg and maybe coriander. Light and smooth. Fruity aroma, with some bitter spice. Flavor wise the sweetness has the plurality, but the spices serve as balance (I imagine thereís some hops down there.) Bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SKC (5) - Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010 does not count
I love 21st... but this was not my favorite. Nice rich color and aroma of christmas. The flavor is very spicy and malty. The spice was a bit much for my palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2777) - New York, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Can at end of the night at stags head. Pours a dark brown and tastes of sour cherries, malt, spice and toasted malts. Maybe i was a tad drunk because i really enjoyed this despite other reviews here.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
pjj16 (14) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2010
I canít believe the score adds up but this really is one of the worst beers that I can remember tasting in recent memory. Everything about it (starting with the label) is just wrong. Rancid, sour aroma. I guess it looks like a beer, albeit a fizzy one. Tastes like one of those sour Belgian beers and aluminum residue. I came very close to taking it back to the grocery story but I kept it on reserve and drank it when I was desperate. It is a 1 after all!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Murky mahogany brown body. Dry, lightly toasted malt with some gingerbread, clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Sharp grass and citrus with a mild astringency.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6103) - Utah, USA - DEC 13, 2010
On tap at 21A
Appearance: Dark brown with a nice off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Sour cherries and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, cherries and fruity
Nice

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (4209) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($10): You start with a beer with a cool looking package, then you pour in and it looks very nice with a deep brown body and a large beige head. Even the aroma of wintertime spices signals a tasty brew. Upon tasting it you realize that the commercial description was correct. Improvisation in spices was the name of the game and they decided to share it a little too early. Not enough of a malty backbone. The high abv sneaks through. All in all, the beer is not a pleasure to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1677) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Can. Not my favorite spiced holiday ale but it drinks pretty easily and has some interesting flavor. It tastes a bit like spiced cider with oranges. Thereís a lot of English character in the caramel/toffee malt flavor. Not much in the way of hops, though some of the spice could be masking it for me. The flavor is a bit odd, but it works, at times. A fair bit of cola flavor hurts things. Mouthfeel is a bit effervescent and thin for the abv but not bad. Pours medium brown with a thin, fading head.


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