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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8314) - 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.

3.4
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5550) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (4142) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Wow this beer really kicks you in the nuts! And right when you thInk you’ve recovered it kicks you again. Big spices on the nose and on the palate. Lingers long after you’ve swallowed. Pours a brownish tinged black with a half inch head and some lacing on the side. I’m really digging this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Can picked up at Cellar’s Roseville. Pours a deep red-brown, slightly murky with a persistent offwhite head. Nose is lightly tart with cherries and cinnamon dominating. Some light caramel comes through as well as a hint of nutmeg. On taste, more of the tart cherry, some tinny notes and robust English malt. A bit of roast comes through in the finish as well. Nice level of bitterness and some light iced tea notes as well from the hops. Alright.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. can from State Line Liquors.
It pours a clear, dark brown with a large, foamy, light tan head. Good head retention. The nose is heavy with spice, particularly nutmeg. The flavor is an odd and overpowering mix of of spices, caramel malt, a slight sourness, and a vegetal note. This thing is a mess. Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a rather nasty, spiced finish. Pass on this mess of a brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2156) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2011
12oz can. Pours a brownish dark ruby red with a one inch tan head that fades slowly. Aroma is spicy with somewhat of a musty note along with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and caramel. Taste has spices and nutmeg upfront quickly followed by cinnamon in the middle with some sweet bready malt on the backend. There is also a mild sour funkness lingering underneath. Creamy full body with moderate carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 14, 2011
wow, what a miss! for such an otherwise stellar brewer like 21st amendment, this is awful. I could have made a better beer in my basement with bath water and carrots. smells like pureed vegetables and brown sugar. really not a good one and i suppose its so much worse because 21st is usually great. oh well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of nutmeg, nutty, chocolate, caramel, earthy. Tastes semi sweet and spicy with some fruity elements and some tea like elements on the finish. Clunk, uh oh looks like we have a problem. Etc, etc...


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