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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3554) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2015
A can thatís been in my beer cellar since last winter. Clear copper dark brown with a foamy white head. Cinnamon and some clove in the nose. Mildly bitter with a little wood and a little alcohol in the mouth. Medium body and a little alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2015
12 oz. cans poured to wine glass samplers at Binnyís of Glen Ellyn, IL. California Love Tasting, showing a clear, mahogany hue, with a frothy layer of tan head foam, and wavy cling to the lacing. The nose was toasted with a bit of sweetness and two of my favorite spices when I make pancakes or French toast, namely cinnamon & nutmeg. Medium bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, with no noticeable cocoa, unless it participated slightly in the toasted sweetness. Included was a moderate, lingering, earthy bitterness. Kind of a lightly spiced Brown Ale, with pleasant drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamherbert (1487) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Deep red brown color with a huge puffy head. Looks like an amber or a light-colored brown. Or a root beer float. The aroma is sugary, with lots of wintry spices: cinnamon & sage. Brown sugar and dried leaves. Touch of hazelnut and almond. The taste is brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses. Itís sweeter than I remember. The nuttiness is a distant second to the sweetness. The feel is slick and soft; a bit pillowy. This is not my favorite 21st Amendment brew, but itís appropriate for the season. Iíll bet it would be welcome among non-beer drinkers who donít like the bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ can into an "Ass Clown" brewery pint glass. Aroma- World class smell, you can smell the whole spice rack in this beer. nutmeg, cinnamon, malt and some others make this a special aroma. Appearance- Pours a reddish-brown and has a small white head. Taste- I truly love this flavor, I have noticed that I am in the minority rating this, but hey each there own. Palate- A medium bodied lightly carbonated creamy textured beer. Overall- A great beer for me, this is the first winter warmer style beer I have had and I think the next one I try will be hard to top this one. I

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (1256) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
On tap. Must have been awhile ago since I donít remember it and it must not have stuck out as amazing or my rating System would be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (1643) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Brown with Lacy thin beige head; aroma is subtly spicy malty; Flava is mildly roAsty and spice notes of nutmeg; feels medium nicely fjzzy; finishes dryish with roasty malt notes

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2797) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2015
On tap at Bradley's Food and Beverage in Bethesda, MD. Hazy. Dark brown with a khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel and roasted malt, dried dark fruit, cloves and nutmeg. Taste of dark fruit, sweet caramel and roasted malt, toffee cloves and nutmeg. Medium body and medium carbonation. Nothing fancy here, but pleasant enough if you are in the mood for a sweet beer. I like that the spices sit back and let the malt and dark fruit dominate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pcshotsauce33 (61) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Roasted malty spice infused dark brown winter seasonal ale. Nutmeg and clove dominant and decent but not but a one timer just to try something different. Average and worth a try to warm you up a bit during the cold winter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (605) - - JAN 31, 2015
On tap at a Concord beer festival. Dark brown pour. Very fruity and a little spicy. Interesting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dinkle50 (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Clear, deep red pour with a single finger, slightly tan head. Aroma is a little funky, almost acidic. Chestnuts come to mind. Medium mouth. Taste is a little nutty, hints of pine as well. Weird alcohol bite in this. Spices in this are just odd. Pumpkin pie starts to creep in. Not a big fan of this one.

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