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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3056) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2014
Saw a review for this online and hoped that it would make itís way to Japan, luckily I found it online! Another gorgeous can from 21st Amendment via Sugaya. 7.9% winter warmer served in a snifter. A dark cola brown with a light beige head that leaves quickly but makes some minor lacing. The nose is spices all the way with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon over a chocolate base. The body is creamy med-full with a spicy flavor, straight from the fridge the spicing is somewhat subdued letting roasted bitter chocolate notes through. Itís truly a winter warmer you want to drink by the fireside, each sip gives you slightly different variations on fruity, spicy, earthy dark beers. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
hopsman82 (4) - pinole, USA - JAN 21, 2014 does not count
Caramel, toast, herbs, earthy. Medium body, with herb spice finish to it. Slight bitter finish, creamy texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Fair brew....lean for a Winter type spice brew. Slight roastiness caramel. Ok overall but nothing to write home about even though I am writing bout it here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3406) - Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2014
12 ounce can in to tulip glass, canned on 10/14/2013. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big brown sugar, molasses, raisin, prune, ginger, cinnamon, clove, dark bread, light roast, toast, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Strength of spices is a bit too much in the nose. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, brown bread, light coffee, toast, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown bread, light coffee, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Can. This is an over spiced holiday cake of a beer. For some unknown reason i paired it with a bowl of ramen at an Asian restaurant. Worst pairing ever - why were they selling it and how did I possibly come to pick it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2711) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - JAN 5, 2014
The appearance is a dark brown almost black colored body with a full one and a half finger white foamy head that rises just above the pint glass to mushroom cap a bit, gets a bit foamy but once it starts to die, there is barely any lacing, just some little spots here and there. The smell is quite Brown ale-like as thereís a fair amount of nutty roastiness but has a decent amount of a dried fruit-like substance with some spices coming through in an earthy sort of way, Iím thinking chai and maybe some ginger. The taste is mainly sweet but a decent spicy element includes itself into that same earthy aspect, a lightly spiced (chai/ginger-like) aftertaste, dry finish. Its somewhat easy on the palate. Overall, I say this is a pretty good winter warmer, well worthy of coming back to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBlackCloud (21) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
I am surprised this beer is rated so low, maybe drinking it during a snowstorm made it that much better. It is a great winter ale with different spices in every sip a true winter beer throwback.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2080) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
12 oz can from"Lifesource" in Salem OR $2 ( i think). Pours a nice solid tawny brown with a large thick and frothy cream coloured head. Odd smells a bit like a spicy Christmas pudding..with rum cream on top..actually brings back memories and is very nice. Taste also is akin to British Christmas pudding..fruity,malty,dark,nutty absolutly a gem! Mouth feel is grand and easy at the same time. carbonated well. a lot of mediocre scores here..but this is just a great beer for me..invokes Christmases past.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Draft at The Pine Box. Darkest roasty brown, odd colored foam head. Tart sweet red/oud bruin aroma, body is drier herb and leather. Interesting, but not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Very dark pour with near white head. Aroma has a lot going on, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and slightly cocoa. Taste is not as complex or layered as the aroma, but overall not bad. Hides the abv well for being nearly 8%

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