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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Like FDRs 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.

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   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bdleedahl (192) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 13, 2016
The beer is overall okay in every regard. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but nothing that makes it really good. The spices are very mild, the body is a bit thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (600) - HONG KONG - OCT 13, 2016
Drank with Theresa at the 260 King St Beacon flat. Pours a dark brown-cola colour with fizzy off-white head. Smells of dark malt, roasted and slightly burnt, lightly nutty, a bit of banana, wood, anise/liquorice. Taste is lightly spiced, rye, roasted dark malt, some leathery earthiness, a bit herbal, finish is spicy and sweet. Body is quite uncarbonated, light slickness to start but becomes more watery, quite spicy. Not bad! But also sort of what youd expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PugUglyBrewer (177) - - OCT 8, 2016
Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. The appearance is reddish-brown. The head is long-lived and light tan in color. The aroma the aroma is malty sweet with some cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. In the tasting, this is like gingerbread cookies. Malty and slightly syrupy with spicy hops that contribute vegetable qualities instead of ginger spice. The only weird aspect. A good brew for a cold night to share amongst friends around the fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin87 (235) - - OCT 2, 2016
Pours brown with auburn highlights, medium tan head that retains some skim and lace. Aroma of nuts, earth, muddled spice. Those dominate the palate, along with leaves, figs, some roast malt. Coriander and nutmeg peek out, but the spice is more like a slight buzz to cut vegetal hop bitterness. A slightly tweaked brown ale, perfectly OK without delivering a clear profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1072) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2016
Aroma - roasted barley malt and some woody notes. Some spice. Appearance - body is a burnt umber with good nucleation. The head is beige and 1 1/2", and settles slowly. Some lacing. Taste - has a rich barley malt, some very subtle Christmas spice coriander, nutmeg, and clove. There is a little wooden note, and some piney hops. Palate - on the heavier side of medium, texture is velvety, the carbonation is average, the finish is bitter and tannic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2016
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass From: Discount Alpine Liquor in Alpine, Calif. Price: $9.99 for a 6-pack Purchased: April 3, 2016 Consumed: April 3, 2016 Misc.: Enjoy by Jan. 31, 2016 Was semi-looking forward to this beer. I definitely like winter warmer beers, but 21st Amendment has just been OK the few that Ive tried. Plus I noticed the Enjoy by Jan. 31, 2016 on the bottom of the can when I got home (I dont think it was on the box), Ill try to not let that affect my review. Poured a dark auburn, murky color with four fingers of khaki, frothy head. Average amount of spotty, foamy lacing in the sides of the glass. Very good retention all the way down. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled nutmeg, dark apple, maple walnut, cinnamon (wishful?), dark peach, dark apricot, hints of slightly spoiled milk and cranberry. (Smell - 3.50) Tasted not as spicy as I would have thought. Got those dark dried fruits - apple, grape, cranberry, apricot - along with nutmeg, rye, roasty malts, almost Scotch Ale like, and still light cinnamon. That 7.9 percent ABV is hidden. (Taste - 3.25) Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Somewhat warming finish. (Feel - 3.25) Not that good of a Winter Warmer in my opinion. Granted the enjoy by Jan. 31 didnt help, but still. (Overall - 3.25) 3.36 77 B-

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonshawn (1057) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Tap at new bohemia in golden valley. Bumped pint glass. Dark copper with white head and good lacing. Subtle aroma. Malty throughout with decent spice hit. Soft body. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattShizzle (600) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Can - from sampler pack. Very dark brown in color. Mostly malty aroma with a hint of spices. A bit sweet/definitely malty with a bit of roastiness and spice. Definite spice and some hops in after taste. A bit overcarbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Creamy vanilla and dark cherry aromas from a clear dark amber body with a foamy white tan head. More cherry and dark fruit flavors come through in the taste with a bit of baking spice. Nice dark caramel sweetness with some vegetal bitterness to balance it. Finishes light and sweet with a lasting spice and creaminess. Very nice winter ale.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JMCtime (83) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Lots of bitter and sour. A Bit malty but not much sweetness. Spices were barely noticeable. Very flavorful but not very good.

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