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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Poured a deep amber/brown. Nose was heavy with holiday spicing, lots of clove with a hint of brown sugar and cheer. Really one of the most bad ass can labels I have ever seen. Unfortunately the beer inside isnt up to par with it. There was a weird acrid off flavor I got from it, almost like burnt plastic. the spicing was spot on, and the beer was good, but whatever that chemically tasting flavor I got kind of ruined it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1041) - 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 (1426) - 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 I’ve tried. Plus I noticed the “Enjoy by Jan. 31, 2016” on the bottom of the can when I got home (I don’t think it was on the box), I’ll 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 didn’t 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 (1051) - 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 (599) - 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 (924) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sawbuck (633) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Aroma of spices, some pine, dark fruits. Deep red color...almost deep brown. Thick tan head. Sweet up front. Cinnamon, brown sugared fruits, and some candy cane. Bitterness cuts in nicely. Peppermint and some alcohol burn on the finish. Slightly water texture. O.k.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jared_Clifton (116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Dark brown with lifht tan head. Medium body. Malts, nutmeg, graham cracker, and tons of spices. Didnt like the first couple but they grew on me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (17058) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Klares orange braunes Bier mit einer geringen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Kürbis, Gewürzen, dunkles malz. Geschmack würzig, Kürbis, Zimt, dunkles malz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5603) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2016
12oz can thanks to Rob. Poured a super dark chocolate brown almost black body with a smaller tight foamy super off white head. Aroma of dark malts, graham crackers, light nutmeg and allspice along with just a hint of orange citrusy hops. Flavor is pretty much the same like a ightly nutmeg spiced graham cracker chased with a tiny touch of orange slice. Not bad but sort of meh to me.

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