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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2012
pours a dark ruby brown color with a small tan head. aroma is mostly typical for a winter spice brew.. cinnamon clove and maybe some ginger. almost smells like red hot dollars candy because of the sweetness. taste is pretty much the same... but falls a bit flat for a complex winter spice brew. upfront it has everything you want but completely dies once your tongue tries to decipher the flavors. malts are there but weak tasting. it seems like they built this beer on spices with no backbone to support it. mehh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (2848) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2014
Can shared at a tasting at Mastikim. Pours brown with a nice head, aroma of pumpkin and spices, flavor is pretty much the same, medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davhgbrew (889) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2014
Pours dark red light brown. Big spiced aroma of cinnamon, prune, and nutmeg. Sips medium full with a strong dark fruit malty presence. Hop balance is solid with a moderate hop bitterness that is evident in the finish. The hop flavor is more strong than in most winter beers with a nice resiny earthy tone. Slight coffee notes as well that ljnger. Hop bitterness plus medium carbonation make this a very dry and attenuated winter spiced beer. My type of winter brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lothore (455) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- Pours a deep, dark, reddish black hue with a nice, frothy 1.5 finger off white head. S- Sweet maltiness, mixed spices, cinnamon, coriander, clove. T- Indistinct sweetness off the bat followed by clove and cinnamon. Finishes with a slight malt liquor flavor that is a bit offputting M- Medium bodied with medium/high carbonation. D- Definitely a decent winter warmer. A bit one dimensional and the alcohol in the finish makes it seem bigger than it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1106) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2014
Overall: Spicy, warm, complex, full bodied.
Note: On-tap at 21st Amendment Brewery & Restaurant. Reviewed 2014-03-24.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoppygirlcda (29) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Reminds me of some if the Pumpkin Ale's that come out in the Fall. Not a bad tasting beer, but only one is enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5052) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2014
Can sample at a tasting at Mastikim. Thanks zvikar. Brown color with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweetish flavor, malty, a bit toasty, caramelly, a bit nutty, with some spiciness and a slightly bitter finish, a bit roasty. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1347) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2014
Saw a review for this online and hoped that it would make it’s 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. It’s 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 (2217) - 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.

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