RATINGS: 445   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of nutmeg, nutty, chocolate, caramel, earthy. Tastes semi sweet and spicy with some fruity elements and some tea like elements on the finish. Clunk, uh oh looks like we have a problem. Etc, etc...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Frank (4121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2011
This is a decent spiced brew, nice and strong for those cold winter months. Its cloudy brown read w/ a creamy off-white head. The nose is caramel malts, a bit of oxidative nuttiness and some warm spice. Taste is slightly tart which adds a cherry-like character to the subtle spicing. Medium bodied, which is nice, but the carbonation lacks something in the way of creaminess which makes this come off a little watery. Something about this seems Belgian, almost like a sour brown or something. I am not sure if thats intentional but it works well enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2011
I have liked some 21st stuff very much before but this was not for me. Had a six pack of this and kept trying it on different nights but really just did not do it for me. OK looking brown semi clear beer with a 2 finger head. The aroma is a little copper and bark and malt. Getting very little int he way of spice. The taste is a little toffee but also a bit sour. Would have made a better plain brown ale. Not one to seek out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 3, 2011
12 oz can. Pours a very dark maple brown with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of sour ginger notes, caramel, celery and a touch of nutmeg. Taste of gingery toffee, sour wood, celery and faint nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Look first beer I did not like from 21 amendment.Great color,head and aroma but taste bad soapy and a little sour leaves bad after taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2011
From a can. Brown/ruby colored liquor pours clear with a decent head. The aroma was of toffee, citrus hop and nutmeg. The medium body is bitter-sweet with a somewhat chaotic spice profile. I wouldnt buy this one again, as there are better versions of spiced beer out there. And I swear I could taste metal from the can. Maybe it was a psychological taste. . .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (14114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Draft. Poured hazy brown with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark malt and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy spice and dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy spice sweet finish of moderated duration. Refreshing complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1567) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Pours an brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is light of nutmeg, vanilla, caramel, and just a hint of hops. Flavor is strong of the spices at first but dies quickly. Not much lingering flavor. Was hoping for something better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pretty messy. Some nutmeg sweetie tones on top of a rather wet sticky winter brew which has no serious texture to it. I was thinking this was stale but checked the date. Hard to believe it came from this brewery which produces some pretty awesome beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Poured from a 12oz can. Smells of cloves, nutmeg, and belgian yeasts. Tastes of belgian yeasts and spices. Not terrible, but not great.

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