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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (1743) - - AUG 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-25-13- Poured from can into a pint glass Appearance - Pours a lightly hazed brown-mahogany color with a small one half finger cream colored head. The small head persists for some time to fade eventually leaving a lighter level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell The aroma is a mix of malty and spicy smells with notes of some sweetness within. The malty aromas are of a toasted malt with the spice being mainly of cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweet smells of caramel, fig, and plum mixed with a light boozy aroma, create a quite spiced fruitcake aroma overall Taste The taste begins of roasted malt and a very small amount of sweetness from plum and caramel. The caramel fades quite quickly from the taste, while tons of spice and a light boozy flavor come to the tongue. The spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg grow stronger to the end of the taste and are joined by an ever increasing rum like boozy taste. These flavors in the end leave a somewhat astringent rather dry boozy and spicy flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. The thin body does a rather poor job at complimenting the roasted and boozy flavors, although on the plus side the thin body and higher carbonation level did prevent some of the more off flavors from really lingering on the tongue. So overall a moderate mouthfeel. Overall Not really one I would recommend. The flavors are a little too spicy and astringent with a feel that does not complement well the winter warmer category (although I guess the boozy taste does).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Caytinator (962) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pint on tap - mahogany color, good lacing with a nice persistent foamy head. Roasty toasty taste, not a whole lot else (where are the spices that everyone else tastes?), slight alcohol, not hoppy at all - kinda gnarly

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
12oz can. No pour. Sipping right out of can. Aroma is sweet with malt and spice. Taste nice with hints of cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2014
12oz bottle, via trade from someone awesome Im sure, pours with a clear ruby red to amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up lots of spices like ginger and cinnamon and then it gets into some malty sweetness. The taste delivers firm levels of winter spices but the malts and modest degree of molasses help keep the spices from being overwhelming. Pretty nice as slivers of dark roasted malts surface here and there creating another facet to the experience. Overall for this beer the spices could be scaled back a bit to achieve improved balance and flavor harmony. Pretty nice winter beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (330) - Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Dark brown with medium tab head. Roasted malt and winter spice aromas. Taste is lots of roasty malt and pie or cookie spices. A bit sweet, a bit bitter. A bit like German lebkuchen. Pleasant winter beer and not to bad in July either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
12oz can. Poured a deep amber, almost brown color with a large sized off white head. Lots of spices ... Im not an overall crazy spice type of guy and these spices did not agree with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kerenmk (2438) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2014
Can sample at a tasting at work. Clear copper dark brown with a foamy white head. Cinnamon and some clove in the nose. Mildly bitter with a little wood and a little alcohol in the mouth. Medium body and a little alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
This is a tasty seasonal. It has good spice notes and is an enjoyable brew. Its worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zvikar (3505) - 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 (944) - Seattle, Washington, 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!

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