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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ccex (1155) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2016
12 oz. can pours a clear dark amber/brown iwht small beige head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is full of nutmeg, and cinammon with some roasted and bready malts and a bit of candied fruits. Taste is slightly sweet with a dry short finish and . Body is medium with average carbonation and an almost syrupy mouthfeel. FDR’s fireside chats were more surprising than this, but it is a good Christmas brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Draft at Fado. Very dark brown amber pour that started with a solid frothy tan head. Lots of lace. Spicy roasted malts. Hoppy brown ale. Burnt pecans. Treacle. Plum pudding. Fruitcake. Allspice. Cassia. Nutmeg. Charcoal briquettes. Faint hints of dark red stone fruit. Better than anticipated but not up with the greats of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
voyageurmike (203) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2015
From a can into a tulip glass, reddish brown with slight head. Full-bodied spiced brown ale, creamy with a hops finish. Hops overpower the spicing, the mix of flavors is not winning.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (577) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Poured from a can. This is my first from this brewery I believe, and it is a very good start! Not much head or lacing, but otherwise I liked every aspect of this beer. Very light in the taste of ale, which allows the spices (cinnamon) to come through. Clear dark amber color.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (811) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Tap at Park Tavern, NYC. Pours dark, chestnut color, tanish head. Aroma is very bready, cinnamon, spices, slightly floral note, slight orange note, sweet Christmasy spices, nutmeg. Probably my favorite Christmas-spiced beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
benpickens (462) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pours dark brown with medium head; aromas of port and fruitcake; sweet and syrupy on the tongue with a mild finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cousin_Larry (767) - - DEC 26, 2015
Smells a little like a Christmas beer, but flavor is nothing more than a brown. Better than Bell’s Christmas beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1400) - Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Dark red. Malt and spices, caramel malts, toffee raison, dark fruits, plum maybe. Same in taste, bready, toffee, caramel. Roast, kinda hoppy in an herbal pine way. Has a bit of dry/hot alcohol. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
This was rather OK. Nutty and dark with some spices but a bit too hoppy overall. Could have been a bit smoother.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (1109) - Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Can. Pours clear dark ruby with tan head. Nose is cinnamon and brown sugar. Taste is caramel and cinnamon. Bitter aftertaste. Okay.


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