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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Like FDRís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LetsGoState (803) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Aroma has some spices. Taste is a sweet roasted malt with hints of spice. Overall just an OK winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5447) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Can from Beer & Wine. Dark brown body with nose of malts, spices, herbal. Taste is malts, spicy, fruits, caramel. Smooth texture. Alcy. Warming finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldbrewky (1681) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Hyde park is but a hop skip and a jump from my house. While this brown spice winter thing is going on, there is not much of spice or winter going on in this brew. It is easily drinkable and pleasant to behold. I could drink a few of these..... glad I bought a six pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ByTheirLimpin (277) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Well, a drinkable brown. Hints of, but predominance given to, roast malts, caramel tastiness. Quickly fading caramel head. Decent sessionable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (834) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2016
DATE TASTED: January 7, 2016... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf tulip... OCCASION... returning back from LVR/Jefferson wrestling match and an emotional day giving Uncle Vincey back to God... APPEARANCE: purplish brown body that loses its opaqueness when held to the light; head is slushy dirty snow, clumped and riddled with holes; head is resilient, and releases quality lacing as the glass drains ... AROMA: mineral aromas immediately, with cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, sugary malts and baking bread... a fruitcake is also detectable, as the holiday milieu would suggest--inviting, overall... PALATE: reasonably medium-bodied, with strength and warmth but a stout-like drinkability at 7.9%...aftertaste is chewable and palpable with an odd note that detracts slightly...otherwise, nothing outstanding in this department... TASTE: a chocolate fruitcake is best employed when describing the Chat--a full-flavored, toffee, caramel and milk-infused, toasted bread beer that feeds as it is sipped...secondary flavors of port, fig and medicinal undertones make for an interesting combination.... OVERALL: a dessert beer that packs in a variety of flavors and keeps the alcohol humming without infecting its vibe...finishes with a maltiness that endears it to wintertime...effective in its attempt and enjoyable to a degree, though it lacks more hop complexity...still, the toasted quality evokes the feel of a winterís eve, and the malts make for a hearty drinking experience...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ccex (1187) - 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. FDRís fireside chats were more surprising than this, but it is a good Christmas brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2655) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
voyageurmike (266) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (629) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1219) - 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.

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