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RATINGS: 335   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3191) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Can at Tank’s. Not really sure what to think about this bad boy. It seemed like a sour with a hint of spice to me? Tasted nice but not really sure it fits the description. Possible infection? Either way I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
can on 12/19/10 dark burgundy brown with a monster tan head. it smells like metal, malt, paper bag and brown sugar. the flavor is a combination of the aroma along with additional notes of cinnamon, prunes and nickels. the medium body is too sweet and sticky. 6/4/6/3/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Can on 01/06/2011 from Wine and Beer Westpark. Mostly clear dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Spice and grainy aroma. Dry spice and astringent grain flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
(12oz can thanks to ericandersnavy) This one’s dark brown. Smells roasty, toasty, smoky, cinnamon, cloves, some ash. Taste has minerally, smoky, wood, sweet boiled down malt syrup. Interesting. I like the spices in the aroma but maybe a bit much of the smoke. Though it is called "Fireside Chat" so I should forgive it for that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (909) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Multi can pours - Just in time for summer! A nice winter ale that is for some reason still being sold at my local Biggs. Oh well, why not try it? Little harsh guys. Alcohol punch comes through first, followed by some passable malts and a blend of who knows what. Altogether, not terrible, but certainly not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
From can. Subtle spicy aroma of undetermined origin, over a sweetish brown ale malty character infused with just a bit of oud bruin aceticness. Light papery hops or mild oxidation present. Dark brown clear with mild haze, topped with light cocoa foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet with caramel malt, light brown sugar notes, and some mild spicy notes - ginger or allspice? Medium acidity comes next, with a bit of acetic character, not quite like a Flemish brown, but there is something reminiscent of it. Spicy character stays to the finish and leaves me with a mild acidic bitterness on the tongue, with growing tannic and hop bitter after. Not quite melded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Can:   Deep caramel, moderate foamy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Spicy nose, nutmeg and cinnamon, a little nutty and roasty.   On the tongue those items are there, fleeting, leaving a little earthy backside.   Not really feeling this one.   A little too subtle on the tongue and not very malty, seems a little thin in the body.   Not much of a Winter Warmer if you ask me.   Okay, but very ho-hum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
Pour dark brown hints of ruby tan head decent lace. Aroma pumpkin pie, winter spice, vanilla, cream, butterscotch, roast malt. Taste slight sourness to start then quite bitter with a warming up of winter spice and roasty malts. MF medium body mild carb. Overall not sure if the sourness was intended not bad not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1463) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2011
THOUGHTS: Interesting. Definitely different. A nice surprise. Not what I was expecting since it was labeled spiced, not sour. TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a dark, brownish red that was basically brown in the glass with a large to huge, tan, head that kept a thin sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate, roasted and caramel malts; hints of chocolate; smoke, cola, sour fruit and light spices. The initial flavor was moderate sweet, lightly sour and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, moderately to rather sour, rather acetic and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was smoke, chocolate, roasted malt and sour and dark fruit. The medium body was slightly oily, but also a little watery with lightly fizzy carbonation and lightly chalky and moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
12oz can. Dark brown color. Light tan head. Aroma of dark wheat and nutmeg. Loads of toasted malts in the nose. Flavor of tart wheat malt, toasted malts, spice of nutmeg and clove. Not what I was expecting at all for a Spiced Ale, more like a Gingerbread Dunkel Weiss. 8,4,6,4,13

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