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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2012
dark brown/almost black pour with light brown head - aroma of molasses and spice (allspice???) - the spices are very heavy on the tongue and a pleasing sweet molasses follows. Too much spice I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Taste like a spiced brown ale. Disliked the mouth feel, but it looked good, and the flavor was alright. Enjoyed the counter hop to the malt. Sat on the tongue weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (5677) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Aroma is heavily spiced, cinnamon and nutmeg and notes of sweetness. The flavor is spices, malts and a mix of sweetness and mildly tangy in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2012
From a 12 ounce can. Second year of having this. Aroma of spiced apple, but tastes like chocolate, nutmeg, and other winter spices. Really enjoy this.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
12 ounce can purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is heavy on the spices with nutmeg and perhaps some spruce tips. Whatever the spices are, they impart an unpleasant burnt rubbery character to the aroma, making this very unpleasant to smell. Somewhat transparent cola-colored body with a smallish cream-colored head present. Starts a bit sweet and sticky...has a buttery diacetyl-like mouthfeel. Becomes roasted and a little burnt in the middle. Finishes with more piney spruce tip-like flavors, with a little underlying sugary sweetness. Has more of a rotten vegetable finish. Not good at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
nice and spicey taste, bread, nutmug, other spices. pretty yummy, solid body, just a bit weird drinking from a can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Quite comparable to a deep brown ale, this beer lingers on the palate like a porter bit pours closer to the brown. The 7.9 abv isn’t tasted, but is felt later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Poured a dark cola color with a huge tan head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, smoke, spice, and toast. Taste is raisins, smoke, spice, with a dry and boozey finish. It’s better when it gets a bit warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap 11/23, pours a muddy brown color with a off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of spices, cinnamon , raisins and other dark fruits. Tastes of spices and dark fruit with a decent hop presence. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with good carbonation. This is a pretty sweet, but great winter ale. I’m surprised by the low ratings it got.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hockeyhoser81 (3) - Exeter, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012 does not count
Like a beautiful woman with an STD Smells great looks fantastic One taste and you’re sorry you brought her home. They emptied the cupboard on this one and there’s so much going on you cannot focus on one taste. the smoky chocolate aroma is overcome by bitterness in the first taste. A shame have had much better from this brewer

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