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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 oz can. Deep brown with a small dense light tan head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, toasty malt and some sourdough. The flavor is lightly sweet malt, holiday spices and a light sour taste that hits you in the back of the throat. Medium body with a mild carbonation. I’m not the biggest fan of spice dominant beers, but this is still pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
From a can,brown red in color,white head,carmel,pine nutmeg flavors,I really get a good kick out of the label.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 oz can into Sam Adams lager glass. Pours a deep brown murky hue with a medium head with nice retention and nice lacework. Aroma is packed: clove, cinnamon, nutmeg...metal (knowing this brewery, this will go away shortly......it does). Taste starts out sweet and then turns sour; a slight bitterness comes out as it warms. Carbonation is medium; body is medium-full; chewy. Definitely the best "winter warmer" I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - DEC 26, 2010
12 oz. can- Pours dark deep brown with a nice tan head, aroma is spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and probably alot more. The flavor is caramel and spices with a warming alcoholic bite, I don’t think the flavors blend very well, it needs a little more of something else or a little less of something. Its a good but not great winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2010
12 oz. can via trade with mixmasterob - Pours a brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Flavor and aroma is caramel malt and light spice. Medium body. A decent beer. Thanks Robert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Dark mahogany brown color with a thin head. Aroma is caramel, co2, and cinnamon. Flavor is a bit thin and a bit too sweet, but I enjoy the rich roasty flavor, so that’s all right. Thin mouthfeel. This beer wants to be served with a turkey dinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Reddish brown pour. Aroma of spice, cookies, yeast, light toffee. Flavor is sweet and very malty, spices, cake, cookies...not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
can thanks to erica. poured a deep brown with a cream head. nose is heavily spiced, nutmeg, christmas tree, and brown sugar. nice on the palate, flavor is sweet spices, gum drops, brown sugar, and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a full tan head. Head retention is good leaving some nice lacing behind. Has kind of an odd aroma for this style of beer. Gives a lemon and grass aroma with some undiscernable spices. A strange metallic flavor comes through, some undiscernable spices, and an off bitter flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Can. Poured a cloudy brown with a light tan head. Nose is citrus, spice, and caramel. Taste is heavily spiced, with lots of sweet malt, some hop bitterness. A bit strange with all of the fruitiness. Body is full and finish is lightly bitter. Overall, a decent winter spiced ale.

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