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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2011
poured from can, dark brown, almost black after it settled. aroma of spices and roasted malts. hint of nuts in the malt. spices were here and there felt like some sips they were there and others it was a bland malty taste. odd brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Can. Dark brown pour with a caramel colored head. Aroma is cola, pumpkin spices, nutty malt like a brown ale. Flavor is the same, pretty sweet at first, with some roasted / toasted caramel malt, but the cola and spices create a slightly bitter finish. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Pours dark brown with a fairly big, somewhat foamy light brown head. Nose is brown sugar, herbs, light hops, and a touch of booze. Flavor is very pumpkin/spice heavy front to back, with a weak malt and hops for ABV. Not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (459) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Tap. Pours a dark brown to black. Has a strong roasted flavor with overtones of spice. Very drinkable and decent all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
From a can at StrangeBrew in Eureka, CA/ Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose of dark malt and spice. Medium body with a cloying mouthfeel.. Flavor is roasted chocolate malt and odd spices with cinnamon for sure. Odd bitter finish. For sure a strange brew,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrmartin (777) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Dark brown pour with big tan head hmmm nose is sort of metallic with toasty malts buried underneath Light-Medium body, herbal bitter notes, hint of chocolate and roasted malts. hint of cinnemon/nutmeg? sour grassy hops? Lingering Bitter finish with slight notes of alcohol this just doesn’t work the way they’d hoped for. I will begrudgingly drink the rest of the 6 pack i bought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/10/2011. This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium foamy tan head that recedes slowly. Aroma of sweet malt, cherry and spice. Medium body with a nearly cloying sweet caramel malt character plus notes of fruits and spices. The finish is sweet with a toasty malt and ginger aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours dark brown with a large dense tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of mincemeat pie and eggnog. Taste is much the same but with more bitterness than I was expecting, it gets a little on the metallic side of things. There is a good amount of toffee sweetness, but overall I think this beer lacks some body to be as spiced as it is. I also get a medicinal alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Thanks to my awesome trading partner that bonused me this one- I think it was hamilton23. Cheersm Steve! Pours a medium brown with a tan-ish head. Nose is spicy- spruce, nutmeg, and maybe sarsaparilla? I also get some nutty flavors and a feeling that reminds me of the holidays. Flavor starts with spice kick- spruce, nutmeg, maybe some plums, and some sarsaparilla-esque spices and nuts with some yeasty dryness leading to the finish. Finish lingers with spruce and some cola-esque flavors. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours dark brown with a caramel colored head. Toffee, coffee, chocolate aroma. Bitter sweet flavor. Full bodied with chocolaty bitterness. Smooth finish

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