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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Like FDRs 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2014 This beer is a very tastey beer. Aroma of mostly nutmeg some cinnamon. Creamy consistency. Great mouth feel. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2011
From a can poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Spicy malty sweet flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abcfan (891) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Nice spicy aroma. Taste is full of spice with a quick finish. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
On tap. Pours with a hazed deep brown hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are malty, caramel, brown sugar and light spice. Flavors are grainy, wheat, soggy malt, brown sugar, light spice, some clove and cinnamon. Lively bubbles, medium bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlovell2 (1626) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Dark brown with ruby tint and tan head. Malty aroma with cloves and cinnamon. Sweet malty taste some raisins. Kind of tart for my liking and then cinnamon and cloves in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eachnotesecure (90) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Disappointed with this one, looks and smells great, tastes totally boring and average. Drinkable, but not something Id recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11854) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Can. Pours clear dark brown to black with an average, frothy light tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is cookie, caramel, nutty, and toast malt, light perfume alcohol, spicy and earthy hops, dark fruity esters of dates and plums with light spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Flavor is toasted malt with caramel and nutty notes, cinnamon, nutmeg, dates and plums, spicy alcohol, light hops and bitterness with a sweet mouthfeel yet dry finish. Full body, medium-high warmth, and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Disappointed with this one. These winter warmer brews are starting to piss me off. Smelled of clove, raisin, booze, and ginger. Taste was ALL over the place. I feel like they had no direction with this ale and just kind of threw ingredients in at random. Blah. Ill stick to the hop crisis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Can. Pours clear dark copper with a thick and rocky tan lacy head that fades without much ado. Aroma is dominated by spice with a little brown sugar behind it. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Spicy sweet taste with subtle bits of roasty malt and a dry, spice-laden finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 28, 2011
12 oz can served in HFB stemware. Pours a clear copper with a billowing tan head. Nose includes lots of spices(nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) and some sweet malts. Spices dominate the taste as well, maybe a bit of fruity ale yeast. Way too much carbonation and quite dry in the finish. I just dont know.

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