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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Like FDRís 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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - 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. Iíll 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 donít know.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours a very dark ruby color thatís pretty much brown with mahogany edges and a two finger light beige head that slowly settles into lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Very spicy aroma with lots of dark fruit and slightly roasted malts. Potpourri like with flower petals, cinnamon, brown sugar and clove. The spices really overpower the aroma in an unpleasant way but underneath there is some dark fruit and others berries. Medium bodied with a harsh, overly aggressive spice presence that lingers over the sweeter notes into a acrid, bone dry finish. Lots of potpourri spice with bark, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and clove which creates an unpleasant dry flavor that dominates. Underneath there us some sweet malt and dark fruit along with a syrupy, medicinal character. This beer is overly spice but also cloyingly sweet. Just all over the place and a bit if a mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Nice dark brown pour with a tan head. Sweet brown sugar malt aroma with spice and a hint of vegetables. The flavor is similar but more reserved. Much like the description it tastes like an English ale with some spice added. Middle of the road winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Poured into my glass a very dark dark brown with a light khaki head with great lacing. Smelled like a winter spice ale for sure. Some cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, and a touch of pumpkin (?) and figs. Nice full flavor of burnt toffee sweetness, some dark ripe fruit, cinnamon, and a bit of old spruce spices. Perhaps also a touch of chocolate booziness. Nice and warming, with a dark fruity tone likely from the yeast. A classic winter warmer, but perhaps a bit too average for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Too bad theres no category for packaging cuz I love the can and the designs on it. Good looking dark beer and bubbly head. Not much of an aroma but subtle hints of barley (I think). I bit smokey in the flavor. Nice English ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sickassmick (228) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
super fresh can, son. I will preface this with... Iím not big on flavored beers. i like this companyís IPA, and then did they have a black IPA too or something like that? anyway. I love the look of the boxes and the packaging. really nice marketing. I have to say tho oskar blues kinda kinged the whole can thing but not because their packaging was cooler. ok... here she goes. I snapped the can. i like the super thin head i see starting to overflow my can. This stuff looked super clear when i poured it but itís so freaking dark brown in the Concord cup. Head is pretty thin but super fine bubbles and i can tell they arenít going any where. first sniff is... omygod iím so surprised. gingerbread. oh well. i canít really smell anything else and donít really expect to. first sip.. nice mouthfeel... little tiny bit flat and little tiny bit watery, but not to the point of being a guiness. For the taste, when you have your face in something that smells like gingerbread, itís gonna taste gingerbread.. thank god itís not overly sweet. now here is the strong point. beer is fresh. no off flavors. and there is a lasting (maybe faint, but still) hop bitterness at the end that makes this beer ok by me. For what it is, itís not bad. There is real beer in here. nite!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dresden (1475) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
Appearance isnt what you want to like most about a beer. Flavour has a bit of the winter spices, but its a bit strange.

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