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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBlackCloud (21) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
I am surprised this beer is rated so low, maybe drinking it during a snowstorm made it that much better. It is a great winter ale with different spices in every sip a true winter beer throwback.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1881) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
12 oz can from"Lifesource" in Salem OR $2 ( i think). Pours a nice solid tawny brown with a large thick and frothy cream coloured head. Odd smells a bit like a spicy Christmas pudding..with rum cream on top..actually brings back memories and is very nice. Taste also is akin to British Christmas pudding..fruity,malty,dark,nutty absolutly a gem! Mouth feel is grand and easy at the same time. carbonated well. a lot of mediocre scores here..but this is just a great beer for me..invokes Christmases past.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (2192) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 31, 2013
Draft at The Pine Box. Darkest roasty brown, odd colored foam head. Tart sweet red/oud bruin aroma, body is drier herb and leather. Interesting, but not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBeforeH20 (128) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Very dark pour with near white head. Aroma has a lot going on, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and slightly cocoa. Taste is not as complex or layered as the aroma, but overall not bad. Hides the abv well for being nearly 8%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8310) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Can at the Night of Garbage, thanks muchly to Leighton - he never stops ratin’, 20/12/13 up his shit load of stairs ! Hazed dark amber with a moderate light beige head. Nose is spiced stewed fruits, pumpkin notes, sweet notes, light woody ring. Taste comprises brown sugars, toffee fudge, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bittering presence in the finish. Ok SHV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
badhack (303) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Drank from can. Strong spicy flavor like a combination of christmas and pumpkin spices but without the pumpkin. Alcohol is well masked but there’s plenty of it. I would find the spice tasty but it’s too strong. A little tang, and toasty malt. Extremely light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1044) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 25, 2013
On tap @ Rosamunde, Brooklyn, NY. Clear dark brown color with thin creamy off-white head, good lacing and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, some spices and dried fruits. Taste starts with smooth and rich malty sweetness, backed up with caramel and chocolate, following is refreshing spicy and a bit grassy with light bitter finish. Medium to full body, oily texture and lively carbonation in palate. Real winter warmer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6718) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Can thanks to Leighton at the Night of Garbage. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, lots of spice, toast, smoke, tangy HP sauce and dark fruit. The taste is earthy, wood, spice, treacle, leather decent bitterness, toast and alcohol warmth. Medium body and fine carbonation. A pretty tasty spiced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
20th December 2013
The (not so) shit beer tasting at Leightons stratospheric flat. Thanks Leighton. Hazy dark amber beer. Good vibrant-cream coloured head. Palate is light and semi dry. Fine carbontion. Little toffee in the dry malt. Whisper of ginger, mellow spices and lame generic.fruits. Actually comes together well in to a semi finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10780) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Can shared at the Night of Garbage. Procured somewhere in the Land of the Free. Pours deep amber with a lasting, creamy khaki head. Nice aroma, some nutmeg and cinnamon, light cake and toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with dry bread, mild toasted leaves, understated spices, dry toffee and fruitcake. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety mouthfeel. Moderate sweetness to finish, fruitcake, dried berries, mellow leafy bitterness, nutmeg. Nice beer.

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