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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Murky mahogany brown body. Dry, lightly toasted malt with some gingerbread, clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Sharp grass and citrus with a mild astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5214) - Utah, USA - DEC 13, 2010
On tap at 21A
Appearance: Dark brown with a nice off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Sour cherries and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, cherries and fruity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (3674) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Whole Foods, DC six-pack ($10): You start with a beer with a cool looking package, then you pour in and it looks very nice with a deep brown body and a large beige head. Even the aroma of wintertime spices signals a tasty brew. Upon tasting it you realize that the commercial description was correct. Improvisation in spices was the name of the game and they decided to share it a little too early. Not enough of a malty backbone. The high abv sneaks through. All in all, the beer is not a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1475) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Can. Not my favorite spiced holiday ale but it drinks pretty easily and has some interesting flavor. It tastes a bit like spiced cider with oranges. Thereís a lot of English character in the caramel/toffee malt flavor. Not much in the way of hops, though some of the spice could be masking it for me. The flavor is a bit odd, but it works, at times. A fair bit of cola flavor hurts things. Mouthfeel is a bit effervescent and thin for the abv but not bad. Pours medium brown with a thin, fading head.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cavie (3878) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Corpse can provided by ericandersnavy. Clear brown reddish color, some bubbles. Aroma is spiced fruit with soured notes and something odd. Flavor is sharp citrus acid, aged orange and a tart, almost painful follow-up. Not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a deep amber with a thinning head. Aroma is big spicy, cinnamon nutmeg, toast, biscuit, dark caramel malt, burnt toffee, and some earthy notes. Flavor is sugary sweet, dark caramel, nuts, big cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, leather, earth, and a strange slickness towards the end and some yeasty phenolic notes. Strange beer- a bit messy, definitely not my style of beer. Seemed just mixed up, everything thrown together type beer, that just doesnt work for me. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12 oz can from Princetonís. Dark brown colored pour with a cratery tan head. Nutty, spicy aroma with a bit of nutmeg coming forward for me. Not sure I like the flavor, itís a bit all over the place for me. Kind of a tangy spicy flavor but not one that I like very much. Not a bad beer for me but I donít think itís my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Brown with a bit of head. Spicy aroma with some cinnamon, caramel. Roasted malt comes out more on the palate, light bitterness and smoke on the finish. Not bad, but I had high expectations for this beer and was a little bit disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6049) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Can , thanks to ericandersnavy, dark amber pour with thin foam, aroma is cinnamon, spices, leathery, flavor is caramel, sour roast nuts, malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Out of a can, and into a glass, at Brewforia, Meridian, ID Deep hazy mahogany with a small but lasting fine tan head. A skin more like, actually. Light toasted malt aroma with some spice and cidery notes. Flavor is fairly tart and of apple cider. Light medium bodies and a bit dry. Dusty tart finish and lively carbonation, The spices are nicely balanced and is good for the style.

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