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RATINGS: 327   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1596) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz can. Reddish brown pour, decent lacing. Up front sweetness with a very subtle spice aftertaste. Not a great beer but enjoyable. Probably alot better on draft than out of a can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Can. A clear mahogany pour with a thick and fluffy khaki head. A wonderfully wintry & roasty aroma that features some caramel, toffee, red apples, pears, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of anise. More thin than medium-bodied. Lots of maltiness upfront taste-wise. Some caramel and a roasty nuttiness at the forefront. A biscuity transition. Finishes kinda sour and dry with some surprising grassy notes. Plenty of spiciness throughout. Some alcohol warmth is present. A drinkable and pleasant enough winter warmer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz can poured deep reddish brown with tan head. Aroma was a strong sour apple with other spices like nutmeg and corriander present. Taste was also sour and body was medium thin. Not bad but. Not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Tap at Waterfront Ale House: pours a dark brown. Fruity aroma. Cherry notes and mild nutmeg. Fizzy palate. Soft roast and anise/nutmeg notes. Slightly astringent finish. Eh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2010
A friend said this was tasty, itís not. Nose of dark fruit and taste of booze and weird stuff. No good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Brown black with a bit of tan head. Aroma is pumpkin-pie type with cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet, but bitter and astringent in a tree-barky treacle cola sort of way. I cannot say I love this in any way, and rather dread finishing it, really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
12 ounce can from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a large tan frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of heavy spicy notes, citrus, raisins, berries. The taste is bitter berry-like fruit notes and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Not really liking this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
20101031 12oz can from State Line. Darker brown with a massive tan head that clumps lace. Aroma is yeasty, nutty, and moderately spiced with some nutmeg and clove, but thereís also a potent and unwelcome dose of green apple and vinyl. Rather thin on the palate with some sharp, seemingly misplaced acidity mid-palate, coming around to a spice-like, woody astringency late. Some earthy, leafy bitterness, but the finish is also marred by a thinning body and more tart apple. Craft paste aromas emerge. Pretty messy beer, and Iím glad to have only purchased the one can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Dark brown pour with an attractive medium sized off white head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel. I notice a slight tangyness in the flavor, just a bit tart. Not sure if that is intended or not. Overall an interesting experiment, not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1066) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Poured a very dark brown with a light-tan head. Aroma has caramel and nuts with some veggies. It seems like a brown ale mixed with a saison. Taste has lots of good caramel flavors with molasses and nuts. Some veggies, but not as much as the aroma. Overall very tasty. If FDR was still around he would probably drink this!

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