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RATINGS: 370   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.


1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Can from ericandersnavy. Brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweat and must. Taste is astringent, tart sourness, more locker room tastes, and just not very good. Could be a couple tenths of a point higher if not for Nellie.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
12oz can: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel nose with some off-putting oaky sour cherry notes. Starts with decent fullness and light caramel malty sweetness with some light cinnamon spice and tart fruitiness before an astringently bitter finish. Seems infected and doesn’t really match the description.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dyetube (1188) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Thanks to Ericandersnavy for this one. This beer pours a deep brown with a thin white head. The rinse are dirty clothes hamper, cinnamon, other spices. The mouthfeel is slightly sticky and bitter with a spiciness. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2010
medium brown with large white head. some mild malt to the nose. a ton of bitterness, very surprising for the style, followed by munich malt and maybe medium crystal malt. the hop flavor is rather low before some yeast esters and a very dry finish. not much spice coming through in this beer that is marked by it’s bitterness and otherwise not overly flavorful

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Tap. This beer is infected, but at least when I had it, it seems to actually work pretty well. Sweet tart nose, with toffee, dark fruit and cherries. The taste is fairly dry, light tart cherry, some cinnamon, light toffee, a touch of cola and a tad spicy in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Brown almost black with a red hue and off-white lacing. Light nose with notes of coffee and cedar. Medium bodied palate with smokey notes. Not the greatest cold weather beer but it will get the job done.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Poured a deep amber/brown. Nose was heavy with holiday spicing, lots of clove with a hint of brown sugar and cheer. Really one of the most bad ass can labels I have ever seen. Unfortunately the beer inside isnt up to par with it. There was a weird acrid off flavor I got from it, almost like burnt plastic. the spicing was spot on, and the beer was good, but whatever that chemically tasting flavor I got kind of ruined it for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Enjoyed from a 12oz can in an English pint glass. The beer pours a very dark brown to almost black color, with a mild off-white head. The nose shows English yeast esters, high crystal malt notes, and baking spices. The first and third come through fairly prevalently in the palate, as does an assertive bitterness. The flavors are pleasant and seasonally appropriate, but the beer seems to lack from a true sense of originality. In many ways, it tastes of many other similar holiday/winter beers; not unpleasant, but not supremely enjoyable, either. Carbonation is nicely calibrated. The finish leaves lingering notes of fruits, slightly burnt caramel, and bitterness. Overall, a beautiful can and nice idea, but unrevolutionary.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: The pour is almost black cherry in color with a creamy off-white head. S: Smells like sour cherries and prunes with some metal, smoke, and cereal. There’s a bit of a booze-soaked fruit cake thing going on a well. T: Like the nose, lots of sour/spoiled fruit juices, particularly cherries, prunes, and raisins. A bit of an olive flavor as well as metal and cheerios. And just for good measure, some alcohol and brown sugar. M: The body and carbonation is both medium. D: Another loser from 21A. This was bad in just about every way.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
6-pack from Chuck’s. When they say it’s a "spiced winter ale" they’re not kidding. Smells like vegetables. Tastes all right (I drank all six) but I felt confused. Can’t really nail what’s in it. Also tastes heavily medicinal. Literally Grandpa’s cough syrup. Probably won’t get again.


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