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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2010
12oz can pours a reddish brown color with tan head. Aroma of spices and herbs with some malt mixed in. Strong strong flavor. Bitterness. Good flavor but almost too much going on with the amount of flavors. Decent canned beer for the holidays.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5477) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2010
12 oz. can. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma is big on spices (cinnamon, holiday mix), dried fruits like raisins, and malty sweetness. There is also a slight metallic note at times. The flavor has quite a bit going on, but it doesn’t all work together for me. There is roasted dark malts, holiday spices, caramel sweetness, tart citrus, and a hint of metal. The finish adds a nutty component. Medium bodied; this could use a bit more body. Overall, I was expecting a little more from this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3857) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Date and nutmeg aroma. Clear brown, effervescent, thick puffy tan head. Briefly sweet raisin flavor which suddenly becomes tart currant and finishes with nutmeg. Nice dimensions, medium body. Solid and unique.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gachupines (902) - USA - NOV 12, 2010
Deep brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is sickly sweet and a bit sour. Flavor is rather sour and leaves a bad taste on my tongue. There’s some nuttiness to it, but not much and is rather thin in the body. Overall, pretty disappointed in this one compared to others from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3262) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours brown with tinges of orange and a thin tan head. The aroma has raisins, prunes, and a non descript array of spices. The flavor is pretty full bodied with cinnamon, pepper, hints of raisins and some toasted malt and earthy bitter hops in the finish. A little harsh for me actually. I don’t like these kinds of beers real bitter at the end. I do like the interplay between the spices and the toasted malts though. Overall, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TomDecapolis (4485) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2010
From a can. Pours a deep brown with some amber highlights when held to the light. Head is medium/creamy/off white and lacing. Aroma of molasses, nuts, light holiday spices and some orange hop notes. Also getting a good bit of toasted malt out of this one. Aroma and pleasant...mostly nutty and toasted malt coming through. Flavor is a bit muddled and thin. Was expecting a nicely spiced winter ale and didn’t really get that. The spices are kind of there, but muddled and actually take quite a back seat in my opinion. Some molasses and nutty notes coming through. A interesting bitterness and also something quite metallic. Dissapointed in this one a bit. It looks like on tap it may be a little better so will try again if I see it on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (976) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Can served in an English pint. An appropriate glass choice for this aromatic winter delight. Pours dark brown with ruby hues, a large beige head that melts away slowly. Big-time sweet spices backed by dark fruit, wet hay, and wet dog.... no, no... that’s horse stables. Mmmmm. Sweet, slightly salty flavor. Medium body, solid carbonation, and a balanced finish of sweetness, salt, bitterness, and roast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3433) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Pleasant beer. Very spicy. Has some healthy sweetness, though nothing too sticky. And lots of spice. Pinch of cinnamon. Surprising sourness. Clove. Some fruit, too. Great stuff. And a great holiday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1698) - , 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 (1360) - 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.

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