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RATINGS: 378   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11807) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Can. Pours dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Aromas of dark malt and cinnamon? Near med body with moderate carb. Flavor is sort of chocolate and cinnamon with some other spicing. It’s a bit gummy. Everything I can remember from Cold Spring is short on ingredients, and this is no exception. The malt’s too thin to support the spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Sampled on 11/27/2010. This spice ale pours a medium to dark drown color from a 12oz can. Medium sized white foamy head with decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is dark fruity, sweet and spicy. A medium bodied spiced ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Lots of spice flavors, kind of generic holiday spices, but I am unable to pick out any individual spices. Wish there was a little more malt sweetness to go with the spices. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12 oz. can. The pour yields a translucent, dark chestnut to mahogany colored body with a small, frothy, khaki colored head. Settling as a thin, swirly film with a bubbly edge, the head gives way to jagged diagonal flares and short spikes of sticky lace. The nose puts me off from the start, absolutely booming with a hodgepodge of dark winter spices, showing everything from sweet cardamom and cinnamon to bitter coriander and celery salt, along with everything in between. Caramelized, buttery brown sugar comprises the malt base, suggesting also some baked raisin bread. Flavors are strikingly bitter from all the coriander, nutmeg, and allspice, as sickeningly sweet baked pumpkin and heavy brown sugars offer the opposite, but equally offensive counterpoint. On the palate, a medium body is rife with lively, prickly carbonation that leads towards a sticky, sugar-laden finish. Ugh....gross. This beer is the poster child for obtrusive, unchecked, irresponsible spice application. I could honestly only manage a few ounces.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12oz. Can: Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, spices, brown sugar, and toasting. Poured deep amber/ruby/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light roasting, light toasting, slight caramel, brown sugar, spices, and light chocolate. Medium body. Very thin texture. Average carbonation. Roasted and toasted malt, brown sugar, slight chocolate, and slight spice finish. 7.9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2010
thin and flavors are mismatched. a little sour, a little roasty. drinkable but not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6996) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Can from the brewery. Pours black with a rich tan head and a peppery smoky aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor with a bit of spice and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Picked up a 12-oz can from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark copper brown colored brew with a thick and rocky off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, some iron metal, a hint of allspice, an nutmeg. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of allspice, nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, and toffee. Finish is slightly metallic and semi-dry with a mild light nutmeg spice, carrot and fig aftertaste.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
This tastes like someone’s senile Mother dumped an entire can of McCormick allspice into a glass of sour rancid Chocolate milk. Looks okay, but that’s where it ends. How any brewer could let this go to market is beyond me. Making mention of FDR on the packaging is just blasphemy. Glad I decided to try one before sharing with others on Thanksgiving. Sorry guys, this one SUCKS!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Can and draft at Capone’s. Pours hazy burnt sienna toward black with 1-finger smacked-ass looking off-khaki head. Nose is malty, spicy, with some earthy peaty esters, hops, brown sugar and nutmeg notes. Tastes malty, with pronounced nutmeggy and cinnamonny spices, briwn sugar, figgy fruit, backup hops, medium palate heft, decent complexity, and very well hiddenn alcohol. Methinks this one would perform quite well when heated. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a clear ruby brown with a medium to large beige head. Cinnamon and spice, nutty malt on the nose. More cinnamon in the body, but the overall spice level is gentle and subtle. Caramel and malt, nice toast and sweet spices. Light metallic taste on the finish with more toast and spice.

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