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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
6-pack from Chuckís. When they say itís a "spiced winter ale" theyíre not kidding. Smells like vegetables. Tastes all right (I drank all six) but I felt confused. Canít really nail whatís in it. Also tastes heavily medicinal. Literally Grandpaís cough syrup. Probably wonít get again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
I am being generous when I say that this isnít fit for hobos. Horrible sour, funk that doesnít belong, bad balance, adjuncts(!?!?), and feet. There may have been a winter warmer in the plan for this stuff, but it wasnít in the can. Oh yeah, donít let me forget the metal. It had enough metal aftertaste to make me think it was a Sam Adams product. BREW FAIL.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a medium brown with nice layer of frothy offwhite head. Aroma is caramel sweetness with some tart cherry notes. Flavor just is not balanced well. Starts off like it should taste similar to a malty sweeter scotch ale, caramel and brown sugar dominate early, followed by some spice notes and a very very tart sour cherry flavor followed by some floral hops. Overall, not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (12048) - 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. Itís a bit gummy. Everything I can remember from Cold Spring is short on ingredients, and this is no exception. The maltís 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 (7235) - 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 (5283) - 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.

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