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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Draft at Rosamunde, Brooklyn. Malty sweetness, pumpkin, holiday spice. Medium mouthfeel. Decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nik925 (745) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Picking up more spice aroma off this one than the last few spice (though mostly pumpkin due to season) beers Iíve had. Full spice rack in this one. Malt and "45 IBUs" sit there, but the spice messes with the aroma and palate. Makes for an interesting aroma. A bit all over the place. A below average beer bumped a 1/4 point by some nice spices

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5121) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Can to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark brown with foamy light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of malt with some sweetness and notes of winter spices. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Canned 24SEP12 Dark, turbid brown with light tan and decent lacing. Smells of sweet gingerbread: alsspice, some molasses, sweet malts, a bit of graham. Taste is toasted bread with some bits of cinnamon, allspice and maybe a hint of nutmeg, sweet and dry flavor. Medium bodied with velvety carb and a semi dry finish. An okay beer. Can date: unk, originally reviewed 22NOV11 3/2/1.5/2.5/2~1.88 A: brown with a finger of transient tan foam and a leftover broken sheet of the same. No lace. Excellent clarity. S: Cinnamon and allspice with some....more cinnamon? Sweet malt profile in the back. T: Metallic and herbal. Too much spice. Like itís been steeped with mulling spices. M: Thin with hi carb and semi dry finish. O: not a good beer. Serving type: can 11-28-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2191) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2013
not much of an aroma just malt and bubblegum. the flavors are better with sweet fresh malt and grapefruit citrus hop that mellow to a red fruit flavor and back to a bitter malty and woody finish. spices not overdone at all and the brew seems to become a bit thicke and syrupy. little alcohol and a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (655) - ISRAEL - DEC 3, 2013
12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy brown color with nice red hues and a nice beige head. Spicy nose, with clove, cinnamon and ginger together with caramel, toffee and faint nuts. Rich malt flavors, very spicy, lo-med bitterness, some alcohol, caramel and dark fruits. Med-full body, satisfying, warming, and complex. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerman6686 (4167) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
This poured a ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma was of nutmeg and nuts. Falvor was similar, caramel, nuts and to much spices. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (585) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2013
On draught at Oregon public house - pours very dark brown with small but thick white head. Taste is initially of coffee then hops kick in. Finishes with taste of Roasted malt and figs. Somewhat bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coreyc1221 (260) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Vanilla and coffee with fresh hops aroma. Darker amber in color with thin tan head. Creamy vanilla spicy start with a slightly drying malty finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Pours dark dark brown, nearly black, and yet the head is only off-white. Aromas are vanilla, nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon, with a bit of marshmallow and graham cracker tossed in. Jeez! Taste is similarly reminiscent of a símore, with more of the above flavors, and a bit more burnt caramel. I like this.

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