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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
e303 (255) - - NOV 13, 2014
Can to beer tulip. Pours a deep garnet with a creamy head. Aroma is spices and fruits. Taste is similar with a slight hoppy finish. Not great but decent enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ndfreak77 (126) - USA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany color with a smokey white head. Malty and spicy aroma, with slight smokiness. Flavor is malty with spices and Caramel. Finishes with a strong hoppinness. Good near

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Roser (44) - Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Appearance- semi clear/opaque (dark but let a little light through). Dark Amber, mahogany brown. Big bubbly mocha head that lasted a good bit. Nice lacing. Smell- clean, malty, spices and clove. Dark chocolate. Taste- bitter, toasted malt, spicy (and sweet). Mouthfeel- light body (surprisingly). Smooth and creamy. Very little carbonation. Overall- so so/ok. After seeing and smelling, the mouthfeel and taste disappointed. Was expecting more. Not a bad beer, but nothing noteworthy. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2014
12 oz can. Aroma: malty, with biscuit, strong fall spices, and NyQuil. Taste/Palate: sweet throughout; starts creamy, and finishes crisp, astringent, and bitter. Pretty great for a winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Poured from a 12oz can. Aroma is somewhat of a cheap candle or potpourri. Flavor is a bit woody and piney. Definitely has a winter sweet spice profile to it. Finishes very astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (3523) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2014
12oz can from Kenny Rd Market. Amber brown pour. Aroma of sweet, wood, pumpking. Tastes of ginger, spice, bread, toasty, toffee, sweet. Light bitter spice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Underdogs88 (261) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Malty, molasses like aroma. Appearance is brown with a slight brown with an off white head with poor retention. Flavor is full of caramel with strong notes of a blended spices including notes of nutmeg. Beer has a high amount of hop bitterness which dries out the malt. Mouthfeel is medium full with a spice astringency on the end. Overall, the spice blend is muddled. The combination of high spicing, high hop bitterness & large amounts of caramel all clash together. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (1214) - Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Can into pint glass, deep rusty brown color with tan head. Aroma of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malt sweetness and some roast. Taste is heavy on the spice notes adding notes of toast, faint vanilla, molasses, booze and earthy/grassy hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation, sticky with spicey roast finish. It’s a winter spice bomb for sure balanced with sticky sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Six pack of cans from Trader Joe’s bought for camping in Big Sur and watching the World Series. Brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet with spices such as allspice and nutmeg. Flavor is also slightly sweet with some allspice and nutmeg. Finish is slightly bitter. Body is lighter for a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanK (259) - Rhode Island, USA - OCT 23, 2014
12oz can pours a dark mahogany penetrable by light, with an light brown foamy head slow to dissipate. Aroma is kind of grassy/earthy with some caramel and spice as well. Light carbonation and light bodied, doesn’t have any of the heaviest I would expect out of a 7.9% abv brew/. This to a brown ale is like spiced rum is to gold rum. Refreshing change for the category as the spice actually spices up a rather boring style. Roasted caramel malt and moderate hops, while the spice gives this a nice flavor kick and hides the abv quite well. How come this one doesn’t have higher ratings?

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