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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandbeyond (685) - 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 (4370) - 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 (627) - 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 s’more, with more of the above flavors, and a bit more burnt caramel. I like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
novice101 (308) - - NOV 22, 2013
This was a nice beer to session, it is fairly light with a bit of a spice kick to begin the beer followed by a bit of bittering hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
$1.85 can, Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours a clear brown with an inch of tan head. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and spices. Taste is sweet caramel, chocolates, and spice. Finishes with alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2285) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
11/15/2013. Amber color with an off-white head. Spicy and malty aromas with light hops and caramel. OK to drink now and again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Can->lager. Bright amber with medium lite tam head. A: holiday spices, malt, yeast, banana walnut bread. T: spicy malt, bread, holiday spice. OK, but spices are overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2166) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2013
From a can. Pours clear medium brown with a foamy beige head and lots of lacing. Tastes nutty, creamy, and spiced. Dry alcohol feel. Low/medium body and carbonation. Creamy, pumpkin, orange, nutty aroma.

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