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RATINGS: 332   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.


3.1
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
novice101 (298) - - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hershiser2 (1208) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2160) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (1363) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1925) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3357) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Can shared by snoworsummer. Pours clear ruby brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is spices, cookie and caramel malts, floral notes, light herbs, and some spicy hops. Flavor is dry malt base with mixed spices, hop bitterness, and some burnt caramel; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1400) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Brown pour from a pretty cool can. Nice brown ale with some interesting spices in the nose and taste.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnmike (1019) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Can into a pint glass. Underwhelmed. There are better winter warmer/herb beers out there. Amber brown color with moderate mocha foam.


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