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RATINGS: 334   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1505) - 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 (1030) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (640) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Can. 11/10/13. Pours opaque amber-brown with a fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is earthy, spicy, clove, cinnamon, licorice. Taste is dry, spicy, caramel, some dark chocolate, clove, leather; finish is bitter chocolate. Taste feels somewhat generic, unfortunately. Nice lacing. Medium-low carbonation. Medium-light mouth feel. Not bad, just not memorable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (771) - Albany, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Tan frothy head. Body color and carbonation reminds me of Coke. Bready aroma with a little yeast thrown in. Nice spicy flavor. Go.get, Nutmeg and all-spice with a bitter finish. Reminds me of Anchor XMAS without the syruppy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3267) - Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Comes out of the growler a warm chocolate brown that lets in daylight only at the very bottom and has a thick, persistent, fluffy light tan head. Malty aroma has caramel, earthy and nutty hints. Flavor starts with a firm malty core and adds nutty, earthy and horehound tones plus a hint of caramel and a pinch of clove. Palate is fairly fizzy but only average in the thickness department. Overall, not too shabby. Drink it by the fireside.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3437) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2013
On tap. Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, roasted nuts, light roasted malt. Flavor of peppery spices up front, earthy malt, light nuts, light roasted malt. Overall pretty good, not too spicy either. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1377) - - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with off white head. Nutty and slightly fruity. Was hoping for more of a warmer. Disappointing but ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Tap. Brown with small head. Dry and nutty brown ale base with cinnamon, ginger and other spicing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Fireside chat pours a dark red brown with a firm beige head. Nose is mildly spicy mix of nutmeg and some earthy notes that remind me of a good pumpkin ale. Taste is just a slight bit of sweet around the mid to end taste with warm roasty nutty malt on the back end finishing just a touch bitter. Very nice winter seasonal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
12 ounce can
A fine 21st Amendment beer is actually probably one of the best things to come out of Cold Springs in a while. Picked up on a whim when visiting Cleveland, OH, it was worth the $1.99 expense. When it comes around again be sure to grab a nice tick.

Aroma / Appearance - The chestnut brown base slides into the glass like a setting sun. Thick eggshell foam falls over time until a few minutes later hardly anything is left. Nutmeg, dark chocolate, and smoky coffee stand out in a profile driven by malts. It might be a trace heavy yet generally works out.

Flavor / Palate - Spiced hot chocolate tickles the tongue and throat. Coffee comes next before a warm finish that adds a nice bitter texture. Feeling well rounded it has a robustness that makes it worth drinking to the last drop. On the other hand one can per year would be enough for me.


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