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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimmy79 (3) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2972) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Canned from Woodland CA. Nose is roasty. Sort of like a strong brown. Some decent spiciness in a fairly roasty beer with malt dominant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7172) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
[Can (12oz)] Pours a dark golden-amber with a large lasting frothy tan head. A good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices first followed by a hint of vegetal notes, caramel malt, dark fruit and some light sugar. Flavour follows the aroma and has a spicy, lightly harsh finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Good, not great -- I liked it enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (1092) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2015
Sample. Dark brown color with thick off head white. Spice and dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit taste, feels like a Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (986) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Tap at Pizza Luce. Deep red brown with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Ginger, clove, molasses, coffee, and plastic. Taste has a maple syrup sweetness with a dry spice finish. Body is medium with a fizzy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eruizgarcia (303) - - DEC 24, 2014
Dark Amber, almost brown with a nice foamy head. Spicy, I think ginger, pepper and clove. Medium body and pleasant to sip. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erikh04 (153) - - DEC 21, 2014
Good seasonal beer. Spicy but not too overwhelming on the cinnamon and nutmeg. Great on a cold night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coombuyah26 (12) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2014
12 oz. can from Vintage Estates Wine and Beer, poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint." Looks like a brown ale, wit the same thing but present beige head. Smells like a brown ale, or a little bit like an ESB. Some spices come through on the nose, but nothing very powerfully. Well balanced flavor profile, nothing overwhelming about the spices but nutmeg is the most noticeable. Tastes like a perfectly good brown ale with a little bit more going on. Against other winter seasonal, though, it’s hard for it to measure up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2014
EBD 1/31/15. Pours a clear dark amber with a beautiful deep dark ruby hue. World class head volume, lacing and retention. Light nose of dark fruit (figs) over light spice (cinnamon, ginger) with notes of burnt molasses. As it warms, light alcohol notes are noted with a bourbon quality. Almost light medium body with a bit of smooth texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with little effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is somewhat intense, quite complex and very well balanced. It begins with a wisp of fig that flows into a light sweet molasses with a burnt character. In the middle, these yield to the spices that impart a mild spicy bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of bitterness to caramel sweetness. As the sweetness fades, a slightly astringent aftertaste lingers of ginger over light cinnamon. The 6.9% alcohol is totally hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours brown with red hues and a filmy, off white head. caramel and spiced nose, cinnamon. Caramel background quickly overtaken by a bunch of spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very spice rack-esque. Not bad. Done well, just not my deal.

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