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RATINGS: 355   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
falco242 (286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Nothing too impressive here...malty backbone with a bitter palate. Kinda weak flavor too, I want it stronger for a winter ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fcjack1 (172) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Can from world beers. Scent of gingerbread, spices and a little brown sugar. Taste is somewhat gingery. Some molasses. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2197) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Draft sample at Crossroads Spirits. Pours a dark amber/brown color with a finger of foamy khaki head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, caramel, and spices. Taste of light roasted coffee, caramel malt, and spices (cinnamon, clove, and allspice).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (972) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Poured from a can. Dark amber color, medium off white head. Tangy sour malt aroma. Light roasted malt and spice body with a fairly watery burnt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nittoh (13) - JAPAN - DEC 12, 2013
Mild spicy aroma is dominant, not overly strong. Oxidized Shoyu’’ like aroma indicates aging impression. Deep brown color. Clear, small head. Spicy flavor is strong and it lingers until the finish but the finish is a little bit unclear. Malty. Hop character becomes stronger as the temperature rises. Medium-full body, warmly alcoholic character. Strong carbonation. Good spice ale but the hop character is a little bit strong for spice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6106) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Draft at Rosamunde, Brooklyn. Malty sweetness, pumpkin, holiday spice. Medium mouthfeel. Decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nik925 (759) - USA - DEC 10, 2013
Picking up more spice aroma off this one than the last few spice (though mostly pumpkin due to season) beers I’ve had. Full spice rack in this one. Malt and "45 IBUs" sit there, but the spice messes with the aroma and palate. Makes for an interesting aroma. A bit all over the place. A below average beer bumped a 1/4 point by some nice spices

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (5713) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Can to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a fairly opaque dark brown with foamy light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of malt with some sweetness and notes of winter spices. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Canned 24SEP12 Dark, turbid brown with light tan and decent lacing. Smells of sweet gingerbread: alsspice, some molasses, sweet malts, a bit of graham. Taste is toasted bread with some bits of cinnamon, allspice and maybe a hint of nutmeg, sweet and dry flavor. Medium bodied with velvety carb and a semi dry finish. An okay beer. Can date: unk, originally reviewed 22NOV11 3/2/1.5/2.5/2~1.88 A: brown with a finger of transient tan foam and a leftover broken sheet of the same. No lace. Excellent clarity. S: Cinnamon and allspice with some....more cinnamon? Sweet malt profile in the back. T: Metallic and herbal. Too much spice. Like it’s been steeped with mulling spices. M: Thin with hi carb and semi dry finish. O: not a good beer. Serving type: can 11-28-2012

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2278) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2013
not much of an aroma just malt and bubblegum. the flavors are better with sweet fresh malt and grapefruit citrus hop that mellow to a red fruit flavor and back to a bitter malty and woody finish. spices not overdone at all and the brew seems to become a bit thicke and syrupy. little alcohol and a nice brew.

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