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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3554) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bacterial (1552) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnmike (1032) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (645) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (773) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3305) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1426) - - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with off white head. Nutty and slightly fruity. Was hoping for more of a warmer. Disappointing but ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Tap. Brown with small head. Dry and nutty brown ale base with cinnamon, ginger and other spicing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (1308) - 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.

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