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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 FDRs 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2975) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1213) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2013
The less PC amongst us would say its a Christmas ale, and its a superb example of the style. Highly spiced, even more than apropos, over a fine malt base. A- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (1927) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Deep malt and spice with caramel, nutmeg, nuts, and a full body, smooth and lingering finish. A nice winter brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Trade with drowland - thanks! Pours a deep dark brown with a light khaki colored head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma has some toffee accents, a hint of licorice. Flavor has some licorice accents, some nuttiness, some hints of rhubarb, a bit of roastiness. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. As the weather starts to cool down, this hits the spot.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (757) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Dark brown pour big dense tan head. Aroma of lactic char cinnamon mesquite. Tastes like gingerbread, dark molasses, char not much else going on flavorwise. Starts sweet ends dry well balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (722) - Dover, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured dark (cola like) with a medium beige head but not that much lacing on the glass. Nutty aroma, some malts and spices in there too, also some faint spicy notes. Taste is sweet, spicy and a bit boozy nicely balanced but not that complex. Overall a nice enjoyable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (533) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
An ok seasonal ale. Dark malty color with a touch of spice. The flavor is kind of bland, not very complex, but very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice thick winter seasonal. Big flavors and rich spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6037) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
10/16/13. 12oz can from Warehouse. Deep brown pour, originally with a huge khaki head that fades to a ring but laces plentifully. Rich malty aroma, nutty, light chocolate, definite fall spice profile. Rich malty flavor, caramel, chocolate, nuttiness, biscuits, and more of that fall spice aspect. The spices linger long and dry. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Out of a can pours a deep redish hue with a tan head. This year, the spice is very balanced, drinks like a spiced porter, very delicious. In the past this beer has been filmy and over spiced but this year its drinking pretty damn well.


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