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RATINGS: 370   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
badhack (348) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Drank from can. Strong spicy flavor like a combination of christmas and pumpkin spices but without the pumpkin. Alcohol is well masked but there’s plenty of it. I would find the spice tasty but it’s too strong. A little tang, and toasty malt. Extremely light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kita (1197) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 25, 2013
On tap @ Rosamunde, Brooklyn, NY. Clear dark brown color with thin creamy off-white head, good lacing and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of caramel malt, nuts, some spices and dried fruits. Taste starts with smooth and rich malty sweetness, backed up with caramel and chocolate, following is refreshing spicy and a bit grassy with light bitter finish. Medium to full body, oily texture and lively carbonation in palate. Real winter warmer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7437) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Can thanks to Leighton at the Night of Garbage. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, lots of spice, toast, smoke, tangy HP sauce and dark fruit. The taste is earthy, wood, spice, treacle, leather decent bitterness, toast and alcohol warmth. Medium body and fine carbonation. A pretty tasty spiced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
20th December 2013
The (not so) shit beer tasting at Leightons stratospheric flat. Thanks Leighton. Hazy dark amber beer. Good vibrant-cream coloured head. Palate is light and semi dry. Fine carbontion. Little toffee in the dry malt. Whisper of ginger, mellow spices and lame generic.fruits. Actually comes together well in to a semi finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Can shared at the Night of Garbage. Procured somewhere in the Land of the Free. Pours deep amber with a lasting, creamy khaki head. Nice aroma, some nutmeg and cinnamon, light cake and toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with dry bread, mild toasted leaves, understated spices, dry toffee and fruitcake. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety mouthfeel. Moderate sweetness to finish, fruitcake, dried berries, mellow leafy bitterness, nutmeg. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
falco242 (292) - 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 (179) - 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 (2236) - 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 (1020) - 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.

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