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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Can. Deep maroon. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, and winter spice. The taste follows adding roasted malt and some kind of nutty flavor. Smooth medium mouthfeel. The worst part is the Medicinal aftertaste. Not bad, but nothing special ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Deep red, small tan head. Aroma is dried fruit, spices, flavor is caramel, fruit, and burnt malt. Not bad but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1233) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Poured from can. Nice aroma of dried fruit, brown sugar and spice. Looks good too - solid mahogany with lacing tan head. Dried fruit, spice and cinnamon dominate flavor, with toasted malt, nut and citrus. Not as sweet as others of this style. Smoke notes. Maybe even a hint of coffee in there too. Not for everyone, but I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kabonski (40) - - NOV 30, 2014
Not a bad beer at all. It's thick, spicy, and looks great. Just not that impressive. It's good not great. But it's a good deal for the money. Definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Spice, dark fruit, some light sweetness aromas. Light spice, dark malt, plum fruit flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (338) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Pours a nice dark amber/auburn color with no lacing at all and no head retention. Tastes slightly sweet and malty. A nice holiday brew, but not too exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SKCwillie (44) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Dark pour with small light tan head. Light aroma with a spicy palate and mildly bitter finish. Smooth for an 8%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (1484) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Has a decent deep brown pour w/ a big fluffy head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is quite subtle w/ just a bit of dark malt standing out. The taste is a bit bitter but otherwise lacking in explosive flavor. The mouthfeel has a nice & light creamy feel & is smooth for 8%. Overall pretty average & not something I’d go out of my way to find again!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
smallfry (169) - - NOV 23, 2014
(Bottle) Very little aroma. Astringent bitterness. A little bit of nice mealtimes. Hmm, this beer does not know what it wants to be. Not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Can. Pours a dark brown with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, raisin. Thin mouthfeel, strong spice, sweet malt, decent.

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