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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17715) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Draft. Murky and chunky brown, huge tan head, good lacing. Aroma of grassy nutmeg and allspice. Taste is spiced brown cinnamon bread. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15381) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Can at the Night of Garbage, thanks muchly to Leighton - he never stops ratin’, 20/12/13 up his shit load of stairs ! Hazed dark amber with a moderate light beige head. Nose is spiced stewed fruits, pumpkin notes, sweet notes, light woody ring. Taste comprises brown sugars, toffee fudge, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bittering presence in the finish. Ok SHV.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: The pour is almost black cherry in color with a creamy off-white head. S: Smells like sour cherries and prunes with some metal, smoke, and cereal. There’s a bit of a booze-soaked fruit cake thing going on a well. T: Like the nose, lots of sour/spoiled fruit juices, particularly cherries, prunes, and raisins. A bit of an olive flavor as well as metal and cheerios. And just for good measure, some alcohol and brown sugar. M: The body and carbonation is both medium. D: Another loser from 21A. This was bad in just about every way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Can. Pours dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Aromas of dark malt and cinnamon? Near med body with moderate carb. Flavor is sort of chocolate and cinnamon with some other spicing. It’s a bit gummy. Everything I can remember from Cold Spring is short on ingredients, and this is no exception. The malt’s too thin to support the spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Draft. Large milkshakey beige head, dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some bittersweet chocolate, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, raisin, some milk chocolate. Soft medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Draft. Poured hazy brown with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark malt and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy spice and dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy spice sweet finish of moderated duration. Refreshing complex beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
(12oz can, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, sweat, caramel, allspice, roasted malt, and burnt bread. Flavor of cinnamon, roasted malt, nutmeg, caramel, brown sugar, and earthiness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11156) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
12 ounce can from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a large tan frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of heavy spicy notes, citrus, raisins, berries. The taste is bitter berry-like fruit notes and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Not really liking this.

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