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RATINGS: 378   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Mild nutty aroma, with just a touch of spice. Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light, with a thin cap of light brown head. The spicing is the predominant flavor in this beer, with just a touch of malt in the back end. The spicing is reminiscent of Anchor’s Our Special Ale, so if you like that beer, this would be another one to try. The palate is a bit astringent, but it’s a nice sipping beer. I may have to pick some more of this one up and see how it holds up over time.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pcshotsauce33 (55) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Roasted malty spice infused dark brown winter seasonal ale. Nutmeg and clove dominant and decent but not but a one timer just to try something different. Average and worth a try to warm you up a bit during the cold winter.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
batneil (403) - - JAN 31, 2015
On tap at a Concord beer festival. Dark brown pour. Very fruity and a little spicy. Interesting.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dinkle50 (1043) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Clear, deep red pour with a single finger, slightly tan head. Aroma is a little funky, almost acidic. Chestnuts come to mind. Medium mouth. Taste is a little nutty, hints of pine as well. Weird alcohol bite in this. Spices in this are just odd. Pumpkin pie starts to creep in. Not a big fan of this one.

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimmy79 (3) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2613) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Canned from Woodland CA. Nose is roasty. Sort of like a strong brown. Some decent spiciness in a fairly roasty beer with malt dominant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2015
[Can (12oz)] Pours a dark golden-amber with a large lasting frothy tan head. A good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices first followed by a hint of vegetal notes, caramel malt, dark fruit and some light sugar. Flavour follows the aroma and has a spicy, lightly harsh finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Good, not great -- I liked it enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (700) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Sample. Dark brown color with thick off head white. Spice and dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit taste, feels like a Belgian beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (616) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Tap at Pizza Luce. Deep red brown with a thin white head and moderate lacing. Ginger, clove, molasses, coffee, and plastic. Taste has a maple syrup sweetness with a dry spice finish. Body is medium with a fizzy feel.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eruizgarcia (237) - - DEC 24, 2014
Dark Amber, almost brown with a nice foamy head. Spicy, I think ginger, pepper and clove. Medium body and pleasant to sip. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erikh04 (136) - - DEC 21, 2014
Good seasonal beer. Spicy but not too overwhelming on the cinnamon and nutmeg. Great on a cold night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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