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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (7045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Pours hazy reddish brown with off white head. Aroma has notes of spice, caramel, touch of vanilla. Taste is some slight notes of spice, caramel, and a weird metallic taste, finishing slightly bitter. Not bad, but the tastes are pretty weak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pcshotsauce33 (61) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6364) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (703) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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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