RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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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3.9
HourGlass13 (1051) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Pours up a clear dark amber with a small beige head and some decent lacing. Aroma is malty with nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is malty, with caramel, slightly sweet. Body is medium with average carbonation and an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Good stuff!!

3.5
Mattyjay (7) - - OCT 24, 2017 does not count
Can Vero Beach Fl ABC. Pours a beautiful deep red amber, very little head and no lacing. Packed aroma with lots going on, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, roasted nuts. Tastes of pumpkin fallowed by cinnamon chocolate gramcracker.

3.4
Cakes (481) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2017
Twelve ounce can. Solid lacing. tastes of malts, nutmeg, graham cracker, and some spices. I don't know about a "fireside" chat, but a few of these and they will find you chatting to yourself. A nice winter spice ale that I even enjoyed on a Indian Summer late October day.

3.5
oobawa (1748) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2017
Decent winter warmer, a modest English brown that never goes overboard with the seasonal spices. Toffee and nuts mix with restrained cinnamon and nutmeg notes, and the finish stays unexpectedly bitter. Gingerbread nose seems a bit weak, but the pour's pretty enough and the texture's nice and full, hearty enough for a winter seasonal. Not bad.

3.4
DrnkMcDermott (3141) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Can at Mariano’s Westmont. Turns out this was from Oct. 2016. But the server said there’s a guy who keeps asking for it, so they’ve kept it on hand. In fact, it seems to have held up pretty well. Dark, reddish-brown pour under a tan head. Smell has a nice note of Christmas beer spices like cinnamon and possibly coriander. I think there’s some wheat malt in this, too. The spice is obvious but not overwhelming. Rather pleasant. The high abv seems to have kept it in shape.

4.4
bwy (100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
We were surprised but easily made it into one of our favorite winter seasonals. Reviewed at: https://youtu.be/9AP1NEF_UIA?list=PL2I6nU36z3

3
basaywhat (312) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2017
12 oz can. Pours a light brown with an inch of tan head a little bit of lacing. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and spices. Taste is sweet caramel, chocolates, and spice.

3.3
rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2017
Pours dark brown/mahogany with white/tan fluffy head. the aroma is fruity, plums, molasses, rum, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. The flavor is sweet with nutmeg, plums, molasses, allspice, fruity plums, and almost some Belgium candie flavors. overall very flavorful with spices and other notes, but not too much of the beer its self. (this is great for Christmas beer). leaves the mouth dry and sweet and lingering flavors. the body is heavy.

3.9
DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2017
February 2016. Handsome 330ml can courtesy of Cousin Matt- last of the Christmas horde. Weighty mahogany with a sinking tan foam. doppelbock-meets-rauch-meets dubbel aroma awash with HP sauce on smoked ham, molasses, liquorice, carob and clove. Shrub and cherry blossom once the head has gone. Spicy but not overly so with sarsaparilla and clove failing to overpower a solid spongy malt loaf, ham and muscovado base firmly in the doppelbock camp. Sweetish but serious. Spices really well integrated. Gnaw of pencil. Unexpectedly elegant stuff.

3.5
BlackBeerPG (898) - Darien, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Taste: Rich grainy barley malt, spice cake, malty finish. Bread like, spice cake nose. Copper/Brown, mostly clear, tan head with sticky well dined ring of lace. Full but not heavy body. A meal.


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