RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like FDRs 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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Aroma is dominated by spices: cinnamon or cloves. Appearance is dark clear ruby color with tall head that fades quickly. Taste is more of the spices from the nose and a large amount of bitterness and a hint of raisin/dark fruit. Overall not my favorite beer but the spices are complementary to the malts used and it doesnt just taste like a spoonful of cinnamon/clove. Not going to try it again.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours brown with small light tan head. Smells spicy. Taste is sweet roasted malts and barley and lots of spice and some cola. Med body. Sweet bitter after taste. Intersting.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap at the Town Hall Tap (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 7/12/12)
Aroma: Spices, brown sugar, and sweet malt.
Appearance: A darker brown color with a medium white head.
Taste: Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. A bit dry, with a mostly bitter finish.
Palate: Light bodied, thin texture, with an average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Overall I liked this beer, smooth and great for a bwwr fest so nothing too crazy happens to you

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (622) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 8, 2013
Pours a rich brown with some tan head that has decent retention. Aroma is molasses and dark fruits. There are also a lot of spiced cider notes. Flavor is more estery than the aroma and has a slight funk. Still a pretty decent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1275) - Lincoln, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
~Aroma of brown sugar and molasses with clove and cinnamon spices, dark bread and raisin. ~Pours a dark brown with lasting creamy off white head. ~Dark raisin bread flavor with molasses and earthy hoppy bitterness. ~Med full bodied with med CO2, lasting sweet finish with slight bitterness. ~I really enjoyed this one. Not over bearingly sweet or spicy like other winter spiced brews. This one is well balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (2226) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head that left nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, spice and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and spicy. Medium bodied, alcohol is well hidden and sticky texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4372) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Can. Pours a dark brown with a smallish white head. Nose is roasty and malty without being overpowering. Taste is also malty and a little hoppy with some bitterness in there. Interesting...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2202) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours deep amber-mahogany into the glass, with a fizzy eggshell head that leaves light lacing. The nose is of rotting Granny Smith apples, with some legume notes in there as well. Flavors are interesting, of earth, pine/spruce, dry pie spices, some dark cherry, peppering bitters and dry malt. The finish is a lingering, subtle bitter. The mouthfeel is semi-active with a medium body. Ok, I guess, but a lot going on here that doesnt seem to pull "together" and unified. A bit sparse and "all over the place".

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harwoodedes (1) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012 does not count
Huge FDR fan so had to try the beer. Very spicy at beginning, but it mellows out about half way in. Nice to sip by the fire place on a cold December night.


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