RATINGS: 448   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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3.3
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Deep brown pour thick foamy head. Malty spicy aroma. Hoppy flavor with spruce notes. Fairly potent worth a try.

3.2
60minuteman (1681) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Can. Medium-thin body. Taste of burnt hop, spices, oak, caramel, raisins. Tastes like burnt toast, with raisins.

2.6
JStax (6357) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce can. Pours a darker amber to brown with a large beige head of foam. Pretty good retention. In the aroma I get notes of gingerbread, vanilla, spice. Taste is at first sweet and spicy, but moves to a weird bitterness thats overall offputting.

2.7
mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at Archer Ale House, pours a dark copper brown with a small beige head. Aroma of perfume, vanilla, and winter spices. Flavour is similar, bringing out notes of vanilla, nutmeg and other spices, along with some perfumey notes. Too perfumey for me, but nothing overly offensive about this. Decent.

3.2
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
mcmisko (358) - 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
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
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
rollinsr (703) - 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
Oscbert (1296) - 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.


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