RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Wow, kinda surprised this is not rated higher, I thought it was great. Nice spice flavors and hop/malt balance. Very characteristic of a winter brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a minimal amount of light brown head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and other spices. Flavor is a bit malty, but mostly dominated by the spices. A bit of raisin. Pretty smooth up front, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Pretty heavy, but the alcohol content is well-hidden. Not bad, but I was hoping for a bit more out of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Growler: Poured a dark brown with a reddish hint. The hea was thin and off white. Aroma is spice and herbal. Taste is ginger and spice, earthy as well on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2282) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Rich scents of raspberry, raisins, cherries, caramel, and cocoa. Very dark, almost black, ruby with little off-white head. Flavors of dark, dry fruit, caramel, and spices. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and finishes with lingering dry, herbal spice flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1573) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012
On tap at te dive bar. Amber color, small ead, some frarance of malt and spice, not muc for ops and a bit tin for a winter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (2473) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Very Christmas-y both in look and taste. Dark brown cloudy pour. Fairly rich beer that had a lot of spices. Interesting spices, that don’t totally work together but don’t taste bad either. Don’t think I could drink more than one in a row. But worth having.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7727) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Draft at ebp. Thanks b! Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a rich and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while. Big raisin and pie spice nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Raisins and pumpkin pie spice on the mid palate. Long sweet sticky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Can: dark red-brown pour with large khaki head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and some light cinnamon and nutmeg spices. Flavor is malty sweet with caramel and brown sugar then moves into a mix of holiday spices - something like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and yeast. Nice flavor, and spices are prominent but not overpowering, a good holiday beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (2645) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Very original indeed. A unique and distinct blend of spices and flavor. It strangely reminds me of the winter holiday season, both in smell and taste. But, just like FDR running for four terms in office, I cant help but feel this beer goes just a little too far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours a deep amber color with a full head. Rich, slightly bitter and spicy - I detected some cinnamon, chocolate, and nutmeg flavor. Bonus point for the cool packaging - loved the design on the can.

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