RATINGS: 446   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap 11/23, pours a muddy brown color with a off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of spices, cinnamon , raisins and other dark fruits. Tastes of spices and dark fruit with a decent hop presence. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with good carbonation. This is a pretty sweet, but great winter ale. Im surprised by the low ratings it got.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hockeyhoser81 (3) - Exeter, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2012 does not count
Like a beautiful woman with an STD Smells great looks fantastic One taste and youre sorry you brought her home. They emptied the cupboard on this one and theres so much going on you cannot focus on one taste. the smoky chocolate aroma is overcome by bitterness in the first taste. A shame have had much better from this brewer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1550) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2012
On tap @ Chucks 85th. Pours very dark reddish brown with thin creamy head. Aroma is a spice medley: cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice. Taste is rich dark charred chocolate malts that finishes sharply bitter. Mild spice notes linger afterward. Somewhat thinnish body, but really doesnt detract as this has so much going on otherwise. Maybe not the best winter beer around, but definitely one of a kind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GMurani (11) - - NOV 20, 2012
Poured out of a 12 oz. can. Very nice head and retention. The beer has a light, yet complex taste of spices. The appearance and taste is right up the Christmas beer alley. A very solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2380) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (2644) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (2787) - 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 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.

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