RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
thornecb (6158) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recede to hug rim. Sour pit fruit, nutmeg and ginger aromas. Stale bready fruitcake upfront turning dry and sour in the lasting chocolate finish.

3.8
VipertheIV (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Drier than expected, three finger beige head. The aroma of the allspice was nice, could benefit from vanilla

3.2
ben4321 (6841) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012
Location: Draft @ Growlers Pour House, 12/9/12

Aroma: The nose is full of spice, with some English yeast, and some bread
Appearance: It has a dark brown pour with a light brown head and some rather heavy lace
Flavor: It is completely dominated by the spice, with underlying light sweetness and bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, a hint sticky, with lively carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish
Overall Impression: Overall, this is a decent winter beer, but it lacks balance. The spice just takes over and really overpowers everything else.

3
AdamGott (387) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2012
dark brown/almost black pour with light brown head - aroma of molasses and spice (allspice???) - the spices are very heavy on the tongue and a pleasing sweet molasses follows. Too much spice I think.

3.1
Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Taste like a spiced brown ale. Disliked the mouth feel, but it looked good, and the flavor was alright. Enjoyed the counter hop to the malt. Sat on the tongue weird.

3.4
wlajwl (7214) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Aroma is heavily spiced, cinnamon and nutmeg and notes of sweetness. The flavor is spices, malts and a mix of sweetness and mildly tangy in the finish.

3.9
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2012
From a 12 ounce can. Second year of having this. Aroma of spiced apple, but tastes like chocolate, nutmeg, and other winter spices. Really enjoy this.

1.8
DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
12 ounce can purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is heavy on the spices with nutmeg and perhaps some spruce tips. Whatever the spices are, they impart an unpleasant burnt rubbery character to the aroma, making this very unpleasant to smell. Somewhat transparent cola-colored body with a smallish cream-colored head present. Starts a bit sweet and sticky...has a buttery diacetyl-like mouthfeel. Becomes roasted and a little burnt in the middle. Finishes with more piney spruce tip-like flavors, with a little underlying sugary sweetness. Has more of a rotten vegetable finish. Not good at all.

3.4
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
nice and spicey taste, bread, nutmug, other spices. pretty yummy, solid body, just a bit weird drinking from a can.

3.5
reberiii (497) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Quite comparable to a deep brown ale, this beer lingers on the palate like a porter bit pours closer to the brown. The 7.9 abv isn’t tasted, but is felt later.


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