RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1634) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7943) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4952) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
A weird beer, but spice / herb beers always are Some nice chocolate, corriander notes with spice and grass. It was ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2012
Can from Sams, Durham. Pretty handsome garnet pour, well carbonated and buoyant looking. Roasty, spicy nose, kind of a generic WW thing happening. Body wasnt quite as slick as Id feared, even if the flavors were a bit boringly spicy-sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2012
A - Served a dark black-red color with a finger of frothy tan head. The head fades down slowly with some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of toasted caramel malts with spice, lightly burnt malts, and some yeast. T - Starts off with some sweet toasted caramel malts with some dark spices and some light yeast flavor. Through the middle, some more spices come through with some more yeast flavor. The finish is a mix of christmas spices, with some sweet caramel and toasted malts. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. The balance is pretty good, but it feel just a touch off. The spices are a bit too rough compared to the rest of the beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2012
A beer like this is built on the belief that sweet n hot spices like cinnamon and clove will contrast with caramel malt in a satisfying way like hops can. Any spiced beer steps far enough out of the mainstream to make it hard to rate. On first pour I didnt think the additive went well with the sweet malt aroma, but found that it quickly mellows out. After a few initial sips this beer feels like a heavy strong English ale. It has the appearance of one of those premixed black and tans. The body is unfortunately too thin for what the beer intends. This makes it about as easy drinking a a strong spiced beer can be. So it has FDR painted on the can. This is a brewer all wound up in nostalgia.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Has a nice dark cola color, with a small amount of head. Nice sweet bitter taste on this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 ***FRESH*** Can. $2 at Giant Eagle. A decently malted scent with spice and dark fruit notes tossed in for good measure. Lots of foamy head over a dark brown appearance. The medium bodied palate had a sticky texture, and the taste was fronted with spice, a cinnamon distinction, followed by sweet fruits making for an apple cinnamon finish that fell flat ultimately (the low point of the beer overall, which made me drop to a 6 for taste). A decent aroma and beautiful appearance kind of set me up for a much bigger beer. Overall, a solid beer, just an oddly disappointing finish. ***8 MONTH OLD*** 12 oz. Can on sale at GE for $1.50! Canned on 10/26/11, consumed 7/8/12. Big difference with the fresh was more of a nutmeg, pumpkin pie scent than cinnamon apple pie. That came through in a mellowed manner in the taste, but the taste also had a rich chocolate middle note, and a roasty finish. Interesting to say the least. Im glad I decided to experiment on the discounted "old" cans! I put an additional one in the cellar to test at the year mark or longer. ****One Year Old**** Pretty much the same as the 8 month old only the loss of fruit and the addition of caramel. I dont think Id purposely age this, but if I stumbled into another cheap score, I might jump on it.


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