RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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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3.3
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
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 didn’t 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
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
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. I’m 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 don’t think I’d purposely age this, but if I stumbled into another cheap score, I might jump on it.

3.1
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2012
pours a dark ruby brown color with a small tan head. aroma is mostly typical for a winter spice brew.. cinnamon clove and maybe some ginger. almost smells like red hot dollars candy because of the sweetness. taste is pretty much the same... but falls a bit flat for a complex winter spice brew. upfront it has everything you want but completely dies once your tongue tries to decipher the flavors. malts are there but weak tasting. it seems like they built this beer on spices with no backbone to support it. mehh

2.8
thorongil2 (3374) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
(tap) clear dark brown colour with small tan head; faint aroma od spice; balanced flavour, unimpressive

3.3
alobar (3885) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Surprisingly dark brown pour with an off-white soapy head. Powerful aroma of cinnamon, clove, and toffee. Cinnamon flavor with clove, toffee,and a hint of chocolate. Decent beer.roasty,

3.6
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Can. Red pour with a thick beige head. Smell is very spicy and full of cinnamon and clove. Some alcohol noted but not enough to think its 8%. Pretty good, better than a 3 rating,,

4.3
eastbayjay (9) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2012 does not count
On a cold dark night this beer is just what the doctor ordered. One of the more flavorful winter Warmers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
TheHopster (1111) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bonus can from Keg_Juggler. Pours mahogany with thick lasting tan head. Aroma is mildly spiced with notes of root beer. The favor is correctly spiced, not too strong or single dominating character. Warming alcohol, but well hidden. Smooth palate. A nice surprise, much better than expected.


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