RATINGS: 448   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 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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thorongil2 (2926) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2012
(tap) clear dark brown colour with small tan head; faint aroma od spice; balanced flavour, unimpressive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alobar (3734) - 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,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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,,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RunningRyan (3) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2012 does not count
I would have to say this beer isnt bad, at first glance I was skeptical yet enthralled by the cover art and description. It talks of old chats from FDR and how they were nice yet a kick in the ass, that alone made me interested. After opening and pouring this beer into one of my widmier glasses and letting the beer fully open and settle I enjoyed a taste of culminating hop and roasted type barley. Truly this beer had a full bodied taste and turned slightly to the more hoppy. I myself not being a huge fan of very hoppy drinks found this invigorating and well made. Though I did pour this into a beer glass it may be different than out of the can, also I served this to me and my friend and very cold temp. In any case I found this a hoppy yet full bodied and tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (5747) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
From the can one very good looking dark beer. I swear I smell a hint of rootbeer in there, no way. Head goes rocky. Yes, this does have an alky impact on the back of the palate. Strong bitter medicine. Funny when the taste is so much different than it looks. Dont it bother you when they dont tell you the spices? Let me guess....

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