RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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philtom15 (54) - Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
A very nice color, nose is spiced pie. Flavor is a spice not unlike nutmeg. A very nice winter drink, very refreshing and warms the body. A definite beer to add to your drunk list.

MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Can. Pours a nice deep brown with ruby highlights and a quickly fading head that leaves a thin film of tan on the surface and some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Aromas are nice enough... kind of a mix of pie spices, toffee and an earthy/nutty smell. Flavor is heavy with the earthiness, almost like soil and leaves after a fall rain, with a healthy dose of deep sweetness that reminds me of toffee with a bit of chocolate. The spices get muted a bit in the flavor and the beer seems a bit thin on the palate and in the finish.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
12oz can. Very dark but clear brown-red color, some tan head. Really nice malty aroma, with a good chocolate and spice taste. I really love how this beer manages to be unique, yet still unmistakingly winter. Great sweet spice taste, with a mild hop bitterness in there. Lighter, smooth carbonation, nice aftertaste. An awesome beer when I split a six-pack of it back in October with Robby while wakeboarding, and still an awesome one now to enjoy peacefully by myself in my quiet and empty home.

gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
I think this was a really nicely warm and well balanced spice beer. The corriander is not overpowering and it does give a nice warm feeling. Enjoyable winter seasonal.

BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Can. Looks like we have some haters for this brew - I actually kind of like this one. Very dark pour with a really nice clingy brown head. Aroma of chocolate and Christmas spices. Taste is about the same as the nose. Nice smooth semi-heavy palate. Good stuff.

unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12oz can poured deep reddish brown with tan head. Aroma was a strong sour apple with other spices like nutmeg and corriander present. Taste was also sour and body was medium thin. Not bad but

jdjuice (500) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2011
Tap at the pit, Raleigh, nc. Black with small light head, I don’t remember what it smelled like, but it tasted like a decent stout with a bunch of spices added. The mouthfeel was a little rougher than I like in a dark beer, but the spicy flavors were well balanced and complemented the malts nicely. Not too heavy and pretty easy to drink.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: November 12, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: opaque dark amber with ruby edges, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma, caramel sweetness, spicyness with cinnamon and nutmeg, light smoke
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, caramel sweetness, smokey, lots of spicyness, light cinnamon
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Poured from a 12 ounce can canned on 10-26-2011 into a pint glass.

A: Deep garnet clear body with a beautiful creamy 1 finger tan head.

S: Lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice with hints of dark fruits. Very inviting on Christmas Eve.

T: Too heavy on the spices here, I can’t taste much but the melody of spices and it took away from the overall flavor.

M: Medium to heavy body with light fizzy carbonation.

O: Decent for the winter time, but I’d like to see this toned down on the spices. Not very drinkable after the first one.

dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Decent winter warmer and definitely a winter flavor. Roasty with a shitload of dark spices...complex on the palate. Not my favorite style, but within it’s category Ithought it was good/

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