RATINGS: 439   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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3.4
PhillyCraft (7939) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Can, pours a reddish brown with a medium to larger creamy head. Light lacing. Smell and flavor are nutmeg, raisins, english malt, and other dark fruit and ready notes. Medium in body. Lots of spices being noticed, maybe too much

3.9
Chadhami (179) - - NOV 18, 2016
A good one for a winter’s night. Spicey, on the heavy side. Great color when you put it in a glass.

3.6
tfontana (1134) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Can pour into taster cup at One Stop Market 30th Anniversary. Appearance is fairly dark brown (dark cola), mild sparkle, tiny ring of white head, decent lacing. Aroma is fairly mild malt, spicy. Taste is fruity, earthy hops, spice (cinnamon? cardamom?). Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick texture, average-to-lively carbonation and finish like taste (dark fruit/malt/light spice), mixed with yeast and bitter. Overall, there is some complexity here, which makes for an interesting beer.

3.1
ganache (6057) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Fresh can, ENJOY BY 02/18/17. Nose like a malty brown ale, pour too; murky mahogany in the glass with light ruby highlights and a very large and jiggly tan head -- perfect for this English pint. Taste very strongly spicy, or at least that’s the initial impression: nutmeg/oregano, nutty, raw alcohol seeping into a smooth but dull/flat medium body. Light bitterness very nice here, relatively dry on the whole with subtle roasting/toasting of the malt coming through, very light red berry, light caramel, strong raw cocoa nibs which last into hegemony in the aftertaste, and an unexpected slurry yeast component / touch of peanut butter (in flavor only). Something herbal dominating the back like mace or allspice. Very sticky lips. Overall, it fits the ’Warmer’ mold pretty well and doesn’t overdo the spices, but at the same time, it’s punching up a boring English base -- a lot more can be done with an English brown or porter. [2016.10.25: 3.1]

3.6
mcox90 (2140) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2016
12 oz. can from The Beer Store. Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights and a one finger dense, creamy tan head. Aroma features light toffee with an amalgamation of spices. All light. Light sweetness on the flavor. Some toffee and vanilla with more faint spice. Medium bodied and soft on the tongue. I liked this. Nice "winter warmer" type beer without the heavy dose of spices.

3.2
bdleedahl (600) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 13, 2016
The beer is overall okay in every regard. There's nothing wrong with it per se, but nothing that makes it really good. The spices are very mild, the body is a bit thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
CacheManyHose (767) - HONG KONG - OCT 13, 2016
Drank with Theresa at the 260 King St Beacon flat. Pours a dark brown-cola colour with fizzy off-white head. Smells of dark malt, roasted and slightly burnt, lightly nutty, a bit of banana, wood, anise/liquorice. Taste is lightly spiced, rye, roasted dark malt, some leathery earthiness, a bit herbal, finish is spicy and sweet. Body is quite uncarbonated, light slickness to start but becomes more watery, quite spicy. Not bad! But also sort of what you’d expect.

3.7
PugUglyBrewer (792) - - OCT 8, 2016
Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. The appearance is reddish-brown. The head is long-lived and light tan in color. The aroma the aroma is malty sweet with some cinnamon and nutmeg in the background. In the tasting, this is like gingerbread cookies. Malty and slightly syrupy with spicy hops that contribute vegetable qualities instead of ginger spice. The only weird aspect. A good brew for a cold night to share amongst friends around the fire.

3.3
Pumpkin87 (248) - - OCT 2, 2016
Pours brown with auburn highlights, medium tan head that retains some skim and lace. Aroma of nuts, earth, muddled spice. Those dominate the palate, along with leaves, figs, some roast malt. Coriander and nutmeg peek out, but the spice is more like a slight buzz to cut vegetal hop bitterness. A slightly tweaked brown ale, perfectly OK without delivering a clear profile.

3.3
DandyWolfFloyd (1212) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2016
Aroma - roasted barley malt and some woody notes. Some spice. Appearance - body is a burnt umber with good nucleation. The head is beige and 1 1/2", and settles slowly. Some lacing. Taste - has a rich barley malt, some very subtle Christmas spice coriander, nutmeg, and clove. There is a little wooden note, and some piney hops. Palate - on the heavier side of medium, texture is velvety, the carbonation is average, the finish is bitter and tannic.


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