RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2011
can’t remember who sent this can, but thanks!! poured a deep amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma was cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark fruits. flavor was fruity and dark fruits. body was light with low carbonation.

2.3
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
A disappointment. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Is very sweet and malty with a horrible burnt/metallic aftertaste. Just not good.

3
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Appearance: Rich, dark brown with thick, foamy tan white head. Aroma: Caramel, cherry, spicy & floral English hops and sweet gingerbread. Taste: Semi-sweet caramel and roasted malts, with some cherry and spicy English hops. Ends very burnt and metallic. Palate: Moderate carbonation, fairly light and thin body for almost 8%. Very dry finish, but that’s not the greatest thing considering the circumstances of that finish. Overall: The burnt metallic finish just kills this, and destroys any complexity. Not really sure where the spices are either, although I thought I smelled a little.

3.4
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Can at Tank’s. Not really sure what to think about this bad boy. It seemed like a sour with a hint of spice to me? Tasted nice but not really sure it fits the description. Possible infection? Either way I liked it.

3.1
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
can on 12/19/10 dark burgundy brown with a monster tan head. it smells like metal, malt, paper bag and brown sugar. the flavor is a combination of the aroma along with additional notes of cinnamon, prunes and nickels. the medium body is too sweet and sticky. 6/4/6/3/12

2.5
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Can on 01/06/2011 from Wine and Beer Westpark. Mostly clear dark brown body with a medium creamy tan head. Spice and grainy aroma. Dry spice and astringent grain flavor. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

3.3
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
(12oz can thanks to ericandersnavy) This one’s dark brown. Smells roasty, toasty, smoky, cinnamon, cloves, some ash. Taste has minerally, smoky, wood, sweet boiled down malt syrup. Interesting. I like the spices in the aroma but maybe a bit much of the smoke. Though it is called "Fireside Chat" so I should forgive it for that.

3
matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Multi can pours - Just in time for summer! A nice winter ale that is for some reason still being sold at my local Biggs. Oh well, why not try it? Little harsh guys. Alcohol punch comes through first, followed by some passable malts and a blend of who knows what. Altogether, not terrible, but certainly not great.

2.8
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2011
From can. Subtle spicy aroma of undetermined origin, over a sweetish brown ale malty character infused with just a bit of oud bruin aceticness. Light papery hops or mild oxidation present. Dark brown clear with mild haze, topped with light cocoa foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet with caramel malt, light brown sugar notes, and some mild spicy notes - ginger or allspice? Medium acidity comes next, with a bit of acetic character, not quite like a Flemish brown, but there is something reminiscent of it. Spicy character stays to the finish and leaves me with a mild acidic bitterness on the tongue, with growing tannic and hop bitter after. Not quite melded.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Can:   Deep caramel, moderate foamy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Spicy nose, nutmeg and cinnamon, a little nutty and roasty.   On the tongue those items are there, fleeting, leaving a little earthy backside.   Not really feeling this one.   A little too subtle on the tongue and not very malty, seems a little thin in the body.   Not much of a Winter Warmer if you ask me.   Okay, but very ho-hum.



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