RATINGS: 443   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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riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Nose is initially lightly metallic on top of a shit tons of spices, dark malt sweetness, light clovey characteristics, cinnamon notes. Pours dark brown almost black with a off white head and sticky lace. Notes of dark malt, some roast, a bunch of spicy sweetness, clove, and light metallic notes. Some alcohol peaks through as well. Not my favorite, not a huge fan of spiced beers which confuses me as to why I even bought this...

3.8
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2010
can. pours a dark brown / deep red with a big 2 finger off white head... which sticks around for a bit (although smaller in size). nutmeg, cinnamon and dark fruit on the nose - very inviting. medium body with a good level of carbonation. more spices throughout with layers of chocolate, tart apples, dark cherries and roasted malts. finishes a bit thin, but very roasty. the dark malts stick around for a bit with lingering citrus bitterness as well.

2.5
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Can served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a lovely dark chestnut topped by a sticky khaki head. The nose has a Belgian character,spicy with some dark fruit and a hint of sour. The flavor is nothing like the smell and is actually quite bland. It is very bitter and metallic. Has an infected quality to it. Maybe aging would help it but as it is right now it is almost undrinkable.

3.4
BillKismet (4170) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2010 Dark chestnut brown with a creamed lightly browned head. Aroma of English Crystal malts, caramel, muddling spice. Spicy nose, almost a Belgian Dubbel character, but with a more piquant quality. Musky and peppery. Flavor is somewhat stale malting with some tinnyness and along with some allspice and perhaps cinnamon. The body also has that musky quality and some szechuan pepper heat on the finish. In my afterthoughts, it seeps in that this was perhaps permeated by a vein of Brett. Interesting complexity.

3.3
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 22, 2010
can. clear and rusty color with a small beige head. can’t put my finger on the aroma right now. the flavor has lots of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. some light bittering hops but mostly a malty beer. floral and fruity at times. tasty overall.

3.2
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Toasty roasted aroma, little dusting of nutmeg over a smooth brown ale. spice note along with the beer flattens out in the sip. hmm. broken down, gently spiced mild.

3.3
Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Can at The Beer Authority in Seattle. Aroma of cloves and malts, poured a thin tan head and a nice ruby brown color. Crisp on the palate, not an over the top spice like I just finished a ginger cigarette. Made my belly warm and makes me want to listen to the radio.

3.6
elgiacomo (746) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
12oz canned October 7, 2010. Pours dark brown, red/orange under the light with a large foamy tan head that holds a good cap and leaves some rings of lacing. Aroma is heavily spiced, as expected. I’m not a spice expert but can pick up some ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some citrus hops also manage to come through with some caramel malt, toffee, and brown sugar. Good strength. Flavor generally follows suit, although the spices aren’t quite as pronounced as they are on the nose. The citrus character comes through more here, along with the maltiness. Finishes mostly dry. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, slick, medium carbonation. A very good spiced Winter Warmer, although not quite to the level of Anchor’s Our Special Ale. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit as it is hard for me to drink more than one spiced beer in an evening, but I certainly did enjoy trying this and will save the rest of the 6-pack for around Thanksgiving and Christmas.


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