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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2.9
NikkTwist (3225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2016 Draft at Fado. Clear though very dark brown amber pour with a frothy tan head. Wide splashes of lace. Strong plastic Band-Aid aroma. Glossy roasted malts. Chocolate liquorice. Burnt nuts. Cassia. Charcoal briquettes soaked in lighter fluid. Recall liking this better last year.

3.1
voyageurmike (437) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2015
From a can into a tulip glass, reddish brown with slight head. Full-bodied spiced brown ale, creamy with a hops finish. Hops overpower the spicing, the mix of flavors is not winning.

3.6
kidobutai (690) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Poured from a can. This is my first from this brewery I believe, and it is a very good start! Not much head or lacing, but otherwise I liked every aspect of this beer. Very light in the taste of ale, which allows the spices (cinnamon) to come through. Clear dark amber color.

3.8
SG111 (1824) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Tap at Park Tavern, NYC. Pours dark, chestnut color, tanish head. Aroma is very bready, cinnamon, spices, slightly floral note, slight orange note, sweet Christmasy spices, nutmeg. Probably my favorite Christmas-spiced beer.

3.1
benpickens (512) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pours dark brown with medium head; aromas of port and fruitcake; sweet and syrupy on the tongue with a mild finish.

3.1
Cousin_Larry (895) - - DEC 26, 2015
Smells a little like a Christmas beer, but flavor is nothing more than a brown. Better than Bell’s Christmas beer.

3.6
jmohno (1619) - Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Dark red. Malt and spices, caramel malts, toffee raison, dark fruits, plum maybe. Same in taste, bready, toffee, caramel. Roast, kinda hoppy in an herbal pine way. Has a bit of dry/hot alcohol. Pretty good.

3.3
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
This was rather OK. Nutty and dark with some spices but a bit too hoppy overall. Could have been a bit smoother.

3.7
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Can. Pours clear dark ruby with tan head. Nose is cinnamon and brown sugar. Taste is caramel and cinnamon. Bitter aftertaste. Okay.

2.9
Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Pours a brown color with a spiced malt aroma. Taste is spiced pumpkin, nutmeg, and toast. Good complex flavor upfront but thinned as the beer was swallowed. Light malt aftertaste, but lacking in flavor throughout.


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