RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Like FDRs 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1555) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (1630) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8189) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Can from Total Wines, Sterling VA. Deep brown, with a decent, off-white, head. Gentle Christmas spicing, some berry fruits, bready mlats and a moderately, bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madchemist83 (269) - USA - DEC 13, 2015
Aromas of toasted cinnamon, sweet pumpkin and bread. Dark brown copper with minimal head. Herb and pumpkin up front, malty, bread notes in the finish. Pretty smooth for relatively high alcohol percentage otherwise nothing special.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fkoolen (1080) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2015
Can at Phoenix hotel, San Francisco. Brown colour, creamy offwhite head. Weird combination of hops, lightly roasted malts, herbal, earthy, cough syrup: not too balanced. Finish is quite bitter. Lively carbonated, medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (959) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Aroma: earthy, caramel, spices Appearance: hazy amber with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, spices Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (514) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Can from a friend. Pours dark brown with white head. Aroma of holiday spices and malt. Tastes like a nice, hearty English ale with a bit of kick to it. Has bitter hops and tangy hops. Medium bodied and lots of carbonation. A really good holiday brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (4148) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Pour is a cola brown with a small tan head. Aroma has an ample amount of cinnamon and clove with probably some nutmeg thrown in there. Flavor is of course spice but they kind of get muddled together with a heavy and sweet malt and also a fair amount of alcohol. Finish leaves a spice with a little cocoa on the tongue. This beer gets some horrible ratings on here for some unknown reason. It is as advertised, a spiced winter beer. Maybe a bit to sweet and boozy but it still has a nice spicy flavor.


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