RATINGS: 446   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (678) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1657) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
benpickens (495) - 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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cousin_Larry (893) - - DEC 26, 2015
Smells a little like a Christmas beer, but flavor is nothing more than a brown. Better than Bells Christmas beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1587) - 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 (1685) - 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 (8481) - 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 (272) - 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.


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