RATINGS: 442   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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ACHops' rating

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2012
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours very dark reddish brown with thin creamy head. Aroma is a spice medley: cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice. Taste is rich dark charred chocolate malts that finishes sharply bitter. Mild spice notes linger afterward. Somewhat thinnish body, but really doesn’t detract as this has so much going on otherwise. Maybe not the best winter beer around, but definitely one of a kind.


3.3
Scipio (1276) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2018
Pours black with a medium, lingering, off white head. The nose finds roasted malt, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, and some subtle molasses and raisin. Its a bit lacking actually. The taste is dry. Its big on cinnamon and nutmeg, along with hazelnut, caramel, and hints of licorice. The finish is a weaker though lingering cinnamon. Its medium in body and has a kind of thicker texture. I guess this one is fine, but it isn't really anything special.

3.6
Foxbush (2143) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2018
Draft at Buzz and Ned's The ale poured a dark amber color with an off white head and lacing. The aroma had mixed hints of sweet malts and cinnamon. The ale has a medium body ale with soft carbonation. The flavor is hard to pin down. You detect raisins and brown sugar. There is more cinnamon and other spices mixed in. The finish is clean with no aftertaste.

2.8
dakerley (9) - - DEC 12, 2017 does not count
Reminds me 100% of the Holiday season. The aroma has some great notes of nutmeg. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Voodoo (716) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Pours a dark ruby red brown with a pillowy off white head which lingers a while......aroma is nut brown type ale traits with very light cinnamon, nutmeg.....taste is quite smooth, malty, nice bittering, various spices with none dominating.

3.9
HourGlass13 (1101) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Pours up a clear dark amber with a small beige head and some decent lacing. Aroma is malty with nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is malty, with caramel, slightly sweet. Body is medium with average carbonation and an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Good stuff!!

3.5
Mattyjay (7) - - OCT 24, 2017 does not count
Can Vero Beach Fl ABC. Pours a beautiful deep red amber, very little head and no lacing. Packed aroma with lots going on, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, roasted nuts. Tastes of pumpkin fallowed by cinnamon chocolate gramcracker.

3.4
Cakes (498) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2017
Twelve ounce can. Solid lacing. tastes of malts, nutmeg, graham cracker, and some spices. I don't know about a "fireside" chat, but a few of these and they will find you chatting to yourself. A nice winter spice ale that I even enjoyed on a Indian Summer late October day.

3.5
oobawa (1866) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2017
Decent winter warmer, a modest English brown that never goes overboard with the seasonal spices. Toffee and nuts mix with restrained cinnamon and nutmeg notes, and the finish stays unexpectedly bitter. Gingerbread nose seems a bit weak, but the pour's pretty enough and the texture's nice and full, hearty enough for a winter seasonal. Not bad.

3.4
DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Can at Mariano’s Westmont. Turns out this was from Oct. 2016. But the server said there’s a guy who keeps asking for it, so they’ve kept it on hand. In fact, it seems to have held up pretty well. Dark, reddish-brown pour under a tan head. Smell has a nice note of Christmas beer spices like cinnamon and possibly coriander. I think there’s some wheat malt in this, too. The spice is obvious but not overwhelming. Rather pleasant. The high abv seems to have kept it in shape.

4.4
bwy (100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
We were surprised but easily made it into one of our favorite winter seasonals. Reviewed at: https://youtu.be/9AP1NEF_UIA?list=PL2I6nU36z3


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