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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3.5
madmitch76 (24431) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
20th December 2013
The (not so) shit beer tasting at Leightons stratospheric flat. Thanks Leighton. Hazy dark amber beer. Good vibrant-cream coloured head. Palate is light and semi dry. Fine carbontion. Little toffee in the dry malt. Whisper of ginger, mellow spices and lame generic.fruits. Actually comes together well in to a semi finish.

3.6
Travlr (24315) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Draft. Murky and chunky brown, huge tan head, good lacing. Aroma of grassy nutmeg and allspice. Taste is spiced brown cinnamon bread. Nice.

3.5
Leighton (21089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Can shared at the Night of Garbage. Procured somewhere in the Land of the Free. Pours deep amber with a lasting, creamy khaki head. Nice aroma, some nutmeg and cinnamon, light cake and toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with dry bread, mild toasted leaves, understated spices, dry toffee and fruitcake. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety mouthfeel. Moderate sweetness to finish, fruitcake, dried berries, mellow leafy bitterness, nutmeg. Nice beer.

3.3
Beerhunter111 (20362) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Klares orange braunes Bier mit einer geringen leicht beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Kürbis, Gewürzen, dunkles malz. Geschmack würzig, Kürbis, Zimt, dunkles malz.

3.3
Theydon_Bois (19200) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Can at the Night of Garbage, thanks muchly to Leighton - he never stops ratin’, 20/12/13 up his shit load of stairs ! Hazed dark amber with a moderate light beige head. Nose is spiced stewed fruits, pumpkin notes, sweet notes, light woody ring. Taste comprises brown sugars, toffee fudge, caramel, dark fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light bittering presence in the finish. Ok SHV.

2.7
mcberko (17329) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at Archer Ale House, pours a dark copper brown with a small beige head. Aroma of perfume, vanilla, and winter spices. Flavour is similar, bringing out notes of vanilla, nutmeg and other spices, along with some perfumey notes. Too perfumey for me, but nothing overly offensive about this. Decent.

1.7
brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: The pour is almost black cherry in color with a creamy off-white head. S: Smells like sour cherries and prunes with some metal, smoke, and cereal. There’s a bit of a booze-soaked fruit cake thing going on a well. T: Like the nose, lots of sour/spoiled fruit juices, particularly cherries, prunes, and raisins. A bit of an olive flavor as well as metal and cheerios. And just for good measure, some alcohol and brown sugar. M: The body and carbonation is both medium. D: Another loser from 21A. This was bad in just about every way.

2.9
bhensonb (15095) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Can. Pours dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Aromas of dark malt and cinnamon? Near med body with moderate carb. Flavor is sort of chocolate and cinnamon with some other spicing. It’s a bit gummy. Everything I can remember from Cold Spring is short on ingredients, and this is no exception. The malt’s too thin to support the spice.

2.9
DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2014
Can sample at a tasting at Mastikim. Thanks zvikar. Brown color with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweetish flavor, malty, a bit toasty, caramelly, a bit nutty, with some spiciness and a slightly bitter finish, a bit roasty. Medium-bodied.

3.4
Scopey (14519) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Can thanks to Leighton at the Night of Garbage. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, lots of spice, toast, smoke, tangy HP sauce and dark fruit. The taste is earthy, wood, spice, treacle, leather decent bitterness, toast and alcohol warmth. Medium body and fine carbonation. A pretty tasty spiced ale.


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