RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sliprivet (5) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
21st beers have no middle ground. They are either extremely good or horrible (watermelon ale and oyster stout) That said, I love the Fireside chat. Big spices, great flavor, wonderful aftertaste, really hits the spot after a Frisco overcast Decamber day. Have to admit, I really dig the marketing factor too. FDR was one helluva President and this beer honors him justly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (8217) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2017
February 2016. Handsome 330ml can courtesy of Cousin Matt- last of the Christmas horde. Weighty mahogany with a sinking tan foam. doppelbock-meets-rauch-meets dubbel aroma awash with HP sauce on smoked ham, molasses, liquorice, carob and clove. Shrub and cherry blossom once the head has gone. Spicy but not overly so with sarsaparilla and clove failing to overpower a solid spongy malt loaf, ham and muscovado base firmly in the doppelbock camp. Sweetish but serious. Spices really well integrated. Gnaw of pencil. Unexpectedly elegant stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackBeerPG (498) - Darien, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Taste: Rich grainy barley malt, spice cake, malty finish. Bread like, spice cake nose. Copper/Brown, mostly clear, tan head with sticky well dined ring of lace. Full but not heavy body. A meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2979) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Amber-brown color with a soft white head. Super roast aroma and flavor; fairly sweet. Notes: Can Jan 17

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4679) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2017
12 oz can with a Nov. 2016 canning date. Appearance: Pours with a clear, dark copper colored body topped by a frothy beige head. Decent retention and Smell: spiced fruit bread Taste: Lightly bitter and moderately spicy. Mouthfeel: Full body. Medium+ carbonation. A little sticky. Overall: a dark and spicy winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrus86 (616) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2017
TAP. Kole beer in colour with long off white head, solid lacing.. Sweet malty nose with spices, clove & cinnamon for sure.. Sweet malt body, goes to the herbs & spices, clove is big, fruit cake vibe, actually really good.. Sourced 21st amendment

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jerkybill2 (3) - Cumberland, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2017 does not count
I sensed no spices- just a over hopped malty mess that left a bad after taste that lingered forever. Never again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Pours reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma is malty (like a brown ale) with some nutmeg, dark fruit and a little bit of licorice. Burnt malt flavor is lightly sweet and modestly spicy. Quickly transitions to a long lasting, unappealing bitter finish(like bad licorice). Palate is medium bodied and softly carbonated. Pretty blah compared to some of my favorite winter beers,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kleg (165) - The Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12 oz can. Clear ruby red pour with a large khaki head and great retention. Decent lacing. Ugh, way too much Belgian yeast taste. Light spice. 7.9 ABV is well hidden. Pass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2016
A lot of nutmeg and cinnamon from the start. Brown in color, but a bit too Christmas spice heavy and ultimately sweeter than Id prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jc1762 (1166) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Can into a snifter showing light bodied translucent caramel brown with very sparse latte foam around edges. The nose shows lightly roasted malts with hints of tea, cinnamon, ginger, and a bit of nutmeg. The palate is well carbonated and very light bodied. Immediate flavors of Christmas spice in the background (think cinnamon and ginger) but quickly subside with a moderately strong hoppy bitterness on the finish that is out of place and overpowers most of the other delicate flavors of the beer. Either way, it is a winter specialty beer, just not the best.

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