RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2012
pours a dark ruby brown color with a small tan head. aroma is mostly typical for a winter spice brew.. cinnamon clove and maybe some ginger. almost smells like red hot dollars candy because of the sweetness. taste is pretty much the same... but falls a bit flat for a complex winter spice brew. upfront it has everything you want but completely dies once your tongue tries to decipher the flavors. malts are there but weak tasting. it seems like they built this beer on spices with no backbone to support it. mehh

bwy (87) - 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

basaywhat (280) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2017
12 oz can. Pours a light brown with an inch of tan head a little bit of lacing. Smells of vanilla, caramel, and spices. Taste is sweet caramel, chocolates, and spice.

rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2017
Pours dark brown/mahogany with white/tan fluffy head. the aroma is fruity, plums, molasses, rum, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg. The flavor is sweet with nutmeg, plums, molasses, allspice, fruity plums, and almost some Belgium candie flavors. overall very flavorful with spices and other notes, but not too much of the beer its self. (this is great for Christmas beer). leaves the mouth dry and sweet and lingering flavors. the body is heavy.

DruncanVeasey (8226) - 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.

BlackBeerPG (671) - 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.

dnstone (3414) - 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

chinchill (4993) - 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.

Andrus86 (650) - 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

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.

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,

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