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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This fantastic brew began its life as "Charlie", the third installment of the Brewers Select Series. It is now part of our seasonal lineup and will be released in the month of January. It is an intricate dark ale with a touch of smokiness. The rich malt flavor, crisp bitterness and smoke reach perfect equilibrium in this brew. At 7.5% abv, Fireside Ale will warm you up as the temperature drops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (5906) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Poured from a bottle into ad brandy snifter. Pours a lighter brown, Ruby color with a beige head of foam. The Aroma is very malt forward with just a hint at some smoke character. No real bacon or barbeque sauce taste. Smoky notes are very subtle in this beer. Overall, it makes for a nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spittye (2) - - OCT 1, 2012 does not count
The smoke is nice in this beer. Definitely not overdone. It add a unique, but welcome flavor note to a good brown ale. I have a feeling this one was released in Jan. 2012, so the smoke may have lessened over the past 10 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3674) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Hazy brown in color, with a few orange tinges when held to the light. The beer has a half inch of head that generates a fair amount of lacing. the aroma is of smoke and malt. This is not nearly as smoky as the Aecht Schlenkerla brews from Bamberg, but has a decent amount of smoke nonetheless. The flavor is straightforward, with a present but not overpowering smokiness, as well as a slightly sweet, toasted malt characteristic. The feel is medium bodied, with a good carbonation level. A very drinkable and enjoyable smoked beer. Though not my favorite of this ilk, I enjoy drinking this every so often. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-10-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Dark brown pour with little head and little lacing, still not a bad looking beer but nothing too pretty. smells of smoke and cocoa with a hint of sweetness and some meat. Tastes much of the same, roasted malt, smoked wood, ash, and cocoa, then some more wood in the pretty dry finish Nice carbonation and smooth on the palate. Overall, this is a very good beer if you like smoke, which I do, so sure I have bias but still would seek this out again. Great with pork or at a BBQ.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Clear brown with a small tan head... smoky creamy aroma, a little sweet, some raisin... smoky and sweet flavor, raisin dominates, not terribly sweet, not bitter, drinks fairly easy for a smoky and mildly sweet... medium body...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5969) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Grape & Gourmet 12oz ($2.79): Pours a light brown with a not white head. Aroma is lightly smoked malts, sugar, and wood. Taste is essentially of a smoked brown ale. The smoky malts take center stage, but they dont try to suffocate you with smoke. Nice body. Nice balance throughout. I enjoyed this subtle take on a smoked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep red with some light shining through the edges of the glass. there is a finger of off white head that sticks around awhile and leaves considerable lacing. Aroma is not overly pungent but has your typical smokiness from a Rauch. The taste is interesting. Its not very strong but its almost a sweet and smoky taste. This reminds me of chinese spare ribs. The palate is a little thinner than Id like for this brew but not a bad mouthfeel. Overall, its pretty good but nothing exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2012 I am having this on a cool spring evening..... so that may skew the rating - it is infact better suited for winter. Aroma is sweet malt / molasses and a hint of smokiness. I love em dark..... great appearance. Taste and palate are pleasant and sweet. It reminds me of the aftertaste one gets when exiting a humidor. Overall, great..... just wrong season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Not too smokey, which was nice. Heavy malt flavor with little hops backbone. Brown in color and slight whispy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Draft at the Bocktown tasting on 04/28/12. Smoke! Medium palate with a bitter smoke scent. The orange tinted nutty brown pour had a malty bready fronted taste, then the smoke came in - like a smoked cheese almost - delicious.

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