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Harveys Bonfire Boy (Bottle)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: English Strong Ale
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Bottled: 500ml only. Also available on draught throughout November.

Bonfire Boy is brewed seasonally for the November 5th celebrations that Lewes is renowned for. Originally called ’Firecracker’ and brewed to commemorate the gallant work of the Fire Brigade during the fire at the brewery in July 1996. The label depicts the uniform of the Cliffe Fire Brigade circa 1880.

A dark amber beer with a full malty palate and a slightly burnt, bitter aftertaste. A small quantity of black malt is used to impart the suggestion of smoke.

Contains: Barley

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel, molasses, grain and bread malts, dark, dried fruits. Appearance: slightly hazy brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets continue, caramel, toffee, molasses, sticky texture, light alcohol, dark malts. Overall: very sweet ESA, maybe a touch too sweet for my taste. Bottle from brewery shop, Lewes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12502) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s. Didn’t realise this was such a whale until I chugged the whole thing! It pours clear mahogany brown with a minimal. The nose is rich, malty, brown bread, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, berry, earth, wood, toffee. The taste is bitter-sweet, toasty, roasted nuts, burnt toffee, dried fruits (particularly raisin), fruit cake, earth, wood, touch of alcohol and touch of spice with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty impressive stuff, especially considering that its pasteurised.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erzengel (7755) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Rating from 2012: Dunkelbraune Farbe, fast weißer Schaum. Der Geruch ist sehr intensiv, dunkle Kirschen oder Trockenpflaumen. ein Bisschen wie Früchtebrot. Der Antrunk ist wie der Geruch - dickflüssig, leicht verbrannt, Früchtebrot. Dabei trotzdem leicht herb. Der Hauptteil wird intensiver, die Noten von gebackenen Pflaumen mit einer angenehmen Herbe werden deutlicher, dabei weich - die alkoholische Schärfe ist kaum wahrnehmbar und fügt sich gut in das Gesamtbild ein. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, warm, herb, Lebkuchen, Früchtebrot, Trockenpflaumen. --> Ein tolles, intensives Bier!!! --> 12,13,12,14,12,14 - 13,25

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2013
A beautiful rusty caramel brown with a frothy, white, thin, disappearing head. Smells of deep caramel and toasted malt with nut, raisin, cherry and spices like cinnamon. Medium to full oily body. Sweet taste of toffee with a nice dose of spices. Woody, malty, cherry, nutty, Christmas cake and a dry bitter finish. A fantastic strong ale with a nice spicy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2599) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Gabriel! Pours clear mohagany with a course tan head that goes to a small whispy blanket. Smell is cherry, rich malt. Taste is sweet rich malt, toffee, cherry, wood. Slight dry and bitter aftertaste. Nice body, mild carbonation, medium body and oily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
50cl bottle picked up in Hastings. Copper coloured with a thin off-white head; rich nutty malt aroma; treace toffee flavour with a touch of spice; and a sweet but satisfying finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Dark, sweet, raisiny aroma. Clear chestnut brown, good label featuring a Santa-looking dude. Bitter, woody, raisins, medium sweetness. Oily mouthfeel. Finish clings a little long. Well-brewed hops on the lips. Thanks to Triock’s mom for enduring an intrusive search at the airport in bringing these in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle from Kris Wines.
A beautiful Autumnal russet coloured body with a faint white collar. No head would form no matter how Sim tried. So typically Harveys on the nose. Excellent caramel malty tones with liquorice, dried fruit and a faint hit of characteristic sourness. The flavour is almost as good but it has the unfortunate addition of some cardboard and a sticky sweetness. My god this would be amazing if it was unpasturised. As it is, it’s merely very good. Faint oxidisation tries to spoil the day bit the excellent house yeast and faint brett in the finish save the day. A really good drop o English ale that could be SO much better if it wasn’t for the ridiculous pasturisation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle from Kris Wines. Pours an alluring caramel amber color with a fluffy off white head. Bready caramalt, raisins, sultanas and slight hop in the nose. Taste is much the same, lovely malty sweet flavor with a nice bittersweet hop finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2008
Takeout from The Garland, Redhill. Damn. With a name like that was expecting a stout. Transparent chestnut, fine persistent suds. Aroma dank sock, marathon trainer, toffee, crushed nuts, blood, wet conker. Damp, autumnal and sweetly metallic. Syrupy palate with nutty sweetness, metal, cake, marzipan, caramel, alcohol and back-of-the-tongue hop bitterness. Chocolatey malt without any smoke or roast. Gnaw of cask wood. Bit vegetal like a doppelbock or dunkel. Lingers with milk choc and nutty bitterness, opens like it’s had sugar sprinkled in it.

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