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Harveys Bonfire Boy (Cask)

Brewed by Harveys
Style: English Strong Ale
Lewes, England


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cask: Seasonal (November). Also available in 500ml bottles.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdKing (2391) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 Cask in Royal Oak. Ever so slightly cloudy chestnut brown to reddish orange, white head. Nose is orange liqueur, that rhubarb fruity yeast, caramel, barley sugar, berry fruit, cinnamon, fresh baked bread. Taste is orange citrous, Cointreau, cinnamon, fruity rhubarb yeast, spices, barley sugar, caramel. Lovely beer. Re-rate Jan 2016 - once again in stunning condition. Rich grains, big fruity yeast. 4.2 to 4.4.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (7757) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at the Royal Oak. Smooth and fresh malty beginning. Hints of fruit, smooth and fresh. Spicy orange in the background, smooth and nice malty body. The aftertaste is round and fresh, malt, caramel and spices. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2602) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at The Royal Oak, pours a hazy Amber with a small tan head. The smell is toasted malt, bread, fruit and brown sugar. The taste is fruit, brown sugar, toasted malt, dark bread ending fruity and crisp with plenty of depth. The beer is light+ with mild carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (8293) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
Cask@Charlies Bar, Copenhagen - brown pour with a reddish hue. Aroma and taste is strong malty, some slight toasty notes, medium sweet, caramel, treacle, some dark fruity notes, some herbal hoppy nuances into the sweet malty finish. Very nice. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Cask at the Royal Oak. Amber pour. A malty fairly caramelly beer. Has a bit of molasses and brown sugar character that leans more towards American style amber than most of the other dark stuff I’ve had here. A little bit fruity and fairly sweet it also has some apricot and pear notes. Good - although I like stuff a bit drier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at the White Horse. It pours clear deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is fruit cake, oily, wood, varnish, honeycomb, toast and tangy marmalade. The taste is wood, earth, marmalade, varnish, toffee, raisin, sultana, honey, oily, fruit cake with a dry finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Very nice marmalade character going on. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask at The White Horse Old Ale Festival, London. Pours clear ruby with a light, white foam head. Lots of ripe fruits in the nose, apple, banana. Big sweet flavor, pretty malty, with ripe fruits, bread and light toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with more toffee and ripe fruits, bread, more banana. Very pleasant stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2011
Cask at the White Rock Hotel.A beautiful reddish copper colour with a tight cream head; aroma of sweet vinous fruit and deeply roasted, smokey malts; smooth in the mouth with purple fruits and milky chocolate malts; the a dry earthy finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2011
Dark amber of color with a beige head. An aroma of caramel, nuts, bread and apples. A flavor of caramel, nuts, fruits and crispy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 9, 2010
Pours copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt and floral hop. Flavour is sweet malt, light bitter and floral hop.

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