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Brewed by RCH
Style: English Strong Ale
Weston-super-Mare, England

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bottle conditioned version of Firebox with the addition of spice oils.
Pale malt, chocolate malt; Progress and Target hops; ginger, cloves, cinnamon, corriander, nutmeg, pimento. A dark, rich spicy bottle-conditioned ale, resonant with Christmas seasonal flavours and designed to take the chill off the coolest winter night. Ale Mary has a warm and sweet aroma of cloves, coriander and ginger. The palate provides touches of rum, raisins and sultanas, with a dry fruity finish. This ale has been exclusively brewed for us by Paul Davey of RCH Brewery.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
small white head wih a taste that reminds of samuel smith ales.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2003
Bottled.Tawny brown colour with little/no head, despite the fine condition rising up slowly. Spicy aroma, nutmeg and cinnamon, more nutmeg flavour. Spices completely rule this beer with malt being barely discernable. Sharp mouth feel with a long lasting palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
Cloudy brown-amber color. Malt and fruits in the aroma, candies. Quite robust body, with a good maltiness, light roasted note, stronger caramel at the end, and a quite long bitterness. Regular Bitter, very similar to a bitter Dubbel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Hazy amber color,small head that faded slowly.Citrus aroma with a slight offness spice and maybe some mild malt coming through as well.mild malty taste with a mild fruit and hops that later turn to a bitter taste,the spice is decently done and the alcohol manages to make a mild appearance.This wasn't to bad a brew fairly drinkable and to some degree pleasant.Well worth trying atleast once.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2003
This was much better once it warmed. I still did not really care for it, as I am not a big fan of spiced seasonals. Mouthfeel is uncomfortable, medium bodied and creamy. Appearance is cloudy and dark amber with a fastly fading head and little to no lacing. Overall slightly sour, astrigent and overspiced.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2003
The appearance of this beer was a small sized creamy and smooth ivory head that contained fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was softly carbonated, cloudy and the hue was orange. The nose reminded me of sweaty feet. Yuck. The taste was lightly bitter along with some fruity and spicy notes. The mouthfeel was bitter creamy, smooth, watery, thin and light-medium bodied. This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5034) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 1, 2003
This brew poured a medium szied head of white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing and a hazy brown colored softly carbonated body. The aroma was of the medium ,alt hop variety and the mouth feel was smooth while mildly bitter and vinuously alcohololic. The flavor was a good mix of malt and hops. It was a very easy to drink brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Spiced, slightly acoholic aroma. SPices come through with the ginger overpoering the mouthfeel. An average spiced brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2003
Cloudy muddy water hue with a small white head. Ginger and citrus hopped nose. Malty spiced taste with hints of corriander and nut meg finished with a light bitter hoppy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2003
Medium hazy dirty amber with a large erect pale yellow head. Moderate lace. Faint herbal, medicinal, balsamic, belgian yeasty and woody aromas. Medium light bodied. Really nice medium strong spicey woody bitter and lighter bready malt shortish start. Middle and finish are comparativley soft even bland light malt before back to a strong woody vegetable stock and spicy bitter aftertaste. Didn't get any of the fruitiness reported by the other raters


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