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

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2250) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Orange rust colored; Head was huge- almost too huge; a little cinnamon in the nose? Very nice. Small hint of alcohol. Good bite on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Mild malty caramel aroma.Amber red appearance with a firm rocky head.Mild fruity flavors of strawberries,cherries oranges and bananas.Very mild hops followed with a lingering slightly sour, fruity finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2003
Yeasty and slightly salty aroma. Bronze colour with fluffy white head. Lots of circulating sediment. Kind of a fruity, brandy type flavour. Heavy on the alcohol finish but that's ok here in winter.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2003 Jeezum Crow, thats a lot of foam. Dark orange, HUGE tan head. Clean grainy aroma. Still Waiting to taste... Nice weather here, low 80's, not a cloud in the sky - humidity will be going back up, so enjoy this while you can... Oh, finally, the head has subsided enough to taste Vinuous palate, then spicy, peppery flavors. A small but persistant alcohol flavor, and some plum and peppers in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
A fairly good ale that I don't remember very well. It wasn't too remarkably good or bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
Slowly poured from a bottle and the head took off like a volcano experiment gone awry. The entire glass was nealy all head. Nicely laced and thick. Bright vinegar, grass, straw nose which transcends to the tip of the tongue then transfigures to a subtle cabbage flavor in the middle morphing itself back into a bitter hops, vinegar taste in the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19805) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2003
Bottled. Copper coloured with rich, firm head. Intense spicy aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger plus fruit and berries. Sweet and boldly malty with punch of rhum and a salty bitter finish. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Served at BJ's winter warmer fest, 2002 bottle. Body is murky medium amber, dense particles of all sizes, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), with notes of nutmeg, orange, and apricot. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aubrey (3444) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Cloudy orange with a bunch of small floaties swirling about. Curious mix of flavors, such as pepper, metal, ginger, citrus, sourness, bitterness and sweetness. High carbonation. Seemed acidic. Big bitterness with a dryish finish; some lingering bitter flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2003
nice amber color with alarge slowly dissipating off-white head. nice spice aroma. nice sweet malty taste with hints of nutmeg, coriander and other spices, with a slight bitter hop finish. an enjoyable brew


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