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

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RATINGS: 212   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Sample at CBF12. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hopy aroma. Spicey cinnamon notes. Moderate bitter flaor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petexner (882) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle. Very aromatical beer with spicy palate and rich taste and color. Christmas time!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vignale (1978) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2011
An overly spiced winter warmer. Slightly sour mouthfeel, lots of nutmeg and corriander.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3170) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle from The Cave. Medium brown colour, big beige foamy head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger & other spices. Spicy, fruity flavour, spicy aftertaste. Interesting & complex but a bit strong for me.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2011
A clear orange/amber colored beer, with a thick foamy white ehad. The aroma is like perfume. There are fruits and sweet candy. The taste of sweet candies, a little bitter, perfume and a little spices. The aftertaste is some bitter with sweet.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (7219) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
Decent taste, standard color, but I really don’t like the herbs or spices I smell. Also low body, low carbo. Not very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (3790) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
Smell and colour are pretty nice on this one. Taste is kinda dissapointing though. Pretty average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (2313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 16, 2011
50cl bottle. Pours brown with a generous head and gentle bubbles. The nose is distinctly ginger biscuits and maybe a note of oranges on the end - very Christmas. The taste is of more spice, this time cinnamon as well as ginger as well as the background biscuit thing. The palate is medium to full in structure, there is a nice creamy texture in the middle section and it concludes not completely cleanly, but fairly well nonetheless. Overall, I’m drinking this in the summer (albeit a Scottish Summer) and this Christmas style ale is going down very well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3259) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle shared in a train. Aroma is very spicy, with a nice balance between the different spices. Flavor is sweet and slightly sour with loads of spices, slightly artificial soapy in the finish. Refreshing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2011
Bottle - Gazy orange/amber with floaties. Holds a good head. Medium carbonation and body. Sweet and fruity. Strong coriander flavour. Mildly bitter finish.


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