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


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Red/amber colored. Nice spicy/fruity malts and a nice bitterness at the end. Could be a good session ale, but might get too sweet after a few.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Aroma like a well-stocked spice rack. Medium amber color with a lasting, massively fluffy head. Flavor is citric, spicy, faintly sweet, and has some leafy hop bitterness. Finish is fruity, bready and lightly acidic, dry and tangy. Medium bodied. Sweetens out a bit as it warms. Interesting enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2002. Cloudy amber medium body, light, crisp mouthfeel. Thick head, earthy, coriander, leathery nose. Spicy rum toward the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2002
Bubbly, cloudy light brown appearance. Alcohol, a little fruit and some yeast in the nose. Alcohol, light chocolate, bitter hop finish and a touch of cloves at the end, and that is all the spice that I encountered from a vast collection accounted for on the bottle. Not a bad brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 8, 2002
Cloudy with orange scent, white head, average size bubbles. Sharp, spicy, alcoholic, bitter. Cloves on the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2002
Dull light brown; aroma is slightly spicy, yeasty; slight cinnamon, earthy malt, and dry yeastiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
Look, this could rate very highly except for the fact that it is so monstrously foamy that you canít get any beer to your lips for a good 15 minutes. by way of compensation, the foam tastes pretty good - intensely spicy and hoppy. once you get to the beer itself, itís a really nicely warming, very spicy (cloves, coriander, ginger, like the label says) ale that reminds me of a good rumíníraisin icecream. very dry, with not much malt flavour, and a long, complex finish that includes marzipan among other weirdnesses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Nice malts and hop balance with a fruity,raisins and honey body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Quite pale, aroma of first cinnamon and then nutmeg. Decent maltiness with good background hops and spicing that is not overdone. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2002
The prior reviews indicate RCH has some quality-control problems with this beer. I didnít find it overly foamy and it certainly wasnít gueuze-like. This beer was quite bitter in body and finish. I taste considerable spices and a bit of metallic bitterness. A good brew which won a CAMRA gold medal.

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