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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.


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichardGretton (4292) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2002
This beer was so active that I couldn’t fully pour it into a glass for 10 minutes. The aroma of the beer didn’t correspond to the label which specified cloves, coriander and ginger, and overall the beer was too bitter for consumption.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Light hazy orange color with various sized suspended floaters. Spicy orange aroma followed by a dry finish. A slight metallic tinge to this beer detracts from it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2540) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 Contaminated bottle? I poured less than 1 inch into an 8 inch tall glass, and the whole glass filled with thick foam - even a heavy dollop of creamy foam remained to the end. Sour in a funky Belgian way, almost like a gueuze - even with an almost horsehide aroma. Is it trying to be Belgiany or was it unintentional bacteria? I think the latter, from a beer that otherwise won a CAMRA gold medal - which leads me to believe it would normally have a more British taste. Sour as it was, it wasn’t bad - mildly refreshing, not cloying and easily finishable for a full Imperial pint bottle (of course, I’d just driven 9 hours, after a week of racking up almost 2000 miles...I would have drunk nearly anything).

Re-rate: Tastes like classic Britsh ale! Caramel and pumpkin pie on the nose with floral hops, perhaps orange blossoms. Slick palate, very sweet, could use more hops. Burnt orange color, very low carbonation, thin but lasting head.


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