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%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4972) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
Smell and colour are pretty nice on this one. Taste is kinda dissapointing though. Pretty average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3990) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (2953) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2011
Bottle. Amber with an inch of white head. Aroma of hard spices and a little lemon. Spicy taste with almost hot ginger. Coriander and cloves are also pretty clear. Mild biscuity malt, dry finish. Started at 10C which was rather too cold, but even as it warmed the spices are a bit much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4814) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Almost a bitter-like aroma to it, the appearance is cloudy and amber. The flavor is rather spicy, yet balanced. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3689) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2011
Big frothy head medium carbonation cvlear bronze pour aromas ginger cloves mild coriander some cinnamon flavour mild fruity hop bitter good touch raisin spicy freshness ginger clove coriander a dryness cinnamon aftertaste spicy fruit good seasonal ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2011
Pours amber with a very large, lasting head and lots of lacing. Nose shows lots of spices, I’d take a guess at ginger, coriander, cinnamon and cloves. Underneath is lots of sweet malt and hints of brandy and raisins. The spices transfer through stongly as flavours, but unfortunately not much of the malt does. Prominent grainy notes, alcohol and astringency detract from the experience. Carbonation could be higher and the body feels watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4260) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 13, 2011
Bottle from the Cave. Dark golden colour, off-white head. Aroma is spicy, bit of cinnamon, caramel malts. Flavour is caramel malts, cinnamon. A bit sugary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2010
I can smell the carbonation which is a big negative for me. Sweetness is intriguing but all in all one big Christmas in a mug. Disappointing to say the least.

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