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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%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (22073) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2009
Bottled. A bit hazy reddish amber colour with small creamy slightly off-white head. Aroma is mild alcohol, some spices, mild fruity and flowery notes as well as some plum(pudding) and sweetness. Flavour is sweet malts, some spices, mild hoppy notes. A bit plummy/raisiny sweetness as well. Pleasant. One of the more spicies English beers I have had.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (1880) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Hazy red with a nice big, creaming looking head of off white foam. Big spices, light cloves and heavy allspice, Super Christmassy, slightly green in a way though. Something a bit funny here, very soapy maybe or over-ripe fruit? It is interesting but not really my thing. Very bitter burnt flavours. It has the flavour of the brown residue that spills out of an overfull apple-pie in the oven. Spiced yet green and fruity all overthrown by woody ash. Actually not all that bad. Something you can really get into. Not a big drinker but definitely worth a go. I’m probably drinking it at the wrong time of year but it is still pretty banging.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10259) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Rich reddy brown, small head. Very sweet spicy aroma. Succulent palate, carbonation restrained. Full bodied flavour, cake and winter spices - ginger and cinnamon. Finish continues that theme. Perhaps a little over-spiced, but not so much as to make it a gimmick. Absolutely delicious, and want again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a thin cover of off white foam. Very spice filled aroma, the ginger and nutmeg seem to really come through, some fruit and toffee malt in there. Taste is big citric spices, coriander, cloves and more ginger.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
goozen (3293) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle pint: Hazy brown ale with some citric taste and some spices too, like coriande.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3943) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle shared with barrios. Pours a murky dark gold with some particulate and ample offwhite head and some lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with a weak floral hop. Suprisingly sweet with an appley flavor. Fair hop bitterness on the tail end and a lingering dry bitter finish that I didnt care for too much. Actually enjoyable, but WAY overpriced at $7 a bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle. Off white head with a honey colored body. Smells mildly of hops and biscuit. Bitter hop flavor with oranges and spice. Nice bitter spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2008
50 cl bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Hazy amber color, fine off-white head. Aroma is fruity, citric, spicy and has some yeast. Flavor is dried fruit, spices, malt, yeast and a hint of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle: Pours a copper color with pillowy off white head. Very herbal aroma- almost woody with spicy tea-leaf suggestions. The body is creamy with a cask like feel. Lots of spicy herbal character in the fore flavor. Something about the flavor-when it warms- reminds me slightly of oaky Kentucky Bourbon without the sweetness. There is some bitter fruit skin in there as well with lots of woody notes and spicy herbal qualities. Very unique beer. One of the ones you hate at first, and cannot really figure out, but like more with each sip.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Cloudy golden amber. Aroma of malt, moderate spice. Clove allspice and orange. Strong clove finish.


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