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


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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9826) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
goozen (3138) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle pint: Hazy brown ale with some citric taste and some spices too, like coriande.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3900) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Cloudy golden amber. Aroma of malt, moderate spice. Clove allspice and orange. Strong clove finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3615) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Golden amber color with an off white head. Spritzy nose with light spice and orange peel. Bready malts with some ginger, corriander, raisens and orange peel. Enjoyable for a lightly spiced ale. Thanks to cgarvieuk for the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle pours medium golden color with no head. Spices abound in the aroma. Mostly ginger and corriander (?). Slightly sweet body with some fruit in there. Nice middle of the road golden ale.

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