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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3797) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9500) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2008
500ml, bottle conditioned. Frothy, off-white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Orange coloured body. Fresh smell of spicy fruits. Cloves, coriander and dried fruits in flavour in danger of being overrun by ginger. Unusual, but OK (Hotel room in Earls Court, 10.08.2008).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4923) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Pours amber into an English pint. Fluffy off-white conglomerate head with excellent retention. Immediate clove and ginger aromas during the pour. Full and slightly chemical. Some dried fruit, clove and coriander. Dry herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (39785) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle 50cl.
Unclear hazy medium amber orange color with a small, virtually none appearance, virtually none lancing, fully diminishing, head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, spicy, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, corriander, raisin, alcohol - rom. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet with a average to long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. (170508)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (1746) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Orangy brown. Very little head. Aroma: Orangy. Fruity. Ginger. Taste: Herby. Ginger and coriander. Bitter. Info: 500ml bottle, 28/6-2006, 132/300

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle. Liked this One. Nice & simple flavors. Simple & easy to drink. Flavors of tea, slightly spiced. Nothing phenominal but nice conversation beer. Some fruitiness but taste overall is rather mild & it works well

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2008
Clear amberwith tiny head. Sweet aroma with ginger and coriander notes. Sweet fruity flavor with caramel, floral hops, coriander and ginger notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1833) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2008
[bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Coriander dominates, but pleasantly balanced and quite sweet. Not a bad beer at all, and quite unusual.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2008
First time I had this I thought it was one of the most horrid seasonals I had ever tasted. The nose is overly spicy and full of sourness and a light bit of ginger. This was just like they spilled a whole bottle of assorted spices in the mash. Too much for me, hardly any maltiness, a light fruitcake flavor. Finishes extremely dry and undrinkable to me.

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