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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8828) - 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 (4666) - 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 (37269) - 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 (1547) - 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 (6558) - 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 (10347) - 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 (1687) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2008
16.9 oz bottle-A hazy cloudy amber orangish body with lots of floaties stuck in time on a fairly loose off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, wood, malt, coriander, and some ginger. Taste is the same with some sweetness and dryness on the finish. A little weak but not bad tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - APR 30, 2008
Hazy orange, Aroma is predominantly herbal ginger wine as advertised on the label. There is also sweet lemon and belgian yeasty coriander, The head poured into a UK pint tremendously with tiny beige bubbles, so much so it looks like it would be more at home in a tulip glass. There is a sweet cookie flavour amongst the spice with dryness afterwards but not as complex as i thought. A good christmasy type ale though.

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