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

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6525) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
Deep orange colour with a big, frothy white head that left plenty of lacing down the glass. Spicy aroma of coriander and ginger, with some honey and earthy hops. Flavour was very spicy with a bitter, warming alcohol finish. Good.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
pours golden amber, big, big fluffy head. nose is full of spices, ginger, cloves, nutmeg. flavor is spice, but not much else. lightly spiced air. an insubstantial brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle passed onto me by Glen, cheers mate! Poured Orange amber with white head, some sweetness and also sharpness are immediately apparent. Good bitterness, rich full flavour, good spiciness, aroma like clove spiked orange’s with some chinese five spice there as well. Preferred this to the Firebox!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle 500ml. Pours amber/orange colored hazy body with small head. Very spicy nose with ginger and oranges dominating. Taste much like the aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2008
Bottled. There’s a very spicy aroma from this copper-coloured beer, almost like mulled cider. The flavour is mainly sweet malt with the added spice. Not really my sort of thing, but not bad.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Kinz (3363) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Well, at least I enjoyed their porter. This pours a hazy amber orange with a slight but persistent creamy head. Looks nice. Aroma is clove, cinammon, nutmeg, ginger, and something oddly citric sour. Flavor is very similar, a totally over the top spice bomb followed by a strangely astringent finish. Could not get into this at all. Some bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it is a clove oriented bitterness. Frankly, I hated it. I can see how others could dig this, but it just wasn’t for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2007
Bottle from open all hours. Spiceyest ale ever? Aroma is overpowering ginger ale spice, orange peel, nutmeg and no beer characteristics. Taste is similar, thought tasty like a good pudding but lacking the body to keep such a spicey beast going.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
Murky brown swirling pour with a short-lived head. Faint gingery spice in the snout with a dusting of cinnamon, vinegar and urine. Robust (US?) hopping for once standing up to the mulled spiciness of a festive ale. Grapefruit tang and sourish fruit giving way to a firmly bitter hop finish. A peppery nip of ginger. Mulled but hoppy, characterful ale. And nothing like the Firebox whatsoever.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle 500ml from Waitrose, Christchurch. This ale has a fine aroma that sits somewhere between rum and a homemade sloe gin. It pours a deep copper colour with a medium off-white head. The taste has a touch of raw Christmas cake mixture to it - reminds me of being a kid and licking out the mixing bowl. There is more to it, though, much more. Flavours of rum and dark fruits come through with hints of spices. This ale is not too heavy and I could go for a good few sessions on this one, especially around Christmastime. In summary, a lovely warming winter festive ale.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
aroma’s not too bad. the is defeintly a feeling of spices. pour falls flat with minimal carbination. palate is very thin. malts give an astringent after taste.


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