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


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3880) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pour is hazed orangey amber with a thin off white head...smell is yeast, coriander, pepper,and caramel...taste is spicy with the aforementioned flavors and lots of toffee...finish is lightly sweet cloying...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9684) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Kinz (3737) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - 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.

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