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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35220) - 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)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 CBF07 sample from bottle. Pours golden orange. Aroma is perfumed aroma hops. Flavour is perfumed, slight malty. Rather dry finish. Not good. 4-3-5-3-9=2.4

50 cL bottle (Wessex Craft Ale Mary). Pours slight hazy orange with a lacing white head. Aroma is spiced, ginger, cloves and coriander. Slight acidic aroma. Flavour is floral towards a sweet caramel flavour. A slight spiced note can be sensed with a mild sweet note. Ends with slight herbal and hoppy dryness. Has a slight soapy note. Nice.6-3-6-3-12=3

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet combined with a slight acidic touch and notes of berries, malt, and grapefruit. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of peaches and mangos, leading to a dry bitter finish. The body is thin inspite of the 6% ABV - perhaps lacking a bit of residual sugar.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear, amber golden with a small, off-white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of ginger. Fairly full-bodied with lightly sweet malt notes and then a solid dose of ginger. The finish is somewhat astringent. 120507

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a white head. Aroma of fruits, berries and hops. Flavour of caramel, fruits and hops with notes of berries.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20618) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2009
Bottled. A bit hazy reddish amber colour with small creamy slightly off-white head. Aroma is mild alcohol, some spices, mild fruity and flowery notes as well as some plum(pudding) and sweetness. Flavour is sweet malts, some spices, mild hoppy notes. A bit plummy/raisiny sweetness as well. Pleasant. One of the more spicies English beers I have had.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19654) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2003
Bottled. Copper coloured with rich, firm head. Intense spicy aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger plus fruit and berries. Sweet and boldly malty with punch of rhum and a salty bitter finish. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16909) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty and very spicy aroma. Sweet malty fruity raisin flavor with some spicy hints. Fruity spicy finish with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
10th April 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Moderate carbonation in this ale. Complex array of vanilla and spices and some fruity hints. Long bitter finish a tad off putting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2003
Cloudy brown-amber color. Malt and fruits in the aroma, candies. Quite robust body, with a good maltiness, light roasted note, stronger caramel at the end, and a quite long bitterness. Regular Bitter, very similar to a bitter Dubbel.


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