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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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Thick rich white head that lasts for quite some time in the glass, and leaves a nice lacing. Very warming with touches of citrus and some mild bitter hoppines also. Finishes dry and the hints of cloves finishes off on the palate, good winter ale, but also would be good to drink in early spring. This could also take place of a port for a good after dinner drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
small white head wih a taste that reminds of samuel smith ales.

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
I had this beer on Christmas. Excellent example of English brewing. Completely unique but well within the style. Fruit/spice was mellowed by the rich malt sweetness and an unbelieveable yeasty/hoppy finish. If you mixed Old Peculier with Hen’s Tooth you might get this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Nice malts and hop balance with a fruity,raisins and honey body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Purchased at Gomer’s of Kansas. Pours a hazy golden/brown with a nice frothy head. The aroma is nice with a little hop, some maltiness, and spices. The palate is cloves, other spices, some bitterness, and the finish is dry. I think that this beer is pretty good all year round.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Beautiful aroma of spices, baked stone fruits, plum pudding, malt. Complex and not overly agressive. So far so good! Deep copper color with mild carbonation once poured, but it doesn’t take much to produce a huge tight craggy head. Sometimes this means a beer that has expired. Lets hope it does not in this case. Taste is mild, subtle. Almost like having a cask beer in a bottle. This is very satisfying. Nice subtle complexities of malt, fruitiness and spices. A bit overly carbonated, as I pour the bottle bit by bit I keep getting a head like a root beer float. But the finish is subtle. Makes you search for the flavors and they are there if you look for them. Not unlike a Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
Quite frankly, I don’t really see why the overall rating is so low. I really enjoyed this beer, as it is really one of the closest approximations of a cask ale I’ve got out of a bottle. It pours a lovely dark reddish-brown, with some sediment in it. The scent is of Christmas pudding, with ginger and cinnamon and cloves. The flavour is essentially the same, with a dry sweetness of raisins and candied ginger. Fantastic.

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