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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11533) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Spicy aroma. Definitely ginger. Medium amber color with shards of lacing from a minimal head. Starts spicy. Ginger and coriander. Some malt, followed by dark fruit -raisin? Hard to define the finish. I suppose the spice complements the hop. Ginger all the way. Quite a complex thing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (11472) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle @ DØE Øl Festival 2012. Clear amber/dark golden with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, and spices. Flavour is malt, fruit, hops, little bitter, spices and a little bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle at 48 F. Poured clear brown with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet spicy hoppy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/14/2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta

amber, whispy head, sweet malt aroma with lots of oxidized character, sweet malt flavor, touch of hops, overshadowed by oxidation

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Score: *4
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10870) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Sample at CBF12. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hopy aroma. Spicey cinnamon notes. Moderate bitter flaor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10661) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle Conditioned, 500ml. Blood orange colou with lasting and heavy head. Substantial spicy aroma right from the off and initially a very spicy brew, cloves and ginger to the fore. But it does settle downto a pleasant sipping beer, Christmas Ale in character. Fortunately I had plenty of time to drink this because is not one for rushing through. Decent alcohol on the finish. Enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Orange brown color. Vinous aroma with apple and ginger. Bitter flavor with coreander and ginger. Raisin. Long nutty bitter aftertaste. Not exactly my taste, but well made.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10350) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2007
Københavnske Øldage 07. Bottle. Warm amber with a malty, sweetish and fruity aroma, where I find raisins and spice. The flavour is slightly sour and tart, fruity (apple) and spicy - but the ginger is not a favourite of mine, not in beer, at least. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. 2145

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9815) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 3, 2002
red-orange colour, big creamy head with a beautiful lace, raisins and honey aroma, alcohol notes, smooth, bitter with a long dry apple finish - very complex and simply beautiful !


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