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Style: English Strong Ale
Weston-super-Mare, England

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RATINGS: 211   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8576) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2009
Bottle: almost clear, copper coloured, visible carbonation, medium-sized persistent white head spicy (X-mas) nose: cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; robust sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; warming spicy/orangey bitter-sweet finish with a following light tartness. A powerful winter brew.........

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (8564) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Rich reddy brown, small head. Very sweet spicy aroma. Succulent palate, carbonation restrained. Full bodied flavour, cake and winter spices - ginger and cinnamon. Finish continues that theme. Perhaps a little over-spiced, but not so much as to make it a gimmick. Absolutely delicious, and want again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2003
A herbal/earthy flavoured beer with medicinal notes (not unpleasant, mind). Touches of licourice, too. Ends with a dry, smokey peat finish. Worth a go.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2007
Good, dense cream-coloured and long lasting head, lace included, over quite carbonated red-foxy beer with some UFOís. Vegetable, garden herbs, sourish to nearly astringent nose. Further spices, the only identifyable being clove. Berries (currants,quetches, mirabelles,...) too. Fruity and very spicey flavours. The clove is too powerful, too imposing, and not natural as a Weizenyeast would yield. Certain soapy flavour as well, seems amalgamated by the fruit and spices. Dry finish indeed, nearly tart. A bit oily texture, medium to well-bodied, some astringency all the same. I donít know about this Mary, but my marie, sorry, Lut, nearly spat it out. Canít say Iím over the moon either.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. This one poured ruby coppery with medium off-white head. Aromas of caramel malts, hops, red fruits, and spices. The palate was complex, giving flavors of fruit, hops, tart citrus, and some spices. It stayed fruity and hoppy throughout, with more apparent spice obvertones as it warmed. I found this one to be outstanding, and Iíll be picking up more next week.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7348) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2008
500ml, bottle conditioned. Frothy, off-white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Orange coloured body. Fresh smell of spicy fruits. Cloves, coriander and dried fruits in flavour in danger of being overrun by ginger. Unusual, but OK (Hotel room in Earls Court, 10.08.2008).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2007
A Sim rate (50cl bottle from a Waitrose 3 pack): Great spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly herbacious (sage?) and with a swish - something more alcoholic, like a port. Flavour is a slightly dulled down version of the aroma with the addition of orange and clove. Nice murky amber colour with a well kept head. Short spicy citric finish.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Interesting ale smells like peppermint. Taste has a syrupy texture to it, but very pleasant. Rated 2/3/03

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7013) - 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 orangeís with some chinese five spice there as well. Preferred this to the Firebox!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, 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.


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