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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
belleofthebeer (4) - USA - MAR 29, 2005 does not count
One of my all-time favorite "Holiday beers." I found out today that Pimiento is the same thing as Allspice, which made me a little sad as I was really beieving for a long time it had little red peppers in it...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (14964) - , 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2063) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2005
Amber colour with large (1"), steady head. Very nice and interesting aroma; cloves, honey and fruit. Very spicey taste, cloves, nutmeg and ginger prominent. Bitter finish, creamy mouthfeel. A challenge to the taste buds, but excellent nontheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (11974) - 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 !

   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 Henís Tooth you might get this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Amber color with a large head. Interesting aroma of cloves and alcohol. Outstanding tastes of ginger, cinnamon and cloves on top of a medium malt base. Drinking this in May is probably not the right thing to do, but I can assure you Iíll be drinking this come wintertime!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
I had no knowledge of this beer while shopping at Ledgers in Berkeley. The reason I picked it up was simply to try a new ale. Well I VERY glad I did because this was a fanastic brew and it came at the perfect time (a cold October evening). The aroma is astounding. Strong notes of cloves, buttered rum (think a Tom & Jerry mix), cinnamon, raisins, and ginger. Appearance is amber in color, slightly cloudy with a nice off-white two finger thick head. Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated for my liking. Flavors were fantastic with clear cut tastes like cloves, raisins, sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, and various other spices keeping it interesting. Quite the unassuming bottle and label, but donít be fooled. Whatís inside is every bit as interesting a beer you will find for Christmas. So why not celebrate the Holidays now. Do your self a favor. Get this beer.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6011) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Pours a clouded copper body with a huge frothy tan head. One of the tallest heads Iíve ever seen! Aroma is nicely spiced. You can smell the ginger and cloves. Some lighter floral hops present as well. For some reason, the aroma makes me think of Christmas. Taste is nicely malted and sweet with the spices adding a nice twist to it. Some lighter cocoa mixed with fruit, more ginger, while the cinnamon becomes evident. Bet this would go nicely with warm gingerbread cookies. Palate is full while being strongly carbonated and nicely spiced. Finish is more of the taste but allows some hop character to come through towards the end. What a nice surprise as I was expecting the worst from this. Damn good beer and very drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 It poured a hazy deep amber color with a foamy off-white, nearly tan head. The initial aroma was a sweet floral one, followed quickly by a lot of spiciness, cloves, peppers, cinnamon... Delicious spiced-up flavor with a solid underlying malt. Good mouthfeel. I like this stuff.

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