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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 (11079) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy head. The aroma is brilliant roses, apples, cedar wood, tons of floral notes. The flavor is hoppy and herbal with woody notes, clove notes, some cinnamon and cranberry. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2018) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Very well done session ale. Full mouthtaste of malt and caramel, lingering finish. Stands well over several sessions.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3882) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Almost a bitter-like aroma to it, the appearance is cloudy and amber. The flavor is rather spicy, yet balanced. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Light hazy orange color with various sized suspended floaters. Spicy orange aroma followed by a dry finish. A slight metallic tinge to this beer detracts from it.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2002
Look, this could rate very highly except for the fact that it is so monstrously foamy that you can’t get any beer to your lips for a good 15 minutes. by way of compensation, the foam tastes pretty good - intensely spicy and hoppy. once you get to the beer itself, it’s a really nicely warming, very spicy (cloves, coriander, ginger, like the label says) ale that reminds me of a good rum’n’raisin icecream. very dry, with not much malt flavour, and a long, complex finish that includes marzipan among other weirdnesses.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2192) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Orange rust colored; Head was huge- almost too huge; a little cinnamon in the nose? Very nice. Small hint of alcohol. Good bite on the tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2004
Poured amber with a large lasting white head. Nice lace too. Aroma dominated by ginger, with some nutmeg and cinnamon behind it. Sweet brown sugar start with a lingering spicy finish. Loads of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Slightly floral taste there too. Very interesting beer, and full bodied too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2006
Tasted 24/08/2006. 500ml bottle conditioned ale from Rumble’s, Wellington. Pours a lovely copper gold with a just off-white head that slowly fades to a lovly lace. Plum, red wine, rum, caramel and toastiness in the surprisingly mild the nose. Smooth in the mouth: perfect soft carbonation, medium body, autumn fruit, warming alcohol notes, slightly vinous through the middle and a lovely woody herbal finish that is both bitter and mildly astringent. Some medicinal character shows through as it warms. Oily fruitiness lingers. Magic stuff - another cracking English ale from Rumble’s. I’d like a touch more hops to balance - but that’s just getting picky.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petexner (897) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle. Very aromatical beer with spicy palate and rich taste and color. Christmas time!


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