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Brewed by Harveys
Style: English Strong Ale
Lewes, England

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled: 500ml only. Also available on draught throughout November.

Bonfire Boy is brewed seasonally for the November 5th celebrations that Lewes is renowned for. Originally called ’Firecracker’ and brewed to commemorate the gallant work of the Fire Brigade during the fire at the brewery in July 1996. The label depicts the uniform of the Cliffe Fire Brigade circa 1880.

A dark amber beer with a full malty palate and a slightly burnt, bitter aftertaste. A small quantity of black malt is used to impart the suggestion of smoke.

Contains: Barley

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3.3
john44 (3331) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Dec 2009 - Dark Mahogany in colour. Malty; sweet roast/burnt malts, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; earthy hops. Sweet roast/burnt malty throughout with a bitter edge. Dry malty finish. Tasty, but a bit too sweet. (2009-12)

3.2
malushky (150) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2016
500 ml bottle from Harveys shop in Lewes. Pours clear, dark amber with small off-white head which quickly reduced to a ring. Malty aroma of berries and toffee. Sweet taste of buiscuits, dark fruit, with a slightly bitter finish of gingerbread. Low carbonation, full-bodied, lingering taste, quite heavy. Decent beer, but missing on some bitterness.

3.5
pivnizub (10766) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2016
Bottle (many thanks to Mr.Rudat for this sample!!):Mahagony coloured, clear, small persistent off-white foamy layer; moderate sweet-bitter nose of dried fruits or raisins, port-wine-like caramel and some subdued medical hops, traces of wood and caramel detectable as well; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; lingering sweet-bitter finish with fruits, caramel and a mild alcohol-burn in the aftertaste. A nice winter-warmer...

3.5
MrTipple (5956) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel, molasses, grain and bread malts, dark, dried fruits. Appearance: slightly hazy brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweets continue, caramel, toffee, molasses, sticky texture, light alcohol, dark malts. Overall: very sweet ESA, maybe a touch too sweet for my taste. Bottle from brewery shop, Lewes.

3.7
Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle from Harvey’s. Didn’t realise this was such a whale until I chugged the whole thing! It pours clear mahogany brown with a minimal. The nose is rich, malty, brown bread, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, berry, earth, wood, toffee. The taste is bitter-sweet, toasty, roasted nuts, burnt toffee, dried fruits (particularly raisin), fruit cake, earth, wood, touch of alcohol and touch of spice with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty impressive stuff, especially considering that its pasteurised.

4.1
Erzengel (9335) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Rating from 2012: Dunkelbraune Farbe, fast weißer Schaum. Der Geruch ist sehr intensiv, dunkle Kirschen oder Trockenpflaumen. ein Bisschen wie Früchtebrot. Der Antrunk ist wie der Geruch - dickflüssig, leicht verbrannt, Früchtebrot. Dabei trotzdem leicht herb. Der Hauptteil wird intensiver, die Noten von gebackenen Pflaumen mit einer angenehmen Herbe werden deutlicher, dabei weich - die alkoholische Schärfe ist kaum wahrnehmbar und fügt sich gut in das Gesamtbild ein. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang anhaltend, warm, herb, Lebkuchen, Früchtebrot, Trockenpflaumen. --> Ein tolles, intensives Bier!!! --> 12,13,12,14,12,14 - 13,25

4.1
worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2013
A beautiful rusty caramel brown with a frothy, white, thin, disappearing head. Smells of deep caramel and toasted malt with nut, raisin, cherry and spices like cinnamon. Medium to full oily body. Sweet taste of toffee with a nice dose of spices. Woody, malty, cherry, nutty, Christmas cake and a dry bitter finish. A fantastic strong ale with a nice spicy palate.

3.5
ThirstyBird (2992) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2012
Thanks for sharing, Gabriel! Pours clear mohagany with a course tan head that goes to a small whispy blanket. Smell is cherry, rich malt. Taste is sweet rich malt, toffee, cherry, wood. Slight dry and bitter aftertaste. Nice body, mild carbonation, medium body and oily.

3.2
berkshirejohn (6611) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
50cl bottle picked up in Hastings. Copper coloured with a thin off-white head; rich nutty malt aroma; treace toffee flavour with a touch of spice; and a sweet but satisfying finish.

3.8
Aurelius (5485) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Dark, sweet, raisiny aroma. Clear chestnut brown, good label featuring a Santa-looking dude. Bitter, woody, raisins, medium sweetness. Oily mouthfeel. Finish clings a little long. Well-brewed hops on the lips. Thanks to Triock’s mom for enduring an intrusive search at the airport in bringing these in.


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