Brewed by Harveys
Style: English Strong Ale
Lewes, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cask: Seasonal (November). Also available in 500ml bottles.

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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gormck (1) - Crowborough, East Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2017 does not count
The most outstanding Harveys beer I have tasted. Up until now Harveys best held the crown of all beers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8464) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Cask-conditioned at the Express Tavern, Brentford 17/11/2016. Deep brown in colour, with a slight, off-white, head. brown sugar, berry fruits and toasted malt aroma. Flavour had more caramel sweetness, malt loaf, and red berries before a rich, slightly smoky finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Pours a two fingers of head on a dark brown body. Aroma is mild smoke and caramel. Taste is caramel, wood, smoke and candy. Texture is softer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdKing (2526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2016 Cask in Royal Oak. Ever so slightly cloudy chestnut brown to reddish orange, white head. Nose is orange liqueur, that rhubarb fruity yeast, caramel, barley sugar, berry fruit, cinnamon, fresh baked bread. Taste is orange citrous, Cointreau, cinnamon, fruity rhubarb yeast, spices, barley sugar, caramel. Lovely beer. Re-rate Jan 2016 - once again in stunning condition. Rich grains, big fruity yeast. 4.2 to 4.4.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (8444) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at the Royal Oak. Smooth and fresh malty beginning. Hints of fruit, smooth and fresh. Spicy orange in the background, smooth and nice malty body. The aftertaste is round and fresh, malt, caramel and spices. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2858) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at The Royal Oak, pours a hazy Amber with a small tan head. The smell is toasted malt, bread, fruit and brown sugar. The taste is fruit, brown sugar, toasted malt, dark bread ending fruity and crisp with plenty of depth. The beer is light+ with mild carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (10512) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
[email protected] Bar, Copenhagen - brown pour with a reddish hue. Aroma and taste is strong malty, some slight toasty notes, medium sweet, caramel, treacle, some dark fruity notes, some herbal hoppy nuances into the sweet malty finish. Very nice. ---Sent via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Cask at the Royal Oak. Amber pour. A malty fairly caramelly beer. Has a bit of molasses and brown sugar character that leans more towards American style amber than most of the other dark stuff Ive had here. A little bit fruity and fairly sweet it also has some apricot and pear notes. Good - although I like stuff a bit drier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14009) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Cask at the White Horse. It pours clear deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is fruit cake, oily, wood, varnish, honeycomb, toast and tangy marmalade. The taste is wood, earth, marmalade, varnish, toffee, raisin, sultana, honey, oily, fruit cake with a dry finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Very nice marmalade character going on. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask at The White Horse Old Ale Festival, London. Pours clear ruby with a light, white foam head. Lots of ripe fruits in the nose, apple, banana. Big sweet flavor, pretty malty, with ripe fruits, bread and light toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with more toffee and ripe fruits, bread, more banana. Very pleasant stuff.

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