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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1972) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 (bottle conditioned) the aroma was singing with festive spices ...very upbeat ..alcohoic ginger breadmen and frosted raisin bread...boozzy corriander similar to Hoeggarden.
Huge creamy head that lasts an age above glowin murky straw. I like this , its not generic or sickly in showcasing spices in a pale ale. Sweet and dry , with nice tart acidity... festive spices are rich . this beer is not ott ,maybe a bit contrived , but good fun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (4351) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2010
10th April 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Moderate carbonation in this ale. Complex array of vanilla and spices and some fruity hints. Long bitter finish a tad off putting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Caramel colored with a thin tan head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, other spices, caramel and malt. Taste is kinda weak with ginger, cinnamon and mild fruit. Thin bodied and not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2010
Poured slowly and carefully from botttle into CAMRA pint glass. Massive head. Reminds me of Youngs Christmas Pudding ale. A very odd head. Fluffy and huge. A descent body. Dark brown in texture. Aroma is full of spices; nuts, burnt toasted edges and roasted matls. Not too overpowering. The taste is very much the same as the aroma. A bit more leather and smoke but not much. A good English old ale. Intesesting and complex. Would like to see how this stands up on cask. Consumed by bottle format. Bottle was bought at Utobeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy brownish orange with a rocky white head that lasts for ages. Nose is dominated by a strong, spicy cola aroma that probably comes from the combination of cloves, cinnamon, coriander and ginger. Flavour is a little more diverse. It still has that spicy cola overtone but there are also hints of malt, caramel, sultanas and orange. Light to medium body, lots of carbonation and a medium to long dry, sweet/spicy finish. Nice beer, not the sort of thing I could drink copious amounts of but very pleasant all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10454) - Bochum, Porř, 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.........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Dry spicy, clove, anise, ginger root and nutmeg. Wow spice whore. Lighter citrus, really wild beer here. Some fruit in the background but to no avail as the spices mask most of the body. Nice spicy ale.

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