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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Rich reddy brown, small head. Very sweet spicy aroma. Succulent palate, carbonation restrained. Full bodied flavour, cake and winter spices - ginger and cinnamon. Finish continues that theme. Perhaps a little over-spiced, but not so much as to make it a gimmick. Absolutely delicious, and want again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (14678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
Decent taste, standard color, but I really dont like the herbs or spices I smell. Also low body, low carbo. Not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14500) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13910) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Bottle at 48 F. Poured clear brown with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet spicy hoppy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13718) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle Conditioned, 500ml. Blood orange colou with lasting and heavy head. Substantial spicy aroma right from the off and initially a very spicy brew, cloves and ginger to the fore. But it does settle downto a pleasant sipping beer, Christmas Ale in character. Fortunately I had plenty of time to drink this because is not one for rushing through. Decent alcohol on the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (13613) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Huge beige head atop a hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger, nutmeg, tea. Taste is just what the aroma suggests, some tartness. Light-medium body. It is what it is, its just that it isnt anything that I particularly enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13563) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
Sample at CBF12. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hopy aroma. Spicey cinnamon notes. Moderate bitter flaor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a copper body with a large beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, toffee, sour citrus, and berries. Flavor of raisins, fruit, toffee, breadiness, and spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12819) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle conditioned. Orange brown color. Vinous aroma with apple and ginger. Bitter flavor with coreander and ginger. Raisin. Long nutty bitter aftertaste. Not exactly my taste, but well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (12277) - 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 !

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