Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
"Ale Mary", eh? I’d been preparing myself to brainstorm some faith-based jocularity, until I realized that this beer comes pre-punned. The label is adorned with a portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, the 16th century princess who lost her life for her crimes against Elizabeth 1. Around her likeness, this slogan circles: "A beautifully executed bottle conditioned ale." Oh, ho, ho,ho, ho!
I tried to avoid the rest of the label’s text in order to form my own personal judgement. And so...
Color is hazy, dark amber, and the head is huge with foam, lacey and fluffy. The nose is abuzz with citric hops, as well as some stronger and sharper flavors, that push this winter warmer a little closer, but not quite, toward a barleywine.
"A little vinous, more raisiny, plummy flavors arrive on the palate, with sweet associations of brandy and rum. On the palate, quite sweet, in fact, perfectly so. Never cloying, not a touch of bitterness, either. Hops show up a bit before too long, and display a delightful play upon the tongue. Quite a bit of yeast here, too, and it contributes largely to the taste and mouthfeel.
Full-bodied, malty, tangy, toasty, and delicious. A British Winter Warmer I fully enjoyed.
If I’d read the label beforehand, I’d have been watching out for the "warm and sweet aroma of cloves, coriander and ginger." And "the palate provides touches of rum, raisins and sultanas." I got some of that, but what is a "sultana"? Webster’s defines it as a "small, seedless raisin." So, we learned something new today, thanks to beer labels! Hail Ale Mary!
bhensonb (15760) - 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. CanIHave4Beers (4227) - 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. rondphoto (4494) - 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. wlajwl (7069) - 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.
Volgon (2761) - 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. eczematic (1326) - 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. yalnikim (802) - 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. petexner (936) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle. Very aromatical beer with spicy palate and rich taste and color. Christmas time! Bill Becker (1806) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 8, 2015
Nice pour. Plenty of foam sitting on a medium gold brew. The foam ain’t going anywhere soon but what’s shrinking leaves lacing behind.
The smell is festive; spicy with some cinnamon, a bit of clove, and fruity ..cherry like flavour when I swish the beer in my mouth, dark fruit when I don’t swish.
Medium body with lightish carbonation.
This is delicious.