Brewed by RCH
Style: English Strong Ale
Weston-super-Mare, England


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
As both Paul and Graham are rail enthusiasts the beer is named after the firebox in a steam engine. A reddish deep brown coloured beer which is a deceptively drinkable strong bitter with a fine combination of citrus hops and cherry fruit bittersweet flavours which gives a strong dry bitter finish.
Pale malt, chocolate malt; Progress and Target hops.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (4074) - Velp, - FEB 10, 2013
Clear dark yellow with lasting frosty off-white foam head. Aroma is not too strong, taste is fresh malty bitter. Quitevlong aftertate, not too strong. (Velp 201302)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ndburns (190) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Pint on cask at the Bank House. Pours a cloudy darkish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is malty, caramel and toffee. Similar flavours, quite sweet, some bitterness, very creamy throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (3664) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
fles van 50cl bij lekkerbier weg, schenkt op zich redelijk helder op enkele kleine floaties na, koper, met mega schuimige geel/witte kraag, man deze kraag is echt mega en blijft erg lang hangen. aroma van mout, lichte caramel en alcohol. Smaken zijn vrij zoet, matig bitter, zeer licht zuur, redelijk moutig, licht aards, glad/zacht van textuur, redelijke alcoholsmaak aanwezig, medium body, romig en glad, lage co2, zeer licht fruitig. ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (7082) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
How: Cask.
Where: Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Malt, hops, fruit, caramel.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, some fruit, Bitter finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TEJA (2624) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015
Cask at Akkurat Stockholm. Smal off white head over a deep dark amber beer. Small aroma but no impurities. Sweet light caramell taste with low bitterness and body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
47574xeCD (900) - Gods Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2014
Cask at Victoria Inn Rugby, poured unclear, white head malty notes, malty taste, glad it was only a half.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (8467) - ITALY - SEP 23, 2014
bottle ambrata schiuma abbondante persistente buone maltature lieve toffee nota erbacea lupoolats discreto corpo note maltate bilanciate da un buon amaro

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydian1 (1410) - FNQ, Australia, - SEP 8, 2014
500ml bottle. Red-brown beer with a dense large rocky white head that persists and laces soapily. A fine English style IPA with a robust caramel base to balance out the dark fruity dry hop bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured a clear copper with a rocky white head. Aroma of apple juice, candy sugar and more apple juice! Cinnamon flavours with some brown sugar and... apple juice... Finish was malty with cooked apples and grass. Weird and probably not altogether right...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Douberd (5178) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2013
I had to do like 5 searches for this one, as I was reading the brewery Rich and the beer Firefox. Found this dusted bottled on my local beer shop, I didnt check for best before date until home, so there it is, almost one year after its best before date. Lets see if it hold up. 500 ml bottle, into an english pint glass, ABV 6% Opens with a loud "pffss", good sign. Pours a deep orange coloured beer, just a tad hazy.Hundreds of tiny bubbles rising slowly to the surface. On top a big,no, -huge- off-white head. Seriously, half of the pint was foam. The head is thick and creamy. It took ages to collapse and even then almost half a finger remained. Heavy lacing left around the glass. Aroma heavy on the malts, lighter on caramel. Alcohol notes. A little bit of lemon grass. Kind of wine like aroma. Pretty good. This has hold up pretty nice. Taste of caramel, nutty malts, again a wine like character,sherry sounds right, the alcohol less notable than the aroma made me think.Quite sweet on the first sip but with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium thin body, low on the carbonation. Very dry palate. Overall quite good, it matched this cold weather pretty well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On cask in Leicester
My third of several rates in Leicester was a decent English strong ale. Chewy and a bit malty it has more flavor than many cask ales without being a palate killer. Even so you can do better in many parts of the country.

Aroma / Appearance - A transparent caramel base retains a wispy head. Wet chocolate, caramel, and malt are sweet on the nose. This is a bit like Snickers bars in a cask.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy texture is a mix of caramel and chocolate. Morphing into a malty bitterness it then hangs in the throat nicely. It has an unfortunate boozy nature that is distracting for a 6% ABV release. I would skip this if I ever ran across it again on future trips.

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