Red Nose Winter Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2004

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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by Luigi:
Photo of Luigi
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours put a rich brown/garnet color with a two finger light tan head that settles to a blanket over the ale. Has a little bit of sticky lacing around the glass as the head retains for the life of the beer.

The aroma is sweet with spices and roasted malt. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar. No noticeable hop bitterness.

Soft ginger bread is what come to mind at first taste. Sweet spices and roasted malt dominate the flavor. Finishes dry with some lingering spice.

Slick on the palate and medium bodied.

Overall, this winter warmer is basically an amber ale with all the holiday spices. And, I must say that the brewery has done a great job.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see another newbie from Natty's.pours a deep amber with a nice creamy-like head that stuck around for quite awhile,big ginger aromas with some noticable cinnamon and nutmeg in there as well, love the smell of the holidays.Like the board says like gingerbread in a glass,heavy doses of ginger with a large dose of cinnamon thrown in I pick up hint of nutmeg and spiced cherry as well,alot of things going on here.Not a "christmas pudding"
heavy holiday ale here a quaffible spiced brew with nice flavors a winner in my book.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic seasonal from this Greensboro NC brewpub.

Very dark, pretty much opague. Small bone-colored head. No lacing.

The smell & taste are fantastic! So much going on... Clove, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and more. This reminds me a lot of a pumpkin homebrew a friend made, except without the pumpkin flavors. The best way to describe the flavor would be: liquid gingerbread. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, and somewhat low on carbonation.

If this is truly a winter warmer then it is the best W.W. I have ever had. But really it seems to me like a heavily spiced pumpkin beer (minus the pumpkin). I'm used to winter warmers being almost like an IPA - heavily hopped. This is pretty low on the hops, and high on the spices. Delicious.

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. (revisited 12/2014 - 12 oz bottle)

Appearance: Lovely dark ruby red color but with a small head that died soon and didn't leave much lacing

Smell: Dominated by caramel and darker malts. but with some orange peel, coriander and faint cinnamon.

Taste: Solid malty body over which there is a carefully proportioned interplay of coriander, cinnamon, ginger and other spices. Manages to get some complexity from what I assume is a mix of several malts. Some bittering hops kick in the spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation

O: A good winter warmer, with ample but nearly overdone spicing to fit winter holidays. Nearly 7% ABV is not hidden but fits in with the character of this ale.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler filled less than 3 hours ago, fresh from the source. So no surprise to get a huge frothy head, heavily cratered and looking like enlarged crispy rice. Two-fingers thick, and stays a long while before flattening out. Tons of lace in various shapes. Color is a deep caramel/mahogany.

Aroma isn't too far away from a pumpkin ale, have similar spicing and a creamy sweetness.

The spices and various flavors brighten further in the flavor. Hibiscus, rose water, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. Overall flower and dessert-y; tons of balance, never cloying. Just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, but your basic beer ingredients generally act as backing band to the flowery/spicy star in the spotlight.

Almost a cask-like velvet smoothness, super-creamy, firm...just magnificent. I'll call the mouthfeel perfect, or certainly perfect enough. I'm doubting the feel of the bottled counterpart is nearly this wonderful.

Focus on spices makes this only an occasional choice for me, but to its credit the spicing is controlled, earthy/natural, and never overbearing. Nice job, N.G's!

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark caramel amber with a soft, off white head that has good retention

S - faint cinnamon and caramel

T - caramel, cinnamon, ginger, dark malts

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is to me is just another run of the mill winter warmer. It's dominated by caramel malt and ginger with a very faint spice character. This will be a pass for me in the future.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is malty and slightly spicy with notes of caramel and molasses, toasted bread, orange zest, cherry marmalade, corriander, earthy hops, some chocolate and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar with notes of chocolate and caramel, molasses and toasted bread, along with some corriander and clove, orange and cherry marmalade and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is very good. A tasty and drinkable, if not particularly memorable winter warmer.

Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, subtle alcohol, and dark fruit upon warming. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was kind of let down by this one upon smelling it due to the lack of components and complexity present. However the flavor turned out to be a lot more complex. With that said, the flavors didn't really mix well together. While all were good in their own right, some just didn't belong together. Worth trying but that is about it.

Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is very appropriate as it has a cheery red hue that is perfect for Christmas. The head was fizzy and loosely knit but it laced well and stood strong.

There seems to be little in the scent but a sweet malt body such as a cherry wood.

The flavor is outstanding with huge winter spices and dried fruits. The cinnamon and nutmeg are at the forefront with some ginger and peppercorn. The prune, date and raisin are softer and back up the malty side of this ale.

The feel is smooth but it does have some sparkle as it drinks like a Christmas cocktail.

Photo of dvmin98
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just wasn't impressed. A lot better winter ales out there

Photo of nc41
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark mahogany, decent head to start that fades fast. More malty than spicy, very little hop influence. Drinkable enough, but their are much better Winter Ale's out there. I would like to taste something unique with this brew, a combo of spice, a distinct hoppy death. But it's just not there.

Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appropriately festive deep reddish brown with a small head. Spiced fruit aroma...ginger, nutmeg...thin overall making them hard to discern. Phenolics, nuts, and a faint whiff of chocolate. The flavor is fuller...malty with some creamy frosting, cherries, and holiday spices. Some gingerbread. Smooth, but fairly well carbonated. Medium-light in the mouth. Not too bad all around, but I'm ready to move on after a bottle or two.

Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice beige head with good retention. Smells of Cinnamon, ginger and other holiday spices. Taste of chocolate covered cherries, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. All while maintaining that it's a solid beer and not going too overboard with the spices. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Excellent Winter Warmer. I prefer it over Cold Mountain this year.

Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: piraat snifter, deep nutty brown in color, pours with a tight khaki head that spreads out to a thin ring

s: brown toasty malts, brown sugars, subtle spices, dark fruits, a dusting of roasted malts

m: carbed on the low end of moderate, medium body with a slick malty end

t: plummy malt body, brown sugar, light nutmeg and cinnamon, not heavy but starting with a good malty sweetness, ending with a light-moderate hop tinge in the finish, a dusting of woody cocoa, dark fruits, a tasty malt-forward warmer if a little shallow

d: drinks well, satisfyingly malty

single from Sam's, Durham

Photo of daliandragon
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up another local sixer from these guys over the weekend. It isn't really "red nose" season yet but it's coming. This Natty offering is colored several shades of brown with the lightest hue at the bottom. No head to speak of and a healthy blast of nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose.

Extra large dose of chocolate malts form the backbone with spice and hops providing the scaffolding. Fairly neat, without much aftertaste. Stiff touch of alcohol along with dark malt and hops in the finish. A little over-carbonated, this is a tasty example of the style; let it warm up a bit.

Photo of Renzan0
4/5  rDev +10.8%

My first winter warmer of the season. Had it out of a small snifter during a beer dinner at Mellow Mushroom in Fayetteville, NC.
My favorite beer style. I remember this beer being good, but not being overly impressive. Trying it tonight,
The Aroma is very faint in the winters spices. Nothing over the top.
Taste is very bold compared to the aroma. Decent amount of spices, definitely nutmeg, without being overpowering.
Mouthfeel is very light, but not watery by any means.
Overall, might not be comparable to some of the powerhouse Winter Warmers that we all crave at the end of every year, but this one is definitely worth checking out. Don't miss out.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear dark red/brown. A finger of off white head forms with moderate retention and minimal lace.

S - Tons of spice, reminds me highly of a pumpkin ale. Ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon are most obvious. Other similar spice aromas are hiding with a thin caramel malt presence.

T - Taste begins semi-sweet with an inkling of caramel malt overwhelmed by spices. A very minty/cardamom/cinnamon flavor is on the palate immediately. Mid palate the beer dries out leaving traces of ginger and mint. An earthy and herbal bitterness rounds out the finish with a touch of citrus mixed with the typical mulling spices profile. Taste loses half a point because of the over abundance of spice and lack of beer character.

M - On the light side of medium with a fairly high carbonation. Thin-ish body and prickly carbonation render most of the spices a little bitter and leave little room for malt to shine through. This needs to be a thicker, softer brew.

D - Although quite thin for the style and dominated by spice, this is a pretty quaffable beer. While the spice leaves little room for the malts, it's still well restrained and never becomes overbearing.

Photo of eberkman
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin off-white head -- kind of like a Dr. Pepper or a Cheerwine. Smells of assorted yuletide potpourri -- a little nutmeg, a little cinnamon, a little cloves. The taste was an overly sweet combination of Christmas spices and cherry but with an odd complexity once you got deeper in -- dark chocolates and, suprisingly, some winey, portlike qualities toward the end with a little bit of alcoholic warming. Kind of a flat mouthfeel and too sweet to have more than one of these. But not bad for a style I'm not that wild about in the first place.

Actually not too different from an Anchor Christmas beer in any given year.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy mahogany in color with some ruby red highlights and light amounts of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruit malt sweetness with some moderate amounts of spice aromas - cinnamon, ginger, and light amounts of nutmeg.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark fruit malt sweetness with just a touch of roasted malts. There is a solid spice component to the flavor of this beer with cinnamon and ginger featuring and a lighter amount of nutmeg - there is also a very light note of brown sugar and cocoa.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable beer and a nice example of a winter warmer - though there is a little too much spicing for this to be sessionable or a regularly drinker for me.

Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a reddish brown color with a fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with little to no lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of spices... Cinnamon, caramel, sweet malt and ginger seems to be the strongest things I'm getting... Smells a little like a pumpkin ale.

T: OK, it starts off sweet with caramel up front then all spices all kick in... lots of cinnamon and ginger... There is a herbal bitterness at the end that balances out the brew.

M: Medium bodied, it is smooth yet crisp with a fairly high carbonation.

O: Very nice... Little more Fall like than Winter warmer... But overall a very good beer from Natty.

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly good Winter Warmer. Pours a fairly dense murky brown color with light coming through at the bottom of the glass. A real hard pour produces a medium size light tan head with less than aerage retention.

Aroma is holiday spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, not too over-the-top.

Tastes good. A lot of winter warmers pile on the potpouree on top of a weak, watery beer. Red Nose is based on a robust malty beer. Bready malt, brown sugar and molassas. The spices enhance rather than overwhelm the beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and slightly sweet. Spices are very welcome on the tongue.

A nice winter warmer. Just the right level of spices on a rich beer.

Photo of MrStark
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy deep red/brown with a two-finger off white head that settles leaving a small cap.

Smell is fairly malty and spicy with hints of cinnamon ginger and a bit of caramel as well.

Taste is is pretty sweet and spicy. It seams to be malt heavy and the spices are quite prominent with cinnamon and ginger. Overall a pleasant taste but the spices may be a little overpowering for some.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinakbility is good. It goes down easy and is pretty tasty. Its not the best example of the style but would still make for a good session beer at the same time.

Photo of scifan
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Hardly any lacing along the glass. Smells heavily of lovely wintery, holiday spices. Picking up cinnamon, clove, allspice with dark carmel malt backbone, and just a hint of alcohol. Taste is very similar to smell nice toffee, caramel malt start things off, followed by lots of spice. One thing that hurts this beer is that its a little too thin and the carbonation a touch prickly, kind of makes the spices come across a touch too harsh. Overall a very nice winter warmer.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a rich red color with a frothy khaki head that left minimal lace

S- Very big rich caramel, toffee, and biscuit malt

T- Big rich caramel, toffee, biscuit, and herbal hop notes. Some nice cinnamon and ginger notes. Very bready and rich malt forward flavor.

M- Medium body,smooth, medium carbonation, and semi dry finish

O- A very nice malt forward ale with nice spice notes

Photo of Cylinsier
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tap at the pub.

Pours a reddish brown color with a white lacing.

Nose is a bit of orange peel and some pumpkin pie spice.

Taste is a myriad of spices, cinnamon, ginger, other pumpkin pie flavors, over caramel malts.

Medium to fuller body with a soft carbonation.

My favorite winter warmer to date. For a style I normally don't care for, this is a definite return trip for me. The spices really work well.

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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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