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

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Red Nose Winter AleRed Nose Winter Ale

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2004)
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Reviews by rcatalano:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rcatalano, Dec 11, 2012
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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

oberon, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +24%

reitzbrewing, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark red-brown color 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 cinnamon.

Taste: Solid malty body over which 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. Good balance, with bittering hops kicking in the the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation

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

chinchill, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jamiemottram, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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!

Metalmonk, Nov 21, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

tdm168, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

hyoung41, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

silver0rlead, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of KMcG
3/5  rDev -17.4%

KMcG, Dec 21, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Cbbuzz1, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Chandler_R
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Chandler_R, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.45/5  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.

thagr81us, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

KYGunner, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JeffreyJDavis, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of KevinGordon
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

KevinGordon, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of matt82gill
4/5  rDev +10.2%

matt82gill, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of CM31
4.5/5  rDev +24%

CM31, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of nc41
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

nc41, Dec 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

robebo44, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

wedge, Dec 25, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

wcudwight, Dec 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

marshmarsh, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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

blackie, Feb 03, 2011
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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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