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

Red Nose Winter AleRed Nose Winter Ale

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%


Brewed by:
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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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 00:12:54 | More by Cylinsier
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farrago

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Close to two fingers of deep tan foam, dense with good retention and some dimpling, mainly smaller bubbles, while not a lot of stickiness to the lacing it does take a good while to slide down the glass side in a solid sheet. Very deep reddish brown clay in color, some yellowing around the rims, mostly opaque, a few beads of tiny, widely spread bubbles visible. Nose highly spiced, full of cinnamon, clove, anise, juniper as well as mocha, milk chocolate, toffee, strong mixed citrus presence, some cherry, plum, apricot fruit, overall dry in texture, almost dusty. Full-bodied, again spicy with that juniper, coriander and licorice it almost seems like gin at first, then you got a healthy dose of chocolate, cola, clove, nutmeg, caramel and toffee which both sweetens and normalizes it. Lots of carbonation with a fine prickle rather than creaminess. Strong orange citrus infusion. Moderate peach, red cherry, pear, apple fruit. Comes close to trying to do too much but manages to get it all cohering in the end. Fun and can appeal to a variety of personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:31:33 | More by farrago
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2006 04:02:39 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 21:36:57 | More by Hoptometrist
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown color, like a molasses infused gingerbread, with a fluffy little head that didn't leave too much lacing

Smell: Somewhat understated, but full of holiday spices such as ginger, cinnamon and perhaps some dark fruit

Taste: Nice malty body against which the cinnamon and ginger spices provide the spice balance; they call it "gingerbread in a glass" but I think it also has some elements of fruitcake as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better winter warmers I have tasted, this beer is another winner for Natty Greene's

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2005 21:49:59 | More by brentk56
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 06:39:06 | More by wcudwight
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a return to last years winter warmer for natty's, this year given the name red nose.
pours up a dark amber/ruby red color, with a thin head of white foam, somewhat small bubbles. not exactly clear in appearance.
smell is malt, gingerbread and sweetness. not a strong flavor, but pleasing.
taste is right on for what i want with a winter warmer: malty, spicy with cinnamon and nutmeg present, and very little hops.
medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy, but ample carbonation.
this beer had great drinkability. i wanted more and more of it. i'll be sad when it's gone.

cheers...

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2005 14:10:55 | More by NClifestyle
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2004 03:08:02 | More by oberon
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: growler

11-21-2009 19:58:51 | More by Metalmonk
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:35:17 | More by Luigi
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:22:00 | More by daliandragon
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Durge

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Greensboro brewpub this has a blackish mahogany color with a fair light tan head and decent lacing. The aroma brings a mild but nice nutty malt with just a touch of spruce. Good but not very heavy. The flavor introduces a smooth chocolate malt smartly blended with the sprucey hop. There's a little bit of a lemon edge that creeps into a sort of tart grass which eventually reveals ginger. Once you get that, it becomes more dominant and levels off to a roasted malt and nutmeg ginger medley with a bit of charcoal at times. Very nice and relatively subtle as holiday brews go. Body is medium at best with moderate carbonation and pretty easy, slightly aqueous feel. I liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 06:35:21 | More by Durge
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:51:37 | More by chinchill
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown with an off white head that dissipates quickly.

S-chocolate, especially as it warms, some coffee and some vanilla. Not too overpowering.

T-Very similar to the nose in that the chocolate, coffee, and hint of vanilla stand out. There is another flavor that I can't quite figure out, it is somewhat piney/minty.

M-Slick, but not too thick.

D-Very drinkable beer.

I didn't plan on drinking this beer, the server got mixed up, but it was better than I expected. I would recommend those in the Triad giving it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 15:07:40 | More by thegodfather2701
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:51:29 | More by silver0rlead
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2013 03:37:28 | More by KYGunner
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky particle laden copper with sticky lacing on the edges.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, some light spices and caramel

T: Flavors of a nice light cherry soda , light caramel malt and hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa are very faint. I really liked this a lot the first time I had it and saved one to review at a later date about three months back and I think it has held up pretty well, just a little less fresh at this point. Rating at the higher end to adjust for the time I have had it and comparable to what I had thought the first time I had it.

M: Medium body with a mid to high level of carbonation that is good for the style.

O: Overall, at the abv, this is very drinkable and I thought sessionable although some would argue on that point. For me, I could have two or three of these and call it a night with no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:28:30 | More by alpinebryant
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JayQue

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 02:04:01 | More by JayQue
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Higravity

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This reminded my a lot of Harpoon's WInter Warmer. A spiced delight more than an alcohol driven warmer. Would this warm well? After half a growler I might have been warmer if I just put on some socks. It had a nice dark brown color and a large bubble head that fell back but gave up lace in the glass. The smell was grand, full of spice from the winter oven, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. Maybe a little molasses in there and this beer could start being more Gingerbread-like. The taste is close to the smell but the beer underneath lacked any real personality. The malt was nearly all attenuated and it was pretty dry in the finish. Again I think some molasses would push this into gingerbread beer and give some more body to this thin beer. Easy drinker and I would have a few glass at the pub.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2006 13:18:20 | More by Higravity
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nc41

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 06:36:34 | More by nc41
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, more red than brown, with a dense light tan 2-finger head. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is dried fruit, cherries and plums mainly. Picking up winter spices as the glass warms.

Medium bodied with an oily finish. Dried fruit is there, but so is a very sticky sweet character - sugary cherries comes to mind, as in a house made cherry coke.

Decent warmer, but the abv is a little low in matching the flavors and style. No real alcohol feel at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:50:39 | More by beer2day
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:24:29 | More by mralphabet
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blackie

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:52:25 | More by blackie
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eberkman

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:53:18 | More by eberkman
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:07:08 | More by tdm168
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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.