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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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BA SCORE
83
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2004)
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

11-14-2013 04:38:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 23:34:40 | More by dbrauneis
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is mahogany and murky with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers a heavy dose of malt, caramel, brown sugar, light spice. Molasses and holiday spice. A tad sweet. Light to medium in body with pretty low carbonation. This one is ok and enjoyable on a cold rainy day.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:18:11 | More by Huhzubendah
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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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chinchill

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 13:07:00 | More by thagr81us
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Durge

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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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blackie

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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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sweemzander

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-21-2014 23:22:29 | More by sweemzander
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -45.2%

03-23-2013 18:58:50 | More by BGsWo22
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-29-2014 18:54:42 | More by atrocity
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srandycarter

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber, big near white head, lots of foamy white cling lace.

S - Fruity, spicy, malty. Some menthol and anise present.

T - Very similar to taste, without much difference.

M - Medium body, balances to the spice aspect, very carbonated.

D - Nice winter warmer. I am glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 08:02:21 | More by srandycarter
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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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wedge

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 19:51:25 | More by wedge
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2013 00:24:07 | More by Falcone
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JayQue

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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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aerozeppl

New York

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to scifan for this as an extra in a recent trade.

A: Very dark brown almost molasses color. Very little light gets through at all. A thin layer of slightly off white head forms. No lacing but not really necessary for the style.

S: Quite a nice nose. A touch of chocolate. I get a little bit of a spicy fruitcake which is an awesome smell in a beer yet a horrible smell in a cake. Little bit of gingerbread in there as well.

T: Not quite up to the nose. Big malty beer. A little bit of spice gets through as well. Not that heavily spiced which is something I prefer in the style.

M: Fairly chewy. Nice and thick for the style. Carbonation is low but it would have been weird if it was turned up more.

D: All in all a solid seasonal. Not something I would reach for everyday but a nice beer. Thanks again to scifan for the extra.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 22:22:15 | More by aerozeppl
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-21-2012 20:06:03 | More by lupercmda
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cola-like color with very little head that disappears very quickly. No retention or lacing. Seriously, is this a Pepsi?! I'm smelling a slight smoky characteristic and some chocolate, but that's about it.

This has pretty good flavor. Chocolate, licorice, some toffee. This is like a watered-down porter...or bock. What is this? Crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation. Fair drinkability for what it is...if only I can figure that out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 18:29:57 | More by Onenote81
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unlike other reviewers, I was unable to detect all of the Holiday spices and aromas. Maybe this years recipe is a bit different. I got some cinnamon but that was it. The appearace was very nice. A full, one finger head of an off-white color. Head was a bit thin with that fish eye thing going on. No lacing. Flavor was cloves and cinnamon. A nice twang was present; not sure if that was intended but I like it. Medium bodied brew with nice drinkability. In all honesty, I dont think of this as a winter warmer. Tastes like an English version of the style; in other words, I may pass on a second attempt.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 19:53:45 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-27-2011 13:25:00 | More by Lantern
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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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farrago

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +20%
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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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.