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

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Huhzubendah
3.45/5  rDev -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.

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.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

Photo of Durge
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of KevinGordon
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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!

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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 aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of lillitnn92
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

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Red Nose Winter Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.