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

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Red Nose Winter AleRed Nose Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2004

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Photo of bonterra69
2.14/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 is bottle poured into a pint glass. Overall this was somewhat bland and disappointing. Appearance is very red and almost weak looking.
Heavy carbonation and fizzy in the mouth. Almost non-existent head. Aroma fairly flat bit a hint of orange. Tastes of Spices but non-descript. A bit sweet.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light brown pour with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly. Light malty aroma. Sweet taste that has flavors of caramel, bread, toasted malt and a touch of winter spices. Light bodied. A slight hop flavor comes out as the beer warms and the spices become a bit brighter. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, deep red-hued body with a very small, beige head.

Smell: Tangy-scented, almost berry-ish nose. Deep toast. Spicy touches of ginger, dried orange and cinnamon stand out. Smells alright, smell okay.

Taste: Sweetish, bready and toasty malt tastes with a touch of grain and sweet iced tea. Satisfactory spice blend, but it's underneath a somewhat uninteresting, unappealing layer of maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: The beer looks nice enough. All downhill from there, unfortunately.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a darkish red color with 1/4 inch of head that quickly disappeared and had no lacing. Not a huge fan of spiced beer but this one was not that bad. I think I am more disappointed in the appearance of the beer than the taste. It seems thin and almost soda like. That being said, I could have one or two of these.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of dtreindl
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Medium brown pour with little head. Not much of a nose but a hint of winter spice (clove, cinnamon, etc.), which really shows itself in the flavor with a strong malty backbone. Though I wouldn't say the spice character is overwhelming, as it can be in some winter ales. Same can be said of the sweetness which can be cloying in comparable attempts at a moderately strong winter beer.

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Photo of bboven
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany body with tons of ruby highlights. Clear, with a thin head and spots of lacing.

Smells bready, cherry and hot alcohol notes also play major roles.

Big cherry flavor upfront retreating into some medicinal flavors. Definite hot alcohol. Some burnt coffee at the very end.

Moderately carbonated, really drying.

Much improved over last year. This is the first year they've had it in bottles, and I believed they toned the recipe down a bit. Hopefully they'll continue to tweak it and make this an outstanding beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, almost brown, pour with little head and no lacing. Nose is quite faint but of dark malt and alcohol. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Somewhat smooth mouthfeel. The taste is pleasant and so well balanced that it is hard to identify the individual components. It consists of a light spiciness over an equally light dark malt sweetness. The finish is smooth. A good choice to introduce someone to craft brewing - a very good beer that doesn't over accentuate any aspect of craft beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of MrStark
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a 12 oz bottle that was poured into a snifter.

It pours very dark with good clarity and is a little opaque. Small head and very little lacing. It smells a little bitter and then has a little spice. It tasteslikeawinterwarmer should biting could have a little more vanilla and cinnamon than what this brought. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is medium at best.

If you like this style of beer I would suggest you try white Christmas from Boston. It is one of my favorite.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown fizzy head that rapidly receded, down to a very thin fizzy film and small collar with poor lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light citrus hops and a musty yeast with notes of caramel, a light chocolate presence, coriander, ginger, citrus (orange peel) and a hint of cinnamon.

The taste was malty sweet and a tad acidic with a hint of caramel and a very light touch of chocolate at first, and then became a bit yeasty and slightly bitter sweet with a nice spicy citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a lightly spicy citrus taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a watery, dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a brew with a lot of flavor and a bold carbonation. What I really liked was the well rounded spicy ending which allowed the cinnamon to shine right at the finish, making this a smooth and tasty Winter Warmer with a really good drinkability...

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Photo of scifan
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
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.

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Photo of eberkman
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark copper brown (SRM 18-19) with random carbonation throughout. A fizzy head is slightly off white and quickly dissipating, leaving no lacing on the Anderson Valley Can Glass.

The aroma is overdone with candied ginger, while faint orange marmalade lingers in a muddy profile.

Balanced slightly to the sweet side. Ginger and cinnamon stand out in a caramel backdrop. Warmth brings out slight plum flavors and a suggestion of nutmeg that builds into the finish. The finish is otherwise dominated by ginger, quite similar to ginger ale.

A medium body with exuberant carbonation and a satin texture. The alcohol is as expected, thought a bit astringent. Oddly, this all seems to work with the ginger.

This is a fine standard winter warmer, but nothing special. Perhaps it can be called a "snow-blower beer".

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  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

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Photo of mralphabet
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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