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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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 beer2day
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 silver0rlead
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 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 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 Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 nc41
3.65/5  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.

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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 Higravity
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.


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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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

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Photo of oberon
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.

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