tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is much like the Special Edition, only without the strong alcohol. More a a malty nose, same spicynes, nutmeg, cinnamon, bread and butter. The appearance is a red brown chestnut, slightly less dark red than the Special Edition. The finish is mild hops and soices. Ok, not great.
jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
07 Old Red Nose Holiday Ale-750ml bottle-pours a light brown head with bubbles and hazy red/brown color. Aroma is sweet medium/dark malt-brown sugar, nutty, dark fruit-plum/orange, some spice. Taste is not quite up to aroma, a bit too much going on, but an OK taste. Mild/minimum carbonation. Thanks to jwc215(BA) for sharing.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I believe served as part of the Voyage series. Deep mahogany in color with notes of heavy malt, sweet hops, and spices in the aroma, a surprisingly refreshing brew from such a heavy mouthfeel. Lots of malts, with intermittent waves of hop coming through, and not much else. Very warming.
BREWMUSKCLES (2332) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good Christmas brew. flavor of orange with ginger. moderately appealing and sweetish with an ok malt character in the whole presentation. a bit ridden with appropriate christmas spicing. good malt flavor does come through all that xmas wrapping. as a regular beer of course this would score lower.but as it is...good! body is good as well as mouthfeel.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a little bit spiced with nutmeg and cinamon, with some figs and raisin with a little biscuit malt and some roasted malt hangin out in the background.
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty average beer on tap at Heartland Brewery because it is a blended version of the Red Nose. Tastes a bit spiced but nothing really stands out. Light and easy to drink.
My rating will reflect the true Red Nose unblended:
Red Nose unblended in cask at Blind Tiger Ale House. Pours a deep reddish brown perfectly cellar temperature with little lacing and no head. Tastes of sweet dark fruits and heavily spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, candied ginger and citrus. It is a bit sweet but the aging rounds out the flavors and the hint of alcohol at the end actually works well in this beer.
fiulijn (15750) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at the brewpub, Radio City
Beautiful dark amber color; creamy head. Aroma of Ginger Ale and cinnamon. Caramel taste, with gingerbread spices and orange zest. Unbalanced.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap version around 6.5% ABV, because there’s no way in hell I’m dropping 16 on a bottle of the strong version that I can’t even drink in the bar… WTF? Onto this beer, though. Dark brown beer with almost no head to speak of. Served way too cold, but once it warms a bit, it throws off sweet orange peel and fresh ginger aromas over a soft toasted malt base. Light milk chocolate that works well with the fresh gingery spice. Palate is a little watery, though. Cola-like flavour as the beer continues to warm. Lingering ginger and toasted malt. Decent.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
OK, pours a deep mahogany with more reddish tints around the edges and a decent sized lacy tan head. Smells quite malty and spicy, ginger is evident.
Lots of flavor, sweet maltiness and spices. Rich molasses-like flavors, fruitiness (cherries) and lots of peppery spice and ginger spice. If this beer has a fatal flaw it’s the gingery flavor (not sure if ginger is actually used). While it certainly balances the sweetness up front, the ginger flavor becomes overpowering the more you drink the beer. Alcohol flavors evident as well. A bit sticky in the mouth. Decent enough winter seasonal and a pleasant surprise.
dwyerpg (4734) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This was possibly the worst of the Hearland beers I had in tasters yesterday, though many of the beers were not close to being good. It has an awful smoky aroma. It’s too sweet like a porter and mostly just bad. Stay away.