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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A mahogany amber beer with fragrant tones of ginger and orange witha hearty malt nose. Rich, toasted malt flavor with hints of chestnuts and everlasting impressions of holiday spice.

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3.2
Dredd (969) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2009
Deep amber/red colour, sweet fruity aroma. Flavour is good malt up front, finishes with a subtle but pleasent bitterness. One fo the better Heartland beers.

3.2
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2008
on tap, radio city location. Pours a clear amber color, little head. Aroma is faintly spicy and citrusy. Flavor is fresh and hoppy with some spicyness but nothing in particular stands out. Palate is very smooth and overall the beer is well balanced and very enjoyable. Much more body than many other hearland brews.

3.1
tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2008
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.

3.2
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
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.

3.7
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
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.

3.4
BREWMUSKCLES (2731) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2007
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.

3.6
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
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.

3.8
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
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.

2.6
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
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.

3.4
JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
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.


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