HighlanderOne (1327) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2001
Their Xmas offering - a nice brew that goes down easy and has a good balanced blend of spices. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
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. 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. beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Loaded with nutmeg, and orange flavor... anise, is that you I hear too? Nice, flavorful brew, heavy enough on you without being a brick to your gut. A pretty fair hops aftertaste, I think? I actually had a second round of this one at the brewpub. Brand new Empire State location. 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.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Once again the comment note gremlin strikes. My only comment I wrote for this was "smells like citrus n’ shit". I must have been really tired. I really liked this beer though. Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2005
On tap at Times Square, Novmber 2005. Poured a reddish brown with almost a raisin aroma. Taste was very complex with hints of plum, caramel, nut, raisin. I also got some cinammon like a cinammon stick, which is the spice and defintely chestnut and ginger as well as some orange peels. Very complex beer with a warm aftertaste. One of Heartland’s to savor. 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. YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Pumpkin and nutmeg nose. Red brown color. Bitter - grapefruit like - taste, also pumpkins and cinnamon. Medium bitter finish. Kicks on the roof of the mouth. Pretty good christmas ale. boto (2210) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Draught: I was impressed by this beer. It was a dark brown color, with hints of red to it. Minimal lacing down the glass. The nose was rich with nutmeg, orange and malts. Good malt backbone to the taste, with a good balance of the spices and orange. Not overdone as some of these seasonals can be (see Petes). A very good beer for the winter months.