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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s special offering for the holiday season. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the "spiciness" of freshly harvested "wet" Chinook hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 30, 2013
A - Pours a hazy copper brown with an off-white head with legendary retention. This head does not move. Tight sheets of lacing. S - Sweet caramel malt, herbal hops hints of green grapes and apples. T - Moderate hops. Sweet malt base with walnuts. Not a lot of spice. Some green apples. The malt has a candy sweetness. Hops finish it of and seems somewhat balanced between the sweet and bitter. M - Moderate carbonation, creamy. Nice sweetness and hoppier than expected. No spice to speak of. A different take on the style. Good drinkability. Serving type: on-tap 01-03-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (1224) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours semi-cloudy orangish amber with thick off white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with slight yeasty and floral hop notes. Taste is heavy syrupy malt with mild citrus and floral hops in the background. Boozy, almost barrel aged flavor. Tastes big, even at 7.8% abv. Maltier than usual for a winter beer, and that’s saying something for this style. You won’t confuse this with a regular PNW winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Floral hoppy aroma. Dark amber with medium tan head - a bit of sediment. Immediate taste is citrus - sweet orange peel....then caramel, and a slightly dry hop finish...maybe a little too dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2950) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with white head. Spicy, pine, caramel aromas. Resiny, piney, caramel malt sweet, spiced flavors. Alright winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ArrogantDusty (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Aroma os spice, pine and hoppy floralness. Taste is allspice, cinnamon with clove and then a citric hop wave rolls over it all. A bready toast or biscuit malt backs things up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3421) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
On tap and shaker served at Bigby’s Pour House in Addison, IL., showing a clear, deep copper color, moussy, lasting, light tan head foam, and clingy ribbons & rings of lacing. The aroma was an expressive dose of sweet, mid-fruit and citrus, mild malt, light spice, and a touch of resiny spruce on the back. Medium bodied with a slight creaminess to the mouthfeel, alcohol was not necessarily warming, but present in the flavor, along with a somewhat dry & earthy hop bitterness that lingered into the finish. Came together and showed it’s balance better as it warmed. Not an altogether big beer for an English Strong, but tasty and well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (1178) - - JAN 21, 2013
Aroma is spicy with a hint of hops. Pours dark amber colored with a good head that fades slowly. Taste is of molasses and spices with a dry, hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. In a few words this is a pretty solid beer but any Christmas flavors/spices has sort of died off. Not really any spice to speak of. A good beer none the less but I just would have liked a little bit more spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremyh70 (1022) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Dark amber with small head and decent lacing. Resiny pine hop aroma with some sweet malt. A hint of honey followed by pine and grassy flavor that settles quickly and some of the sweetness returns. Moderate/full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Liked it the more I drank. Was a bit to hoppy at first but got better. Alcohol hidden well. A good beer for hop lovers but not what I want in a Christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Beerenberger (1590) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma is sweet malts. Pours a medium amber with a none lasting white head and no lacing. The taste is mildly sweet. Malts, and hints of citrus. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, sweetish to the point of blaaaaa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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