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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Comes out of the tap a clear, bubbly mahogany with a thin cinnamon-tan head, but lack of head must be due to how it is served. Aroma has caramel, nutty and cloves notes riding a sweet malty undertone. Flavor delivers a little more than what the aroma promises: caramel, cinnamon, cloves, hints of molasses and horehound. Texture is fizzy and smooth, if none too firm. Don’t wait for the official beginning of the winter holiday season, enjoy one today.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Tap @ TacoMac, Cumming. Medium brown color, dark tan creamy head. Sexy lace. Nutty aroma, hint of alcohol in nose, light grassy hops. Sweet malts, (Whoo!) some alcohol, nutty grains, earthy hops. Finishes with a bit of an alcoholic burn. I really like this beer, a great Winter Warmer. (3871)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Can’t believe it’s 7.8% ABV. Not overly malty for such high alcohol beer. Could stand to have a tad more hops .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lots of caramel, molasses, lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, hints of a grassy note, some red fruits in there as well. Taste is a mix of red fruits, some cinnamon, touch of grass mixing into some caramel, toffee, and molasses, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy. Decent.

   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 (1374) - 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 (3220) - 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 (3749) - 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.

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