rdixon77 (409) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown. Pine, malt, bread, nuts aroma. The taste brings a nice bitterness from the fresh hopping to complement minority sweet malts. Medium bodied. Nice take on a seasonal.
TimsRatings (344) - - JAN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours an opaque reddish/brown with just a hint of head. Mild aroma hinting of spice and hops. Taste is very mild, almost weak, but good. Spices are not the foreground flavor like most winter/xmas ales, with hops coming through pretty strongly.
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HuskerTan (297) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A- Molasses, caramel, roasty, toast, nuts, bread, spices.
A- Mahogany color, hazy liquid, white head.
T- Spices, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nuts, molasses, slightly bitter.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, spicy finish.
O-A lot of spices going on here. Reminds me of Christmas.
Rrauth (1070) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. For Xmas ales this is excellent. More hops less spice. That's what i always say. Nice job.
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jw0406 (650) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a brown color with a nice white head. Aromas of pine, caramel, sweet roasted malt. Medium bodied, nice holiday beer.
jbuskirk (274) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fresh hop seasonal beers are an awesome idea. Too many Holiday beers tend to center on unusual seasonings and other nontraditional ingredients. Nutcracker goes back to the basics by using hops and malts in an attempt to craft holiday flavors. The effort is very well done. This ale is spicy and clean. Happily, Boulevard makes a great holiday beer without selling out.
HIGHB4LL (233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 12 oz bottle. Appearance: average sized reddish hue head, amber-red color, ok lacing. Aroma: heavy malt, coffee, dough, caramel, herbs, oatmeal, roasty, leather. Palate: medium body, average carbonation, sticky texture. Taste: relatively sweet and mildly sour moving quickly towards a bit of hoppiness and then back to a sweet finish that is relatively short lived. Overall, a very nice Christmas beer and a nice treat on Christmas Eve. Happy holidays!
llcooldave (1020) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice reddish amber copper color. Nice vanilla cream colored head with decent lacing. Spicy fruitcake aroma. Some bitter citrus hops flavor along with some Christmas spices, cinnamon, mace, and nutmeg. Overall, a nice brew to share with friends and family on Christmas eve.;
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nut Cracker ours a nice deep amber, with a generous head that quickly dissipated (perhaps my pouring technique). While I don’t get hardly any aroma on the nose, the taste more than makes up for it. Rich, malty, and a bit of spice, with a nice underlying sweetness (apparently molasses).
Overall a nice winter warmer for the holiday season.
Brentv (204) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Old Chicago Grill in Wichita, KS. Dark red with medium head. Caramel aroma. Taste is bitter, caramel, not much sweetness.