jbuskirk (404) - 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 (422) - 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 (1065) - 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 (308) - 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.
beaz1591 (237) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
English Pint. Very faint hints of malts. Dark amber color with minimal head and lacing. Taste of malts, hops and a bit of spices. Malty mouthfeel. A nice winter beer.
kambei70 (551) - - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Tipsy’s. Brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma and flavor of toasted malts, nuts, caramel, spice and earth. Similar flavor, bitter and sweet with a medium body. Not bad.
b3shine (5134) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent deeper orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of molasses. Tastes like it smells with a bit of hops. Average on the palate. Okay.
vikingguy (793) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber-orange with tall head. Not getting much aroma - just some slight resinous hops. Taste is mildly sweet with a good grassy hop bite. Notes of roasted malt, caramel, mineral water and rye. Some spiciness nut not your typical heavily Christmas-spiced ale. Rather dry palate. Good, not great.
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