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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 2007 version: Cloudy, dark amber body, with a very thin, off-white head. Hardly any lacing. Citrus, pine, and malt in the nose; rather faint, but clean and inviting. Hop bitterness and some sweet malts in the initial flavor, and the finish is dominated by dry bitter hops with a somewhat creamy base. Great carbonation and weight. This beer is definitely better after it sits in your glass for a few minutes, so please be patient. Happy holidays!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Boulevard has some great beers. This is perhaps the best! It is a dark reddish brown, whith good aroma, and nice mouthfeel and just a hint of spice. A perfect winter beer. At 224 calories, better drink this one slowly!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle, pours slightly cloudy deep amber color with a moderate creamy tan head that dissipates; good lacing. Aroma of hops, malt, some yeast and slight molasses. Has a bit of a hops bite that tames quickly as the malt takes over on the finish. Nothing earth shattering or complex, but overall a nice balance and a good holiday beer. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Draught at Old Chicago in Coralville, IA. Attractive hazy reddish-brown color with thick bubbly off white head that laced the glass. Sprucy hop aroma and flavor balanced by sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. I though this one was stronger than 6%. Very tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
on tap. pours a dark amber with a decent head. a solid brew from Boulevard with a nice balance of earthy notes, floral hop profile and some toasted malt. did not quite live up to the label of "winter warmer" IMO but still a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours a solid, gelatinous amber with a nose of red wine and hops. Celery and faint spice flavoring. Average palate, but it spreads. At least I got some Vitamin A from the celery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
millstadtguy (50) - Millstadt, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Pours dark brown with a decent head. Aroma of pine & hops. Flavor starts out with carmel malt, quickly followed by a sharp hop & pine taste. I liked last years version better but still not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle 46F Trappist, aroma was hoppy with a touch of spice and a bit of malt. Cloudy brown color, with tan head. Flavor was spicy, malty and hoppy, tasted like a lot of other winter ales, but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3497) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle. Brown color, tan head on the pour. Aroma is mostly hop, with some of the spice you would expect from a holiday ale. Taste is malt and hop, and pretty full bodied. What surprised me is how brief the finish was on this beer. Pretty big taste, right until the end where the finish was thin and brief.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Pours cloudy brown with a thick, light tan head. Aroma is of spicey and citrusy hops (label says chinook) with hints of grass and hints of fruit. The flavor starts full of citrus/grapefruit hop flavor with some balancing sweetness. The middle of the flavor shows an interesting, almost tart, fruity malt profile with more hops and some yeast. The finish is full-bodied, with just a touch of dryness on the back of the tongue that provides a lingering after-taste - subtly bitter with some citrus hops. The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied with a bit of levity and air from the carbonation (and very burp-inducing). Overall, not bad and very well balanced - the hop and malt choices led to very complementary flavors.

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