iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 12oz. bottle, best by 02/01/06. Dark amber, hazy with a smalll fizzy tan head. Aroma of spicy piney hops, with a little bit of caramel malts. Not really picking up much maltiness in the taste, just moderate hops and finishes fairly clean, except for a slight lingering bitterness. Also a bit of earthiness and warming alcohol as well. Not bad, will get again next year. 6-3-7-3-14--3.3 So anyways, I don’t feel like going through another entire rating again, but I’ll update. Best by 02/01/08. Why do I smell some tangerine/tropical citrus hops? Surely this isn’t Chinook? Just checked the site and now I see Magnum and Cascade are now included. This doesn’t smell Cascadey, so it must be the Magnum. The head is also larger and longer lasting. Bitterness peaked at a grassy 2-3 of 10. Creamy medium body with low carbonation. I have no idea how this resembles an English Strong Ale, since by my stats I flippin’ hate them. This, however, is quite nice.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown body. American hop, fruity aromas. Sweet, slightly syrupy body would be cloying if not for the high carb. Lots of caramel malts and good hop flavor. Stylishly odd, could be called an American IPA.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jeremy for getting me this bottle in Oklahoma City! Pours a dark, hazy brown color with a frothy tan head. Hopsy aroma. As well as some floral notes and a hint of alcohol. Kind of subtle taste. Floral hops, as well as a hint of some citrus as well. Kind of a thic finish. Mild bitterness. An overall good ale.
Dorwart (2419) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great big light brown head. Kind of sloppy bubbles. Reduces slowly. Spruce and malts and a little floral hops. Maybe a little candied fruits and brown sugar. Color is a hazy dark brown. Sweet and fruity with more floral hops. A lot of caramel in there with some spices. Medium to heavy body. Finish is thick and sweet yet a little bitter. A pretty good ale.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz from Beerhandy. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a foamy light tan head. Nose is very sweet, caramel malt, lots of molasses and brown sugar, and some light hops. Taste is very sweet and malty, lots of sugar and candy spices, a bitter finish and a nice fizzy mouthfeel.
zombywoof (455) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Red hazy beer with a frothy head. The nose is spruce and floral. The nutcracker is no ball buster with a sweet caramelly resin flavor. Herbal and licorice hints. A floral complex finish.
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via ericmc83. Cloudy light brown pour with a small off-white head. Generous amounts of carbonation retains head well. Deep resiny hop aroma up front, with a sweet toffee malt base. Very sweet malt up front with a resiny/earthy hop bitterness in the middle. This just lacks any sort of depth or complexity. My vote for the style of this is Dumbed Down Barley Wine. Pretty thin with a watery finish, fine carbonation but too much of it. Boring mouthfeel. Not so good this one. Very weak in both flavor and complexity. Pretty confused after I saw so many high ratings when I entered this.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12z 2005 bottle. Amber brown hue with a finger width tan head that had aromatic notes of straw, pine and berries. Syrupy aroma mixed with cader and slight vanilla. Allowing a full sniff to come to an end, a pleasant alcohol burn lingered. Medium bodied with nice effervescence. Sticky pine and sap flavors. Bitter chocolate and medium roast coffee. Tastes great in the mouth with the resinous pine notes from the hops and the molasses maltiness culminating. The finish definitely changes everything. Long and bitter. The middle has notes of citrus and caramel. Still a good clinging head. From what I have heard Chinook impart a "pine" note to the beer. What other hops do they use, or do all of their beers share that common denominator. Just thinking out loud. After a slight break to let the afterburn die down, the bitterness has waned. The last swallow was malt and smooth, no, wait...there it is. Still a nice pine and sticky resinous finish. I’m glad that I grabbed the last one off the shelf!
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 2012 (November) - pretty radical shift for this year’s offering. it’s now 7.8% abv (on bottle and website) and it seems the way they accomplished this is to add brown and dark sugar (ingredient list on website). bottle says "Contains pure water, barley malt, wheat malt, hops, and yeast". nowhere does it say anything about sugar... pretty shoddy if you ask me. anyway, it’s not bad tasting at all, 6 bucks a sixer, and more than capable of giving you one of those bizarre adjunct headaches if you think it still the 5.9% version.. lol
2005 - Much better offering from Boulevard. Their Pale Ale became drinkable within the past year and now their "holiday" beer really steps up to the plate. Tons of flavor and backbone for a Boulevard beer. This beer is more properly classified as an American Hop Ale. Really, just a very nice effort from the boys in K.c.
newtrip (54) - USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured very dark and slightly cloudy with off-white head. Nice lacing going on here. Nose is citrusy. Taste is also citrusy and has a caramel malty type of taste. This is a pretty damn good beer.