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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Nutcracker Ale is Boulevardís 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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pub Glass@ 55f Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with a tight creamy head. Smell: Medium malt aroma with raisins, spice and alcohol. Taste: hints of molasses and toasted grain along with some hop character (spiciness) Chinook hops? It strikes me as young and in need of a little aging. Mouth feel: Medium body starts sweet but the hops dry it up nicely Itís a great winter warmer and although I havenít tried this (It is always gone by New Years) I think it could be cellared for a year or two and really round off some of it edginess

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2565) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 pours a copperish red color... w/ a quickly dissapating sparse light colored head. The palate was smooth and fairly light. the scent was full of hopps, citrus, and some other fruits, there was something else in the scent too but I just couldínt place it. the flavor had a little kick, some would call it spicy but Iím not gonna use that word.. the taste was crisp but not clear. The taste was ok but a bit to bland for me.. and I thought it could use a little more alcohol. Thanks to heemer for the blvd beers

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
A rich mahagony brown body is topped by a fleeting, big-bubbled head. The aroma is very malty, heavy on the nuts, with backup notes of caramel and toast. Thereís also a bit of baking spices, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg, but theyíre not overpowering. The flavor is richly malty and slightly fruity. Pretty tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 2004. Poured from a 12oz bottle. Reddish color, tan head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Good carbonation. Hoopy, fruity, bitter. Nice hops flavor. Some spiciness. 6/3/7/3/14 3.3 2004 bottle. re-rate 2 years later. These aggressive chinook hops are still showing their teeth but against a maltier beer than they are used to, creating a beer that reminds one of a poor mans Thomas Hardy Ale, many of the same flavors, but scaled way down. I think I have come to appreciate this beer a little more and they time certainly hasnít hurt this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2973) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
So when exactly does this crack my nuts? Seriously. In my mind, anything labeled as a winter warmer should have the warming ABV to back that up. That aside, this is hardly a bad looking beer with a hazily glowing orange amber color and a wispy white head. Upon opening, a waft of spice hits the nose and once in the glass it takes on a mild mulled cider character. Medium bodied with carbonation thatís just a touch overzealous. Finishes with a touch of spiced astringency and a small, earthy blast of bitterness to round things out. Towards the end of this glass, Iím noticing just a hint of a buzz. Maybe that ABV is inflated.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours a murky red/brown, small white head. Aroma is malty, with a kick or hops. Flavor is spicy, malt, brown sugar, astringent palate. A nice brew. Thanks to Heemer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2004
12 oz bottle, 2004 edition...BBD 02/01/05 Amber hue, not much head...nose is hops, pine, toasted malt...Malty taste, spiced and hoppy...finished dry and bitter...not overpowering, not roasty...an odd sort of twang in the finish...as it warms, it takes on a rank alcohol drenched aroma with that "twangy" quality in the nose too...kind of gross and certainly disapointing, and the alcohol is apparent. I got some of this in the last Bobís I had as well. The nose really starts to set it off...almonds, cabbage and coconut??? it seems almost vegetable to me, likely from the hops and yeast I guess, is this thing Spiced?? I just canít take it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Rusty orange with thin head. Nice hoppy aroma. The beer is pretty nicely hopped with a good citric base, then topped with a nice tree-sappy spiciness on top. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
joet (2208) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Very creamy, lightly sour, hops besting the light carmel malts, resinous especially on the surface, light brown color, nut, spice (nutmeg?) and nuts. fadť?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 In the bottle at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. This bottle was from 1996. Spices are mellow at this point. Medium body. Has possibly lost a little carbonation. This winter, I should give a fresh bottle a chance. UPDATE 11/2006: Orange with a yellow colored head. Slightly orange in aroma. A good hoppy citrus flavor. Quite good on tap at the Crescent Moon.


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