sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium sized tan head, fair retention and some stringy lace. Murky copper color. Lightly spicey nose. Med/light body, somewhat watery. Light spice flavors, cinnamon out front. Finish is dry, watery. Thanks Chris!
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with a small head.. Floral hoppy aroma with spices added.. Nice malty spicy flavor with medium hoppiness.. Nice winter warmer.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím sorry but I donít recall who it was that sent me this beer. I only know that it was acquired in a trade with someone that was very cool!
Bottled in 2003
Pours a silty mahogany colored body with an initially fluffy russet head.. later fades to nothing. The aroma is largely malty... big, sweet, and fruity. There is a vast presence of caramel, and other cooked sugars. There truly is a nice almond note that brings a fantastic nuttiness to the brew. You knowÖ this is the kind of beer I would like to see cask conditioned in a bourbon barrel. Anyway, there are nice notes of vanilla and macadamia nutÖ Iím really digging this one, and itís only getting tastier as it warms. Iím starting to taste pecan pie!
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is a lightly hopped beer that is filled with evergreen trees and grapefruit. The aroma has a mild nutty malt. Cherry? Corriander? I wish the aroma was more powerful.
The appearance is a body that is cloudy medium brown color with a light brown/off-white head that is average and frothy. There is virtually no lacing on this lasting head.
The flavor is initially lightly sweet and nutty. The finish is moderately bitter/acidic/sour. It is an average finish length.
The palate is lightly syrupy with a soft carbonation.
Overall, not a bad beer, just not really exciting. It doesnít taste, smell, or look bad. Mostly boring.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
í04 bottle courtesy of Heemaah. Dark brown-plum body with an off-white head. Light plum/caramel aroma with grapefruit-rind/spicy hops. The spicy hops take over the flavor, the have a strong pine/grapefruit resinous flavor with woody dryness. Quite interesting, dontít think Iíve really tasted Chinook by themselves before. Otherwise the malt in this beer is pretty ordinary, light caramel base with plum notes on top. The beer gets props for being different.
IndianaRed (2760) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours a cloudy light ridish brown with a large very fine creamy light tan head. PLenty of smooth heavy lacing. Lots of pitted fruit notes in the aroma. Reminds me of a light barleywine. Flavorsa are woody, molassas, and spices like cinnimon and maybe a little cloves. Fairly strond bitter hops and a dry woody aftertaste.
INtersting, robust, a bit heavy and tasty.
I still think it reminds me of a light or more drinkable BW
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to RobertsReality for this. Slightly turbid dark copper with a huge off-white head. Aroma of malt, hopcit, fruit, spice, slight peat. Tastes malty, with fruit and spice, and a medium palate. Very nice.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick cloudy orange with an off white head. Not much carbonation. Had a citrus aroma with orange peel standing out the most. The Nutcracker name is not really appropriate for this one. The flavor was mild citrus, mostly orange. Kind of a flat finish.
jefcon (1470) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Edition. Cloudy but flat-looking, like a cider. Sour cherry notes with another soapy aroma with the hoppiness. Tasting adds some pine and peppery spice to those presences. Palate is sharp at first, but diminishes wihtout souring. Not my favorite winter warmer and low IBUs.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím a big fan of Boulevard Wheat so it was with eager expectations that I sampled this seasonal offering.
The aroma was earthy but stale. The visual presentation was a nice mid-amber with excellent clarity.
The flavor was mildy hoppy with small undercurrents of sweet malt breaking out. A hint of barely present chocolate was afterthought on the palate.
All and all this ale was just above middle-of-the-road. While warming and decent in taste it lacked the festivity and whimsy that Iíve come to expect from "Christmas" beers.