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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Poured an amber color with a small head.. Floral hoppy aroma with spices added.. Nice malty spicy flavor with medium hoppiness.. Nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2005
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2709) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2005
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1451) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2004
I loved this beer! My new Christmas favorite. I was pleasantly surprised.

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