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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Nice name for a good beer. I cant wait for next holiday season so i can buy more of this type of beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Dark cloudy red with all of the stuff that you like in a holiday ale. Spicy pepper, chocolate, light citrus, bitter hops and sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2004
a good beer especially for the season. the color is a dark red. The flavor is nutty, with some fruit and generous amounts of hops. unfortunately its a bit thinner than i would like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Very "holiday spicified" - Nice malt/hop balance. Tad thin. Not bad, but just didn't "do it" for me. Perhaps I wasn't properly in the spirit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2004
Light toasted malt nose with a little dust, brown color, low head. Honey and nut flavors with a sweet end that turns dry and spiced. Thinish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2004
A nice lookin pour: deep mahogany color w/ a thin off white head. The flavor & aroma is lightly spiced. However, the alcohol is a bit too apparent for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2003 bottle. Pours a deep red with some dark fiery oranges. Lightly hazy, and unfiltered but not bottle conditioned. Big oatmeal colored head. Smells of alcohol, toasted malt, chinooks and a light yeasty brown bread aroma. Opens up smooth, fluffy and almost creamy. Great carbonation (very little), no thinning whatsoever. At first, when about 45-50 degrees, the flavor is mainly a lightly sweet malt mixed in with some alcohol. But as it warms a beautiful chinook flavor emerges and spices things up. Cherries, almonds, more toasted grains and some sweet molasses. Body is medium and for all of its smooth texture and lack of thinning, it does not exactly pour on the flavor. Very subtle and restrained. Damned good though and I can really appreciate the relatively low alcohol. Great stuff, and many thanks to Jeffin for sendin this to me. 2003 bottle aged one year Much smoother, more mellow and less carbonated. Still, the flavor is not exactly intense or even very full, but the body is good and smooth as I have come to expect and enjoy from boulevard. Lazy bubbles arise, some light yeast notes from the bottle conditioning, chocolate in the distance; but no real purpose, it seems.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
The time of chestnut-roasting may have nestled to the back of our memories now, but the chill outside still beckons for a winter ale, so let's see how this one holds up...Intriquing appearance, not quite brown, more than red, with a firm, but fallible, toasted tan head of foam. Aroma is evident at first pour, and on initial sniff we encounter mild spices, mellow fruit, dark ones, grape, cherry, plum, etc., and a solid, sweet maltiness. Taste: Nice hoppy buzz at the top, pleasing the palate, spicy/fruity flavor climbs to the fore and washes over the mouthfeel. At once sweet and somewhat sharp. Medium body, but full with flavor, with a tasty, pungent finish, that glides softly off the palate. Best-by date of 2/01/04 is stamped on the bottle, but this sample actually tastes better than the ones I had six weeks ago! Has a Belgian feel to it, actually. And I can dig it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1/2/04: bottle.
red-brown body with an almond colored head. malty nose with a hint of sweetness. malty, caramel taste with some hints of tea and a small amount of roasted-ness in the finish. thanx to santa-acrodizer for this hook-up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
2003 bottle Deep reddish brown cloudy color with a decent off-white head that leaves a good lacing in my glass. Spicy sweet malty aromas, caramel, spicy ginger bread flavors, nice dose of hops. Medium body with a crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation, finishes dry, a great holiday ale.

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