1FastSTi (3360) - 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 doesn’t taste, smell, or look bad. Mostly boring.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’04 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, dont’t think I’ve 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 (3665) - 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 (9674) - 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 (1612) - 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
I’m 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 I’ve come to expect from "Christmas" beers.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this beer! My new Christmas favorite. I was pleasantly surprised.
SpringsLicker (3414) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redish amber brew with a 1" head that’s creamy, tight and off white.
Nice malt and yeast in the aroma.
Very nice assault to the tongue. Cream and sugar, sweet like a liquid candy bar.
Lots of body and a nice long finish.
Thanks to csbosox for sending this one!
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
It’s a great winter warmer and although I haven’t 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