beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light clouded mahogany in color, medium tannish loose and fluffy head that faded pretty fast, puffy ring around the edge stays present and lace in mixed thickness of globby webs. Aroma is soft and mild of light gingerbread dough spice with a nice little toasted, roasted, woodish background with some moist dirt, earthy herb-like notes. Taste has a nice little spice to it thats light of mint and ginger, cinnamon too. Malts are of toasty bread with just a hint of sweetness coming through at the finish where some lightly mixing herbal hops and spiced cracker-like dryness and woodyness lends a favorable finishing quality. Feel is medium bodied with a little tingle of carbonation that tingles on the tongue lightly in the finish adding to a bit of the dry finish. Took a bit of getting use to and was intregingly fun to drink. A nice brew that I wouldn't mind having around when in the mood, which I had to do, at first I wasn't liking it, but as I went along I found it quite nice with some good subtle characteristics.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown color,small light tan head that faded quickly.Malty caramel aroma with a light hint of hops,mildly sweet.Malt taste up front then a change to light sweetness and hops mild fruit presence (grapefruit) The after taste is hoppy and mildly fruity with a nice but mild bitter hop finish.Not a bad brew,nice flavor good feel and decently balanced,Thanks go to Chimaybabe for this nice taste experience.
JMerritt (1735) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 vintage. Brown-red body, slightly murky, with a thin light brown head that is mostly diminishing except for a small halo around the edge. Nose is moderately hoppy with sugary caramel and spruce intermixed. Herbal hop flavor with cloves and cinnamon, and a slightly roasty finish. Tremendously velvety and luscious texture leaves a slight carbonation singe upon the end of your tongue. Truly fantastic. This winter warmer sure was a pleasant surprise.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A lot of apples and cinnamon. Definitely a Christmas beer. Not quite as good as the Rogue Chamomile, but a heckuva lot easier to come by.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown in color. Aroma dominated by spicy fruits and cinnamon. Flavor had an exquisite maltiness, somewhat nutty and woody with a subtle sweet fruit finish. I dig this.
Suttree (4878) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny story - On Friday night my brother comes over, and his girlfriend had been to Kansas City for thanksgiving. She had sent some beers , including a Boulevard holiday pack that included this beer. Then I receive my Secret Santa package Saturday morning, and it includes this one, too! what are the odds? I mean I had no idea about this beer, and suddenly, I got 3 in my fridge. Anyway, breeish brown, tan head. malty, chestnut aroma, Spicy, peppery, nutmeg and a little alcohol, followed by a raisin, woodsy earthy finale. Pretty tasty Ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a minimal tan head. Seriously spicy sweet aroma. The flavor is sweet and slightly bitter. Toffee and floral nots also. Slightly dry finish and medium-full body. Very nice beer overall.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clearly the best tasting, smelling and looking beer from Boulevard I have had. Being from St. Louis I have had most of them(pre RB). Nice hoppy nose with an abundance of malt character. Perhaps I'll think of this when I think of Boulevard, instead of drinking 10 half warm Unfiltered Weiss at a Royals game or six Ten Penny's at the Party Cove at the Lake.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. Poured a rich red-brown, full of yeast sediment, and with a light tan ring of foam. Aroma starts off with strong nutty notes; caramel and fruit aromas appear as the beer warms. Rich, full-bodied flavor: very fruity, with brown sugar in the aftertaste, finishing like a Belgian Strong with vinous qualities. Earthy hops are evident, especially on the back of the tongue. A very smooth, solid "winter warmer."
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazed brick-orange. Dense, large-bubbled light tan head. Bottle-conditioned. Very aromatic with cinnamon, red apple, phenols, fig leaf, and herbal hops. Luscious bready, cedary malt undertones with touches of pale malt and evergreen. Spongy, expansive carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. First taste yields a bounty of sweet malts, red apples, and alcohol. Bready malt richness gathers momentum at the center, enveloping the holiday spices and slick fruitiness. Lightly toasted malts lead the way into the finish with faint herbal and medicinal notes at the back of the throat. Subdued earthy hops linger with baked apples, fruitcake, and nutmeg. All in all, a stunning display of rich malts and warming spices. Stupendous Holiday seasonal.