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 (1592) - 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.
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 (3374) - 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 thatís 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
Itís a great winter warmer and although I havenít 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
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 pours a copperish red color... w/ a quickly dissapating sparse light colored head. The palate was smooth and fairly light. the scent was full of hopps, citrus, and some other fruits, there was something else in the scent too but I just couldínt place it. the flavor had a little kick, some would call it spicy but Iím not gonna use that word.. the taste was crisp but not clear. The taste was ok but a bit to bland for me.. and I thought it could use a little more alcohol.
Thanks to heemer for the blvd beers
aracauna (3402) - Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rich mahagony brown body is topped by a fleeting, big-bubbled head. The aroma is very malty, heavy on the nuts, with backup notes of caramel and toast. Thereís also a bit of baking spices, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg, but theyíre not overpowering. The flavor is richly malty and slightly fruity. Pretty tasty.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 2004. Poured from a 12oz bottle. Reddish color, tan head. Hoppy, fruity aroma. Good carbonation. Hoopy, fruity, bitter. Nice hops flavor. Some spiciness. 6/3/7/3/14 3.3
2004 bottle. re-rate 2 years later. These aggressive chinook hops are still showing their teeth but against a maltier beer than they are used to, creating a beer that reminds one of a poor mans Thomas Hardy Ale, many of the same flavors, but scaled way down. I think I have come to appreciate this beer a little more and they time certainly hasnít hurt this beer.
Frank (3814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So when exactly does this crack my nuts? Seriously. In my mind, anything labeled as a winter warmer should have the warming ABV to back that up. That aside, this is hardly a bad looking beer with a hazily glowing orange amber color and a wispy white head. Upon opening, a waft of spice hits the nose and once in the glass it takes on a mild mulled cider character. Medium bodied with carbonation thatís just a touch overzealous. Finishes with a touch of spiced astringency and a small, earthy blast of bitterness to round things out. Towards the end of this glass, Iím noticing just a hint of a buzz. Maybe that ABV is inflated.