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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear, dark amber-hued body with a slim, light beige head.

Smell: Moderately spicy with a growing pine resin presence. Toasty, crystal malts. Thin hint of fruit. A bit of alcohol.

Taste: Toasted bread, crystal maltiness with an extra sip of thinned treacle. Scantly nutty. Lightly estery. Woodsy, lightly resiny hops with very light citrus slipping in the taste. Medium bitterness, yet it still finishes a bit sweetish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It’s fine, but, I’d politely pass it up on a second occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1569) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Thick foamy head. Spices (cinnamon?) . Smells yeasty. Dark hazy amber. Nice warming brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (1007) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a frothy amber head. Aromas of caramel, sweet toffee, malt, citrus spice and pine. Flavor is caramel, spice, pine, light citrus and toffee. Medium bodied with a lingering sweet fruit and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Classic winter warmer. Not crazy spicing, but with a healthy nut and dark fruit undertone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6539) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Decatur, Ga. - on tap at Taco Mac. Medium copper pour, off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma has a nice Christmas spice tint to it with a touch of molasses. Flavor is sweet with some nuttiness, some date-like fruitiness and a hint of Christmas spices. Misses that ’oomph’ that a beer like this should deliver. Smooth mouthfeel. Mark this one as decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryrpat (228) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Noce brown color and nutty smell. Good taste great for the cold weather. Nice beer to relax on the couch with ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a Blvd tulip glass. I think this is the first batch where the neck label has the year. Coded 3274 = bottled on April 1, 2013, which seems super early. Best by 2/07/14. Pours with a nice medium sized strong head that fades to a thick surface covering lacing. Has a beautiful deep amber color with ruby tints, some haze up against a light. A little visible carbonation in the middle of the glass. Very pretty beer, particular the hue against the light. Aroma is strong with fruited light alcohol and hops. Hops are some citrus, some pine, some bitterness - a relatively nice mix. The English character is a bit like a milder Young’s Old Nick (anyone remember that beer?). The flavor is a nice balance of English fruit character with bitter hops. A nice medium bitter finish. A spritzy feel to go along with the tickling hop flavors. A nice beer, I prefer my Winter Warmers to be less hop centric and I would rather drink the Nutsack and ago all out for the hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AbbeyRoade (509) - Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Mildly sweet flavor with seasonal spices. Swallow leaves bitter aftertaste. Slight sweet smell. Not bad but not great either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1588) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2013
On tap in a flight at Ale Yeah! Light brown color, with a medium, bubbly, beige head. The aroma is brown sugar, ginger snaps, and light resinous hops, and some chalkiness. The flavor is grainy and sweet, with light bitterness. Light to medium body, grainy, and acerbic. Overall, this is a nice, light, and malty beer, but it’s nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (1386) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2013
This beer pours from a bottle a beautiful cloudy chestnut color with a medium light tan head. The aroma is nice and pleasing due to the strong nutty and roasted malt scent mixed with the smallest hint of resin hops. This smell is intriguing enough that the taste’s overall subtly and balance is a nice surprise. There is definitely a mild hoppy bitterness characteristic to the otherwise slightly sour and slightly umami taste, which is a bit surprising to find in a Christmas beer. However, the palate helps round everything due to its soft carbonation, medium body, abrupt finish, and thick texture, making the beer very drinkable and enjoyable.

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