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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
86Moose (62) - - NOV 23, 2011
Had last year’s Nutcracker ale. This year’s brew is every bit as good if not better. Orange to brown color. Earthy aroma. Very smooth. Long finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CousinBrenden (61) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Fair to good. Expect a little more from here but good non the less with molasses and malts and decent hop flavor and aroma. Slightly sweet on finish to be expected from description.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (900) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
12 oz bottle pour. Thank you Eugene. Pours a copper color with a thin patchy head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Pretty hoppy flavor with some dark fruit and a little bran. Slightly bitter hop finish. Pretty good winter beer here.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hank1980 (962) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Poured a ruby brown with a large off white head. Nose is sweet citrus spice. Taste is lightly bitter and sweet cereal Brady malt. Mouth is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is smooth and little bitter. Overall, an interesting and nice winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (308) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle (thanks Eugene!), lightly cloudy medium amber body, cream colored head fades, nice lace. Aroma is malt and sprucy hops, a little fruit, and "fresh snow". Taste is resin and grapefruit rind, light malt, a little fruity. Finish bitter sweet. Palate is smooth, carbonation adequate. Good balance between the sweet and the hops. Not as fruity as a lot of dry hopped ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1272) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle thanks to beastie. Clear amber pour with dense creamy head. Aroma: piney herbal hop presence. Caramel and light molasses. I realize I didn’t check the style before opening this, but at this point my guess is "hoppy amber." Taste: moderate candied sweetness combined with assertive bitterness. Still going with hoppy amber. Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, somehow feels a bit heavy. Overall: English strong ale, really? I would have only used one of those three words to describe this.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (411) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 4, 2015
Pours Amber with light tan head. Aroma is tart yeast esters with mulled spices. Flavor is malty with heavy dark fig notes on a background of warming spices. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadShaolin (58) - - JAN 2, 2015
Burnt brown sugar, syrupy dates, love the hops added and alcohol well balanced

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (376) - Americus, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from Northside Tavern. Pours cloudy copper withwhite head. Aroma of nuts, malts, citrus, and bread. Tastes of caramel, orange peel, and spices. Very good.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (486) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle from elevated with commonmac. Dark plum with bubbly off white head. Subtle smell. Expected more spice nose. Malty spicy and slight hop finish. Slightly warming. Nice mouthfeel and finish. Some dark fruit. Taste seems to change over time. Grows on me. A bit oily. Pretty darn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle purchased at Elevated in South Mpls. Plum, deep amber color. Froth is strong on this one. Lacing follows suit. Malt comes through on the nose with some undercurrent hops. Little bit of spice too. Taste leans mostly on malty sweetness after an initial hop hit. Toffee and molasses. Finish and aftertaste have plum, dark fruit elements. Improves as it progresses almost taking on an abbey dubbel feel. This is a pretty solid winter option.


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