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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Nutcracker Ale is Boulevardís 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8251) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
Thanks to Indra for the trade. 2002 Bottle: Pours a rubicund color appropriate for the season, with a medium thick beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is malty and spicy. Medium-bodied with flavors of malt, cinnamon, licorice and some hops. Finish is nicely spiced with a caramel aftertaste. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Has to be tasted at room temperature. Dark brown, nice dark tan head. The smell resembles an abbey dubbel, strangely enough. Clove and bananas are mixed with pine, scotch, cinnamon and alcohol in the aroma. Mouthfeel is even, a little heavy, but just slightly under the texture of a porter. Flavor centers around the hops, but only a small influence of the cascade, which is quite nice, so it must the chinook and nugget that Iím mostly tasting. Fairly even throughout, with a nutty finish. Funny how the hops are subtle in the flavor but very apparant on the palate, as it leaves you quite dry (think cotton-mouth). I am completely overrating this one because I have a history with it and am quite fond of the winter memories of which itís become a part.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Aroma is fruity hops like all Boulevards that I have tried. There is a bit of spiciness as well, but I am having a hard time picking or pointing out the maltiness. Creamy, off-white head with good lacing but no retention. Murky, dark orange body. Malty and very sweet flavor, not bad at all. Watery mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shrubber85 (7738) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Orange-caramel malt and orange peel aroma. Dark amber with large head. Sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel hops flavor. Light body. Okay.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7157) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2009
2008 bottle. Poured clear, coppery amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up darker nutty notes and molasses, accented by Christmasey spices and some warmth.. eventually some green apple skins came through. The flavor had some darker fruit join the nutty and molasses notes at the core.. nutmeg and white peppery spicage throughout.. there were hints of the green apple, but it never really got in the way.. warm, tasty finish. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation through the palate.. the spices worked well here.. Iíd gladly have another.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Very hoppy aroma, almost like an IPA. Pours a mahogany with an appealing nougat colored head. Too hoppy to be an English strong ale, but very robust. Flavors include caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate and ginger. Very smooth and drinkable, a delicious winter treat. Thanks to MOboy for this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (6800) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2009
pours amber/orange, off whtie head. Aroma is malty, some christmas sipces and light caramel. Taste, caramel malts, spices, yeasty with some pine hops in the after taste. Finish is lightly bitter with hints of caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from a $3.99 six-pack purchased wildly out of season at A-1 Liquor in Indianapolis. Pours a cloudy brown with some clear caramel-colored tints around the sides and a smaller beige head. Notes of caramel malts, toast, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, and hops, which was nice for a beer that was probably half a year or more old. Medium-bodied, with a toasty and mildly spicy mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink- is English Strong Ale really the right category for this?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6589) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle from bhensonb. This orange copper ale poured with a modest beige head and a sweet floral aroma. There are lots of spices in the caramel malt base, along with some pine and brown sugar taste and a slightly bitter hop finish. Pretty tasty. Thanks Bill.


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