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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8989) - 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 I’m 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 it’s become a part.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8841) - 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
marcus (8709) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (8362) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a medium creamy off white head. The aroma is pine, spice, and sweet malt. Decent spotty lacing on the glass. The taste is a spicy hop bite at first with a nutmeg and bitter finish. A complex english strong ale from Boulevard.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8268) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2010
12 zo. bottle. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma is rather subdued but has hints of bready malt, caramel, and light spices. The flavor is more bready malt, light caramel, with a decent bitterness in the finish. Nothing over the top here, but nothing off either.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2016
12/29/15. On tap at Barrel House, Moline. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Sweet toffee and caramel aroma, light spice. Malty flavor, caramel and toffee, bready, biscuit, light spice. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (7756) - Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent deeper orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of molasses. Tastes like it smells with a bit of hops. Average on the palate. Okay.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (7744) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 6, 2010
ruby red .. . low head .. . very mild christmas brew .. nice hop presents with a nice balance of sweetness .. . real simple .. . a perfect brew to just eeease into the season.. I’d kill for a piece of corn that wasn’t creamed..

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7505) - 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.. I’d gladly have another.


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