HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful dark copper/brown color. Nice head. Flavor was hoppy, slightly piney, and sweet. Classic beery aroma. Pretty good, but nothing really to set it apart from the other holiday ales I have tried.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dirty brown. Aroma of Christmas spices. Tastes of pie crust, cookies, gingerbread with a crisp hop bite in the finish.
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy water brown pour with a foamy yet soft white head. Aroma of fruity, floral hops and pine. Not much depth in the aroma. Flavors of citrus and grapefruit, perhaps a touch of toffee. Watery mouthfeel and bitter finish. I was hoping for more complexity with this offering but It seem rather one dimensional. As it warms a kiss of caramel emerges but itís too late to really add anything. Overall, just ok.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fruit and bite. One of the better holiday beers Iíve had so far. I have been happy with Boulevard beers and this is no exception. Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh...he said nut.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, but fairly clear. Large, frothy, off-white head. Major citrus hops and crystal malt in the aroma along with white raisin. Floral and more citric hops in the flavor on top of some caramel and outdoorsy must. Lightly metallic. Medium bodied, average carbonation with a fairly bitter, slightly sticky finish. Overall pretty good and repeatable.
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of malt and caramel. Slight spices to the aroma as well. The taste actually has multiple stages. First you get the hoppy, citric taste that quickly fades into malts and caramel. The finish then tastes extra sugary/sweet with a bit of a cloying citric bite to it. This is a pretty full bodied taste, definitely a solid beer. 5.9% alcohol.
ozarkspops (368) - - NOV 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber pour. Medium bright head. Hop forward aroma. Taste is mostly hop spiciness with sweetness from the molasses with a hint of esther in the finish.
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spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from HyVee Marion
Ar: Aroma seems a bit muted. There is a bit of black pepper and oddly enough I get some cinnamon spice here.
Ap: Pours a hazy copper with a two finger cream colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a bit of lace.
T: The flavor is very spicy, with lots of black pepper flavor. There is some sweetness, and maybe a bit of burnt sugar. However, the finish is oddly bitter, but not in a pleasant way (think more grapefruit rind than dark chocolate). It does become slightly more balanced as it warms.
P: Medium body with very assertive carbonation.
O: This was a bit of a let down. I just found everything to be a bit off.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Not expecting such radical awesomeness at all! I picked up the Boulevard mix pack as usual...Oh, cool, a new seasonal beer. Hmm, Nutcracker Ale, probably some nut brown lamezorz. Poured it: Cloudy, but looks kinda like a nice unfiltered IPA, ha wouldnít that be funny, if this was hoppy! Aroma: Whoa! Multiple Hops, spices, pine, caramel...What am I in for? Flavor: Holy balls. This stuff comes through. Initially a tasteful hop bomb, quickly giving way to the caramel and molasses of the nose, then finishing like a liquefied christmas tree. Itís all real quick, and surprisingly enough a christmas tree finishes dry. I am really liking this beer a lot.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Mukilteo, WA. Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma: Sweet malt, hops, and dried fruit. Flavor: Dried fruit, molasses, and a hint of spice.