Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle 2009 winter ale. Orange brown pour. Aroma is of light hops with a hint of some molasses malt. Flavor is somewhat sweet with notes of molasses and spicy hops. Palate is creamy. The finish is quick. A perfect holiday party brew.
mjmcend (209) - USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good aroma. Hoppy and some maple and wood. Taste is mild with some hops and some syrup.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Aroma of spice and some hops as well. Flavor is spice on top of a citrusy hop base flavor. I think Buch Dich put it nicely when he said, "A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket." This is a nice brew indeed. Too bad itís not available for very much of the year.
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral hoppy aroma. Dark amber with medium tan head - a bit of sediment. Immediate taste is citrus - sweet orange peel....then caramel, and a slightly dry hop finish...maybe a little too dry.
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
P: A brown/ruby red effervescent body with lush tan micro bubble head.
S: Holiday spices, soapy hops, molasses and rich roasted syrupy malt. Spiced rum and dark fruits followed by a bready base.
T/M: Roasted caramel malts, sweet cherries, prunes, dates and a bitter floral and pine profile with a touch of citrus. Nutty with holiday spices that bring a warming holiday sensation to the palate. Heavy doses of malt but a nice hop bitterness to round it out. Body is medium-full and sticky with a gentle sting of carbonation. Finishes dry with lingering caramel and nuts.
O: A great holiday warmer that really packs a flavorful punch. The alcohol is present but does kill the palate. Canít wait to go back to Oklahoma were I can drink this yearly. Cheers!
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pub Glass@ 55f Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with a tight creamy head.
Smell: Medium malt aroma with raisins, spice and alcohol.
Taste: hints of molasses and toasted grain along with some hop character (spiciness) Chinook hops? It strikes me as young and in need of a little aging.
Mouth feel: Medium body starts sweet but the hops dry it up nicely
Itís a great winter warmer and although I havenít tried this (It is always gone by New Years) I think it could be cellared for a year or two and really round off some of it edginess
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is an excellent brew from Boulevard...makes me wish it was a year-round rather than just a winter seasonal. Aroma is certainly reminiscent of a Belgian abbey dubbel - bananas and cloves are present, along with some scotchiness, spices, and pine. Flavor is sweet up front with a hoppy finish. The hops are very understated but you know they're there - due mostly to "hop-mouth." Palate is nice and full and mouthfeel is very good. A great winter seasonal and one of Boulevard's best...this coming from a guy who thought Zon was a gift from God.
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle A - Pours hazing brown amber. Tan 1 inch head dissipates into soap suds. Good lacing S - Sweet cookie, brown sugar, & molasses T - Sweet cookie, roasted malt, with a hop bite for balance M - Medium bodied, good carbonation that pickles the tongue. O - Very Good Winter Ale thats not spiced which I like.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím a big fan of Boulevard Wheat so it was with eager expectations that I sampled this seasonal offering.
The aroma was earthy but stale. The visual presentation was a nice mid-amber with excellent clarity.
The flavor was mildy hoppy with small undercurrents of sweet malt breaking out. A hint of barely present chocolate was afterthought on the palate.
All and all this ale was just above middle-of-the-road. While warming and decent in taste it lacked the festivity and whimsy that Iíve come to expect from "Christmas" beers.
hero12 (180) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mint, bubblegum, and banana nose after a cloudy dark orange pour. Taste starts off sweet and stays sweet with almost no finish. Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.