Hopswagger (199) - 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!
hockey9930 (197) - - NOV 2, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a murky auburn with half finger tan head. Weak malty aroma. Initial flavor is of toffee and caramel but finishes with a light hop kick.
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.
truebluehes (189) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Redish-brown in color. Light frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is natural, fairly strong on the hops and notes of spicy cinnamon. Flavor is quite bitter, fairly hoppy for a winter brew. Nice dry finish.
mjmoen (188) - - DEC 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper color with tan head. Tastes of spices and caramel. Strong íbiteí in the aftertaste.
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.
hero12 (184) - 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.
jkbachman (181) - - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty sweet with a hop bitterness reminiscent of pine. Some fruity esters. Not the greatest holiday ale but drinkable.
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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.