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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hockey9930 (197) - - NOV 2, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
truebluehes (189) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
mjmoen (188) - - DEC 7, 2014
Pours a slightly cloudy dark copper color with tan head. Tastes of spices and caramel. Strong íbiteí in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkbachman (181) - - DEC 31, 2012
Malty sweet with a hop bitterness reminiscent of pine. Some fruity esters. Not the greatest holiday ale but drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
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.

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