shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reminds me of a stronger Belgian Ale with fruity spices mixed in. Nice amber color, decent head, strong flavor. Love the beer!
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Boulevard has some great beers. This is perhaps the best! It is a dark reddish brown, whith good aroma, and nice mouthfeel and just a hint of spice. A perfect winter beer. At 224 calories, better drink this one slowly!
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle dated best by 2/28/12 poured into english pint glass
Aroma: Pine, hops, caramel, bread, resin, herbs, woody
Appearance: hazy coppery brown. 1 finger of off white frothy head that lingered a bit. Laces glass nicely.
Taste: mild sweet, medium bitter, heavy sour
Palate: finish is bitter and sour. very off putting. medium body and creamy texture. lively carbonation. mouth feel is good
Overall: This is one of my least favorite boulevard beers. Have not had it for a few years and still don’t like it. Too much bitter and sour with no sweet to balance it. Alot of pine and wood that I don’t really like either. Wanted to give this one another chance but it was still another let down
sharkbcr (109) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A perennial winter seasonal. Amber color with a modest head. A malty sweet taste with a spicy finish.
johnnysmoke (101) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick cloudy orange with an off white head. Not much carbonation. Had a citrus aroma with orange peel standing out the most. The Nutcracker name is not really appropriate for this one. The flavor was mild citrus, mostly orange. Kind of a flat finish.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Actually pretty nice. Maybe it just fit the day that I sampled in the middle of winter. Enjoyable
pjwalsh2 (87) - Palos Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1. Look – A hazy deep amber brown ale with a medium tan head.
2. Sniff – It has a very citrusy almost fruity aroma with notes of pine as well.
3. Sip – This medium to full bodied ale taste like Christmas. It has a soft well balanced malt taste with a soft bitter piney hop flavor and a smooth wet finish. Also, there is a very subtle fruity taste underneath the piney hop flavor.
4. Another Look – This ale looks good with average lacing and a somewhat long lasting head.
5. Evaluate – Overall, this is most definitely a Christmas ale. It smells and tastes like a Christmas tree. It a very well crafted ale that would appeal to any beer drinker. I would recommend this ale to my family and friends –especially around Christmas time.
bendz1 (87) - Ankeny, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2007
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Too many flavors going on with this seasonal. A littley syrupy for my liking. Had a nice tan head that lasts.
Edgekrusher (84) - , Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is toasty malt, a little earthy, light cherry fruitiness. Flavour was again toasty caramel malt, some molasses and light spice and dark fruit... Keg made it real cloudy, then settled in about 3 minutes.
BuzzBeer99 (81) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesn’t live up to the quality of some other boulevard brews. Didn’t get the molasses. I did taste some sweetness that I atribute to apricot or pear, maybe. I’ll admit I’m a hard sell on some of the seasonal ales!