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
ryrpat (108) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Noce brown color and nutty smell. Good taste great for the cold weather. Nice beer to relax on the couch with
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sharkbcr (104) - 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!
ShawnC (76) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottle. Dark amber malty nose with a slight sweetness. Hops are hidden under the sweetness with a touch of stone fruit. Mouthfeel is slightly thick with modest carbonation. Nutty malty taste with sweetness hitting at the same time as the hops finish is clean with decent length. Worth the drink but not memorable.
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