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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
12. Pours an opaque dark brown with an enormous, surging, sudsy tan head that really sticks around, leaving plenty of lace. Fresh pine nose--not that sticky resinous pine that’s so great in an ipa, more of the fresh-air pine-forest side of the olfactory equation. Sweet brown sugar under that. Creamy medium body, goes a bit watery in spots, subdued carb. Not the expected effect for the appearance and time of year, but we all have our preferences I suppose. Toasty, nuts, caramel, and brown bread on the mid-palate. Mild finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (7525) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours out a deep rusty copper, very hazy, with a decent cream colored head that sticks around for a while. Aroma kinda muted but I get some fruit salad notes, and a hint of molasses. Taste was much more assertive than the nose, but not in an overwhelming way. The full mouthfeel is complimented by very mild hop bitterness, surrounded by fruity caramel malts and only a touch of holiday spicing, particularly cinnamon. Spicy enough to be a winter warmer, but not done to the point of overpowering. Somewhat mild start with a grapefuity finish. Not bad, lads!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2009
2008 bottle. Poured clear, coppery amber with a creamy, well-retained cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up darker nutty notes and molasses, accented by Christmasey spices and some warmth.. eventually some green apple skins came through. The flavor had some darker fruit join the nutty and molasses notes at the core.. nutmeg and white peppery spicage throughout.. there were hints of the green apple, but it never really got in the way.. warm, tasty finish. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation through the palate.. the spices worked well here.. I’d gladly have another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Decatur, Ga. - on tap at Taco Mac. Medium copper pour, off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma has a nice Christmas spice tint to it with a touch of molasses. Flavor is sweet with some nuttiness, some date-like fruitiness and a hint of Christmas spices. Misses that ’oomph’ that a beer like this should deliver. Smooth mouthfeel. Mark this one as decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7372) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle (BB Jul/2012). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber-brown, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of dried mango. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Hoppy brown ale or a dark amber ale? Very watery. Not very interesting or wintery, but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Very hoppy aroma, almost like an IPA. Pours a mahogany with an appealing nougat colored head. Too hoppy to be an English strong ale, but very robust. Flavors include caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate and ginger. Very smooth and drinkable, a delicious winter treat. Thanks to MOboy for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle, deeper amber pour. Some Christmas spice, ginger, allspice , cinnamon. Flavor was slightly muted. Ok, expect more from this brewery

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2011
16 oz draft on tap at Maria’s (Chicago, IL). Amazed I haven’t had this yet. 30th Boulevard Rating (Still need Amber too). Pours a well hazed dark amber hue with some copper glow on the edges. A bit darker, with a frothy tannish head sitting atop, small layer laces ok. Aromas are touches of sweeter malts, but gentle some toffee and toast mix with a decent floral and lemon hopping. Gentle earth and toast, biscuits. Simple, a more earthy decent hopping. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied offering touches of toast and toffee up front, not too sweet, a kiss of sweetness moves into bread and biscuits, a decent floral and more earthy hopping, touches of lemon, gentle sweetness lingers on. Middle shows some carmelization, more hops drying out into the finish, florals and touches of lemony citrus. Pretty standard beer, lacking a true defining characteristic as the hops pick up some spiciness and pepper, earth into the finish. Solid. Could use a dash of citrusy bite, but it’s an English Ale, so I guess that would defeat the purpose??

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Having seen the high rating and having read some of the ratings of this beer, I must be drinking the wrong stuff. I found the beer to taste of sour mash and to be surprisingly bitter. It looked like an inviting ale and the aroma was somewhat intriguing. However, the beer itself left me wishing for more. Maybe the next one will change my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
12 oz. 2004 bottling. Pours an amber color with a thin tan head. Spicy, sweet malt smell. Medium bodied with a full, creamy mouthfeel. Has a caramel sweet and mild alcohol taste. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Pretty nice, one of Boulevards better brews. 12/2004

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