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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6518) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2003
(2001 vintage) What a surprise, found this while going thru what a thought was a box of Belguim Abbey beers, hidden in the corner. Worried it may not be any good, the siblings, as I remembered, where very nice...so here goes the pour... Appearance looks okay, dark copper hue and a moderate head and fair lacing. Aroma hinted of spices, caramel, dates, brown sugar, and leather. Spices and sweetness went straight to the palate, intense. Some ripe fruit and aromatic hops did shine through, enhanceing the taste. Complex yet nicely balanced. Moderately sticky feel, spices do linger on as well. This bottle seemed to stand the test of time, thanks goodness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6487) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Pours mahogany with a white head. Smells of tea, raisins, earthy. Tastes earthy and rosey with a mild peppery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2008
12 oz. bottle, some fruit on the nose,medium head dissipates to some nice lacing, caramel and fruit flavor in an amber body, the best boulevard I have had so far

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at pint night at the Plano Gingerman. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee malt and piney hops. The hop presence is a lot heavier than I remembered from when I had it in previous years. The flavor is grassy and piney hops, along with caramel and toffee. I also get some cinnamon and clove notes. Low overall bitterness, but quite a bit of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Rusty orange with thin head. Nice hoppy aroma. The beer is pretty nicely hopped with a good citric base, then topped with a nice tree-sappy spiciness on top. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6052) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6013) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Courtesy of Secret Santa July 2011

Bottle: The aroma is rather light and consists of caramel/toffee, light spice, and a touch of citrus. It pours a cloudy dark reddish-orange with a two finger beige head with decent retention. It leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel and toffee. The finish has a citrus tanginess, nuts, and faint ginger. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but manages to feel a bit thin at times. Overall, it’s decent but a little under-spiced from what I’ve come to expect from a "Winter Warmer."

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