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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Dark ruby black color with nice off-white/tan head and a tad of lacing. The aroma is mainly hoppy with a very noble edge to it and a slight spicy, nuttiness to it as well. The flavor is very well balanced, I really like this one. A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket. Thanks acrodizer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2009
(draught at Brugge brasserie) pours cloudy orange brown with oily bubbles and great lace. Nose of Gingerbread, brown sugar, and piney citrus hops. Taste is very spicy, piney hops, molasses, and an herbal creamy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5346) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5333) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Sampled on 4/30/2010. This English Strong Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, caramel, a hint of bread and some spices. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, bready and sweet. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, 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??

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5196) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Muddy red color with a small tan head, and slight lacing. Aroma of spice (ginger, clove)and hops. Sweet chocolate, berry, and caramel taste. Molasses and alcohol as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Very nice. Heavy body, dark red coloring. Sweetness and spiciness combine well together with a little roasted something. Boulevard hits on another great beer.


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