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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevardís 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.


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   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6273) - 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. Itís medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but manages to feel a bit thin at times. Overall, itís decent but a little under-spiced from what Iíve come to expect from a "Winter Warmer."

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Strykzone (6212) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6195) - Yorktown, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6135) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6009) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Sweet, caramel, winter warmer. Well balanced. Not heavily spiced. On draught at the brewery. Nice overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5952) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5898) - Pennsburg, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Funny story - On Friday night my brother comes over, and his girlfriend had been to Kansas City for thanksgiving. She had sent some beers , including a Boulevard holiday pack that included this beer. Then I receive my Secret Santa package Saturday morning, and it includes this one, too! what are the odds? I mean I had no idea about this beer, and suddenly, I got 3 in my fridge. Anyway, breeish brown, tan head. malty, chestnut aroma, Spicy, peppery, nutmeg and a little alcohol, followed by a raisin, woodsy earthy finale. Pretty tasty Ale.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kappldav123 (5818) - GERMANY - JAN 17, 2009
The bottle looks a bit complex, the beer in the glass is okay. Hoppy and fruity-sweet aroma. Starts modest dry, notes of clove. The finish is a bit weak, modest dry in the background. Too boring!


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