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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6669) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Sweet, caramel, winter warmer. Well balanced. Not heavily spiced. On draught at the brewery. Nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6511) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6426) - 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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6379) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6257) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with an off white head. Aroma of cloves. Flavors of fruitcake. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6157) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle pours out a dark amber topped with a long lasting creamy sand head. Aroma of christmass trees and fresh baked treats for Santa. Taste is of pine needles but not all that bitter. lots of sweetness and malts to calm it down. A little spice to make it just right. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6135) - 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.

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