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RATINGS: 527   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5130) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Served in a pint glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of light cloudiness. Big light tan with great retention. A good amount of lacing throughout. The nose is a bit plain with a bit of caramel and toffee plus some very light spicing. The taste is a bit sweet with some brown ale characteristics. The spicing is there a bit and there is some mild earthiness to this. The spicing doesn’t come through too much until the back end and especially in the finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A bit drinkable, but the finish is slightly off-puting in juxtaposition to the flavor and I don’t quite need all that much of this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-23-2010

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Somewhat strange aroma of fresh hops, fruit, peaches, nectarines, and a hint of malt. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a large, rocky, off-white head that disappeared. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of fresh hops, fruit, light peach, light resin, slight spices, and flowers. Medium body. Slightly to lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, slightly bitter, malt, peach, hop, and resin finish is lightly dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Dark amber/orange with a smallish, bigger bubbled head. Rick malt and light juniper aroma. Malty flavors of dark bitter chocolate, licorice, treacle and white pepper. Finishes sharp and spicy, with the white pepper following from the flavor to finish. Fruity cherry and strawberry flavors come out a it more as this one warms. Interesting, but nothing earth shattering.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 10, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized light tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated hazy orange brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty and mild spice. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild spice floral and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Strykzone (4911) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (4909) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice English ale flavor and aromas. Hints of sweet molasses lingers and finishes quite dry.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
12 oz bottle, via ericmc83. Cloudy light brown pour with a small off-white head. Generous amounts of carbonation retains head well. Deep resiny hop aroma up front, with a sweet toffee malt base. Very sweet malt up front with a resiny/earthy hop bitterness in the middle. This just lacks any sort of depth or complexity. My vote for the style of this is Dumbed Down Barley Wine. Pretty thin with a watery finish, fine carbonation but too much of it. Boring mouthfeel. Not so good this one. Very weak in both flavor and complexity. Pretty confused after I saw so many high ratings when I entered this.


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