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RATINGS: 557   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5340) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Large head that faded quickly. Brown. Aroma of alcohol and some spice, but not nearly as much as I would like. Flavor of a bitter. Thin palate. Reminds me of young's winter warmer, and that isn't good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5305) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2008
A fresh 2008 bottle. Lovely (and surprising!) hop aroma, at least initially, a citric hop powerhouse reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s best, some pale malts and faint ginger. Spicy nutmeg touch but again, faint. Carbonated ruby-amber body with a soapy beige head. Taste is heavy caramel and lesser citrus and red berry, dry and bready with a crisp attack and medium body that bears some quaffing. Light acidic tang. Very dark and earthy aftertaste, dry and bitter without blowing any minds. Gently warming. A little spitz of grape. A little caramelized sugar up in the far front and floral notes rounding out the sides. Good sipping winter warmer, if a little … syrupy? Wearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2010
12oz shorty bottle. Thick red-brown color with a steady beige-ish head. I really have a hard time accurately describing this one. It’s not that it’s so unique, it’s more that it captures so many flavors. Thick and rich, with some amber malt and other thicker specialty malt tones. Almost tastes spiced, not unlike a Pumpkin beer in an odd way. Fruity ale yeast notes couple well with these tastes certainly. Solidly hopped, with a nice bitter warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Deep amber coloured body with tints of brown with a tan head that tops the beer nicely. Aroma of toffee, raisins and peaches with some hops and malt thrown in the mix too. Medium-bodied; Strong initial malty taste showing some hops with a bunch of nuts and toffee also. Aftertaste is a bit bittering up front with some sweetness lingering further behind. Overall, a decent beer - not too unusual for a Christmas beer - but worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle pulled from an 8-pack sampler purchased at Sam’s Wine & Liquors in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 15-December-2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (5222) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Sweet, caramel, winter warmer. Well balanced. Not heavily spiced. On draught at the brewery. Nice overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5215) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5210) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Reddish-amber with huge tan head ( into a chilled footed pilsner) awesome lace. Still has a head at 9/10.....Hops in the nose, mild sweet citrus, spice. some rubber/vinyl. Taste is spicy,, grains, malt, pine....very pleasant. slight bitter aftertaste. a good offering. enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5208) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - 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.

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