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RATINGS: 568   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.

Concealer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (1107) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark copper with a frothy amber head. Aromas of caramel, sweet toffee, malt, citrus spice and pine. Flavor is caramel, spice, pine, light citrus and toffee. Medium bodied with a lingering sweet fruit and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5682) - McLean, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2016
12/29/15. On tap at Barrel House, Moline. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Sweet toffee and caramel aroma, light spice. Malty flavor, caramel and toffee, bready, biscuit, light spice. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_rookie (316) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Pours a chestnut color. About two fingers beige head. Medium retention, medium lacing. Also has some white chunks floating around. Slightly hazy

Aroma is burnt sugar. Caramel and dark roasted malts. Smells pretty stout.

Taste is burnt sugar, molasses. Dark fruits like dates or prune. It’s piney hops It’s hard to describe.

Mouthfeel is full. High ABV make this not so drinkable.

Overall, it’s not so bad. I was expecting some sort of spiced ale or something, but it’s not. It’s strong flavored, may not be for everyone. As it warms, I think it gets better. I’m neutral on a recommendation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Fruity hoppy bitter and malty at the same time. Dark fruit and light spice. I like where this was going, even if it doesn’t quite get there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (4595) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Draft pour. The beer is a hazy copper color with a beige head of foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma is nutty, a little musty, and I get some leathey notes as well. Some fruity sweetness lingers in the backgroung. It is more of a subdued sweetness. A moderate bitterness kicks in toward the finish. Bigger body and medium carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (789) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is spiced hops, mild sweet malts. Taste is earthy, spiced teas, hops. The hops have a nutmeg / cinnamon vibe on this one. Great job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
triplehopped (64) - - DEC 21, 2015
Pours a hazy amber with a medium/large beige head; heavy lacing. Aroma is of carmel with a fruity hop undertone. Taste is medium bitter, with spicy and sweet notes. Medium bodied, light bitter finish. Overall, a good seasonal choice, just enough spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (1293) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle at home. Saturday morning breakfast. Cloudy yeasty pour. Deep amber with a high foamy head. Aroma of resiny hops, nutmeg, orange zest. Sweet and spicy, notes of oxidized fruits, sherry, cinnamon, piney hops. Nicely balanced finish. Warming and a bit boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1587) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Reddish amber with a two-finger khaki head, solid retention and thick lacing. Aromas of caramel malt, toast, Grandma’s candy jar, alcohol and medicinal hops. Bready malt sweetness, dark fruit, brown sugar, and grains. Full body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, modest carbonation and a warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1173) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Medium amber pour, 2 fingers of tan head. Nose is malt backdrop, hops over the top. Little more bitter than sweet. Middle is medium roasted malt, spice, hops, alcohol. Finish is dry, spicy, and boozy. OK

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