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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tybee199 (13) - USA - DEC 5, 2001
Pretty tasty. This yearís batch is typically deep in color, spicy and sweet. Goes well with the season, though I think the 2001 batch is not quite as interesting as those of the past. Itís still fun, though -- a unique winter brew that satisfies that itch for something different that I get occassionally. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2674) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Slightly hazed brick-orange. Dense, large-bubbled light tan head. Bottle-conditioned. Very aromatic with cinnamon, red apple, phenols, fig leaf, and herbal hops. Luscious bready, cedary malt undertones with touches of pale malt and evergreen. Spongy, expansive carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. First taste yields a bounty of sweet malts, red apples, and alcohol. Bready malt richness gathers momentum at the center, enveloping the holiday spices and slick fruitiness. Lightly toasted malts lead the way into the finish with faint herbal and medicinal notes at the back of the throat. Subdued earthy hops linger with baked apples, fruitcake, and nutmeg. All in all, a stunning display of rich malts and warming spices. Stupendous Holiday seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Very nice aroma. Spicy with a nice malty finish. This is a very easy to drink winter warmer hiding the 6.1% alcohol content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle purchased at QFC in Mukilteo, WA. Pours a cloudy amber color with an off-white head. Aroma: Sweet malt, hops, and dried fruit. Flavor: Dried fruit, molasses, and a hint of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Wow! Not expecting such radical awesomeness at all! I picked up the Boulevard mix pack as usual...Oh, cool, a new seasonal beer. Hmm, Nutcracker Ale, probably some nut brown lamezorz. Poured it: Cloudy, but looks kinda like a nice unfiltered IPA, ha wouldnít that be funny, if this was hoppy! Aroma: Whoa! Multiple Hops, spices, pine, caramel...What am I in for? Flavor: Holy balls. This stuff comes through. Initially a tasteful hop bomb, quickly giving way to the caramel and molasses of the nose, then finishing like a liquefied christmas tree. Itís all real quick, and surprisingly enough a christmas tree finishes dry. I am really liking this beer a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5776) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Very strong mint aroma and flavor. Rather fruity and strong alcohol, very good English style ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours a fairly hazy crimson-ruby with a pillowy khaki-toffee head. Nose is a nice mix of spicy, piney hops with some fruity malt notes, raisin and brown sugar, and some doughy yeast. Taste is pretty sweet, really quite bitter, and maybe a touch tart. Palate is heavier than medium bodied, creamy yet crisp, with a lengthy fruity and bitter hop finish. A nice brew, a lot going on but it all works together. Good fruitcake quality combined with solid hopping. I like this. Nice strength. Itís only "spiced" quality is the fresh hops, which is great because Iím not into the spiced winter warmer type stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
teltrevir (9) - san Marcos, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012 does not count
I smelled caramel & citrus. Dark amber in color. Loads of complexity and flavor. I taste hints of caramel on the back of my palate while grapefruit tickles my tongue. Lovely mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft. For Xmas ales this is excellent. More hops less spice. That's what i always say. Nice job. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopphead88 (33) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Pours a rusty, hazed burnt orange with a fluffy, light tan head. The aroma is full of fresh hopped goodness. Pine needles , spices, peaches and a bit of fruitiness I imagine is coming from the yeast. Flavors of sweet caramel and toffee in the front. Finishes with oranges, brown sugar,:spicy, piny hops, and a cookie dough like maltiness Med-full in body, with absolutely no alcohol heat. This batch has a far more pronounced hop character than I remember in years past, which isnít a bad thing. Damn, itís good this year!!

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