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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2004
Pours a turbid mud color, lots of material in suspension decent head. Very sweet perfumey smell, a little overpowering - but if I had this around christmastime, I think it would be great! Bubbly mouthfeel and a weak taste of cinnamon, coriander and just a sprinkle of "I'm trying too hard to make this a festive beer". I don't like this one too much right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Very "holiday spicified" - Nice malt/hop balance. Tad thin. Not bad, but just didn't "do it" for me. Perhaps I wasn't properly in the spirit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Very Little head...Browinsh Coloring. Spices Present. Attempt at Fruit Cake/ Christmas Smells and Tastes. A good Attempt, but needs to be backed off a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 pours a copperish red color... w/ a quickly dissapating sparse light colored head. The palate was smooth and fairly light. the scent was full of hopps, citrus, and some other fruits, there was something else in the scent too but I just couldínt place it. the flavor had a little kick, some would call it spicy but Iím not gonna use that word.. the taste was crisp but not clear. The taste was ok but a bit to bland for me.. and I thought it could use a little more alcohol. Thanks to heemer for the blvd beers

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Iím a big fan of Boulevard Wheat so it was with eager expectations that I sampled this seasonal offering. The aroma was earthy but stale. The visual presentation was a nice mid-amber with excellent clarity. The flavor was mildy hoppy with small undercurrents of sweet malt breaking out. A hint of barely present chocolate was afterthought on the palate. All and all this ale was just above middle-of-the-road. While warming and decent in taste it lacked the festivity and whimsy that Iíve come to expect from "Christmas" beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5092) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomciccateri (1019) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 2007 Release in 12-oz bottle, dated 02.01.08. Dense brown, no head, sprucy aroma, light body, even dark malt flavor, slightly dry, dark malt flavor. 2006 Release in 12-ounce brown twist-off bottles dated "best before 02.01.07". A dense brown color with a lasting tan fine head. Malty aroma with a slight spicy note and floral hops. Full-bodied with an almost chewy character. Soft mouthfeel where the rich, slightly dry though carmely malty flavor is matched to just a hint of hop bitterness. Very filling but very well-balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Bottle 46F Trappist, aroma was hoppy with a touch of spice and a bit of malt. Cloudy brown color, with tan head. Flavor was spicy, malty and hoppy, tasted like a lot of other winter ales, but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - APR 2, 2007
Brown and clear. Not much head. Smells nice, with spicy and sweet notes. Taste though is too spicy for me. A definite blend of many flavors, but with no balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Had this beer on 6/23/2000. Aroma is like a wine with roasted malt in it. Color is a hazy brown with light carbonation and head. Taste is nutty, woody, and a bit roasted. Starting with medium body that goes down with a nutty flavor. Finish is a mildly roasted malt flavor that has a wood like flavor in it and is followed up by a slight winey tang.

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