egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy red color with a small tan head, and slight lacing. Aroma of spice (ginger, clove)and hops. Sweet chocolate, berry, and caramel taste. Molasses and alcohol as well.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The time of chestnut-roasting may have nestled to the back of our memories now, but the chill outside still beckons for a winter ale, so let's see how this one holds up...Intriquing appearance, not quite brown, more than red, with a firm, but fallible, toasted tan head of foam. Aroma is evident at first pour, and on initial sniff we encounter mild spices, mellow fruit, dark ones, grape, cherry, plum, etc., and a solid, sweet maltiness. Taste: Nice hoppy buzz at the top, pleasing the palate, spicy/fruity flavor climbs to the fore and washes over the mouthfeel. At once sweet and somewhat sharp. Medium body, but full with flavor, with a tasty, pungent finish, that glides softly off the palate. Best-by date of 2/01/04 is stamped on the bottle, but this sample actually tastes better than the ones I had six weeks ago! Has a Belgian feel to it, actually. And I can dig it.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a good beer especially for the season. the color is a dark red. The flavor is nutty, with some fruit and generous amounts of hops. unfortunately its a bit thinner than i would like.
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redish amber brew with a 1" head thatís creamy, tight and off white.
Nice malt and yeast in the aroma.
Very nice assault to the tongue. Cream and sugar, sweet like a liquid candy bar.
Lots of body and a nice long finish.
Thanks to csbosox for sending this one!
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Pours cloudy brown with a thick, light tan head. Aroma is of spicey and citrusy hops (label says chinook) with hints of grass and hints of fruit. The flavor starts full of citrus/grapefruit hop flavor with some balancing sweetness. The middle of the flavor shows an interesting, almost tart, fruity malt profile with more hops and some yeast. The finish is full-bodied, with just a touch of dryness on the back of the tongue that provides a lingering after-taste - subtly bitter with some citrus hops. The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied with a bit of levity and air from the carbonation (and very burp-inducing). Overall, not bad and very well balanced - the hop and malt choices led to very complementary flavors.
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Iím usually not a fan of these kinds of ales (Cascade hops). But I really like this one. The only reason I git it was b/c I hd tried their Bully! Porter and loved it. Is seasonal, so you can only get it in the winter. Nice hoppiness and spicyness. The hop heads will love this. Nice in a cold winterís night.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice fruit and bite. One of the better holiday beers Iíve had so far. I have been happy with Boulevard beers and this is no exception. Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh...he said nut.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to tjthresh for the bottle. Dark orange with a medium head. Good retention. Aroma of earthy spices, yeast, caramel and toffee. Thereís also some plums and cherries, but the taste is pretty dry. Damn decent stuff.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was lucky enough to get this as an extra in a recent trade with Vancer, thanks Vance. Nutcracker poured chestnut brown and I was getting a little anxious and poured in a little more yeast than I planned on which is causing a slight haziness. A healthy creamy two finger off white head formed on the pour and stayed put. It just wouldnít disappear and leaves chunky lacing as I drink.
Itís a little difficult pulling the aromas from this beer with such a dense head but there is certainly a nice hop bouquet. Big notes of candied orange peel with a complimenting floral nose bringing up the rear. Underneath the hoppy goodness lies a thick layer of molten caramel.
The flavor, while good, falls short of the nose. The flavor is in line with the aroma but seems to be missing the vibrance I was expecting from the smell. Toasted breadiness gets things going but is quickly overtaken by the mouth coating caramel. Mid-palate the sugared hoppiness comes along to balance out the caramel. Thereís a strong showing from both the hops and malts. Very well balanced beer.
Thereís a moderate carbonation present that keeps the body smooth and creamy on itís way through. Medium bodied with a touch of alcohol heat and dryness on the swallow.
A well balanced and enjoyable beer thatís more than easy to drink. The balance helps keep the glass tilted.
This is a nice surprise in the winter warmer catagory. I was expecting something more along the lines of a spiced winter warmer. Iím pretty happy to find this no such thing. Itís refreshing to find a hoppy, candied, caramel dripping winter warmer. Thanks again Vance!
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A definite favorite for the holiday season, great balance with spices, orange and caramel...compares well with Anchor Christmas Ale.