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RATINGS: 527   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
12oz bottle, best by 2/15/11. Pours a bright hazy copper chestnut color with a medium creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is resiny, fruity, slightly perfumey hops with some bready caramel/toffee malts.

The flavor is caramel malts, nuts and a little molasses with some bright resiny fruity hops in the finish. As it warms, a lot more fruitiness comes out. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, a nice surprise. Itís very well balanced and has some nice bright hoppiness. Iíll have to add this to the list to get each winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
slight haze, burnt sienna. light tan head. great retention rate, with some solid lacing. some serious evergreen aromas, sweet oranges with some caramel notes. light spices. some clove and nutmeg. very interesting palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Appearance: Very hazy, dark orange with thick, creamy head. Aroma: Lots of floral, spicy hops, as well as some tart grapefruit. Nice bready, caramel malt as well. Taste: While there is a strong backbone of toast, caramel and cherry, this is surprisingly hoppy, with notes of spice, grapefruit and herbs. Somewhat bitter finish. Palate: Moderate carbonation with a nice, dry finish. Seemed slightly thin at first, but got better at around cellar temp. Overall: Despite everything positive about this beer, there is something that keeps me from really wanting to have more. However, it is a very good Americanized take on an English Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onionkid (361) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle. Aroma of malt and caramel. Slight spices to the aroma as well. The taste actually has multiple stages. First you get the hoppy, citric taste that quickly fades into malts and caramel. The finish then tastes extra sugary/sweet with a bit of a cloying citric bite to it. This is a pretty full bodied taste, definitely a solid beer. 5.9% alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1029) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Taste is grass, celery, spices, malt and hops. Smooth, complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
geeklimit (164) - USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours an overly-carbonated head on a dark amber ale, have to stop mid-pour. Cream head lasts for a long time. Notable hops aroma. Spicy hops taste on a decently thicker and very bubbly consistency. Slightly dry finish with not unpleasant bitter hops aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pudds (29) - Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
Hazy golden brown. Thick creamy head that goes for miles. A moderately vigorous pour resulted in so much head that I had to wait for it to settle to continue pouring. Aroma is too mild - hard to detect anything. Faint citrus hops, maybe. Definite hops on the tongue. Light malt, fairly strong pine needle bitterness that lasts after the first taste. Finish is nicely carbonated and leaves me wanting more. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured out of a 12oz into a tulip glass. Nice copper/amber color, almost transparent. A dirty-white quarter inch head. Smells of hops. Citrus and Granny Smith apple. Tastes malty rounded out by hoppy bitterness. Thereís a little apple or pear at the end too. Soft texture. Light carbonation. A good beer. Great balance. The fruit notes on the nose and tongue were really nice. I really liked the texture, it was almost creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours deep walnut brown, thin tan head, great lacing. Nose is spicy: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, peppercorn, fruitcake, syrup really delectable. Flavours are equally spicy, with pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, sarsaparilla, bark, fennel, and fruit.. A great seasonal brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keith0718 (365) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Canít believe itís 7.8% ABV. Not overly malty for such high alcohol beer. Could stand to have a tad more hops .

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