haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Thanks Jeremy for getting me this bottle in Oklahoma City! Pours a dark, hazy brown color with a frothy tan head. Hopsy aroma. As well as some floral notes and a hint of alcohol. Kind of subtle taste. Floral hops, as well as a hint of some citrus as well. Kind of a thic finish. Mild bitterness. An overall good ale. Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Great big light brown head. Kind of sloppy bubbles. Reduces slowly. Spruce and malts and a little floral hops. Maybe a little candied fruits and brown sugar. Color is a hazy dark brown. Sweet and fruity with more floral hops. A lot of caramel in there with some spices. Medium to heavy body. Finish is thick and sweet yet a little bitter. A pretty good ale. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2005
12oz from Beerhandy. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a foamy light tan head. Nose is very sweet, caramel malt, lots of molasses and brown sugar, and some light hops. Taste is very sweet and malty, lots of sugar and candy spices, a bitter finish and a nice fizzy mouthfeel. zombywoof (467) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Red hazy beer with a frothy head. The nose is spruce and floral. The nutcracker is no ball buster with a sweet caramelly resin flavor. Herbal and licorice hints. A floral complex finish. kramer (6991) - 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.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2005
12z 2005 bottle. Amber brown hue with a finger width tan head that had aromatic notes of straw, pine and berries. Syrupy aroma mixed with cader and slight vanilla. Allowing a full sniff to come to an end, a pleasant alcohol burn lingered. Medium bodied with nice effervescence. Sticky pine and sap flavors. Bitter chocolate and medium roast coffee. Tastes great in the mouth with the resinous pine notes from the hops and the molasses maltiness culminating. The finish definitely changes everything. Long and bitter. The middle has notes of citrus and caramel. Still a good clinging head. From what I have heard Chinook impart a "pine" note to the beer. What other hops do they use, or do all of their beers share that common denominator. Just thinking out loud. After a slight break to let the afterburn die down, the bitterness has waned. The last swallow was malt and smooth, no, wait...there it is. Still a nice pine and sticky resinous finish. I’m glad that I grabbed the last one off the shelf! roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 2012 (November) - pretty radical shift for this year’s offering. it’s now 7.8% abv (on bottle and website) and it seems the way they accomplished this is to add brown and dark sugar (ingredient list on website). bottle says "Contains pure water, barley malt, wheat malt, hops, and yeast". nowhere does it say anything about sugar... pretty shoddy if you ask me. anyway, it’s not bad tasting at all, 6 bucks a sixer, and more than capable of giving you one of those bizarre adjunct headaches if you think it still the 5.9% version.. lol
2005 - Much better offering from Boulevard. Their Pale Ale became drinkable within the past year and now their "holiday" beer really steps up to the plate. Tons of flavor and backbone for a Boulevard beer. This beer is more properly classified as an American Hop Ale. Really, just a very nice effort from the boys in K.c. newtrip (54) - USA - DEC 4, 2005
Poured very dark and slightly cloudy with off-white head. Nice lacing going on here. Nose is citrusy. Taste is also citrusy and has a caramel malty type of taste. This is a pretty damn good beer. Strykzone (7797) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Having seen the high rating and having read some of the ratings of this beer, I must be drinking the wrong stuff. I found the beer to taste of sour mash and to be surprisingly bitter. It looked like an inviting ale and the aroma was somewhat intriguing. However, the beer itself left me wishing for more. Maybe the next one will change my mind. ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Aroma of spice and some hops as well. Flavor is spice on top of a citrusy hop base flavor. I think Buch Dich put it nicely when he said, "A touch of spice covers a dark hoppy ale with a warm wool blanket." This is a nice brew indeed. Too bad it’s not available for very much of the year.