kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, but fairly clear. Large, frothy, off-white head. Major citrus hops and crystal malt in the aroma along with white raisin. Floral and more citric hops in the flavor on top of some caramel and outdoorsy must. Lightly metallic. Medium bodied, average carbonation with a fairly bitter, slightly sticky finish. Overall pretty good and repeatable. Onionkid (376) - 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. ryrpat (372) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Noce brown color and nutty smell. Good taste great for the cold weather. Nice beer to relax on the couch with
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Golden amber pour. Medium bright head. Hop forward aroma. Taste is mostly hop spiciness with sweetness from the molasses with a hint of esther in the finish.
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12 oz. bottle from HyVee Marion
Ar: Aroma seems a bit muted. There is a bit of black pepper and oddly enough I get some cinnamon spice here.
Ap: Pours a hazy copper with a two finger cream colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves just a bit of lace.
T: The flavor is very spicy, with lots of black pepper flavor. There is some sweetness, and maybe a bit of burnt sugar. However, the finish is oddly bitter, but not in a pleasant way (think more grapefruit rind than dark chocolate). It does become slightly more balanced as it warms.
P: Medium body with very assertive carbonation.
O: This was a bit of a let down. I just found everything to be a bit off.
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 wouldn’t 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. It’s all real quick, and surprisingly enough a christmas tree finishes dry. I am really liking this beer a lot. 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. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2004
I loved this beer! My new Christmas favorite. I was pleasantly surprised. Stevesie (336) - - JAN 4, 2013
Decent winter ale from Boulevard. Nice dark red color and piney nose, though a bit malty for me. Good warm alcoholic finish. Solid ABV to price ratio, makes it a nice holiday standby. jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Red-amber pour with a nice beige head. Aroma is spice and some fruit and caramel. Sweet, with enough bitterness to balance. Flavors follow through the aroma.