beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
lemonlovr (191) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
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55f Pours a dark cloudy mahogany with a tight creamy head.
Smell: Medium malt aroma with raisins, spice and alcohol.
Taste: hints of molasses and toasted grain along with some hop character (spiciness) Chinook hops? It strikes me as young and in need of a little aging.
Mouth feel: Medium body starts sweet but the hops dry it up nicely
It’s a great winter warmer and although I haven’t tried this (It is always gone by New Years) I think it could be cellared for a year or two and really round off some of it edginess
Wow. This is an excellent brew from Boulevard...makes me wish it was a year-round rather than just a winter seasonal. Aroma is certainly reminiscent of a Belgian abbey dubbel - bananas and cloves are present, along with some scotchiness, spices, and pine. Flavor is sweet up front with a hoppy finish. The hops are very understated but you know they're there - due mostly to "hop-mouth." Palate is nice and full and mouthfeel is very good. A great winter seasonal and one of Boulevard's best...this coming from a guy who thought Zon was a gift from God. bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2012
12oz Bottle A - Pours hazing brown amber. Tan 1 inch head dissipates into soap suds. Good lacing S - Sweet cookie, brown sugar, & molasses T - Sweet cookie, roasted malt, with a hop bite for balance M - Medium bodied, good carbonation that pickles the tongue. O - Very Good Winter Ale thats not spiced which I like. hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Mint, bubblegum, and banana nose after a cloudy dark orange pour. Taste starts off sweet and stays sweet with almost no finish. Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. jkbachman (181) - - DEC 31, 2012
Malty sweet with a hop bitterness reminiscent of pine. Some fruity esters. Not the greatest holiday ale but drinkable.
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lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2004
I’m 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 I’ve come to expect from "Christmas" beers. hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber in color with a somewhat carbonated head. Lots of spiciness with hints of caramel and molasses. Sweet turns to bitter at the end. FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Excellent beer. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a decent off-white head. Citrus and bread in the aroma. Nice and malty flavor with a bit of dark fruit. Decently balanced, and the wet hops come through on the finish. Flavor doesn’t linger too much. Medium body with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Very good winter seasonal. bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2011
12 oz. bottle to lager glass. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. I get floral hops and a touch of sweet, molasses maybe. Sweet with a hopped finish. A decent winter offering. Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Nice name for a good beer. I cant wait for next holiday season so i can buy more of this type of beer