RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s 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.

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3.3
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2008
12 oz. bottle, some fruit on the nose,medium head dissipates to some nice lacing, caramel and fruit flavor in an amber body, the best boulevard I have had so far

3.7
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2003
(2001 vintage) What a surprise, found this while going thru what a thought was a box of Belguim Abbey beers, hidden in the corner. Worried it may not be any good, the siblings, as I remembered, where very nice...so here goes the pour... Appearance looks okay, dark copper hue and a moderate head and fair lacing. Aroma hinted of spices, caramel, dates, brown sugar, and leather. Spices and sweetness went straight to the palate, intense. Some ripe fruit and aromatic hops did shine through, enhanceing the taste. Complex yet nicely balanced. Moderately sticky feel, spices do linger on as well. This bottle seemed to stand the test of time, thanks goodness.

3.2
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Courtesy of Secret Santa July 2011

Bottle: The aroma is rather light and consists of caramel/toffee, light spice, and a touch of citrus. It pours a cloudy dark reddish-orange with a two finger beige head with decent retention. It leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel and toffee. The finish has a citrus tanginess, nuts, and faint ginger. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but manages to feel a bit thin at times. Overall, it’s decent but a little under-spiced from what I’ve come to expect from a "Winter Warmer."

3.8
ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 12/5/11, Best by 3/1/12

Aroma: The nose is mostly grassy hops, caramel, toffee, earth, and some spice (nutmeg, ginger, etc...)
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear reddish-brown color with a big, foamy beige head and spotty, light lace
Flavor: Tastes medium sweet (toffee, caramel), with some decent spice, and a grassy, earthy bitterness
Palate: Medium bodied (leaning full), a fairly creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation, and a semi-dry finish
Overall Impression: I thought this was a very solid attempt at the Winter Warmer style. I liked the balance of sweetness, spice, and hops, and I thought that they all worked pretty well together. A nice offering from Boulevard.

3.3
JStax (6504) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Draft pour. The beer is a hazy copper color with a beige head of foam that dissipates quickly. The aroma is nutty, a little musty, and I get some leathey notes as well. Some fruity sweetness lingers in the backgroung. It is more of a subdued sweetness. A moderate bitterness kicks in toward the finish. Bigger body and medium carbonation. Not bad.

3.3
RobertDale (6477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy amber with an average biege head. Aroma of piney hops and caramel. Taste is piney hops, caramel, malt, a bit of citrus and a bit of spice. Very nice.

3.8
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Another fine beer from Missouri’s most consistant brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a dense tan head. The aroma has toasty malts, light sweetness, spiciness and earthy hops. Medium body with a crispness and semi-sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with grainy heavily toasted malt with a nice dose of Chinook hops giving it an earthy feel. The finish focuses more on the hop aspect that turns a bit woodier and well as a cane sugar sweetness showing through. Nice winter warmer.

3.3
Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Funny story - On Friday night my brother comes over, and his girlfriend had been to Kansas City for thanksgiving. She had sent some beers , including a Boulevard holiday pack that included this beer. Then I receive my Secret Santa package Saturday morning, and it includes this one, too! what are the odds? I mean I had no idea about this beer, and suddenly, I got 3 in my fridge. Anyway, breeish brown, tan head. malty, chestnut aroma, Spicy, peppery, nutmeg and a little alcohol, followed by a raisin, woodsy earthy finale. Pretty tasty Ale.

3
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Pours mahogany with a white head. Smells of tea, raisins, earthy. Tastes earthy and rosey with a mild peppery finish.

3.7
nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2010
12oz shorty bottle. Thick red-brown color with a steady beige-ish head. I really have a hard time accurately describing this one. It’s not that it’s so unique, it’s more that it captures so many flavors. Thick and rich, with some amber malt and other thicker specialty malt tones. Almost tastes spiced, not unlike a Pumpkin beer in an odd way. Fruity ale yeast notes couple well with these tastes certainly. Solidly hopped, with a nice bitter warming aftertaste.


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