RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevards 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2003 bottle. Pours a deep red with some dark fiery oranges. Lightly hazy, and unfiltered but not bottle conditioned. Big oatmeal colored head. Smells of alcohol, toasted malt, chinooks and a light yeasty brown bread aroma. Opens up smooth, fluffy and almost creamy. Great carbonation (very little), no thinning whatsoever. At first, when about 45-50 degrees, the flavor is mainly a lightly sweet malt mixed in with some alcohol. But as it warms a beautiful chinook flavor emerges and spices things up. Cherries, almonds, more toasted grains and some sweet molasses. Body is medium and for all of its smooth texture and lack of thinning, it does not exactly pour on the flavor. Very subtle and restrained. Damned good though and I can really appreciate the relatively low alcohol. Great stuff, and many thanks to Jeffin for sendin this to me. 2003 bottle aged one year Much smoother, more mellow and less carbonated. Still, the flavor is not exactly intense or even very full, but the body is good and smooth as I have come to expect and enjoy from boulevard. Lazy bubbles arise, some light yeast notes from the bottle conditioning, chocolate in the distance; but no real purpose, it seems.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6377) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Muddy red color with a small tan head, and slight lacing. Aroma of spice (ginger, clove)and hops. Sweet chocolate, berry, and caramel taste. Molasses and alcohol as well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6318) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Another fine beer from Missouris 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6297) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (6229) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (6160) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
12 oz bottle from Tipsys. Brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma and flavor of toasted malts, nuts, caramel, spice and earth. Similar flavor, bitter and sweet with a medium body. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at pint night at the Plano Gingerman. The beer pours a hazy brown color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee malt and piney hops. The hop presence is a lot heavier than I remembered from when I had it in previous years. The flavor is grassy and piney hops, along with caramel and toffee. I also get some cinnamon and clove notes. Low overall bitterness, but quite a bit of hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6152) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2009
(draught at Brugge brasserie) pours cloudy orange brown with oily bubbles and great lace. Nose of Gingerbread, brown sugar, and piney citrus hops. Taste is very spicy, piney hops, molasses, and an herbal creamy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6147) - 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.


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