TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Slightly hazed brick-orange. Dense, large-bubbled light tan head. Bottle-conditioned. Very aromatic with cinnamon, red apple, phenols, fig leaf, and herbal hops. Luscious bready, cedary malt undertones with touches of pale malt and evergreen. Spongy, expansive carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. First taste yields a bounty of sweet malts, red apples, and alcohol. Bready malt richness gathers momentum at the center, enveloping the holiday spices and slick fruitiness. Lightly toasted malts lead the way into the finish with faint herbal and medicinal notes at the back of the throat. Subdued earthy hops linger with baked apples, fruitcake, and nutmeg. All in all, a stunning display of rich malts and warming spices. Stupendous Holiday seasonal. MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Very nice aroma. Spicy with a nice malty finish. This is a very easy to drink winter warmer hiding the 6.1% alcohol content. 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. 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. wlajwl (6803) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Very strong mint aroma and flavor. Rather fruity and strong alcohol, very good English style ale
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours a fairly hazy crimson-ruby with a pillowy khaki-toffee head. Nose is a nice mix of spicy, piney hops with some fruity malt notes, raisin and brown sugar, and some doughy yeast. Taste is pretty sweet, really quite bitter, and maybe a touch tart. Palate is heavier than medium bodied, creamy yet crisp, with a lengthy fruity and bitter hop finish. A nice brew, a lot going on but it all works together. Good fruitcake quality combined with solid hopping. I like this. Nice strength. It’s only "spiced" quality is the fresh hops, which is great because I’m not into the spiced winter warmer type stuff. teltrevir (9) - san Marcos, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012 does not count
I smelled caramel & citrus. Dark amber in color. Loads of complexity and flavor. I taste hints of caramel on the back of my palate while grapefruit tickles my tongue. Lovely mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer! Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft. For Xmas ales this is excellent. More hops less spice. That's what i always say. Nice job.
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Pours a rusty, hazed burnt orange with a fluffy, light tan head. The aroma is full of fresh hopped goodness. Pine needles , spices, peaches and a bit of fruitiness I imagine is coming from the yeast. Flavors of sweet caramel and toffee in the front. Finishes with oranges, brown sugar,:spicy, piny hops, and a cookie dough like maltiness Med-full in body, with absolutely no alcohol heat. This batch has a far more pronounced hop character than I remember in years past, which isn’t a bad thing. Damn, it’s good this year!! fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2011
A hazy caramel colored beer with a small beige head. The aroma is piney and bubblegum, really nice. The flavor is similar with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. An all around easy to drink and enjoyable beer.