cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Why I didn't rate this before I'll never know. Love the spicy hint of nutmeg and sugary bite. More bitter than peppery but I can taste both aspects. Too bad its gone until the end of this year! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Light clouded mahogany in color, medium tannish loose and fluffy head that faded pretty fast, puffy ring around the edge stays present and lace in mixed thickness of globby webs. Aroma is soft and mild of light gingerbread dough spice with a nice little toasted, roasted, woodish background with some moist dirt, earthy herb-like notes. Taste has a nice little spice to it thats light of mint and ginger, cinnamon too. Malts are of toasty bread with just a hint of sweetness coming through at the finish where some lightly mixing herbal hops and spiced cracker-like dryness and woodyness lends a favorable finishing quality. Feel is medium bodied with a little tingle of carbonation that tingles on the tongue lightly in the finish adding to a bit of the dry finish. Took a bit of getting use to and was intregingly fun to drink. A nice brew that I wouldn't mind having around when in the mood, which I had to do, at first I wasn't liking it, but as I went along I found it quite nice with some good subtle characteristics. egajdzis (6588) - 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. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
The time of chestnut-roasting may have nestled to the back of our memories now, but the chill outside still beckons for a winter ale, so let's see how this one holds up...Intriquing appearance, not quite brown, more than red, with a firm, but fallible, toasted tan head of foam. Aroma is evident at first pour, and on initial sniff we encounter mild spices, mellow fruit, dark ones, grape, cherry, plum, etc., and a solid, sweet maltiness. Taste: Nice hoppy buzz at the top, pleasing the palate, spicy/fruity flavor climbs to the fore and washes over the mouthfeel. At once sweet and somewhat sharp. Medium body, but full with flavor, with a tasty, pungent finish, that glides softly off the palate. Best-by date of 2/01/04 is stamped on the bottle, but this sample actually tastes better than the ones I had six weeks ago! Has a Belgian feel to it, actually. And I can dig it. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2004
a good beer especially for the season. the color is a dark red. The flavor is nutty, with some fruit and generous amounts of hops. unfortunately its a bit thinner than i would like.
SpringsLicker (3639) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Redish amber brew with a 1" head that’s creamy, tight and off white.
Nice malt and yeast in the aroma.
Very nice assault to the tongue. Cream and sugar, sweet like a liquid candy bar.
Lots of body and a nice long finish.
Thanks to csbosox for sending this one! jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Pours cloudy brown with a thick, light tan head. Aroma is of spicey and citrusy hops (label says chinook) with hints of grass and hints of fruit. The flavor starts full of citrus/grapefruit hop flavor with some balancing sweetness. The middle of the flavor shows an interesting, almost tart, fruity malt profile with more hops and some yeast. The finish is full-bodied, with just a touch of dryness on the back of the tongue that provides a lingering after-taste - subtly bitter with some citrus hops. The mouthfeel is quite full-bodied with a bit of levity and air from the carbonation (and very burp-inducing). Overall, not bad and very well balanced - the hop and malt choices led to very complementary flavors. teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Wow. I’m usually not a fan of these kinds of ales (Cascade hops). But I really like this one. The only reason I git it was b/c I hd tried their Bully! Porter and loved it. Is seasonal, so you can only get it in the winter. Nice hoppiness and spicyness. The hop heads will love this. Nice in a cold winter’s night. mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Nice fruit and bite. One of the better holiday beers I’ve had so far. I have been happy with Boulevard beers and this is no exception. Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh...he said nut. ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
A definite favorite for the holiday season, great balance with spices, orange and caramel...compares well with Anchor Christmas Ale.