joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Was lucky enough to get this as an extra in a recent trade with Vancer, thanks Vance. Nutcracker poured chestnut brown and I was getting a little anxious and poured in a little more yeast than I planned on which is causing a slight haziness. A healthy creamy two finger off white head formed on the pour and stayed put. It just wouldn’t disappear and leaves chunky lacing as I drink.
It’s a little difficult pulling the aromas from this beer with such a dense head but there is certainly a nice hop bouquet. Big notes of candied orange peel with a complimenting floral nose bringing up the rear. Underneath the hoppy goodness lies a thick layer of molten caramel.
The flavor, while good, falls short of the nose. The flavor is in line with the aroma but seems to be missing the vibrance I was expecting from the smell. Toasted breadiness gets things going but is quickly overtaken by the mouth coating caramel. Mid-palate the sugared hoppiness comes along to balance out the caramel. There’s a strong showing from both the hops and malts. Very well balanced beer.
There’s a moderate carbonation present that keeps the body smooth and creamy on it’s way through. Medium bodied with a touch of alcohol heat and dryness on the swallow.
A well balanced and enjoyable beer that’s more than easy to drink. The balance helps keep the glass tilted.
This is a nice surprise in the winter warmer catagory. I was expecting something more along the lines of a spiced winter warmer. I’m pretty happy to find this no such thing. It’s refreshing to find a hoppy, candied, caramel dripping winter warmer. Thanks again Vance!
1/26/08 tennisjoel (1459) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Pour is red brown with a creamy tan head. Aromas of nutmeg, light fruit, and molasses. Some light hops are maintained within the background. A somewhat sweet, but rather enjoyable brew. Some of these lower ABV beers that Boulevard puts out are very solid within their respective styles. Very solid! 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. Beaver (1799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2010
12oz bottle, best by 2/15/11. Pours a bright hazy copper chestnut color with a medium creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
The aroma is resiny, fruity, slightly perfumey hops with some bready caramel/toffee malts.
The flavor is caramel malts, nuts and a little molasses with some bright resiny fruity hops in the finish. As it warms, a lot more fruitiness comes out. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, a nice surprise. It’s very well balanced and has some nice bright hoppiness. I’ll have to add this to the list to get each winter.
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.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Can’t believe it’s 7.8% ABV. Not overly malty for such high alcohol beer. Could stand to have a tad more hops . ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Classic winter warmer. Not crazy spicing, but with a healthy nut and dark fruit undertone. coachd (836) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Good strong aroma. Tons of molasses, booze, nutmeg, hops and a dank, after the rain type of smell that just works here. Amber color with a huge off white head. Tastes like hazelnuts, molasses, gingerbread and pumpkin pie spice with a slight hop presence in the aftertaste. Winter in a glass. At 7.8%, I don’t know if I would call it a winter warmer, but this one was very good. Props for being unique; I don’t know if I’ve ever had another beer like this. commonmac (1246) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle purchased at Elevated in South Mpls. Plum, deep amber color. Froth is strong on this one. Lacing follows suit. Malt comes through on the nose with some undercurrent hops. Little bit of spice too. Taste leans mostly on malty sweetness after an initial hop hit. Toffee and molasses. Finish and aftertaste have plum, dark fruit elements. Improves as it progresses almost taking on an abbey dubbel feel. This is a pretty solid winter option. rosskyle (721) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Hoppy aroma. Dark cloudy Amber color. Smooth texture. Hoppy flavor but not overwhelming. Spicy finish.
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