RATINGS: 579   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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2011
12 oz. bottle to lager glass. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. I get floral hops and a touch of sweet, molasses maybe. Sweet with a hopped finish. A decent winter offering.


2.9
Strangebrewer (1391) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2018
bottle. Poured opaque reddish amber with a beige head. Fruity tart aroma. Medium body, prickly carbonation, lingering astringent mouthfeel. Flavour of toasted malts, a bit woody, spicy notes with a warming finish

2.4
FROTHINGSLOSH (8375) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2018
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy orange-caramel color with an enormous fluffy orange-tan head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was malty with a hint of baking spices. The flavor was very bitter and astringent with notes of malt and dry spices. Long finish. Medium body. Not good.

3
tapefuzz (981) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2018
Draught. Pours copper with a moderate beige head. Aroma is caramel, toast, nuts, clove, and more spice. Taste is nuts, bread, toffee, fruit (berries?), spice (especially nutmeg), and pepper. Decent bitterness. Light-medium body. High carbonation. Oily mouthfeel - a touch sticky.

1.9
cheap (6256) - CHINA - JAN 22, 2018
$2 bottle at bowsers. Iced tea eye. Taste is spiced ipa. Weird bitter medicine. Its 8% and you know it. Pretty good co2 tho. Becomes a little difficult on the back of the throat. Gettin a little dizzy near the end. Don't care much for these winter warmers.

3.1
williamstome (2062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2017 very nutty. orange- brown pour. faint nutty aroma. bitter and nutty. minor spicy notes.

3.2
Bebum (1147) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2017
Clear amber. Medium body, flavorful, well carbonated but low heat, lingering aftertaste, austere finish. Very bitter, crisp, dry. Hoppy, caramel. Big beer, excellent if you are a hophead. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
dnstone (4034) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2017
Pours a nice copper with white head. Crisp malt aroma. Spiced malty flavor. Notes: on tap at the brewery, Nov '17

2.6
p0rkch0p (138) - Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2017 Dark amber pour into a snifter glass. Taste is hard to describe. Reminds me of something barrel aged even though it isnt. Also notice some hops which surprised me. Have to sip on this one as it burns going down like a stronger drink would.

3.5
Bill Becker (2055) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Nov 2006 Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp-best by 02/01/2007) a hazy medium amber with a small head of foam that shrank to a fine broken layer with some lacing. The smell has some sweet malt nose to it but it's on the delicate side. The taste has semi sweet malt up front and nice spice like nutmeg that is followed immediately by a solid back bone of hop bitterness that actually becomes the dominant feature in the taste. I wasn't expecting that at all and find it to be a nice alternative to the many malt dominant Winter Warmers out there. Oh, and there's a nice warming from the abv that will work well for the upcoming Casper winter. ;^) Bottom line: A pleasant sample of the style..I recommend it. Edit: After a few more samples, I find that the hops and malt are more balanced than what I said in my review so, I've altered my score to reflect that. :^) This is *good* stuff!

4
superspak (6379) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/15/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, cherry, plum, apple, pepper, pine, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, and moderately bready/grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.8%. Overall this is a great English strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, brown sugar, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Really well balanced and not overly bitter for being fresh. A very enjoyable offering.


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