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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
69 80 44 5 12 4
Nutcracker Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Winter Warmer
5.90 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 16 3 8 2009
12oz Stubby
2007 Bottling

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. There are 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 vibrancy that the nose suggested. 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. This is a very well balanced beer.

There's a moderate carbonation present that keeps the body smooth and creamy on its 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 category. 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!

Reviewed: 1/26/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 01/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass sees me with five fingers of a lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a deep reddish amber hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, dark copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of toasted grain, caramelized malt, herbal hops, and some fruitiness reminiscent of currants and perhaps a touch of sweet citrus towards the finish. As the beer warms it gets more hoppy smelling.

This has a nice sweetness to it up front that accentuates a nice berry-like fruitiness towards the middle, but then picks up an orange-zest & herbal like flavor that lingers a bit on the tongue after the beer has passed down my throat. Nice toasty malt flavors remind me of browned bread crust and just a touch of blackened, lightly bitter toast in the finish. As the beer warms up the hop character really starts to kick in with a solid, citrus character of orange zest and ruby red grapefruit as well as a sharp, herbal hop character that has touches of menthol and pine. I like the how the fruitiness from the hops and malt is well balanced by the herbal hop notes and bitterness as well as by the dry toasty malt character. While I wouldn't characterize this as light, it is still quite drinkable; there is a definite malty heft to this beer, but it still drinks pretty easily.

This is quite a bit more hoppy than I was expecting, but it definitely adds a nice dimension to this beer. This is like a more malt balanced version of Sierra Nevada Celebration in some ways, though with the all Chinook character it might be more akin to a little brother of Arrogant Bastard. Definitely a nice beer and I could see cruising through a couple of these in an evening.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Served In: Tulip

Review by mar on 12/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
44 3 6 5 3 5 2008
nice amber pour with a thin beige head. scent of malts, earth and some fruits. i am picking up some dark fruits and molasses in this one. along with some honey and ginger. not that impressive.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 07/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 4 7 2008
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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 14 3 7 0
pretty good brew. I’m not a fan of the spices in this one, so that held this one back a bit.

Served In: Pint Glass

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