Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
A moderate pour of this beer produces a huge burnt cream head that takes up almost half of my pint glass. It is hard to tame and retains a good 1 1/2 inch layer all the wat yo the end. Hiding beneath this beastly head is a cloudy, true amber colored beer. There is a never-ending supply of lightning-fast little bubbles racing to the surface to feed the head and they never seem to exhaust thier supply of carbonation.
The nose is sugar, old hops, spicy hops, and honey. This is a very sugary but spicy brew with a subtle medley of spices (notably cinnamon), orange, brown sugar, and spicy/ herbal hops.
The mouthfeel is mid-wieght and amazingly creamy. Despite all the apparent carbonation, it doesn't really come through in the mouthfeel somehow. Another curious quality of this beer seem to concerns drinkability. It seemed like every sip I took of this beer just made me thirstier. Not like "wow that was good I want more" thirsty so much as "bring me some damn water" thirsty. Does this make a beer "drinkable" I don't know.
That aside, this was a really interesting beer anda great approach to the winter warmer. It is complex, warming, and festive without being heavy, thick, slick, or overwhelmingly boozy. Not what I'd call "balanced" but very enjoyable none the less.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2006 22:31:43 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured deep amber/copper with lightly tanned, very creamy head. Holds the head well.
Nose: Spicy, slightly piney. Not too overpowering on the hop aroma, but that is almost all you get.
Taste: Medium bodied, well-balanced at the front end. However the hops linger on the tongue after the malt sweetness fades away. Lingers for a while, drying out the mouth slightly.
Overall: A good beer experience. The flavor really changes with the temperature. In my opinion, a bit smoother at lower temps. With higher temps, you get more of the hop/alcohol bite, not necessarily a negative thing.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 17:03:37 | More by nem2006
Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.