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Nutcracker Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

677 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s holiday gift for real beer lovers. This hearty, warming brew is a classic winter ale, deep amber in color, with hints of molasses balanced by the “spiciness” of freshly harvested Chinook hops.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002)
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Reviews by bogeypro64:
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bogeypro64

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Creamy eggshell color head settled quickly into a dense film akin to the froth on a cappuccino. Nice amber brown color. Very cloudy from bottle conditioning. Foam clings to glass well all the way down to the last sip.

Smell is of mulling spice and hops- has a very nice "Christmas-ey" aroma (that pine and spice character) Not much sweetness in the initial scent.

Slight bready malt that struggles to break through the hops and spice. Spice flavors are present but not overly pronounced and it is difficult to distinguish exactly what they are. Taste is vaguely akin to mulled cider spice. The finish is hops with a citrus peel and fruit component.

As with a lot of Boulevard ales, I find this one slightly overcarbonated. It tingles on the tongue and I would much prefer a finer and creamier texture for this type of flavor profile and style.

This is not a beer to drink casually. While I would likely drink a second, I would be a while getting to it as it helps to savor this one slowly allowing flavors to develop as the ale warms. Overall, this is a very good beer that does evoke a holiday cheer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:39:31 | More by bogeypro64
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Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.