Nutcracker Winter Warmer Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.73/5
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Nutcracker Winter Warmer AleNutcracker Winter Warmer Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,139
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
922
pDev:
11.53%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
148
Trade:
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Ratings: 922 |  Reviews: 359
Photo of GarbageMan10
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbutter
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/7/18, reviewed 11/25/18

Poured from a bottle into a tulip after sitting out of the fridge for about 15 minutes

Look- pours crystal clear orangeish amber with a fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving a nice coating as well as sheets of lacing

Aroma- dark bread, ginger, nutmeg, maraschino cherry, vanilla

Taste- Woah, was expecting something fairly sweet and spicy after that nose, but it's not at all. It starts off sort of earthy and bready with a spicy hop bitterness that builds steadily and becomes fairly bitter; Under that, i'm picking up the nutmeg, cherry and vanilla that I got in the nose.The flavor is really complex and everything works well together with nothing seeming out of place or disjointed. Note that the label and description on BA don't say anything about spices being added, so I'm not sure if there are any in this beer, but I'm picking them up.

Feel- medium light bodied with moderate carbonation; Semi-dry finish with lingering bitterness

Overall- Unique winter warmer that couples mild spiciness and sweetness with a decent amount of sweetness to great effect

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Photo of Aurascoper
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ConnorMobs
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rojohns22
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was visiting with a former student in the take-out section of 551 West, where she works as a counter clerk, when she tells me that she has some singles with which she was unfamiliar & knowing my propensity to buy such things, she suggested my taking a look. This was one of them & with it, I set forth on a new Coup de Boule adventure, this being my sixth of the current go-'round!

From the bottle: "Winter Warmer Ale"; "38 IBUs".

I will admit to having moved a bit slowly on this one. I had purchased it for my annual Christmas beef and ale celebration, but as usual, I had more of both than I could handle. This being the case, I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. I then gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both bready and spicy, almost like liquefied gingerbread. Mmm. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was very spicy and bready with notes of nutmeg, ginger & allspice, but it tasted more like spice cake than gingerbread. Either way, it was pretty yummy! As a young cook, I loved baking and desserts were a specialty. This beer would work well with a spice cake with lemon icing. Finish was dry, as should be expected with any beer that incorporates spices. I'll have to procure a bottle for this year's (2018) Christmas dinner.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found an old bottle in the back of the fridge into my new Duvel goblet.
A - Pours a very hazy deep brown with a solid inch plus of mocha tinted foam.
S - Slight woody and nutty aroma and a touch of aged hops. Slight bitter.
T - Slightly dry and bitter woody taste with a bit of peppery heat and a hint of molasses in the finish. Drier than I expected.
M - Medium bodied and hoppy rather herbal and kind of hard to drink.

Overall the taste is pretty good for a winter warmer but it's not something I would get again. Best part of the ale is it still had a nice level of carbonation despite this beer being over a half year old.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised with this one! Great balance of bitter and warmth. I have not tried this Brewery. Good job, guys! If I had a chance, I would like to try some of their other stuff.

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Photo of McAfee85
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish color. White head.
Nose has a nutty aroma
Taste - sweet, but not overly so. Slight nutty taste.
Feel is decent. Not watery.
A tasty beer overall.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Hazy, buffed chestnut color, with a two-finger off-white head that settles into a thick cap. Malty aroma, with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and spice. These are present in the flavor profile as well, with a little pleasant but not overpowering alcohol heat. Medium bodied, with some lingering spicy bitterness on the finish. Overall, a very nice winter warmer.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Murky brownish color. Good head and lacing.

S: Caramel malt, sweet fruit, holiday spices.

T: Some spices to it, but not overbearing. Brown sugar and earthy bitterness. A little bit of citrusy fruit flavors to it as well. Finishes on the dry side.

O: Overall I like it. It's a little too much on the dry side for me though.

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Photo of MeIquiades
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice little warmer pours a nice
lightly rusty amber with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick
ring, thin layer, and showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of spicy zesty hops,
deep caramel malts, and subtle herbal notes. Flavors hit the right note with a
light molasses and herbal zing like orange zest that mingles nicely with spicy
peppery hop notes that have a touch of pine. Nice mouth feel; medium body,
medium light carbonation that is lively and enticing, and a lightly toasted malt
and hop finish making for a great seasonal session brew.

Nice

Cheers

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eammon1920
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omahawk
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a really interesting color with medium brown/dark copper/red hues with a substantial head on it. Smell has hints of dark fruit, earthy (slightly piney?) hop, but mostly nondescript. Taste has hints of molasses and ever- so-slight toffee and ash taste, but overall just a pretty simple malt backbone. There is an odd bitter ashen dryness in the backend flavor - it’s not roasty though. I’m looking for more levels of malt, Carmel flavor, and a little more body to this beer, but not getting it. This is a very one dimensional beer.

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Photo of sethcroisant
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StanleysCup
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Nutcracker Winter Warmer Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 922 ratings