Nutcracker Winter Warmer Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Nutcracker Winter Warmer AleNutcracker Winter Warmer Ale
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #95
Ranked #32,269
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Nutcracker Winter Warmer AleNutcracker Winter Warmer Ale
Notes: 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
Reviews: 368 | Ratings: 947 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1 finger reddish tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: not much aroma; what's there is nutty and sweet malt;

T: nutty up front with a bit of caramel; from the middle through the finish, it's sweet malt with a hint of nuttiness in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: malt forward; not much hop character; nice sipping beer;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 18, 2020
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3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Notes from 2/29/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass.
The body is dark amber with a finger and one half of slowly receding beige foam leaving a cap. 4.00
The aroma is light in strength and of sweet malt, hops, and some spices. 3.75
The taste is medium in strength with sweet malt, some coriander, and a medium-high bitter hop finish. 3.00
The mouth feel is just above medium, light creaminess, and with moderate carbonation and a medium-low astringent finish. 3.25
Overall, it's basic with a medium-high hoppy taste. Frankly, I am bored with American brewers adding a bunch of hops to most beers they make. 3.00

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Hooded from Texas, Mar 05, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/brownish red hue with a finger head. Lacey. Nice mouth feel. A nose suggest Bready, Roasted, Earthy yet sweet notes; something citrusy/fruity. But First taste is sweet, malty ,and spiced, followed by a bitterness from the chinook hops, but not overly bitter. The taste is some how familiar and reminiscent of a Boulevard classic: 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat, minus the wheat and the spice. Very enjoyable beer, I'd recommend, and will drink again. Cheers!

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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark amber with beige creamy head, decent lacing. Aroma is mostly roast malt with a touch of winter spice, taste is more of the malt, some sharp hops and a little spice to provide some bite. Nice winter ale.

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stevoj from Idaho, Nov 29, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Nice maple red color, almost no head, but nice lacing.

Smells like how you want fruit cake to taste.

While sweet and malty at first, it finishes with the hop bitterness. Hides the 7.8% well.

Medium body,

I am not an expert on the style, but very enjoyable. Not overly spicy, or sweet, with a finish similar to a traditional ipa.

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BallsLeon from Kansas, Nov 28, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with modest head and lacing.

Aromas of orange zest, pine, grass, cashew, allspice, cola.

The brew initially presents with plenty of caramel malt sweetness and cashew nuttiness, but orange citrus oil, grass and earthy hops fill in quickly. The brew finishes with a touch of booze and spice.

The brew is medium bodied. The carbonation could be a bit more present, but the brew has a touch of acidic citrus to keep things on the right side of the "sticky" line.

A solid winter warmer, mostly because it leaves the spice rack at home.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Nov 24, 2019
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3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Caramel in color with a brownish white head. Smells of caramel and citrus. Sweet bread and caramel in the flavor. This beer needs to warm up a little before you drink it.

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Mark-Leggett from Missouri, Nov 12, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle enjoy by 06FEB2020 poured into a Boulevard tulip glass at fridge temp 7.8% ABV 38 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright medium amber in color with sticky khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is caramel malt and spices. The taste is caramel malt (burnt sugar), pine and spice with moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, good. This is less winter warmer and more border line IPA with Chinook hops for the spice. Very nice beer for cold weather.

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jkblr from Indiana, Nov 01, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is spicy, zesty, citrus hops with bold bready, caramely, toasty malts just beyond, adding a firm support base for cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor profile is spicy and citrus hops with bready, caramely, toasty, and earthy malts generating the power within the taste. Cinnamon and nutmeg are spritzed throughout to create a little additional depth and contrast. Mouth feel is smooth, but nearing on a still texture. It's carried by a medium-thick consistency. Overall, spices are light and contrast well within the hearty malts and delicate hops.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jul 08, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From old, undated notes. Had on draft.

Murky red-orange color.

White head; nice lacing.

Peach & grapefruit nose; a bit cloying.

Medium mouthfeel.

The peach/mango nose has apple juice added to the flavor; the effect is over the top & not very palatable.

Not bad, but not very good either.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jun 07, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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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bret717 from Pennsylvania, Nov 26, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Jun 15, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
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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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, May 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Apr 16, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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 dcotom
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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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dcotom from Iowa, Dec 14, 2017
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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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ABabbidge from Kansas, Nov 23, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.



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3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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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omahawk from Nebraska, Nov 01, 2017
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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superspak from Michigan, Jan 27, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoppier than many holiday brews at 38 IBU, but pleasantly so for those of us not uber passionate about the IPA set. Pours a great red Amber color, and has a smell that reminds me of pinon.

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ColoradoRich from Colorado, Nov 27, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-red. Aroma has sweet caramel, a touch of piney hops, and bread. Aroma has a suprising amount of citrus, along with some bready brown malts and a nice bitter finish. A little light bodied for my liking. Some spice and alcohol.

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akolb from Colorado, Oct 28, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is sweet, with fruity amber malt notes. Touch of citrus.

Flavor is citrusy throughout, with an amber malt backbone and moderately bitter finish that lingers. Molasses sweetness surfaces in the aftertaste.

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barczar from Kentucky, Oct 22, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: cloudy dark Amber, light brown. Excellent thick tan head. Fades slowly. S: over hopped at the start. Pine fades to bear out malts of raisin, prune and molasses. Let this one rest and warm. T: citrus and fruity yeast. Decent blend. Good spice from hops. F: warming alcohol. O: good drink to crack open and sip over a long conversation.

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jw4free from Kansas, Feb 06, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown with great lacings, one finger taupe , layer of foam settles on the way down

Spicy notes of cinnamon

Suds up nicely , smooth , slight lingering finish

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Jan 28, 2016
Nutcracker Winter Warmer Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 947 ratings