Nutcracker Winter Warmer Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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:
#28,840
Reviews:
358
Ratings:
916
pDev:
11.53%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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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

Photo of TonyTwins
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jmh21
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sour_Lord
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of cwkash
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rmcane
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Nutcracker Winter Warmer Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 916 ratings