Nutcracker Ale is a winter warmer offered by Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City. It pours an amber color and you get a whiff of fresh hops. The taste is bright citrus at first, followed by sweet malt...some spice and a bit of alcohol. Juicy fruit and other pleasant flavors emerge on occasion. I've found that this beer is better served at cellar temp. The overall effect is, well, warming. The kind of beer to drink if your in the mood for brandy, but would rather have beer. Very good.
Props to Boulevard for having the gumption to slap a "best by" date right on their bottles.