philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Chuck’s 85th Hop Shop, Ballard, Seattle, WA for $7.59 + Tax. Thin fizzy light tan head with minimal tan lace hints. Fizz hazed cloudy hint dull opaque black color. No ruby edges and sightly brown shade. Cool Label. Rich roasted cinnamon all spice mild hop not overpowering front. Richly spiced yet balanced cinnamon all spice clove, hint of oak and orange medium tight textured mildly sweet dry roasted crisp dark Winter Ale body. Smooth mild hop mellow spice somewhat cloying off end due to addition of part of loosened big sediment pellicle. Nice body like a richer Anchor Our Special Ale until sediment dulls the end. Good dark Winter Spice Ale, just be careful decanting the end. (3.75 / 5.0) 32 IBU’s.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Murky brown, ruby hued, frothy beige head, nice lacing.   Soft spicy nose, seems like a gingersnap cookie.   Soft spices up front, cinnamon, nutmeg, with that gingersnap cookie.   Unfortunately it falls off quickly.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Tangy finish, soft woodiness (oak?), with muted spices.   This one would benefit by having a heaftier body and a bit stronger spicing.   As is, light and subtle.
robforbes (2135) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a cloudy copper-brown with a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of malt, pumpkin spices, clove, and some orange peel.
taste is thick, spicy, cocoa, nutmeg, cloves, a few hops, and malt. ends on the creamy side.