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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our ’12 Days of Christmas’ winter seasonal ale series. This is the only golden ale in the bunch but it definitely packs a holiday punch. We spiced up this 11.5% ABV ode to Winter with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with some delicious sweet and tangy pineapple.

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ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a deeply clouded, dark orange-yellow body with an initially tall, near white head that soon settles out leaving, appropriately, a ring of bubbles. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented in the nose of candy-coated maltiness, given a generous dose of spices, and accompanying some rather cutting wafts of alcohol. There’s a ranging fruitiness in the nose, initially, pineapple, but, then, more orchard fruits, and, with a little warmth, some banana puree.

Taste: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, but a fast adhesion of the tangy-tasting pineapple fruitiness, though there’s also some orchard fruit character and banana esters as well. Spicy yeast, aided by the peppery alcohol (a bit hot, actually), and boosted by the spice additions. Finishes out sweetish and fruity, leaving a little hot alcohol and spice to sit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: To nobody’s surprise, it’s sweet, spicy, fruity, and boozy - it’s a beer requiring a tall glass of water and a long winter’s nap.

crossovert (14134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
As with the stone vertical epic beers these ones seem to be marketing efforts first. This one is your standard amber strong ale. Some spices, not really any malt or hop character.

DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
750 bottle from Capone’s, Blue Dog, and Smith’s. Pours hazy gold with minimal head. Nose is apricotty fruit, mild funky yeasty, hopcitrus. Tasted dry, fruity, cloying, with mid-palate hops, and an overall discombobulated holism. I actually found it hard to finish, as it just didn’t meld together.

emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Soft amber gold pour with haze and one finger of off white head. Rich nose, ginger and cinnamon show with a touch of alcohol and bread dough. Raw fruit and sharp alcohol. Tad acidic, pineapple shows. Weird. Underattenuated and way too rich. Full bodied.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. No head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, tropical fruit, some alcohol, light candi sugar. Taste is sweet, orange, papaya, some candi sugar, light alcohol, lemon. Sticky full body, no carbonation.

bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Capped 750 from Malt & Vine. Pours somewhere between orange and copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, mixed spice. Maybe a hint of ginger. It has that Belgian yeast smell as well. Med + body. Flavor is pineapple, mixed spice, pretty sure ginger. As a separate consideration Belgian yeast/spice might also fit. It is rather sweet/sour. Or sweet/tart. This stuff is challenging my descriptive powers. It really puts a grip on the taste buds. Heat is not an issue. At least not initially. That pineapple seems to be the single identifiable dominant characteristic.

Theydon_Bois (21480) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Peter but ultimately Myrna, 30/12/12. Hazed light to mid golden with a thin off white head that escapes to edgeville. Nose carries sweet candied sugars, malt, spice, caramel, dark ripe fruits, touch of booze. Taste comprises pineapple, sweet sugars, caramel, dark fruits, a little spice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish. Decent!

portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy honey amber color with a tight sudsy off white head that fades to a film and collar. Aroma has cinnamon ginger and yeast candied sugar with booze. Flavor is warming booze candied sugar yeast strong ginger cinnamon and finishes bitter tart fruit. Palate is full slick and syrupy.

ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma of strong alcohol, grassy hop, and sweet, syrupy candy sugar. A strong alcohol presence up front with a sweet fruity tang that fades into the finish with a lingering tang and bitterness and sweet alcohol burn. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: December 27, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: cloudy dark gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light mustyness, sweet pineapple, touch of spicy ginger
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of rich pineapple, light spicyness, fruity esters blend well with the added fruit, spices are almost too subtle
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

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