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Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale
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BA SCORE
79
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DonDirkA on 11-15-2012)
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A light aroma of fall spices , nutmeg, and dark roasted caramel malts mixed with a rich black licorice.

Roasted dark caramel malts mixed with lighter than expected fall and pumpkin spices taste.

An almost wettish aftertaste without much tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

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Pours deep reddish-brown with a light brown head that sits around 1.5 fingers. The nose is a little metallic (not usually an issue with Santan even though they use cans). I'm not getting much else but some raisins and that metallic smell. (EDIT: When it warms up the nose changes a lot. The metallic scent is replaced by black licorice and cloves. I can see how the black licorice would smell metallic when it is really cold. Its not really the anise you get from some stouts, its more of a sugary black licorice, like that Australian licorice you can buy.) The taste is much better. Clove, caramel, black licorice, cinnamon, molasses and some dark fruits and raisins. Not the best winter ale, but not bad. I am glad I got one can instead of a sixer. A little underwhelming. But it seems to me the only Santan brews I have been impressed with have been their hoppy beers; Hopshock, Count Hopula and Devil's Ale. I actually really liked their double chocolate porter Sex Panther as well. It was awesome. Now I want more of that...

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Rail Slide is an English strong ale brewed with spices of the chilly season. While the name is new, the brew isn't entirely original -- it's a descendant of 12 Daze, last year's collaboration with Liberty Market that contained a chai tea mix of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg. For Rail Slide, SanTan once again collaborated with Liberty, but created a slightly new blend, adding licorice to the other wintry spices.

Brewed with two-row, caramel, Munich, roasted and chocolate malts as well as a little wheat, Rail Slide has the color and clarity of a garnet gemstone. When poured into one of SanTan's curvy glasses, it gains a fuzzy head of sandy tan that slowly descends to fleece-like ring.

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A - Crystal clear dark-copper hue with a one-finger, off white head. Spider web like lacing.

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Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.