12 Daze Caramel Spiced Amber | SanTan Brewing Co.

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SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Phelps on 12-30-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2011
Arrives from the tap with a clear, dark amber hue. The head starts out at a ¼-finger thick and is a nicely amber tinged, dark tan color. The aroma smells of caramelized fruit, perhaps a hint of spice (that leans towards rounded all-spice, perhaps a hint of ginger & nutmeg and a suggestion somehow of cinnamon) and lots of toasted / caramelized grain. As the beer warms up a touch more ginger aromatics start to come out

The beer has a fullness to it that is offset by a bit too fizzy carbonation. The beer has a caramelized sweetness to it, without being cloying, and this accentuates notes of raisins and perhaps a touch of prunes. The finish has notes of lingering toasted brown bread notes, and a general spiciness that hints at nutmeg and ginger. As the beer warms up a ginger flavor becomes more noticeable and even fairly distinct. Despite the soft sweetness up front, this beer finishes fairly dry as both the toasty malt and the spiciness helps to dry this beer out.

I really like how subtle the spices are here; I can’t honestly say that they are a positive addition to this beer, but if the malt / caramel had a bit more presence then it could have been. In the end this is pretty nice, I get the sense that it would even be a touch better if it was served warmer and a bit less carbonated.

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Photo of searsclone
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured form a 3 day old growler, from the brewery, into a pint glass.

It's a nice deep reddish copper color with a small head and good lacing.

Smells like burnt caramel, coffee, and maybe a bit of spice

Tastes spicy, a bit of burnt caramel, some smoke. Not as sweet as I would expect with Caramel in the name

Mouthfeel is quite lacking. Not much going on. Very little carbonation, maybe a little bit creamy.

Overall, I won't go out of my way for this one, I think that SanTan has better options available

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Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Flanny's. This is a seasonal amber ale that’s spiced with a chai tea mix created by local restaurateur Joe Johnston and chef David Traina. Malts include caramel, Munich, special roast and victory; spices include ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper.

Texas orange with perfect clarity — a beautiful color. The sandy tan head is frothy and a half-finger head tall, sticking around as a thin blanket forever and depositing fat columns of lace as I drink.

Nutty, sweet, toasty nose. I get caramel, toasted bread and some earthy hops. There’s not a lot to it, but what's there is nice.

More caramel emerges in the flavor, followed closely by toasted bread. Touches of clove and cinnamon also emerge, though I don’t get much from the other spices — and there are supposedly 12 total. Finishes mostly clean and biscuit, with hints of apple. Clean, fruity, flavorful.

Medium-light in body, just a bit thin. Moderately carbonated with pinching bubbles. The liquid holds together as it moves, but the carbonation’s a bit high for this style.

I’ve heard it said that 12 Daze tastes a lot like Santan’s Epicenter with spices added, and I’d have to agree with the comparison, though I like 12 Daze a little more. It’s smoother and nicely toasty — but if you're going to call the beer a spiced ale, put in some more spices.

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12 Daze Caramel Spiced Amber from SanTan Brewing Co.
3.1 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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