Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale | SanTan Brewing Co.

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SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by DonDirkA on 11-15-2012

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3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

We’re not sure what’s going on here. Maybe too much? This beer seems to be lost in flavors that don’t play well together. We’d also prefer a slightly sweeter beer, and some noticeable alcohol for added depth, as the beer’s overall dryness and spicing seem to clash a bit. Not much of an “imperial” offering here.

STYLE: Winter Warmer
ABV: 7.1%
AVAILABILITY: Winter Seasonal

LOOK: Rich, dark copper brown, tight creamy beige head

SMELL: Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, bready

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, roasty, tangy, faint licorice, gingerbread, bready, nutty, bone-dry, lingering spices

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3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $2.59
Purchased: May 17, 2014
Consumed: May 21, 2014
Misc.: Crafted on Nov. 26, 2013

Poured a rich mahogany semi-hazy color with 1-to2 fingers of khaki tan lacing that dissipated rather quickly. Below average lacing and sporadic foamy spots. Below average retention.

Smelled molasses, dark apple, cinnamon, Atomic Fireballs, nutmeg, black cherry, caramel, gingerbread and all that is Thanksgiving. Really nice on the nose.

Tasted didn’t quite live up to the smell, although I didn’t expect it to. Got nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses, cinnamon stick, caramel, toffee and cherry cough syrup.

Medium body. Oily-to-thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, warming, slightly finish.

A pretty good winter warmer overall. I wouldn’t say ideal for May 21, but good nonetheless.

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3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review, and also my first SanTan. Pretty solid introduction. Really interesting taste. Lots of spice, pretty cinnamon-ish. Decently smooth consistency. Taste masks ABV quite a bit. All in all a pretty good beer. Can't accurately comment on the appearance as I downed it pretty quick from the can.

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3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint.

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

S - Strong aroma of anise, nutmeg, all-spice, brown sugar, caramel, and ginger.

T - Really powerful black licorice and ginger flavor, obscuring the rest of the beer. Some generic caramel maltiness in the mid-palate. There's a decent beer somewhere in here, but it's just too overpowered with licorice and ginger.

M - Thin bodied, low carbonation. Oily in the front and syrupy in the finish, which makes the licorice in the after taste last way too long.

O - Too much anise and ginger, and overall too many flaws to be considered "good".

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Medium sized light tan head settles quickly into a near decent lacing above a clear deep reddish amber colored beer.

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.

I was expecting more and richer fall spice tastes from this beer. As it was this beer was pretty easy drinking, maybe a bit to much so.

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Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 38 ratings