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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3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of DonDirkA
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

The aroma is like walking into grandma's place after a day in the snow. Sweet, warm caramel and toffee mingle with touches of apple, roasted walnut and coffee. Close you eyes and you'll detect the spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, apple and licorice wafting about the room.

The flavor is far less impressive than the aroma, but still hits the notes it needs to. Ginger is the main contributor here, with cinnamon and licorice playing supporting roles. American ale yeast lends apple and alcohol to the malt's nuts and caramel, while Summit hops contribute a little bitterness (about 35 IBUs worth). A major complain would be the beer's water-thin body, which is just too ephemeral to support the myriad flavors within. almost-not-there carbonation does nothing to help the situation. the wave of toasty nut bread that appears at the finish, however, does.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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