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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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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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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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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3.33/5  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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