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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3.06/5  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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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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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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3.24/5  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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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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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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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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