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SanTan 12 Daze Caramel Spiced Amber

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
12 Daze Caramel Spiced Amber is a Strong American Amber Ale that is lightly spiced with a fresh, local Chai Tea mix created by Restaurateur Joe Johnston and his Executive Chef, David Traina. Generous amounts of Caramel, Munich, Special Roast and Victory malts give 12 Daze a firm malt foundation that is accented by a melody of fresh Holiday spices including ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. Keeping the Holidaze Merry and Bright!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (5683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Had this poured from tap at SanTan brewing in Arizona. Pumpkins taste and aroma dominates. Reddish pour. Head dissolved quick. Pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2012
12/22/11 Santan 12 daze on tap at pap Dark amber...tannish head. A+F caramel,clove,bitter finish, meh, a little watery, molasses,ginger,sweet grain. 6/4/5/3/13... not my thing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maley1 (1177) - Calgary, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
Dark amber pour with fluffy off white head. Aroma of spices and bread. Taste is slightly sweet with malts, caramel and a really dominate cinnamon flavor. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Draft at the Mellow Mushroom. Pour was full brown with some copper hues, ok initial off white head, near zero lacing. Aroma of christmas spiced bread, caramel, mint. Flavor followed with clear spices of cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. Unfortunately, a vegetal under and aftertaste that was a put off. Caramel malts detectable for sure along with Munich malts. Mouthfeel pretty full for the style, a pretty spiced up brew, interesting, even if not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2011
(On draught at the brewpub). Pours a deep amber- caramel color with off-white head.aroma is spices (chai, nutme and cinnamon especially). Taste is sweet with loads of spice and a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied an d a bit thin. Finish has plenty of spice and makes for a nice winter beer. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2011
At Mellow Mushroom. Dark brown, off white head. Lightly spiced aroma, toffee, doughy notes. Flavor is sweet malt up front, spice, some faint hops. Enjoyable but not spectacular.

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