RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
The first seasonal brew to see the inside of a mini keg will be SanTan’s newest seasonal, Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale. Rail Slide is brewed with winter flavors that add an edge to this smooth, spiced ale. This seasonal reflects the adventurous efforts that have come to symbolize the American craft beer movement and celebrates the constant innovation that evolve our very pallet. Rail Slide boasts a bold 7.1%ABV and will be available in cans and on tap.

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DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12-oz. can poured into an old-school SanTan glass. A very deep amber color with a one-finger, fizzy head. Extremely pungent aroma of heavy, effervescent ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The ginger continues on the taste along with salted caramel, slightly bitter almond, nutmeg, a hint of cedar, cookie dough, and just a touch of hops at the finish. Medium body and heavily carbonated, which really makes the spices dance on the taste buds. Overall, a big nose and a spicy but not overpowering taste makes this a refreshing winter brew.

jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Can to shaker. Bonus from dcschiller in a trade. Thanks Dave! Pours a clear dark burnt orange with a half finger of khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, some light cinnamon and peppermint, a little orange citrus and some toasted nuts. Taste is lightly sweet. Orange, cinnamon, roasty and Dr. Pepper. Medium bodied with a very slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a pretty long finish. Overall, very good. Great choice Dave

DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2013
From a can into a frosted pint glass, pours deep amber with a white fizzy head. Aroma is pleasant - winter spices, malt. Flavor is similar - spiced, pleasantly malty, somewhat thick, biscuity like a smooth Fat Tire. Bonus that it’s from a local brewery.

FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a one finger thick, light amber tinged head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber color when held up to the light. The nose is strong with spices, in fact too much so; huge, woody, spice notes reaking of nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and perhaps some cinnamon. The base beer is not noticeable at all underneath the spice character.

Somewhat sweet, with lots of spice flavors that accentuate this. The upfront spices add a spice cake like character, but the finish is a bit woody, astringent, and sharply spiced. The base beer adds some sweetness, and perhaps a touch of caramel character, but not much else. The body has a medium fullness to it that helps to mitigate the spice character just a bit, though not enough.

Way to over spiced, the base beer is completely consumed by the spices; if you like holiday spices then this beer could be enjoyable. Unfortunately this is just too much for me to enjoy it.

Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
16oz draft 12/29/12 (Copper Blues-PHX)-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of spices, malt, and sweetness. Taste of the same with more spices and malt. This holiday brew is darn tasty.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12oz can pours clear dark amber with fairly short lived full tan head the receded away to a persistent ring. The aroma is a mix of musty earthy sort of wet sun soaked prunes and winter spices with a dash of raisin and ginger. Interesting. The taste is pleasingly in the middle of the road. It is rich without being too rich and spicy with winter spices without being too spicy and lively and almost, dare I say, refreshing without being thin prickly and watery. I get a mix of nutmeg and ginger and a bit of cinnamon blending nicely with ripe red apples, prunes and raisins. My expectations may have been on the low side and that’s why I find this one rather enjoyable. Solid winter spice beer, well done!

alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle; poured a cherry cola color with a lot of carbonation and a khaki, large head. Aroma of peppermint, spice and thats about it. Surprising in the strength of peppermint. Flavor was not as bad as I was anticipating based on previous reviews. Yet, the lengthy finish was a bit odd. Flavor got worse with time, which obviously isn’t great. Some mint and other herbs/spices, with some cola and caramel notes. Not bad, not great.

LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a stripe of white going around the top.

Aroma: Gingerbread. A little wet grain too, but mostly gingerbread.

Taste: Gingerbread, a little toast and light chocolate roast. Lingering spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rough carbonation.

Overall: Simple, drinkable, and winter time-ish. Didn’t notice the alcohol for being over 7%.

phaleslu (10271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Draft at OHSO. Pours a mostly clear amber-tinted brown with a small beige head. Aroma of mellow cinnamon, chocolate, earth, and toast. Flavor is the same, maybe some nuttiness in there too. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an earthy mouthfeel. Didn’t over-cinnamon it. Not bad.

JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Out of the can, An amber pour with an off white head, it definitely has some nice wintery spice, and tastiness. It’s enjoyable.

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