2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, deep, blood-amber coloring with a thin, filmy, cloudy, off-white head that coats the surface. Aromas of heavy spicing and fruit, with a rich, sweet cherry and berries backbone giving rise to all-spice, coriander, and fennel. Smells very festive and warm. Flavors are rich and roasty, with a cinnamon and cider theme. Cherry cordial and licorice form the base of the brew, with the all-spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg filling the rest of the palate. Candied overtones, with an evergreen highlight throughout. It's like Yankee Candle made a holiday beer flavor in drinking form. Screams christmas time. The aftertaste is more of a linger of the spicing, with a strong herbal tea characteristic. Filmy, slightly lingering finish to the brew. Overall, you don't really notice the 8% ABV while drinking, which makes it easier to drink a few of these at a time, in turn keeping you nice and toasty on those cold winter nights. Interesting brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2013 00:21:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.34/5 rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
LOOK: Light amber brown colored brew with a white head. Free from sediment, which is a fine trait for a spiced ale, as many examples are not clear.
SMELL: Potpourri, spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutroll. A strongly spiced brew if the nose is any indication.
TASTE: In the taste, malt and the aforementioned spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and coriander, some citrus is in there as well which at this point I would think would be dry citrus peel additions. Has enough malt to carry the spices to a point, but it is busy. In all the flavor, alcohol could not be noticed.
FEEL: Medium bodied and smooth. Just a little cellaring to the bottle smoothed out the feel alot more than the feel I remembered it having. A nice feel on this one.
OVERALL: This is a big, spicy ale that drinks like a smaller, spiced ale. Pretty good brew once you get used to it, sampling this one does not do it justice, 2XMAS needs time to build. After that, its kinda nice.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2014 01:31:58 | More by Stinkypuss
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.