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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,321
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 49
Gots: 248 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 10-29-2012

Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg. Ale brewed with Figs, Orange peels, and spices. 2 varieties of hops and 4 types of malts.
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Photo of Jammyman
1/5  rDev -72.9%

If you love spices, especially cloves, you're in for a treat. Unfortunately, I despise cloves! Sadly, it's the 1st beer I've EVER poured down the drain after having 2 sips. Wish I checked my BA app before buying the 6 pack. My fault.

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yardhouse.
Deep red-brown with a head that soon reduced to a ring. Minimal lacing.
Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a heavy use of nutmeg. There are some other spices in here too, but the overall spicing level is just too high, largely masking the malts.

Photo of MFS_71
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Way too heavy on the ginger. Taste similar to a very bitter shaving cream.

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not for me. Way too much spice. I haven't dumped a beer down the drain since summer, but this was just not enjoyable for me. My ratings were generous.

Photo of jpd026
1.54/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OKAY, words cannot describe how bad this beer is. It has a beautiful color just like the 2X IPA, but it smells like a bad candle. And the taste, what on earth were they thinking? First off to take a beer as hoppy and citrisy as their 2X IPA and mix it with cinnamon seems bad enough, but it's like they put half a container of it in every beer. It has a painful taste, like chugging a bottle of cinnamon, I truly have no idea how anyone enjoys this beer and at the craft beer store I work at it is EASILY the most hated beer among the staff not just of the seasonals but of any beers. Never would expect this from Southern Tier.

Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color. The nose is spicy but nutmeg stands out above anything else. The flavor profile includes seasonal spices such as nutmeg and allspice but also orange as well. The finish is semi-dry.

This is a pretty darn good Christmas beer.

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a deep amber tinged brown with very little head to speak of,what there was was off white color.Deep fig and winter spice notes in the nose,alcohol and fruit cake notes linger.Candied figs with the orange peel underneath on the palate,cakey and rich with mild drying hops to keep the sweetness from going over the top.The lack of carbonation is actually good in the feel,it's mellow and almost chewey.A real warmer and true to the CHRISTmas season.

Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium-dark copper with good clarity. The head a a better than average retention and is light tan.

S: The cardamom with it's lemony slight exotic notes and the clove are the first things I smell which blend very nicely with the orange peel aroma. It doesn't smell overly spice, it smells balanced and restrained like a brew that wants to let you taste a beer not potpourri. There is a light malt sweetness and touch of caramel and if there are any citrus hops the'd be covered by the orange peel and cardamom. There is a light fruit aroma as well of figs and prunes. There is a moderately-light ginger aroma that kind of ties everything together.

T: The figs come through in the flavor with moderate spice flavors of cinnamon and ginger with lighter flavors of clove and ginger. There is some lemony flavor and orange peel as well. The malt sweetness provides support and is paired with a moderately-light hops bitterness. The balances is slight sweet with a medium finish.

M: A medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A very light prickle of astringency on the tongue that is unavoidable when brewing with spices and doesn't detract.

O: Not a bad holiday spiced beer that showcases the spices but has enough balance to still drinkable. I was nervous when about the brewers description saying this is double spiced but is isn't as strongly spiced as other beers I have both commercial and homebrewed.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this seasonal ale brewed with "figs, orange peels, and spices." It is smooth and flavorful on the palate, not a all hoppy, and the 8 percent alcohol completely missed me until I read the label. It's a very nice ale flavor, not a strong "anything" in the mouth, except for good flavor, and perfect for a cold winter's day or night. Not my first tasting, to mention. This is my third or fourth over the past month, and it's still a whole lot of winter fun and flavorful ale!

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. "DOB 10/22/12" etched onto the bottle.

Pours a nice warm shade of darker amber, with a dark ruby glow. Moderate sized dark tan head. Nothing special, film, collar and lace.

The nose is loaded with holiday spice.

Flavorful, fruity, sweet, highly spiced...tastes like a holiday fruit cake, in a good way. On the heavier side mouthfeel wise. Would work well with holiday desserts or as a holly jolly night capper. I like it

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, brownish-red in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: fig, toasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices

Taste:fig, big caramel, clove, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Really tasty holiday brew...lots of malty sweetness and enough holiday spice..One of their better small bottle beers..I will pick this up again.

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy, dark reddish-orange with thin cream colored head.

Smell: Figs and other fruits, cinnamon, and orange peel.

Taste: Pretty sweet core of figs, plum and caramel. Great mix of spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. Very Christmas like, with the mix of spices and sweet decadence. It also reminds me a little of Pumking, which makes sense.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Finish is a little tingly from the spices, but not really dry. Usually a sweet finish bugs me, but not here.

Overall: This beer just screams Christmas, with its crazy spices and ultra sweet core. But I think it is great.

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Does not taste as good as it looks or smells.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. DOB 10/24/12.

pours a clear deep chestnut brown color with about one fingers worth of off white head that fades to nothing within a minute. no lacing, some very minor legs however.

big x-mas spice aroma. gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, a little honey. as it warms some dark fruits and bit of the orange peel become noticable. also the slightest hint of booze.

similar to the aroma, but some figgy like dark fruits are more in balance with the x-mas spices. some definate orange peel citrus as well as a bit of some fruity esters.

starts off kind of light but finishes slightly thick and warming. average feeling carbonation.

a pretty decent beer, but it wont make my list for must buy winter beers. reminds me of a stronger version of great lakes christmas ale.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy, herbal, and bready malt forward aroma with big hints of winter spices and sweetness. Big upfront mix of winter spices with hints of clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and cardamom. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, grains, baker’s dough, and yeast. Fruit hints of apple and orange peel along with some wine like hints of cherry. Very light on hops. A pretty good spicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, herbal, and bready malt forward taste with notes of spice and fruit. Big presence of winter style spices with notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, and cardamom. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, dough, grains, cake, and yeast. Fruit notes of orange zest along with some apple and cherry. Also some brown sugar. Hops are pretty light. A nice winter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, creamy, and pretty smooth and silky. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Winter spiced brew. The spices mix well with the malt and subtle fruit notes.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Southern Tier is usually pretty solid in my book but not this one here. What I detect to be Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and conifer doesn't work well together. well, at least not for my palate.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby colored beer with a billowing head khaki tan head leaves fine lacing. Aroma is full of nutmeg, cinnamon, clover and other Christmas ales, Meant to attract some of the Great Lakes Christmas ale following, but in a higher alcohol format. An ale brewed with figs, orange peels, and spices look I'm getting super malts and spice additions. Overall a super sweet cloying mess that should be drank in moderation I'm willing to vogue for this spiced beer but at the alcohol level and spice discomforts I would wait until this is your last option to drink an Xmas ale. Overall look forward to other highly spice and highly drinkable offerings.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer has a deep dark aged copper body with a thick beige head and some nice sticky lacing. The nose is full of dry ginger with some other dry herbal spices, cloves notes in the finish. The taste has bolder powdered ginger spice that leads to more herbal dry spice flavor with some allspice hints and coriander dryness in the finish. There is a medium mouthfeel and no alcohol heat. The spice flavor really dominates and covers up any malt character. It was ok to have one but the spice is just to much to make a second one enjoyable.

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is a medium-dark brown with a red tone to it. A light brown head grows to one finger that drops to a fairly heavy foam in time. It leaves a ring of lacing at the top of the glass with some spotting beneath.
Spicy it is; not overly spiced, but definitively and strongly. It also offers a bit of citrus, mostly zest and a bready quality that's part gingerbread but more very doughy, spiced "Christmas"-type bread. On the tongue, there's a malty backbone with some bitterness coming out in the middle. It finishes with a sugar/spice combination as alcohol sneaks in as sort of an afterthought.
The feel is nicely thick with a bit of heft in its sturdy body. It's smooth, and doesn't offer so much a crispness as a bite, even as it hits the lips. It does nip a little hard initially, but the smoothness wins out and tones it down.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 9/26/12.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. Ample visible carbonation. No real lacing left from the head.

S: Very spicy up front, hints of orange citrus and clove. Sweet in the background with carmel. No harshnes

T: Has the spiciness from the smell up front that dominates an orange and sweet malt backbone. Just a little bit of bitterness. The focus is certainly on the smell.

M: Fairly light and thin for what I was expecting. Low carbonation. Lacking some smoothness but still very drinkable. Some heat on the mouth that helps the spice.

Overall a very interesting brew thats great for the season. Has the spiciness that I look for yet with a nice drinkabilty and a high ABV.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, orange/brownish color with practically no head what-so-ever, just an extremely thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Gingerbread, gingerbread, gingerbread!! Tons of gingerbread spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, molasses, all-spice and of course ginger. I also get some malty notes too, lending a hand to the gingerbread aromas. Very nice, very aromatic.

Taste: Interesting and good! Not as much gingerbread in the flavor as in the aroma. I get notes of dark bread, dried stone fruit, such as prunes, dates and figs, some ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, candied sugar, clove. The beer tastes more like a spiced nut brown ale. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good beer! Great notes of toasted malt and spices. The only “negative” aspect of the beer is that the flavor of the beer doesn’t really match the aroma, meaning, there is less gingerbread in the flavor than is promised in the aroma. That being said, it’s an extremely tasty beer and one that I will certainly get again next winter!

Photo of Ryanm1
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about a full bodied beer! Had this ale back to back against another Christmas one and this wins in the taste category hands down. Pours a dark bet color. Significant amount of white grayish lacing at the top, quickly dissipates though. Nutmeg and other Christmas spices emanate from the glass. Get a hint of orange peel in the taste, along with a Carmel toffee taste. Bottle says that it includes figs which definitely comes out on the palate. Mentions that uses two hop varietals and 4 malts. Not sure what tradition of Swedish glogg brewing is but apparently that's the metho of brewing. An excellent Christmas ale.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good head. A bit sugary malty thick feel. Which wanst too pleasant. But the taste makes up for it. Good hints of spice.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark fruit

T - dark fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon, faint bittersweet chocolate, mildly bitter

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This beer is typical yet unique. It has all of the traditional winter spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, but the dark fruit makes all the difference. This beer has complexities, subtleties, nuances...It's really a well made beer. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of McMatt7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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