2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by RickS95:
4.04/5 rDev +8.9%
From the bottle comes a reddish, brownish, garnet color. A bit clearer than you'd guess for a spicy beer, but still dark. The head is slow forming and a finger thick, but lacks retention. The slightest of lacing left behind.
The smell can fill a room. It's everywhere. From the smell, which immediately grabs the olfactories, you expect a murkier, cloudier beer, but no dice. Lots of holiday spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, etc) meet up with a variety of malts for a treat to the nose. As it warms, the cloves grow and you get a hefe-like bubble gum scent. The spices are the main attraction, but you get plenty of malt as well, but it's more a supporting role.
Very spice forward, but plenty of malt backbone that's is reasonably well-balanced. All the spices in the nose are accounted for in the taste, but you also pick up a bit of mint as well. It's not quite as strong in spice as wassail, but it's close. The cinnamon and nutmeg are a bit strong, staying with you well into the finish. The alcohol feel is negligible.
A little sweet and a lot spicy up front. The spice drowns out the sweet from midsip on. It's not as heavy as I expected, actually, a bit loose feeling, but it ends strong with the continued spices and the onset of the alcohol. Medium bodied. Not a lot of hop bitterness, but the spice never crosses the line into offensive.
A nice winter warmer. Multiple bottles would warm you up nicely, and if you're a fan of the spiced beers, a handful of these would make for a happy evening. Easy to drink, as the spices approach the line but never cross it. A good choice for a seasonal because it would eventually wear on you.
12-30-2013 04:02:31 | More by RickS95
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4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-19-2012 22:15:54 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-28-2012 00:43:18 | More by MadScientist
4.5/5 rDev +21.3%
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!
01-13-2014 23:54:28 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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
11-16-2012 03:54:02 | More by Billolick
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-27-2012 15:07:20 | More by tigg924
4.16/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
12-17-2012 02:04:26 | More by bsp77
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.