2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by TagoMago:
4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
It seems like seasonal beers are being released earlier and earlier with each passing year. It's not even Halloween yet, and already the Christmas beers are hitting the shelves. When I was at the store tonight, I stumbled upon this beer made by Southern Tier, which makes another one of my all-time favorite seasonal beers, Imperial Pumking. 2XMAS -- a name which is apparently a play on 2XIPA, an imperial IPA also made by Southern Tier -- is an imperial spiced ale, which, according to the label, is brewed in the tradition of a Swedish Glogg; a type of mulled wine. I must say I was reluctant to pick up this beer after reading the description on the label, which states "ale brewed with figs, orange peels and spices." I was afraid this would be yet another one of those spiced holiday beers I am all too familiar with; the ones with the oft-putting aroma, cloying flavor, and thin but sticky body.
I poured the beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark, rich copper color with a thin but creamy one-finger head that subsides rather quickly while still leaving some slight lacing in the glass.
When I smelled the beer to see what its aroma was like, I really didn't think I was going to like it at all. It just had sort of the typical spiced holiday beer smell that is common with inferior Christmas beers. The figs and orange peel are very prominent upon first whiff. To be quite honest, it smelled exactly the way I was afraid it would.
Thankfully, my initial impressions about this beer turned out to be completely wrong upon tasting it. Right up front you notice how smooth and creamy the body of this beer is -- almost incredibly so. There is such a richness and subtleness to this beer that totally makes up for any obnoxious spice flavors that might have been present. Except I didn't detect any. This beer has a surprisingly good flavor, and the spices, figs and orange peel come together nicely, without ever being overpowering. It's just a really nice flavor, and the body and mouthfeel complement that flavor perfectly.
I see this as being the Christmas equivalent to ST's Imperial Pumking, another beer that is heavily dependent on spices. Like the Pumking, the body and mouthfeel of this beer really make it what it is. The flavor is bold without being overt, and the creaminess in the body is what really drives things home, making this an exceptional seasonal ale, and one which I hope Southern Tier continues to make.
Overall an outstanding beer, and one I would highly recommend, even to those who dislike spiced beers.
Overall Rating: 92/100
10-30-2012 04:37:49 | More by TagoMago
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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 994 ratings.