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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 1,336
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 37.77%
Wants: 52
Gots: 274 | 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 jucifer1818
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: beautiful ruby red. 5/5, it looks amazing

smell: spice, spice, spice! Nutmeg, all-spice, cinnamon (a lot of cinnamon), fruit (orange peel, apricot, etc). It smells like Christmas (that is, if I knew what Christmas smelled like) 4.5/5

taste: Dark caramel, heavy spice, light fruit sweetness, and lighter hops. Almost no trace of its alcohol (which at 8%, is a good advantage)
The taste is dominated by the malt, fruit, and spice, with the hops only coming through in the after taste, leaving you with the pure sweet holiday goodness
as a malthead, its my kind of beer

mouthfeel: for a beer its size feels a bit too light. Still it dwells nicely and is fairly nice

Overall: 5/5

I might be a little bit biased here, but I see this as the finest holiday beer Ive ever had. It does what it says, and and says what it does (that is, it is a malty, fruity, spiced up delicious brew)
perfect with some good holiday treats. Ill be saving some bottles for drinking when I make ladkas.

I love southern tier, and this make me like them even more.
Here is hoping for more 2X brews to come.
they've all been spectacular

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours dark red with a thin white head which leaves some good lacing.

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and a bit of pine.

T- Comes on strong with gingerbread and cinnamon with some dark fruits in there as well.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium body. Not too heavy, but not light. Hard to tell it is 8%.

O- Definitely one of the best Christmas ales I've had. Beautifully crafted,and dangerously delicious.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im rating this expecting a Christmas beer. It looks like a Christmas cookie and smells like Christmas. Huge smells of clove with hints of orange cinnamon and malts. It 's got a nice spice kick with the clove up front followed by the orange, cinnamon and the ginger that rounds out the spices. It has a slight bitterness as well from some hop usage.

Very malty on top of all the spices. This is an excellent, excellent Christmas beer. I'm very impressed with everything they listed on the label is actually is in the taste as well. This at the Christmas dinner table would be a great addition. Good job Southern Tier.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very spicy! Love it for the season. The beer is very good. It pours very dark and reddish. The aroma is all about the spices. I get a lot of ginger, orange peel, and maybe nutmeg or allspice? The taste is bold, hoppy and sweet. I can taste honey? Very good mixture of everything you would expect from a Christmas beer or winter warmer. I recommend it!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a dark amber coloration, IMO this is what a beer should look like!
Odor: Christmas spices, I detect a little cinnamon, clove and possibly some orange zest.
Taste: You can taste the hops in this one but it does not have the over powering bitterness of many beers that boast about their hops, very smooth.
Overall: Easy drinking, flavorful, complex, a real winner.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, good retention on a body colored hazy tudor brown. Oily, soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma is gingerbready with a touch of oatmeal cookie, some brown sugar and dark fruit (dates). Taste follows suit with a slight hint of alcohol taste. I suppose this tastes pretty close to what I would expect out of a Christmas beer from Southern Tier and thats a good thing.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color is a cross between santa-suit red, copper pipe and ruby! It pours with a nice cherry tinted head, but it fades quickly and leaves only little traces of lacing left behind. Really nice clarity!

S- Malty and spicy! X-mas cookies!!! Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, powdered ginger, vanilla, gingerbread cookie, melted butter, caramel, candy corn, alcohol and allspice. This is what Christmas smells like when I close my eyes! It's perfect!

T- Gingerbread, caramel apples, mulled cider, vanilla pudding with a graham cracker crust! A hint of maple sugar candle wax, clove, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and little hints of X-Mas tree in your living room!!! X-mas dessert in a glass like a perfect parfait!!!

M- Not alot of sparkle... creamy and thick like pudding! Perfectly spiced! After taste has a touch of candle wax, but over all it's one of the best spiced beers, and I'm not surprised coming from ST! Alcohol is well hidden behind the spice and sweet malts.

O- It's the Christmas version of Pumking!!! You can taste the graham/gingerbread cracker crust in the pie! It's rediculous!!! LOL! The best winter brew I've ever had!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with dark ruby hue. Good head with nice lacing that dissipates . The nose is a WOW of spice. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and either cardamom or allspice against a slight dark malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. The taste is like the nose - an exceptional blend of spice against a slight malt sweetness. Well balanced with a focus on Christmas spices that is expertly taken to the limit of flavor. Clean finish with a burst of spice flavor and a nice warm burn. If you like spice, this beer is for you.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this to share with my music listening buds. As expected, one of my buds brought a growler of Great Lakes Christmas Ale which this compared very favorably against. It wasn't a competition, rather just a means of expanding horizons. The spices of this work very well, as do the malts which underlie this.

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Photo of SeamusLight
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

THIS is a holiday beer. Dark, fragrant, spicy... One of Southern Tier's best. It pours with a thin head and a medium body. The nose: citrusy. Taste wise, this beer is bottled Christmas: clove and cardamom front-to-back with a warming finish.

Perfectly balanced, and not too heavy - so you could easily drink this all night. You MUST try this beer.

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Photo of crc1935
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in narrow pint glass from the bottle (six pack).

Pour with a large head that quickly dissolved until a thin layer of foam was resting on top of the ale. Color was deep amber. No lace as beer was consumed.

Aroma of toasted malts, nutmeg, and gingerbread.

Slight alcohol taste. Also had hints of gingerbread cookies. Malty aftertaste.

Mouth feel was bold - slightly bitter and lightly carbonated.

Comparable to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, minus the hunt.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky deep brown with a massive, coarse tan head, with good retention.

Aroma: The pink bubblegum of childhood presents very strongly in the aroma, cloves are notable as well. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also present, with dark fruit and candied oranges offering a holiday compliment. Vinous alcohol is notable as well.

Taste: Opens with brown sugar, dark fruit, and a dramatic wave of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are offered up, and there is a solid dark fruit presence, figs, and perhaps dark plums. The fairly high ABV of 8% is well-presented, adding both a spicy note and a warming sensation. As the taste progresses, the alcohol dominates, though is never overbearing. Finishes with a wave of spices and dark caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely wonderful, perhaps the best Christmas beer I have ever had, absolutely superb, even if out of season. I feel its no exaggeration to say that 2XMAS is Christmas in a bottle. 2XMAS would be a spectacular presentation at a Christmas dinner. This is one to look for every Christmas season.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Weegee40
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle to goblet style glass. temperature 50 degrees f*
App-like a cherry finish on a guitar-mysteriously opaque- dark dark brown/red/black.
small lacing in goblet.
Smell-heavy on the spice for aroma. I get ginger, figs, nectarine, and something like molasses.
Taste- Not very hoppy or bitter. Which is surprising from this brewery as i have tried most of there bottled beers. tastes like it smells only better. there are several types of malts in this one. This is very evident in the taste as the malt taste is greater than the hop taste. this one is more spice than sweet.

Mouth feel- bubbly swish reveals additional dimensions of spice with a slightly biter after feel. The appearance plays tricks as your tongue feels the cream of the seasonal.

Overall- a very different, individual, and pleasant winter edition seasonal. I will be buying this again when the mistletoe is hung and snow is on the ground.
It is reminiscent of Christmas dessert in a glass.

Pairing: I would imagine a ginger bread man dipped in whip would go nicely as this is heavy on the impression of dessert.

again ; heavy on the spice for aroma and taste. I get a very satisfactory ginger, figs, spice, anise nectarine, and something like molasses.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2XMAS ale pours a clear brown color, with a decent size lacing head. There are strong hints of cinnamon, ginger, and figs aroma. There is a strong malty backbone, with lots of spices mixing together; tastes like ginger snap cookie. Easy to drink and full flavor. Overall a fantastic Christmas style ale, full flavor, sweet, and a bit unique.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice appearing ale, but with a very british, quickly disappearing head.

S: Aroma is nice, figs and cinnamon. Sophisticated subtle Christmas spices.

T: Taste is really excellent--distinctly spiced, but like most current top quality Christmas beers, subtle, and not over the top. Cinnamon and sweet figs come through to my palate, with moderate to low carbonation.

M: Good mouthfeel, just right for the style.

O: Overall, one of the best, if not THE best Christmas beer I've had this year. Better than Anchor Christmas (as that stuff is just too spiced) and not quite as sweet as Anderson Valley Winter Solstice...just a really sophisticated, top quality Christmas ale.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany - not much head, but that has to be due to the pour, and it does leave some generous lacing. Strong aroma has an overtone of cloves and horehound. Flavor has a subtle malty core and strong notes of cloves, caramel and horehound with a hint of cinnamon - and is that a whisper of pumpkin? Firm texture has plenty of lively fizz, leaving a cloves-y and horehound finish. Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/Festivus/Human Light or whatever!

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Photo of suspect
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a standard pint glass at Central City.

A: deep amber color. Crystal clear. Served with a one finger off white head.

S: figs, oranges, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and lots if big body malt character swarm this beautiful aroma. Really nice smelling beer.

T: follows the nose directly. Lots of beautiful spice and figs mix with a big wonderful malt body. Very tasty brew.

M: medium body. Perfectly carbonated. Bitterness washes my mouth leaving a dry puckering finish.

O: superb Christmas beer. One of the better of the style I've had.

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Photo of TagoMago
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2XMAS brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.00% This brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a nice off white head. It looks like a mild root beer. The smell is rich with sweetness and spices. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor, you pick up on the spices and sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. 2XMAS has a bit of a bitter taste at the end but it is not bad. Southern Tier Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew. 2XMAS has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is rich with flavor with a clean smooth finish. Overall I'm giving 2XMAS a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.
Thank You Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Photo of BigRob329
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger or so of head. Very nice dark amber color.

S - First thought was it smells like Christmas. Very profound smell of ginger, with some fruitier hints of orange and figs. Kind of smells like baking Christmas cookies

T - Again, tasted like Christmas. Ginger was most immediate flavor, with a nice aftertaste that included the orange and figs. Very good amount of hops to compliment the other flavors.

M - Somewhat heavy but not too much so. Good feel for this beer.

Overall I loved this great beer, and it's perfect for the holiday season. Perfect amount of dry fruit flavoring to go along with the smell. Tastes like dessert that can be enjoyed all day. Will definitely have this many times again.

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Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler from Ale Yeah, Roswell, GA into a Westmalle chalise.

A:A slightly muted brown with a hint of red ruby. A light lacing that chases away quickly.

S: All of the Christmas herb/spice goodness on the nose that you would expect from a Christmas beer.

T: If you are afraid of over the top holidy brews then this beer is for you. Don't let the scent throw you. This is a well-balanced beer. It keeps with the style and carries a good bit of herb and spice on the front of the tongue with a nice carmel in the middle and a little bit of hops throughout to balance it all out.

M: This bad boy looks like it will be a big sticky mess but it comes to the tongue in a much lighter and fresher way. While keeping a nice warm spice on the tongue.

O: This has become my favorite holiday beer this season. It was hard to find but worth the search. It is a rare find to have a holiday beer that you can come back to over and over without just a one off, "That was fun, now back to a real beer." attitude.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with an off-white one finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is incredible! Huge spice notes with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and orange peel. The taste follows suit with the spices dominating. Huge cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove along with hints of toffee and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and tangy, spicy finish. Overall, maybe I'm just in the Christmas spirit, but this is an amazing interpretation of the style. The spices are bold, but not overpowering, and it's hugely drinkable. One of my favorite Christmas beers yet!

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a nearly opaque copper color with a small off white head which remains as a collar and light lacing.

The smell is loaded with gingerbread and spices, cardamom, anise and allspice. There is also the hint of pumpkin and orange as well as dried fruit and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose with the gingerbread taste dominating. The spices make their presence known from beginning to end and the taste of orange peel and dried fruit comes in at the end. There is also a heavy sweet malt and slight burnt malt presence. There is sweet, brown sugar like aftertaste additionally, the aftertaste reminds me of a pumpkin ale.

Overall this a great example of a spiced beer; especially one that is brewed for the holidays.

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Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- hazy mahogany with a thick creamy tan head. Lacing is present in sheets.

S- cardamom, orange peel, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon.

T- the cardamom really pops on the palate. The orange peel comes through in the finish with a touch of nutmeg and clove.

M- medium bodied, clean. Light prickly carbonation.

O- love it.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.