2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 240
Hads: 1,332
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 53
Gots: 262 | FT: 3
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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 crc1935
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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! (486 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Weegee40
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (1,244 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
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! (474 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of TagoMago
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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 (2,594 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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 (775 characters)

Photo of BigRob329
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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! (647 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Mgm54
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12oz bottle, popped it open the second I got back from the store. Date of bottling right on the bottle (read, 10/24/12)

A - a deep mahogany red, wonderful color, exactly what I want out of a beer like this. The dark color makes me feel the weight of the spices more

S - Smells like a wonderful gingerbread cookie cookie, and the aroma fills the area around it when poured out of the bottle into a glass. This is exactly what I want when I open a beer like this, and the smell simply makes me happy to drink the beer

T - Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie, or some spiced egg nog. the spices are the forefront of this beer, and unfortunately hides the fig and orange taste of the beer a bit. That said, fig and orange are defiantly present, and you will notice them. Great taste, just can seem like a little much at times. But, If this one is in the mood for one of these beers, 2XMAS will not disappoint

M - good mouth-feel, but I wish it was stronger, maybe creamier.

O - Great beer, would recommend a six pack every holiday season. I will 100% be in the mood for this beer many times over the cold months, and might have to buy another sixer soon. (1,169 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish brown coppery color with a half finger slightly off white head which leaves a little lace. The smell is christmas. There is dark fruits, cinnomon, nutmeg, fruit cake, and holiday spices with hints of citrus. The taste follows suit but not as powerful. There is a sweet dark fruit molasses flavor with hints of nutmeg and spices. A good flavor just not as there as the nose. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little slick and smooth. Overall its a very good beer, a nice addition. (511 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. 1/2 finger head.

Nice, but not strong aroma of spices-especially Cinnamon.

Attractive dark tea color.

Mouth feel: strong carbonation enhances the style.

Taste: very spicy, orange peel and citrus.

Overall: very enjoyable holiday seasonal with a good spicy taste. Will drink again. (307 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with excellent clarity. The head is a one finger khaki color with decent texture, but not much retention. Only a modicum of lacing stays on the glass.

S: Spruce, ginger, nutmeg, graham cracker, orange peel, light dark fruits, and very slight hops. Give Southern Tier credit - when they want to make a beer resemble something else (like chocolate or, in this case, Christmas) they go all out and leave nothing to the imagination. Pretty much everything advertised comes through aromatically.

T: There isn't much of a drop off from the (admittedly ambitious) aroma, though maybe it's a touch less complex. Lots of dark fruits appear immediately, smoothing out on the midtaste to graham crackers and gingerbread. The finish is shockingly bitter for Southern Tier, consisting of a combination of subtle wood, leafy tobacco, and orange peel. I swear the faintest hint of roasted malts comes through on the finish. There's a nice layering of flavors, though finding some of the complexity requires a little hard work. Still, it's an excellent winter warmer.

M: Very slick, and creamy up until the swallow. The finish is both clean and wet, with a little bit of syrupiness to cover up the booze. This goes down superbly, without a hint of alcohol coming through.

O: Admittedly, these heavily spiced winter beers are never quite my thing, but this seems almost paragonal of the said style, so it earns itself bonus points. This will be my future standard for winter warmers until further notice - naturally, this is an easy one to recommend. (1,604 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Copper in color, with a hazy appearance

Smell: Spices, cinnamon. Sugary sweetness. Christmas cookies.

Taste: A very piny, spicy flavor up front. A lot of cinnamon. Not as sweet as the aroma's would lead you to believe. Makes me think of a Christmas tree.

Feel: Medium bodied, easy to drink.

Overall: Very, very good beer. It's not mind blowing, but it's very good. Definitely will put you in mind of Christmas with the aromas and flavors. (451 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear beautiful mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Reminds me of gingerbread spices. Nutmeg, cardamom, clove, ginger with some graham cracker, bready malt. This smells like christmas in a glass.

T - Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, mace? & allspice. Like the aroma, this is christmas in a glass. A touch of alcohol is present to make the holidays that much more fun. Light orange peel as it warms which compliments the spices nicely. Some dark fruits also but not as much as I was hoping for.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and a slight burn from the spice and alcohol combo.

D - This beer screams christmas. This is how I remember Great Lakes Christmas tasting years ago although I had it recently and it tasted like a spice mess. Not sure if the beer changed or my palette. I really enjoyed this one. I love figs and had a hard time picking them out. (884 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut body with reddish hues beneath the foamy tan head that dissolves to leave only a faint lacing around the glass.

Generous spice aromas with sweet molasses and caramel malt float from the glass. Figs, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon are all present as well as some bready notes.

The flavor is spicy and sweet featuring cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar as well as figs and toffee. The orange peel really shows up in the finish. Any hop notes are woody in nature, perhaps pine.

Fuller in body with medium carbonation and a spicy, warming finish.

This is a really nice spiced winter beer with tons to offer the senses and a nice warming mouthfeel. (667 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's an extremely dark shade of brown, but it is clear enough that you can tell it is not hazy...but still very very dark. The head is a light fluffy tan color that leaves fair good lacing. Lots of different dark shades of brown and some reds make it through this beer. It looks excellent.

S: Well it definitely does smell like Christmas. It's hard to pick out individual spices, but I can tell that there is a lot going on here. Mostly I just smell cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon. There is also a fruity scent to it that I can't quite put my finger on...sort of rose-like but more fruity and less floral. Not a whole lot of malt character coming through. The hops are subdued and I can't smell them. Some alcohol comes through.

T: The malt comes out a lot more here. I wouldn't call it caramel but more of a clean malt flavor. That fruity flavor comes in again. I don't like reading bottles because it influences perception of taste and smell when you can read what's in the beer, but I had to figure out what that flavor was. The beer label states that they use fig and orange peel. I suppose it could be these but it doesn't quite taste like fig to me. Some banana flavor also comes in. The cinnamon is not overpowering as the scent might lead. I really like this and it fits the whole Christmas theme. A semi-floral aftertaste. While drinking, I feel like I can taste the water in the beer somewhat...it's hard to describe...it's not watery or anything but there's some backbone flavor to it...if that makes sense.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and wet. It has a smoothness to it. The alcohol is not burning, and the beer does not feel like it needs aging before drinking. It feels very "together".

O: Overall I feel that this has qualities that would win people over, even if they are not fans of spice beers. I would recommend it to those who enjoy Belgian style dark ales. It's very easy to drink and tastes great. (1,931 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear reddish brown. Eggshell film for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and gingerbread.

Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and gingerbread.

Medium body with stinging carbonation.

A very tasted spiced Christmas ale, good flavor and feel and another winner in the 2x series from Southern Tier. (350 characters)

2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.