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2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg. Ale brewed with Figs, Orange peels, and spices. 2 varieties of hops and 4 types of malts.

Added by CloudStrife on 10-29-2012

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 1,466
Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 11/4/13 poured into a pint glass
A: The same brown as the bottle it was poured from, with a thin head that disappears in a flash
S: Tons of baking spice particularly nutmeg/cloves, a bit of molasses
T: Matches the nose in terms of spice, along with a healthy dose of coffee cake from the malt and some molasses/caramel/fig
M: Medium+ bodied, fairly balanced, a touch warming from the alcohol
O: Definitely what I want to be drinking in front of the fire on a cold day. Tasty brew

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

I found it to be an attractive looking beer with a mahogany-cherry brown appearance with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma is spiced with ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice, along with a sweet malt character and low earthy hop note.

The body is medium.

While I did not pick up any booze in the aroma I tend to pick it up a b it more in the taste. That could be the ginger but it tastes more like booze to me. Lingering finish. Still a nice beer.

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Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, BOB 10/19/12, poured into Tulip glass
A- Ruby/Brownish in color, one finger off-white head recedes quickly, little retention, lacing
S- Fresh mint, gingerbread dominate, nutmeg, cinnamon
T- A lot of mint, almost peppermint schnapps-like, ginger, generously spiced, some sweetness, flavors linger on nicely in the mouth
M- Medium body, decent carbonation, could go for a little bigger body
O- Hope this becomes an annual offering, one of my favorite Christmas beers, best to let it warm a little though to let the mintiness? blend in with the other spices

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Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear brown amber with a very thin layer of lace around the top

S-malty, caramel, spices, and figs

T-taste matches the smell, lots of spices, big malt presence, and caramel

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a very spicy holiday beer. Well hidden ABV and lots of malt. Good choice if you are in the mood for a holiday beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a ruby red/brown with about an inch of tan head that settled down quickly into a slight cap.

S – Nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon. Christmas in a bottle.

T – Follows the smell with all the Christmas flavors packed in there. Lighter taste then the aroma might suggest. Good malt backbone. Has some syrupy type sweetness. Touch of citrus and dark fruit. Black licorice at the end from anise.

M – Solid carbonation. Smooth and lively. Just a bit cloying on the palate.

O – Dig this beer for what it is. It’s a very nice Christmas drink or for that matter winter brew. I love the spices in it. I could not drink more then a couple as it can be a bit sweet at the end but overall very nice.

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Photo of MadCat
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipperary Pub in Lakehurst, NJ

Appearance: Nice clear brown color, little to no head, no lacing

Smell: Spice, fruit, malts

Taste: Bready biscuity malts, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, then some fig and hop spice

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Tastes like Christmas. No idea it was 8% abv until I went to write the review, it hides it very well.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. it poured with a short off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—among these nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of holiday spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer for the holidays and has lots of spices. I didn't get any of the figs in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. The color is really nice, deep brown. Almost a maple syrup. Sweet flavor, spices, some citrus on the tail end, particularly orange. Reasonable carbonation. I actually think it's a bit underrated. Good stuff!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Thanks for this one darthvohn.

The ecru-colored, creamy foam of this holiday offering almost builds to a finger in width, receding less than thirty seconds later to barely covering the cap. An almond-hued body is streaked with ruddy highlights.

The orange peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg-like aromas all jump out of the glass first, spiced-smelling like a crafts store on December 21st. The malt slowly bubbles to the surface with impressions of graham, vanilla, a little bit of honey, Christmas in a glass.

First impressions recall mulled wine with a big punch of orange and cinnamon swelling on the back end of the palate. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon grab the attention of the palate at first, with a smokey fig, orange-y bite, and graham-like malt near the finish. A slight bitterness, feeling like pine, surprises on the finish.

2XMAS sits on the tongue with a medium heft and velvety, creamy smoothness, with the bitterness drying up the finish.

2XMAS, packed to the brim with spice like Santa's gift bag on Christmas Eve, smells and tastes like Christmas. Not wanting to "Bah Humbug" this beer, the sweet and decadent malt could be more forward, for an even more delectable holiday drinking experience. Great job Southern Tier!

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Hard pour produced maybe a half finger head that settled quickly and left no lacing. Very dark ruby color.

S - Clove, cinnamon, dark fruit, orange, slightly boozy.

T - Spices from the smell hit, fig, little hop bite keeps it interesting, finishes sweet and slightly boozy and not much lingering bitterness. Nice, really screams holiday.

M - Thinner than I expected, call it thin side of medium body with low carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. Very complex and nicely spiced. Sweet, bitter and spice all playing nice for the holidays.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely caramel brown with a glowing orange blush to it. Slight haze, faint head of tan foam that would have been bigger had I poured more vigorously. It lasted and left a film on top and made a little lace. presents elegantly int he glass and twinkles like a xmas tree light.

Nose is like a piece of spiced cake has been set down in front of me. Bright orange peel, sensual figs, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Clove and some soft notes of ginger. The ginger really peeks out brightly and lightens up the nose with a bit of gaiety. The malt is a light sugar cookie type scent with hints of brown sugar. There's some malty depth to it but not too much. This smells a lot like pumking only without the pumpkin.

Taste is lovely. The orange peel is the bright stage on which all these jolly spices play. They are well blended and none stands out more prominently than the others. The fig is a bit of voluptuous dark fruit to go with that dark malt. The malt plays a bit deeper on the palate and shows it's resilience but it has a melt in your mouth quality that is delightful. There is no alcohol on the nose or on the palate save for the very last moment when it tings with a faint medicinal. I feel this adds a bit of gaiety to the beer. There is even a touch of hops bitter to finish this one . Just as these spices are merrily dancing on your palate a small but noticeable hop bitter comes through and ends the beer with a discreet finish and leaves the malt to linger in the aftertaste.

I thought this tasted a lot like pumking without the pumpkin.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. They served it in a fluted glass.

2XMAS is deep brown with minimal foam and no lacing. I got some mild spices in the aroma on this beer.

I like the flavor with this beer. You can definitely taste the nutmeg and cinnimon. There was also some caramel present in this one. All of these flavors come through for some really good balance.

Overall, I would say that this is a good example of a holiday/Christmas style beer. I'm not surprised that this was a good beer. Southern Tier puts out lots of good stuff.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brown, amber in the light, not much carbonation

S-Very spice heavy, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, some caramel as well.

T-Sweet with spices, cinnamon dominates, caramel is there, tad bit of nutmeg and some other spices.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-A solid winter brew, very spice heavy which hurt the balance.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Body is a beautiful dark ruby red hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Head fades to a medium sized collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is transparent.

S- Nose is very heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon. Fig and orange are definitely there too with a mild hop presence. There is a malty sweetness in the background.

T- Flavor does not blend as well as the nose. Lots of spice upfront with a faint malt backbone. The finish is a hodgepodge of orange, sweetness, and spices- with a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon left to linger as well as a warming alcohol heat.

F- medium weight body with medium to high carbonation. Somewhat dry/powdery as the spices are the highlight.

O- This is definitely a Christmas beer. Lots of spiciness-nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, fig- think the way the yankee candle store smells at Christmas time. Then to top it off- there is a big alcohol warmth. The perfect beer for an ugly Christmas sweater party. Its a pretty good beer- its a little over the top though.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich coppery red with creamy off white 1/4 finger of head, fading rapidly.

Nose is delightful. Full of holiday spice with just a hint of orangey sweetness.

Taste is full of spice up front, with ginger, all spice, and lots of nutmeg. Progresses on to a mild sweet maltiness and finishes with dry, bitter, soft hops.

Mouth feel is a little thinner and more watery than I would prefer for the style

Nice winter spice beer. Easily drinkable and tasty, but not really complex or special here. Just a good winter spice ale. Lots of brown ale characteristics going on.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas time is here and there are many festive beers being released, so this is the first for my Christmas time collection of reviews. Lets dig in!

A: This beer pours a deep amber color with a soapy off white 1/4 inch head that leaves some good lacing. The head has a lot of little tiny bubbles on top as well.

S: I get some cinnamon spice along with nutmeg. The aroma follows through with some earthy notes like clove and some orange peel.

T: Initial taste consists of spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. The body up brings some flavors of caramel, toasted malts, and orange peel. Has a little bit of a bready dryness in the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation, definitely a festive session beer. Has lots of spices combined with and earthy texture in the mouth.

O: Really enjoyed this beer, like the Old Man Winter one a little bit better than this, but overall a great festive brew. At 8%abv, you cant go wrong and the high octane isnt even noticeable, so thats a plus.

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Photo of scvance
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber color, with a thin white head. Poor retention and no lacing. Smells of holiday spice and malt, slight alcohol notes. Tastes similarly, rich caramel malts up front with a good amount of spice character. Slight alcoholic taste towards the finish along with a very slight bitterness. Hop bitterness is almost non-existent, so this beer is unbalanced and malty. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, for the style, this beer does a fine job. Very good beer for the cold winter season. Very drinkable, medium body and low to medium carbonation. I recommend giving it a try if you're looking for a good winter seasonal for those cold nights.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, having never tried this before. I'm usually leery or Herbed/Spiced beers but this one stood out above the others that I've had in recent years. For starters, the base is strong enough that the spices don't stand out enough. Second, the aftertaste lingered quite nicely and finally, the alcohol was well hidden and complemented everything well. This was different than I expected and quite a fast sipper for something this strong.

The pour to this was good, with a dark almond hue, moderately decent head, and just a bit of sediment in the bottle that had to get swirled out in the end. Not much of a nose to this and hardly any lacing to be seen but the taste was amazingly smooth and easy to enjoy. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of wood and curry-like spice that warmed me up during each sip. Not a lot of carbonation here but the malt was certainly present and this almost reminded me of Goldschlager, minus the flakes. This felt like Schnapps with just a bit more brown sugar and less booze to overwhelm everything else.

That's not to say that it wasn't here, since I could certainly feel a slight buzz by the end of my session. Nice job on Southern Tier here not only with the beer but for coming out with something spiced that made me forget about all of the similar beers that lined the store shelves in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Got a nice crumb cake or bowl full of sugar cookies at home? Get this to go with 'em - they'll pair up quite nicely.

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Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An standard pour yields the slightest of late developing light khaki colored head that quickly fizzes away... What's left is a very thin splotchy veil of lacing (and that may be an overstatement)... The color is a dull slightly muted ruby red with a faint brownish hue... Carbonation is light and moderate paced in the form of very small bubbles rising along the sides of the glass...

S - A big assertive aroma... A very pleasant mix of holiday spices are first to greet the nose... Heavy on the cinnamon... Some nutmeg... A bit of clove... Orange zest... Light brown sugar... Perhaps some fig and some raisins... Complex, robust and rather enjoyable...

T - The dominate flavors are a mix of medicinal and hoppy... Next are a thick layer of spiciness highlighted by cinnamon... Brown sugar... The orange zest and dark fruit notes take a distant back seat but are still noticeable... A bit of heat...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... A bit sticky... Slightly dry... Slightly chalky... Light carbonation...

D - This Southern Tier offering screams Christmas Beer in a good way... If it weren't for the medicinal notes on the palate this would be a top notch seasonal offering... In it's current form it's a very nice brew and likely worthy of a six pack investment each and every holiday season...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Great clarity. Tan head remains as a thin cap throughout. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

S: Spices leap out of the glass immediately. Cinnamon stick and nutmeg, fragrant orange peel. Sweet malt base yields rich fruitcake and cocoa.

T: Nutmeg and cinnamon up front. Christmas cookies. Orange peel. Rich fruitcake. Figgy. Christmas pudding. Light supporting hop bitterness. Slight spike of alcohol. Rum soaked raisins. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish, along with cake.

M: Medium thick body. Rich and round. Creamy and slightly chewy texture. Warming. Low carbonation.

O: As I guy who typically doesn't like heavily spiced beers, I can still respect this. Especially since it is taking its inspiration from glogg, a drink that is quintessentially spicy and fruity. The malty richness provides a strong enough base to ground the spices, even if they do come on very strong. Any fan of spiced winter beers will enjoy this.

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Photo of Chaney
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a DC Brau tulip

A: Poured ruby red and without much cloudiness. A slight head.

S: I got ginger overall. Still, the bottle dictated lots of cool Christmas spices. The bottle was right.

T: More cinnamon than I'm used to, but since I love the spice, I'll give it a pass. Got a good bit of Allspice too.

M: Good for what it was: A nice, single, Christmas-themed brew. Carbonation was low, lacing….. nill.

O: As a Christmas brew, this did the job.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/15

Pours medium to dark amber. Touch of foam on top. Light sweet nose. Jammy and figs. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Orange fig flavors, sweet malt, spiced finish. A touch sweet, but has a little bitter balance. Works for the season, nice festive beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A Christmas ale on a blizzard of a day – we’ll end up with at least 8” for sure.

A: Deep ruby with a crisp, bubbly head of dark tan: looks like an inch and a half of soda fizz, rising high at first but disintegrating in seconds. Little retention.

S: Spice and malt, emphasis on the spice. Each whiff provides a massive smack of fresh-ground black pepper, dark and robust, with supporting tones of orange, gingerbread, and lime peel. Beneath the spice is a bed of fig and brown sugar, like dark raisin cake.

T: The palate’s all spice on a mildly sweet foundation, following the nose. Starts with a mouthful of black pepper, spiced additionally with anise, nutmeg, and cardamom; absolutely crackling with zesty flavor. The malt foundation is crusty French bread, raisin, and shortbread cookie, with a hint of pumpernickel. Aftertaste is mild malt after the spice fades: a lingering wheat bread tone. All in all, this is (spicy) spice cake in a bottle.

M: Chewy and full with silky carbonation, making this a hefty ale that’s still highly drinkable.

O: Like black pepper on your fruitcake? I didn’t think so either, but this ended up being a tasty beer. I usually prefer holiday ales balanced more toward toasted malt; this, though, was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of JDFish
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle dark amber with reddish tint. Small head retention and little lacing.
S: Spicy in the form cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom
T: Follows the smell, lots of wintry spice and herbs. This includes cloves and hints of anise.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Definitely a quality brew, especially if you are into spice.
O: A fine beer, I prefer a little less spice in my winter seasonals, but I would definitely not turn down one if offered to me.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.