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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company


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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%

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

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 10-29-2012)
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Photo of ONUMello


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 07:08:32 | More by ONUMello
Photo of karengarys


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany, crystal clear. Very little to no head with my slow pour. Doesn't fizz, looks like a plain old transparent mahogany liquid in my glass.

Smells nice and holiday spicey. Cinnamon seems to come forth most, followed by nutmeg.

Taste is amazingly delicious for a holiday offering. I kind of go into these knowing I'm rolling dice with the odds against me. I'm not a typical hophead, though, leaning more towards the malty preference side of things. I don't care for spices and flavorings, but the Christmas offerings are always interesting enough to try. This time they have rolled a winner. The taste is also spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, corriander, pepper, brown sugar... The funny thing is that it isn't too heavy on anything, and it is just rich malty and delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good, creaminess is hidden in that seemingly dormant liquid. It is very nice.

Overall, I'm very surprised this is so good. Of all the holiday offerings, this is one of the first I'm going to try and find an entire 6-pack of!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:08:35 | More by karengarys
Photo of BradtheGreat7


3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with an excellent Christmas style labeling. Real eye candy for me as I didn't even know it was out til the bottle quickly drew my eye. Just an awesome Seasonal color scheme and label more than appropriate for the Christmas season. Poured into a Belgian style stemmed tulip.

A - dark Christmas red which features a hint of bright orange corners when In the light. Sensational color and reminds me of some sort of red Christmas ornament hanging from a tree. Darker in color but still a clear body. Light tan/beige colored head didn't have a lot of size but was there leaving just a touch of stick from its tiny ring of lace.

S - spices up front: cinnamon, ginger, Clove with a touch of all spice. Cardamom and orange peel. Dark fruit with ripe fig and a caramel malt backbone. Very gingerbread like malt finish.

T - cinnamon and clove give a big spice character up front followed by some orange peel and a near sweet ginger bread note in the middle. Finish is caramel and bread like malt that's quickly followed by another hit of cinnamon spice and a slap of bitter malt.

M - medium bodied with good texture. The spices are a nice trend and the feel is pretty smooth. The points it does lack for me is the balance. This is a pretty complex brew but Its a bit jumbled together instead of free flowing.

O - a good take on a Christmas beer. Spice may be a bit sharp for some, but if spices are your thing like they are mine then grab this offering. It's a well crafted style and a bit odd, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 21:00:04 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, minimal head.Crystal clear.

S - Holiday spices. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, Sweet malt notes , dried fruits, herbaceous scents. Candied citrus peel.

T - Sturdy malt base, sweet and grainy. Soft on the tongue, with the spices present but mild. The nose lent a stronger offering, but the flavor has them all just more subtle. Agreeable blend of winter spices, and a subtle hint of candied orange peel.

M - Well balanced, light-medium body, pleasant carbonation. Spiced semi-dry finish.

O - All of the winter beer components you look for and want. Southern Tier comes through.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:47:10 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a red tint. 1/2 inch foamy head with some average lacing.

Smell - Loads of sweet sugars and spices, cinnamin, nutmeg, lemon peel, corriander, borwn sugar, mollasses, roasty malts, some floral notes also.

Taste - Much like the smell, a boat load of spices. Has a minty flavor going on. Lots of mollasses, brown sugar sweetness. Malts are roasted and bold. has a big pumpkin pie taste. Alcohol comes out a littel in each sip. Hops are masked under all the spices and malts.

Mouthfeel - Tounge is nailed with spices. Lots of sugars coat palate, along with malts and more spices. Aftertaste is spiced, sweet and tounge is left tinging from the spices.

Overall - Really tasty, and lots of flavor. One of the more spice heavy beers ive had. The malts are roasty and work well with this beer. Hops are buried under eveything to were i dont taste them at all, but other then that its a great spiced beer. Really easy to drink, so the Alcohol can sneek up on you. This could pass as apumkin beer really, but the cinnamin nutmeg give it enough of a winter warmer feel. Worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:08:22 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 03:54:02 | More by Billolick
Photo of rajendra82


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep copper colored body was clear, but had some floaty bits in it. The smell was very herbal and spruce like, and really made it obvious that this was a winter ale. The taste on the other hand was quite a bit drier and more delicate than other winter warmers. It was as if the winter spices and herbs had been thrown into an Oktoberfest beer. There were notes of honey, raisin, brown sugar, and caramel in the taste, followed by a herbal bitterness, and a cinnamon finish. The body was light and creamy, rather than sticky and dense. This was an nice winter treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:48:41 | More by rajendra82
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass,

A dark and murky brown orange appearance with a small off white head. The beer is very christmas-y. An absolute ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also clove and perhaps all spice. The malts are quite caramel and toffee based and are very subtle and are mere accents to all the beers spices. The feel is rather big and syrupy to this brew. It is a sipping winter beer that isnt quick to go down. This is on par with great lakes chrismas ale in terms of taste. This is a very, very christmas-y beer and a decent example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 01:33:13 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a thin, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt and lots of holiday spicing; cinnamon, cloves, ginger and a slight cola element. Flavor follows taste with a substantial sweet malt body with a nice mixture of spices dominated by cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Somewhat nutty. Excellent medium body with pleasant creaminess. A nice warming winter beer; not sure why this isn't a winter warmer rather than herbed/spiced beer, but it does well on both counts.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:55:43 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Durge


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/mahogany color with a fair tan head that holds as a thin cover with decent lacing. The aroma suggests a definite holiday theme with sweet evergreen and light licorice malt. Very nice for a Christmas brew. The flavor follows with plenty of juniper nutmeg and cereal malt. Sweet spiciness and pretty thick malt presence. A good mix with medium body and a resinous feel, modest carbonation. A great seasonal brew that further confirms my continued faith in Southern Tier. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:47:41 | More by Durge
Photo of adamette


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the growler that I had filled at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio last week for $10.99 into a clean, clear glass.

A Pleasing 2 inch light brown, creamy head takes several minutes to dissipate down to a thin layer of a translucent, dark brown or mohagany body. Pleasing look. I really like the thick, confident head. 4.5

S Warmth of figs and spices over a malt backdrop and little hops bitterness in the smell. Really nice "warm" smell that welcomes you in. 4.0

T The warmth from the smell carries right into the taste. This is a not overly sweet malt based beer which is akin to a cookie rather than a spoonful of molasses or honey. There is a nice grain body to the beer and the spices and figs complement it all nicely. I really like the taste of this beer. After some repeated sips...and my second glass...I have noticed a kind of a dropping off of the taste...it kind of flattens out after the beginning and middle taste. 4.0

M Nice grain bigness through most of the feel but again it kind of drops off and settles into a lingering malt and spice aftertaste. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is quite good for the elevated ABV of this 8.0% beer. Overall this is a fine seasonal beer. I enjoyed it and I believe that you will too. 4.0

Serving type: growler

12-13-2012 03:05:04 | More by adamette
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spice and orange peel. Lots of Christmas aromas.

T - Big Christmas spice flavor - nutmeg, cinnamon and orange. Good roasted malt backbone adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - Not sure what Swedish Glogg tastes like, but this is pretty good. A very Christmasy beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 05:15:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx JamesBell for this one!

Into a pint glass:

A: she has a red/amber colored body with a thin white foamy head that must die within thirty seconds

S: strong nutmeg and cinnamon with some added other "Christmas spices."

T: well, its actually slightly spicy through the nutmeg and cinnamon; dry spicy aftertaste and finish

M: she has a light to medium sort of body with a decent bitter harshness trying to pound the tongue but ends up settling into the carbonation which comes across slightly smooth

O: I say this is a pretty good "Christmas" ale that I would have again if the opportunity arises as Southern Tier is very limited in Southeast Alaska.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:18:10 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it was part of their "Southern Tier Tap Takeover Night."

A: Body is dark coppery amber with a small off-whitish head. Left a little lace on the glass.

S: Definitely spicy - I get ginger and cinnamon in the nose.

T: First impression is simple: spice. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg fill the spice bill. Brown sugar and a solid malt foundation provide sweetness as well. However, there's a solid hop bitterness (think lemony bitterness) at the end that fights to balance the spice.

M: Medium in heft, pretty smooth but with some modest carbonation.

O: Good stuff. Bigger than your usual holiday offering, and while the spice takes center stage, as is typical for a ST beer, it's no slouch in the hops department. I like.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 02:09:45 | More by Kendo
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A pretty clear reddish/brown body with a small eggshell cap. Some dots and lines of lace inside the glass. The nose is of baked dark bread, dark candi sugar, toffee, caramel, figs, orange peel, cinnamon, and coriander. On the palate, the figs and toffee/caramel flavors lay a foundation for the spices and orange peel to do work. The finish is dry from the candi sugar with a touch of residual sweetness and some of the bready malt to try and balance it out. Medium body, a bit syrupy. This is a nice little christmas ale that surprised me. The flavors and aromas are tightly wound into a well-crafted ale for the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:49:20 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark fruit

T - dark fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon, faint bittersweet chocolate, mildly bitter

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This beer is typical yet unique. It has all of the traditional winter spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, but the dark fruit makes all the difference. This beer has complexities, subtleties, nuances...It's really a well made beer. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:04:00 | More by tdm168
Photo of alexgash


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark ruby-garnet body. Mostly clear. Small, pinkie finger of light beige head. Some lacing. Plenty of malt and spice on the nose. Gingerbread, molasses, fruitcake malts. Festive blend of spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice (?). One of the "spicier" holiday beers I've smelled.

Singed caramel up front. Slight herbal bitterness follows, quickly overtaken by sweetish malt. Figs, gingerbread, and milk chocolate. Spices gradually increase into the finish. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon. Slightly roasted bitterness in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. A very nice, not overly spiced, winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:00:11 | More by alexgash
Photo of IronLover


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with hints of brown and a slight haze. Poured with a short off-white foam that was constantly fed by streaming bubbles. Cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and orange zest aromas with sweet fruit and malt sweetness beneath. Smooth, delicate, slightly oily feel with pleasant carbonation. Solid caramel and sweet dark fruit flavors from beginning to end that carry cinnamon and spice flavors overtop. Slight hop bitterness near the end followed by a spicy finish. Sweet up front with a wonderfully balances sweet, spicy and bitter middle and a spicy finish. Southern Tier brews always have nice character.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:09:43 | More by IronLover
Photo of CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown color with a half inch of off-white. Aromas of pine, clove, cinnamon and citrus zest aroma, a little yeast. Flavors of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise and roasty malts. Tartness and warmth is certainly supplied by ABV and malt. Medium mouthfeel along with some soft carbonation throughout. Finish offers a doughy feel and a spicy taste. Overall, a really nice holiday surprise for 2012.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 19:06:53 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an amber orange color with a one inch head that lingers around a while.

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and some malt sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, apples, and a moderate bitterness create a nice winter ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: a great beer to drink in front of a raging fire in the winter. Slow sipping but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:40:54 | More by Gavage
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had glogg in my time and as far as a beer representative goes this is a pretty accurate rendition. There is a lot of flavor going on and somehow the flavors harmonize. There's a little bit of clashing that goes on here and there with some of the more aggressive flavors, but that's par for the course. Fermented sweetness, a faint pine undertone, slight warnings of a vodka and red wine hangover. Southern Tier has earned some more brownie points by resonating with my semi-Scandanavian heart.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:31:46 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2012. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of malt, fruit, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, light anise, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, orange peel, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light anise, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of malt, fruit, and spice flavors; with a great sweetness/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced Christmas ale! Great balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:02:15 | More by superspak
Photo of dar482

New York

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark copper brown color.

The aroma has tons of spice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, a caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with caramel and toffee sweetness. Then tons of spice with clove, star anise, cinnamon, with some caramel sweetness. It's dry on the end.

Possibly the best winter holiday beer this year.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 04:11:46 | More by dar482
Photo of sweemzander


4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear mahogany brown color. A good head of off-white froth. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- Very spicy and malty. Obvious cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and orange peel, but alot more going on than than in a malt sense.

(T)- Not as intense as the smell, but better balanced. A nice malty background meets some orange peel and nutmeg.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a well balanced profile of sweet malts and winter spices.

(O)- I always feel like winter seasonals are a dime a dozen, however this one is a bit more on the sweeter side yet the spices complement; do not overpower the base. One of the better ones this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 20:55:36 | More by sweemzander
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 22:15:54 | More by oberon
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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