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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 224 | FT: 5
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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 lanciloti
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of videofrog
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, orange/brownish color with practically no head what-so-ever, just an extremely thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Gingerbread, gingerbread, gingerbread!! Tons of gingerbread spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, molasses, all-spice and of course ginger. I also get some malty notes too, lending a hand to the gingerbread aromas. Very nice, very aromatic.

Taste: Interesting and good! Not as much gingerbread in the flavor as in the aroma. I get notes of dark bread, dried stone fruit, such as prunes, dates and figs, some ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, candied sugar, clove. The beer tastes more like a spiced nut brown ale. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good beer! Great notes of toasted malt and spices. The only “negative” aspect of the beer is that the flavor of the beer doesn’t really match the aroma, meaning, there is less gingerbread in the flavor than is promised in the aroma. That being said, it’s an extremely tasty beer and one that I will certainly get again next winter!

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Reddish brown color

S-Loaded with spices...fruit cake comes to mind...ginger and cinnamon are in the forefront. Smells great.

T-Richly flavored...A lot of cinnamon on the flavor but the other spices used like cardamon and cloves are also evident. There is a surprising touch of bitterness on the finish but not a hop like bitterness...more like from one of the spices..

F-Fuller bodied...a little boozy on the finish...

O-You want a spiced Christmas Ale? Well, hear you go. It accomplishes what it sets out to be but let's just say I am glad I bought a single and not a sixer....too overloaded to drink more than one. Still, rating is for style and what is supposed to be.

Photo of JeffSK
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, served in an Innis & Gunn Tulip glass. Shared with others during evening beer tasting.

Appearance: Copper-amber with a slight haze. Thin light tan ring of foam, some lacing noted.

Smell: Very strong spicy smell of ginger, pepper, nutmeg, and orange peel. Very much like a mulled/spiced wine.

Taste: Very peppery and spicy with some malt sweetness in the middle and more pepper/spice + mild orange peel at the finish. More spiced drink than beer.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, but smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely right that this beer was labeled as an Herbed/Spiced beer rather than as a winter warmer. This beer is very intense in the spices and while I've not had a Swedish Glogg, it definitely reminds me of a highly spiced tea/winter drink. If there are hops in this I cannot detect them over all the spices. Overall, a glass of Christmas spice smell in a glass. Drinkability.....this one was hard to finish and while it was good to try for the concept, I could easily see one either loving or hating this beer. I found it interesting, but I think I would be forcing myself to finish off a whole bottle - so I'm glad I shared it with others. So not high drinkability, but I'll give it good marks for depth and intensity of flavor.

Photo of LeahM
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olbubba
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miket13
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chalkda01
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of scottr4073
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeMcCl
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of merock1402
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes like Christmas.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Photo of Svendozen
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had never tried this type of beer before, and when I popped the top, I was kind of offput by the smell...very pot pouri smelling. I didn't like the taste of it at all. But I can't say whether it was brewed badly, or I'm just not a fan of the style.

Photo of SeamusLight
4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of Amstaffs
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of microbrewlover
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of Arch578
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of citruscane
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.