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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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923 Ratings
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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 191
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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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at wegman's enjoyed chilled in a goblet shared with tenderbranson69 on Christmas day 2013.

The color is sunset red with good clarity and thick beige head with very fine bead. The smell is very festive with nice citrus and spice odors with mild sweet ester and yeast fruitiness in the nose. The feel is very nice, spiced yet balanced with malt and moderately high carbonation with dry strong warming finish.

The taste is good with lots of spice and and an orange zest and slight toasted malt with a mild caramel sweetness and very low alcohol in the taste with nice woodiness and a slight hint of cinnamon bark. The taste has a nice amount of dried fruit and hops bittering but not too bitter with a slight dry alcohol taste in the finish. Overall this is a great beer for celebrating -it is strong but you don't really taste any alcohol since the spice covers it pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 13:51:22 | More by Slatetank
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 22:20:35 | More by Ryanm1
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:40:49 | More by puboflyons
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:04:15 | More by Chaney
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appeared dark amber and clear, but it's most expressive quality was the smell. Very spice-cake in nature, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, maybe even a little like some pumpkin beers. Very strong and warning.

The taste followed the nose mostly, but was more carbonated than expected, and not as strong. The taste added some gingerbread notes, and still worked as a beer. The feel wasn't string but worked well with the beer overall.

This is a nice beer to grab one of for a change of pace, but not sure you can have too many without tiring of it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 23:28:05 | More by cjgiant
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Good looking dark ruby red color, off white head, 2 finger, lots of lacing and carbonation.

S- Lots and lots of spice. Some fruits like orange just make it smell more spicy. Cinnamon, clove, etc. to the point, wooden.

T- Spicy holiday pastry. Cedar notes deep in the back. Over the top.

M- Lots of body, hearty. Dry.

O- It left me craving for a hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 01:21:39 | More by NiceTaps
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Southern Tier 2xMas has an extremely thin, off-white head, a clear, burgundy appearance, with no bubble streams and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of mixed spices- and, this is very strong- with a background of sweet bread. Taste is of spices, particularly white pepper and sweet bread. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Southern Tier 2xMas finishes semi-dry, spicy, and rich. Overall, this is another crummy spiced/flavored beer, of which serious beer drinkers are so weary. It is okay for beer in general, but maybe most excellent in the insipid spiced beer genre. It is what it is.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 14:43:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
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TX-Badger

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this last night, and I'm trying to do a better job of reviewing beer, so here are my notes from last night:

A - dark brown, more of a deep chocolate mocha, not much lacing on the glass from the off-white small amount of head this beer produced upon pouring.

S - lots of spice, but to be expected from the type of style it is. I got cinnamon and nutmeg mainly, with a little allspice and clove, this made me think this beer was more of an autumn/pumpkin seasonal than winter seasonal.

T - all the spices listed above were present, and on the finish there is a distinct sweetness that lingers of which I'm not a huge fan. It also had the toffee note of a dark brown ale.

M - just enough body to let you know you're drinking a winter seasonal, but nothing more nothing less. It was not watery or thin or anything of that nature.

O - I enjoyed the beer, it is just not high on my list of beers to have if I have the choice. I was glad to try it, and I'm glad I only bought one, because with the sweetness, more than 12oz would have been too much for me. Just not my kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 16:27:40 | More by TX-Badger
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Southern Tier "2XMAS"
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating.
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Well it smells of Xmas cheer! Or of spice anyway. I mainly get cinnamon, but I'm also finding orange peel. Perhaps some nutmeg, maybe not, but there's something that rounds it out. For all I know, it could be the malt. Whatever, it's quite pleasant, and certainly not overtly bold. Oh, wait, it's the fig. How could I miss it? I grow figs in my garden and can and sell preserves made from them.

As for looks, it's pretty sharp in that category as well. A fluffy head of tan caps a clear, ruby and deep chestnut body. If you look closely you can see very fine bubbles rising here and there.

It almost looks as if it lacks carbonation, but that is not the case. The super-fine bubbles delicately bristle on the tip of your tongue. Maybe they're just not coming out of solution because it's a fairly malty beer, with a fairly hefty body. Definitely full I'd say.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a bit more wallop to it. The spice is brighter, and there's a flicker of alcohol to it - or perhaps the alcohol is just suggesting more spice? Or vice-versa. Regardless, they work together and it's got a bit of brashness to it. The orange peel remains and I'm finding some other spices. Given the zing that it's got, I wouldn't rule out ginger. A good deal of caramel malt is present as well, holding the whole thing together of course, and it's both golden and dark. It's a good balance, getting close, but not quite to the point of suggesting burnt brown sugar.

The bitterness is kept in check, and it's a good thing because with all of that spice it's certainly not needed. Which brings me to hops: 2 varieties are used, one for bittering we'll assume, and one for flavor. I didn't find it until about halfway through the glass, but yes indeed, there is a hop flavor to it: leafy, piney, and maybe grassy and floral, although it's hard to tell what's what with orange peel and spice floating about. The further I go, the more it warms and separates, and the more individual notes start to appear. Clove, definitely. Green cardamom? Hmmm, I do find the flavor of that of candy-coated cardamom you grab on the way out of an Indian restaurant.

So to sum up, it's quite an interesting beer. It's got some complexity to it. If you like spiced beers you'll love it. I really enjoy them at Thanksgiving and Xmas get togethers, and I always bring a few with me to pass around, but I have a feeling that Uncle Joe is NOT going to like this one. That's OK, he likes Old Fezziwig - I'll have another one of these!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 23:11:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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BottleOfPills

West Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the eve of Thanksgiving from the local Kroger Supermarket with a price hovering around $10 for the six pack.

The appearance was dark amber color, pouring into a pilsner glass a quickly dissipating amberish 1/4" to 1/2" frothy head that reminds me of warm evenings of the holidays.

The smell as others have noted is spicy. Cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg - all rolling around. Not sure if any of the latter two are even used in this brew but the Cardamon is. This is foreboding to me as I'm not one to usually enjoy these spicy beers.

The taste to me is that same spicy mixture that I noted above, with the exception that the "foreboding" is now "inviting". I'm wanting to have another sip. It's warm due to spice, but cool due to chilled. It's not a beer I would always want, but for times and days like today it's a nice choice of brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and smooth, but there is more crispness of carbonation than not, so yes I like this. It has enough to keep me interested.

Overall, it's a good beer for the holidays. It may not be that I want to follow this one with another, but it is one that would quickly come back in the rotation. Say maybe not the next, but the next one after????

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:40:27 | More by BottleOfPills
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:19:38 | More by HopBomb515
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darthvohn

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: A clear dark crimson body with A thumb thick beige foam melting to a thin cap leaving ample lacing behind.

Smell: Definitely smell spice, with cardamom being the dominate scent. The dark fruits are present.

Taste: Malt sweetness, the cardamom shines through the strongest along with cloves and cinnamon. The rich flavor and sweetness of the figs are apparent as well. I get the spice cake but not sure if I would call it gingerbread. Finishes with a pleasant, light bitterness from the hops. Alcohol hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with med-high carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad Christmas beer. I'm not a huge fan of cardamom but like Southern Tier using a spice you (or I) rarely see in other Christmas brews. They do a great job pairing the other flavors well with it. An enjoyable offering that I would order with a seasonal dessert or on a cold night around a fire.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:47:34 | More by darthvohn
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 20:06:28 | More by tillmac62
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:29:08 | More by Cylinsier
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clean, very light amber coloring yielded a a solid film of frothy foam.

The scent is quite spicy with lots of nutmeg, touches of cinnamon, a caramel malt body and a little bit of peppercorn.

The flavor is heavy on nutmeg, all spice and a little bit of cinnamon. The caramel malt is not sweet but very tasty. This has a very festive Christmas taste it is just lacking in the malt, fruit cake like tastes.

The feel is very light, crisp and easy with a touch not than moderate carbonation.

I like this Christmas Ale but I don't think it's Southern Tiers greatest accomplishment. I do think it's good and worth drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 01:05:29 | More by KYGunner
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This looks like it could be interesting, could be terrible or could be good.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly though, a very clear but dark cranberry ruby colored beer.

Nose is interesting, lots of reddish malts, a little syrupy and candy like, toffee, some caramel, mild baking spices allspice like, maybe hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, cardamom, hard to really tell, with a mild fig like fruit and candied dates and touch of molasses.

Taste is sweet, syrupy candy, little toffee and caramel, bit of molasses candies, into a mild estery booze, almost chewy like candy syrup. Then mild dark fruits, a little candied date and fig flavor, with more baking spices, hint of cardamom and cinnamon I think, little allspice, etc. Booze gets a bit tingly and strong, with a warming glogg like character in the spices and booze starts to get almost fusel. Finish is sticky but dry, bit of bitter spices, more candy syrup and molasses, and bit of fig lingering. The spices really start to build on the palate the longer it lingers and the more I sip and starts to get too much quickly, a not-so-great bitter aftertaste.

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy like, decent carb, warming tingly booze.

Overall, OK, at first it's not too bad, with the syrupy flavors and fruit, spices are nice at first too, but all that quickly wears out it's welcome and turns into a not so pleasant beer, everything becomes too much, too syrupy, too much bitter spices, bad bitter aftertaste, too much fusel alc, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:02:19 | More by jlindros
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jpd026

New York

1.45/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OKAY, words cannot describe how bad this beer is. It has a beautiful color just like the 2X IPA, but it smells like a bad candle. And the taste, what on earth were they thinking? First off to take a beer as hoppy and citrisy as their 2X IPA and mix it with cinnamon seems bad enough, but it's like they put half a container of it in every beer. It has a painful taste, like chugging a bottle of cinnamon, I truly have no idea how anyone enjoys this beer and at the craft beer store I work at it is EASILY the most hated beer among the staff not just of the seasonals but of any beers. Never would expect this from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 04:51:09 | More by jpd026
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MadCat

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2013 01:54:30 | More by MadCat
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Auburn, reddish brown. Cream colored head.
Smell: Sugar cookies? Spices. Pepper.
Taste: Spices. Cinnamon. Eggnog? Pepper.

This is a worthwhile seasonal. I picked up a couple unusual characteristics that were pretty neat. The first thing I smelled was freshly baked sugar cookies. I'm not really sure how or why, but there you have it. Secondly, the taste and maybe even mouthfeel had the sense of eggnog. Who knows. I'll update if for some reason my sniffer and tongue were nutty tonight. Overall, this was delightful. I would probably get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:30:52 | More by TeamMathis
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rEBELlION

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Low carbonation, dark complexion. Figs apparent in the smell as well as the spices, faint touches of eggnog (probably the spices). Nice medium mouthfeel, spicy flavoring with a hint of alcohol, not overwhelming. This is a solid spiced winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:48:46 | More by rEBELlION
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spices (nutmeg, ginger, and candied orange peel) along with dark fruits (fig) and just a touch of brown sugar. There are hints of biscuit + bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready + biscuit malts (similar to gingerbread) with moderate to strong flavors of spices - nutmeg, ginger, candied orange peel, cinnamon, and clove. There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness from dark fruits (fig) and a touch of spicy hops which contribute almost no hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Reminds me of fruitcake and gingerbread though the spicing is a little aggressive for my palate - it is a nice representation of a Christmas or Winter Warmer style. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:36:14 | More by dbrauneis
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feylure

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, filtered amber color with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is spicy with an upfront hit of pepper and clove. Small amounts of cinnamon and ginger-bread are in the background.

Taste is complex with the pepper and clove coming out right away. Trailing behind are sweet notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and gingerbread.

Mouthfeel is quite heavy and full throughout the entire taste. The carbonation also brings out the spicy pepper flavor.

Draft version had less hot notes and more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:06:42 | More by feylure
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CaptainHate

Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2013 05:50:34 | More by CaptainHate
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

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
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silverking

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:41:13 | More by silverking
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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