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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

246 Reviews
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Reviews: 246
Hads: 1,364
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 38.03%
Wants: 57
Gots: 293 | FT: 3
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:
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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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 1,364
Photo of MarkQ617
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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 beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of Mavigo
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well it's smissmas time so I figure I'd be jolly.

Pours a transparent copper color with a thin tan head that evaporates quickly. Smells of cinnamon, oranges, caramom, ginger, lemon zest. Flavor is interesting, quite intense. It is sweet and rich but it has strong aftertaste of hops and all the other spices that are present. A bit off putting. It is medium bodied and well carbonated, strong after taste. Overall, this was alright, it wasn't horrible but I do need to wash out this weird aftertaste.

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Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
1.87/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Too much bull going on in this beer. Smelling christmas and tasting christmas are two different things entirely...After forcing down another half a beer, if you can call it that, I have to say that this jagermeister diarrhea with cloves. Absolutely terrible

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Photo of EvoRich
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not for me. Way too much spice. I haven't dumped a beer down the drain since summer, but this was just not enjoyable for me. My ratings were generous.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a dark amber coloration, IMO this is what a beer should look like!
Odor: Christmas spices, I detect a little cinnamon, clove and possibly some orange zest.
Taste: You can taste the hops in this one but it does not have the over powering bitterness of many beers that boast about their hops, very smooth.
Overall: Easy drinking, flavorful, complex, a real winner.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep red amber body with foamy tan head. Took a vigorous pour. Good retention and some sudsy lacing.

S - Well they nailed the scent of Christmas. Candy canes, licorice, and pine.

T - Slightly dry pine hop start quickly taken over with sugary medicine flavors which hold all the way through the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and sticky.

O - This one is tough. I want so much to like this, but not sure I do. I do like medicine flavors that are less sugary and normally along side good bitter hops. But this medicine flavor is just too sweet and licorice. In terms of nailing the Christmas flavor, it lives up to its name and I'd give it a 5.0. But as a beer that I'd like to drink again, I can't rate it so high.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer has a deep dark aged copper body with a thick beige head and some nice sticky lacing. The nose is full of dry ginger with some other dry herbal spices, cloves notes in the finish. The taste has bolder powdered ginger spice that leads to more herbal dry spice flavor with some allspice hints and coriander dryness in the finish. There is a medium mouthfeel and no alcohol heat. The spice flavor really dominates and covers up any malt character. It was ok to have one but the spice is just to much to make a second one enjoyable.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very spicy! Love it for the season. The beer is very good. It pours very dark and reddish. The aroma is all about the spices. I get a lot of ginger, orange peel, and maybe nutmeg or allspice? The taste is bold, hoppy and sweet. I can taste honey? Very good mixture of everything you would expect from a Christmas beer or winter warmer. I recommend it!

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Photo of cbutova
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Glogg eh?

A- Dark ruby red pour from the 12oz to a chalice. A thick, puffy off-white cap rises to over two fingers with good retention. A few large sheets of lace remain with some spots and drizzle.

S- Spices are felt along with the other adjunct ingredients. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg come to mind; kind of in that ballpark of spice. Something rather earthy and woody about it. Dark dried fruits, deeply browned malts, herbal spicy ginger and orange zest. Cardamom really opens up with time.

T- Ginger really gets put into overdrive as cinnamon, earthy spice, orange peel and figs follow that. For me this is mostly about the adjuncts and that seems like the point; beastly spices. Hints of cloves, vanilla sweets, bitter citrus rind, raisins, toasted grains and cardamom on the back end.

MF- Medium thickness overall with a creamy and foamy consistency helping in driving those spicy flavors onto the palate. Finishes with a harsh bitterness from the spices; cinnamon and bitter orange pile drive the taste buds.

Spice monster. I actually enjoy a lot of the distinct flavors this brings to the table with cinnamon followed by cardamom and orange peels leading to figs but it all clashes. The cardamom seems to grow with each sip and throws things off. I can certainly appreciate spiced beers but the after taste of this beer is off putting at times.

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Photo of lstorie3
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper reddish with a very small slight off white head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Smell is cloves and banana and cinnamon and bubble gum. My God it smells like Christmas. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The taste is very interesting. It was a good bit piney-er than I expected. A bit of alcohol warmth. Honestly, there’s a little too much going on tastewise - all the smells are represented in the flavor - maybe just a bit too much. Not really sure if I like the taste, but I know I like the smell a whole lot more.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Wow. That is unlike an any beer I've ever had. I appreciate it but not my favorite at all. The smell was pure pickled ginger, like the one you get when you get sushi. The overall taste was like a cleaning agent with lemon and ginger. I know that sounds weird but that's this beer in a nutshell. I usually love ST but this was not for me. First ever drain pour

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, spicy and smooth. Tastes like a Xmas pudding with a slight bitter bite at the end. Figs, cherries and oranges with nutmeg, Cardamom, allspice...

Almost a slight barrel-aged tinge to it. Different and fun!

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Photo of macher0
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Deep amber mahogany color. Fairly cloudy. Frothy slightly amber head develops. Some laces adhere to the glass.

S. Christmas spice nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Cinnamon baked apples, dark malts, yeast rolls,and butter.

T. Dark malts and hop dominant the front. The back is where the spices cone through in a much more subtle form than the nose. Fairly bitter.

M. Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation, full body.

O. A good seasonal Christmas ale. I'm glad the spice profile in the taste is toned down compared to the nose. This is a good beer to get a person in the Christmas spirit.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Had it on tap at Tap House in Plainfield.
Pours a dark amber with small head.
Not very aromatic.
Taste is of a spicy ale.
Mouth feel is typical of an amber ale.
Overall a fine Xmas Ale. Just enough spice to make if different. A solid offering from ST.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy, herbal, and bready malt forward aroma with big hints of winter spices and sweetness. Big upfront mix of winter spices with hints of clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and cardamom. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, grains, baker’s dough, and yeast. Fruit hints of apple and orange peel along with some wine like hints of cherry. Very light on hops. A pretty good spicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, herbal, and bready malt forward taste with notes of spice and fruit. Big presence of winter style spices with notes of cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice, and cardamom. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, dough, grains, cake, and yeast. Fruit notes of orange zest along with some apple and cherry. Also some brown sugar. Hops are pretty light. A nice winter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, creamy, and pretty smooth and silky. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Winter spiced brew. The spices mix well with the malt and subtle fruit notes.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; brownish amber - SRM approx. 18; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: nutmeg is predominant, then ginger, maybe a little dark fruit in the background;

T: a little musty up front; nutmeg with ginger from mid-palate to the end; finish has a touch of bitterness; a little warming after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish - so dry that it's almost off putting;

O: a nice representation of the style;

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a brown body with one finger head and lace and a very ginger and piney hop aroma with some mild sweetness in the aroma.
Dry, spicy, sharp, there is a cinnamon like sweetness and a peppery spice but the real stars are touches of ginger and again this piney, earthy hop taste sensation I keep getting.
Basically, it's like a spicy sweetness I'm tasting with minimal hop bitterness for balance and a little breadiness to make the beer a bit more full than watery blandness.
I enjoyed this beer but the flavors just didn't completely come together for me.

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear mahogany with a thin cream-white head. There's a small amount of lacing left. The aroma is great, with unique spice tones. Once you know what's in it, you can recognize the cardamom and ginger, amongst the others. The taste builds on the aromas and the fruit additions play quite well. The body has a nice thickness and a little spicy tingle from the ginger on the finish. Pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of dahlen22
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Appearance: A reddish-brown with an average head.
Aroma: Def. oranges (almost smells like an A.C. casino circa 1995 that would use an orange deodorizer on carpets), and cloves stand out.
Taste: Kind of disappointing for the style. Lacks any real balance, just a face full of spices like cloves and cinnamon. Has a slight hop in the middle and a bit peppery. The alcohol is well hidden, but again, just too much in the clove department.

Overall: Their are much better choices for this style. Cheers!

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Photo of logicalparadox
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

VERY spice forward, with an aggressive, almost astringent cinnamon, clove, and allspice profile. Especially cloves. Huge cloves. And Cinnamon. There's allspice there, too. Not liking this. Not getting much else beyond the medicinal spices. Ugh. I'm not sure I can finish this. Not recomendied.

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Photo of Jammyman
1/5  rDev -73.4%

If you love spices, especially cloves, you're in for a treat. Unfortunately, I despise cloves! Sadly, it's the 1st beer I've EVER poured down the drain after having 2 sips. Wish I checked my BA app before buying the 6 pack. My fault.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a goblet. The second beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark, deep, and clear reddish brown color with light visible carbonation and white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of fresh orange zest; holiday spices of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg; and some dark fruit and dark malt notes.

T- Sweet fruit cake notes, red apple, orange citrus, some medicinal notes, dark beady malts, and pretty big allspice notes on the finish.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy, some pretty big warming, some burn, and a pretty dry finish.

O- A pretty interesting spiced Christmas Ale. The aroma was much more spice-forward than the flavor. The flavor profile was a bit on the sweet side, but not too cloying. I wouldn't really want more than one in a night, as it was a little boozy, but this is a pretty good ale that is reminiscent of the season.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.