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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 222 | FT: 4
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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle comes a reddish, brownish, garnet color. A bit clearer than you'd guess for a spicy beer, but still dark. The head is slow forming and a finger thick, but lacks retention. The slightest of lacing left behind.

The smell can fill a room. It's everywhere. From the smell, which immediately grabs the olfactories, you expect a murkier, cloudier beer, but no dice. Lots of holiday spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, etc) meet up with a variety of malts for a treat to the nose. As it warms, the cloves grow and you get a hefe-like bubble gum scent. The spices are the main attraction, but you get plenty of malt as well, but it's more a supporting role.

Very spice forward, but plenty of malt backbone that's is reasonably well-balanced. All the spices in the nose are accounted for in the taste, but you also pick up a bit of mint as well. It's not quite as strong in spice as wassail, but it's close. The cinnamon and nutmeg are a bit strong, staying with you well into the finish. The alcohol feel is negligible.

A little sweet and a lot spicy up front. The spice drowns out the sweet from midsip on. It's not as heavy as I expected, actually, a bit loose feeling, but it ends strong with the continued spices and the onset of the alcohol. Medium bodied. Not a lot of hop bitterness, but the spice never crosses the line into offensive.

A nice winter warmer. Multiple bottles would warm you up nicely, and if you're a fan of the spiced beers, a handful of these would make for a happy evening. Easy to drink, as the spices approach the line but never cross it. A good choice for a seasonal because it would eventually wear on you.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a

Smell: Spices, dark fruit, orange peel, ginger, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, dark fruits, orange peel, ginger, caramel, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, spicy, warming, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty good spiced winter warmer. I'll grab another.

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3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle into glass. 8% abv.

Appearance- Deep red/dark brown. Not unlike the color of root beer. Moderate puffy head.

Smell- Nutmeg and cinnamon spices dominate. A slight hint of orange peel citrus.

Taste- Sweet maltiness of caramel first. Then extremely spicy much like the smell. After the initial sweetness, it is as if you have a mouthful of nutmeg. Hoppy/piney bitterness in the aftertaste but the spices linger all the way through.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high heaviness, still smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer. As noted the spices were a bit overbearing personally, but then again the style is an "herbed/spiced beer" so can't detract from that based on what it is. Still smooth however and does have ample complexity. Claims it is brewed with figs, spices, 4 malts and 2 hops which accurate to the taste. With an X-mas themed bottle and cool name, why not give it a try, tis the season!

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.