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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 34
Gots: 101 | 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:
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 KickbacksSteve
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Light beige head, good retention on a body colored hazy tudor brown. Oily, soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma is gingerbready with a touch of oatmeal cookie, some brown sugar and dark fruit (dates). Taste follows suit with a slight hint of alcohol taste. I suppose this tastes pretty close to what I would expect out of a Christmas beer from Southern Tier and thats a good thing.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

JohnK17, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of bcsbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

bcsbeer, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

OldhouseRecs, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jsbrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jsbrew, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper in color, with a big tan cap of foam.
Aroma-Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon
Taste-Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, underlying orange peel. Warming and flavorfull, a nice match for a plate of Christmas cookies.

hosehead83, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a small eggshell head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite like a spiced loaf of holiday bread. I get cardamom first and foremost with accompanying cinnamon and ginger. Then I get the toasted sweet bready pale malts and equal caramel malts with emerging citrus zest notes.

The tastes follow the nose with the toasted bready sweet maltiness and caramelized malts. There is a raisiny, figgy, dark fruitiness next and the finish is dominated by the spice notes once again of cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is gently sweet and spicy but neither one is overly so.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The mouthfeel was a little lacking but the overall flavor profile delivers what it advertises as a Christmasy spiced holiday ale. Sometimes the spices are horribly overdone (mainly with clove or ginger) but here they are restrained and work in balance with each other and the base beer.

claspada, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"...with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads..." If by sugar, he means malt, and by plumbs, he meant prunes. If he means stomach instead of head and drunken stupor instead of visions, then he must have bellied up at The Beer Trappe on Saturday night as Southern Tier's 2XMAS joined the tap rotation. By the way, what the crap is a sugarplum?

It's tawny bronze hue is cast in a veil of barkish haze. it's deep brown color allows for the soft penetration of garnet low lights. A serious lather builds on top of the beer with soft ivory foam and is insistent on enduring the session. As the foam slowly recedes to an even sheet across the glass, intricate lacing creeps onto the snifter.

An array of aromas share its bouquet, seemingly one scent at a time. As the nose eclipses the glass, notions of dried fruit, brown sugar, and molasses make me thing fruitcake (in the most delightful way possible). Another whiff delivers ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg much like gingersnap cookies. As the alcohols warm, a masculine scent of rum-based bread pudding catches the ire of alcohol inspired adult in me.

But it's the actual fig infusion that becomes the common thread of the beer and locks all of those flavors down. Otherwise, it is the underlying malt taste of molasses, brown sugar, and maple that commands its taste. Now, the earthen sweetness of the dried dark pitted fruit, and other cherry-like esters, that gives the sweetness a twang and savory balance. Further complementary tastes of orange zest clove, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom really pulls this beer into the realm of Christmas in a semi-eggnog kinda way. Light in hops, the beer relies on its sheer complexity and gruit spices for balance and digestibility.

Its robust texture is set up with firm malt richness and its embedded carbonation for a full and lightly chewy mouthfeel. Rummy alcohols begin to slice into the bready malt for peppery warmth, thinning sweetness, and overall spicy middle palate. Finishing malty-dry with a hint of toast and chocolate, the complexities continue to build even deep in aftertaste.

2XMAS is your quintessential "Winter Warmer" that's designed for those Christmas parties. And with the alcohol strength to sooth the mind, it may just make the office party tolerable this year! (...now off to find those damn sugarplums.)

BEERchitect, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Sarducci12
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Sarducci12, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of tommyd313
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tommyd313, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of raly03
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

raly03, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of DavidRose
4/5  rDev +8.1%

DavidRose, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of hoops61176
5/5  rDev +35.1%

hoops61176, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, BOB 10/19/12, poured into Tulip glass
A- Ruby/Brownish in color, one finger off-white head recedes quickly, little retention, lacing
S- Fresh mint, gingerbread dominate, nutmeg, cinnamon
T- A lot of mint, almost peppermint schnapps-like, ginger, generously spiced, some sweetness, flavors linger on nicely in the mouth
M- Medium body, decent carbonation, could go for a little bigger body
O- Hope this becomes an annual offering, one of my favorite Christmas beers, best to let it warm a little though to let the mintiness? blend in with the other spices

BasterdInABasket, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of FCRICH
4/5  rDev +8.1%

FCRICH, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

nh2032, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

alexgash, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Since this was modeled off of a Swedish Glögg, I wanted to try it warmed up as well as cold, since a glögg is a warm, mulled wine. I tried the 2XMAS cold, at room temps, and also heated on the stove. My primary notes are from the cold sample, with comments on the other varieties.

A: Dark amber and clear beer, with lot of bubbles seen. Retention and lacing are OK.

S: Spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove, plus dark sweet fruits and juniper twigs.

T: Taste is spicy and also sweet, as from caramel malts. Also get dark fruits are more evergreen/juniper as noted in the smell.

M: Carbonation is average, with a medium body. Aftertastes are sweet and spicy, with more evergreen flavor.

O: Very different and highly spiced beer. Initially I didn't like it but it's starting to grow on me.

Room temperature differences: The head was bigger with this sample, but the aromas seemed more muted. Taste was not as crisp and included some unwelcome vegetable notes. The carbonation seemed less, but the spices were more prominent in the finish. I enjoyed this sample, but thought the chilled was better and easier to drink.

Heated differences: Heated on the stovetop, the head was the creamiest of all, with better retention and lacing present. Aromas gave more of a nod to the dark fruits (figs) than the spices. The taste when heated became significantly more bitter and astringent - not pleasant. Aftertastes are dominated by burnt, roasted flavors. Overall, the heated version was my least favorite and was not something I'd want to repeat.

sommersb, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Mgm54
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12oz bottle, popped it open the second I got back from the store. Date of bottling right on the bottle (read, 10/24/12)

A - a deep mahogany red, wonderful color, exactly what I want out of a beer like this. The dark color makes me feel the weight of the spices more

S - Smells like a wonderful gingerbread cookie cookie, and the aroma fills the area around it when poured out of the bottle into a glass. This is exactly what I want when I open a beer like this, and the smell simply makes me happy to drink the beer

T - Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie, or some spiced egg nog. the spices are the forefront of this beer, and unfortunately hides the fig and orange taste of the beer a bit. That said, fig and orange are defiantly present, and you will notice them. Great taste, just can seem like a little much at times. But, If this one is in the mood for one of these beers, 2XMAS will not disappoint

M - good mouth-feel, but I wish it was stronger, maybe creamier.

O - Great beer, would recommend a six pack every holiday season. I will 100% be in the mood for this beer many times over the cold months, and might have to buy another sixer soon.

Mgm54, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of minterro
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Spartan Spirits, poured into a snifter. About 2.50 for a single.

A&S: very bready, spicy (ginger and cinnamon mostly), citrus but not . Dark ruby semi translucent red beer. Head, even when poured vigorously, forms a think tan layer that disappears quickly.

T&M: not as spicy as the nose until the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. You get the dark fruit that it claims towards the back-end. Low carbonation and pretty think body

Overall: I would say its a crowd pleaser. I had a try from another bottle and this beer was amazing this time around it was more bland and thin. Not great for the price but not awful at the same time. Wouldn't buy again but wouldn't turn one down either.

minterro, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of dccombs
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

dccombs, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, having never tried this before. I'm usually leery or Herbed/Spiced beers but this one stood out above the others that I've had in recent years. For starters, the base is strong enough that the spices don't stand out enough. Second, the aftertaste lingered quite nicely and finally, the alcohol was well hidden and complemented everything well. This was different than I expected and quite a fast sipper for something this strong.

The pour to this was good, with a dark almond hue, moderately decent head, and just a bit of sediment in the bottle that had to get swirled out in the end. Not much of a nose to this and hardly any lacing to be seen but the taste was amazingly smooth and easy to enjoy. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of wood and curry-like spice that warmed me up during each sip. Not a lot of carbonation here but the malt was certainly present and this almost reminded me of Goldschlager, minus the flakes. This felt like Schnapps with just a bit more brown sugar and less booze to overwhelm everything else.

That's not to say that it wasn't here, since I could certainly feel a slight buzz by the end of my session. Nice job on Southern Tier here not only with the beer but for coming out with something spiced that made me forget about all of the similar beers that lined the store shelves in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Got a nice crumb cake or bowl full of sugar cookies at home? Get this to go with 'em - they'll pair up quite nicely.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Mark5252, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Happyhopper
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Happyhopper, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Lob, Dec 08, 2012
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.