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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 51 | 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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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A pretty clear reddish/brown body with a small eggshell cap. Some dots and lines of lace inside the glass. The nose is of baked dark bread, dark candi sugar, toffee, caramel, figs, orange peel, cinnamon, and coriander. On the palate, the figs and toffee/caramel flavors lay a foundation for the spices and orange peel to do work. The finish is dry from the candi sugar with a touch of residual sweetness and some of the bready malt to try and balance it out. Medium body, a bit syrupy. This is a nice little christmas ale that surprised me. The flavors and aromas are tightly wound into a well-crafted ale for the season.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 02:49:20 | More by ColForbinBC
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SgtPepper5088


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted a good holiday brew and glad i made this a part of my mix 6. i would buy again.

Tried it in a bottle & poured into a pint glass. Slight head.

Strong Christmas-y aroma with an overwhelming cinnamon smell. Overall good mix in taste. Strong warm after taste, definitely a quality holiday brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:46:02 | More by SgtPepper5088
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darrmitchell


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby tinted brown.

Mouthfeel left a bit to be desired for me. It was thick and thin at the same time. Not sure how to describe it other than weird.

Taste and smell were excellent. Spices were evident from start to finish..particularly the cinnamon. It even has a pleasant after taste.

Overall a very enjoyable holiday beer. The warming effect was great.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:38:15 | More by darrmitchell
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Freggs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

11-29-2012 00:38:54 | More by Freggs
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tokyoakazukin

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-28-2012 18:22:12 | More by tokyoakazukin
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Bunnyhops


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-28-2012 03:31:43 | More by Bunnyhops
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with 4 different malts, 2 varieties of hops, Figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and fermented with ale yeast. 8.0% ABV.

Pours out to a clear dark ruby, forming a nice creamy yellow head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.0 carbs. The nose is very spicy...lots of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves on top of a slightly nutty malt backbone and no real hop aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and full, creamy with a dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Lots of spice, some nuts in the middle, then tobacco lingering in the aftertaste complimenting the spice. Very spice forward. The orange peel is subtle but it does come out towards the finish and I get a little yeast autolysis and some higher alcohols too. The alcohol almost has the sensation of black per, which would make a more interesting holiday beer than all the spices.

I just made a batch of Glogg and I love it, but this just isn't all that good. Way to spice heavy, like chewing on potpourri or sipping on your grandmothers candle.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:38:40 | More by Mitchster
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass,

A dark and murky brown orange appearance with a small off white head. The beer is very christmas-y. An absolute ton of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also clove and perhaps all spice. The malts are quite caramel and toffee based and are very subtle and are mere accents to all the beers spices. The feel is rather big and syrupy to this brew. It is a sipping winter beer that isnt quick to go down. This is on par with great lakes chrismas ale in terms of taste. This is a very, very christmas-y beer and a decent example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 01:33:13 | More by TwelveOunces
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PorterLambic

Florida

1.83/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Arrives a clear, bright, medium reddish brown with a small, creamy, light tan head. Retention is short. Inconsequential lacing.
Smell is menthol, like in cough drops, with some indeterminate fruit or malt note. The clove is so heavy here that it overpowers any other notes. I could find no fig, orange peel, hops or malt here.
Taste is exactly the same as the smell, sadly. Clove and spice is just a two-fisted punch to the palate that obliterates all other flavors. None of the listed flavors could be found with that much spice.
Medium body, sharp effervescence up front fades super fast. Medicinal/clove note just lasts forever. I like clove but not by the bucketload. Slightly warming. Nothing really to recommend it. Sorry.
This would be excellent to baste a ham. Mix it up with some brown sugar and reduce it then glaze that ham, man.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 01:09:47 | More by PorterLambic
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chickenflea

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love a good malty winter warmer, and this one is a beaut! The 2XMas pours a dark ruby red color with a very small beige head. The head leaves some nice lacing around the glass. The nose is full of spices, including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of ginger. This is one of the most aromatic beers I have ever encountered. The flavor is syrupy sweet. Just a touch of hops makes this beer very drinkable. Smooth texture and medium body. A rather dry finish for the style kept me ready for every sip. Another quality beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:24:07 | More by chickenflea
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teromous

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's an extremely dark shade of brown, but it is clear enough that you can tell it is not hazy...but still very very dark. The head is a light fluffy tan color that leaves fair good lacing. Lots of different dark shades of brown and some reds make it through this beer. It looks excellent.

S: Well it definitely does smell like Christmas. It's hard to pick out individual spices, but I can tell that there is a lot going on here. Mostly I just smell cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon. There is also a fruity scent to it that I can't quite put my finger on...sort of rose-like but more fruity and less floral. Not a whole lot of malt character coming through. The hops are subdued and I can't smell them. Some alcohol comes through.

T: The malt comes out a lot more here. I wouldn't call it caramel but more of a clean malt flavor. That fruity flavor comes in again. I don't like reading bottles because it influences perception of taste and smell when you can read what's in the beer, but I had to figure out what that flavor was. The beer label states that they use fig and orange peel. I suppose it could be these but it doesn't quite taste like fig to me. Some banana flavor also comes in. The cinnamon is not overpowering as the scent might lead. I really like this and it fits the whole Christmas theme. A semi-floral aftertaste. While drinking, I feel like I can taste the water in the beer somewhat...it's hard to describe...it's not watery or anything but there's some backbone flavor to it...if that makes sense.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and wet. It has a smoothness to it. The alcohol is not burning, and the beer does not feel like it needs aging before drinking. It feels very "together".

O: Overall I feel that this has qualities that would win people over, even if they are not fans of spice beers. I would recommend it to those who enjoy Belgian style dark ales. It's very easy to drink and tastes great.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 00:06:49 | More by teromous
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server222

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-27-2012 23:20:55 | More by server222
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, clear, reddish-amber color with a one and a half-finger head of white carbonation that left some decent lacing on the glass. Steady carbonation is visible and holds head retention with some effort.

S: Candied fruits with a spicy, baked sweet-bread aroma. Hints of tangerine, cherry and raisins blend with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and pungent coriander.

T: Smooth, slick and fruity malt profile builds in musky, resinous tangerine peel, dates, raisins and a boozy, fig flavor. Assertive, yet moderate, hops, rush the palate and level out some of the bready, spicy sweetness, leaving a resinous gingerbread flavor on the palate.

M: Full-bodied and a bit sticky-sweet at 8% ABV, it warms, but cloys up the palate as a bit as well.

O: A welcome addition to the "winter warmer/spiced holiday" beer category. Nice and warming at 8% ABV, this spiced brew allows you to get warm and cozy without tipping over into the realm of complex, winter sipper. No overwhelmingly good qualities, but some interesting, strong winter characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 22:59:43 | More by Gambrinus1184
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seplo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-27-2012 21:04:57 | More by seplo
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, brownish-red in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: fig, toasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices

Taste:fig, big caramel, clove, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Really tasty holiday brew...lots of malty sweetness and enough holiday spice..One of their better small bottle beers..I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 15:07:20 | More by tigg924
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-27-2012 04:36:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-27-2012 04:33:19 | More by enelson
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-27-2012 04:05:55 | More by cantfindme
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-27-2012 02:43:53 | More by lupercmda
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Deanstreat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-27-2012 02:41:18 | More by Deanstreat
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Syracuse NY Wegman's for 2.25$

Appearance - Reddish copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, all-spice, herbal/pine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and some butterscotch. There is also some raisin,herbal/pine notes, all-spice and a fruit cake like taste. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering all spice.

Overall - A little too much grut beer flavour for me. Not one of my favourite tasting style of beer unfortunately. Still pretty festive and tasting, and it's probably worth having at least one of these this holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:48:45 | More by spinrsx
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-27-2012 01:10:14 | More by oldedog
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Well for a winter warmer/Christmas beer this is a very dark beer. Clear yet deep shade of brown with just a sticky lace ring.

S - Smell is very malty with touches of fig/raisin, cinnamon/nutmeg, and very little hops.

T - A lot going on here. Starts off light with nutmeg and then towards the middle of the palate I am getting some orange peel/figs. It has a great cinnamon hit at the end that reminds me of Great Lakes Christmas ale. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied yet drinks fantastic. Even though its heavily spiced I could see drinking a couple in a sitting no problem.

Overall worth picking up if you love the pumpkin spice fall beers or heavily spiced Christmas beers. These guys know how to brew great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:46:07 | More by DrDemento456
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SenorHops

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-26-2012 17:24:48 | More by SenorHops
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cmonfradi

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

11-26-2012 17:12:27 | More by cmonfradi
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.