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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 72 | 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 scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium ruby, rust, and bronze color. About one finger of head after the pour. This recedes to a thin ring of foam, and thats it as far as retention. There's a few sluggish bubbles making their way to the top of the brew.

The nose is full of spices. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and other Holiday spices I can't discern. I can smell a little fig here and there. But the overall aroma is dominated by XMAS spices.

Taste starts with figs then some faint, toasted, orange peel. Middle has roasted malts, toasted figs, and some cinnamon and nutmeg. The spices aren't as dominant with the flavor as they are with aroma. The palate is a little syrupy, sweet overall, and a nice warmth from the alcohol do add to the Glogg-like affect of this beer. If you like spiced beers, this one is worth trying for sure. Or if you like the taste of liquid XMAS, pick up a sixer.

scruffwhor, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of DonDonLongJohn
4/5  rDev +7.8%

DonDonLongJohn, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev +7.8%

meanmutt, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +7.8%

oriolesfan4, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first of my 25 beers of Christmas countdown is Southern Tier's 2XMas.

I poured the 2XMas into a pint glass from a bottle, and saw a deep dark reddish brown. Then, held it up to the light and saw a beautiful deep red amber. The ale is clean and vibrant, with almost no head. The centimeter of foam disappears quickly, and there is little and then no lacing as I finish the glass.

First on the nose is the Christmas spices and a syrupy sweet malty smell. There is a rich, roasted fruit smell that accompanies the first whiff. With the first sip the spices become more pronounced.

Christmas spice, and especially the clove flavors, come alive as I take a drink. The body comes on thick, and then has this effervescent moment that highlights the slight hop spice, and added flavors, and ends with the mouth coated in sweet malt, spice, as well as figgy fruit, and light citrus. Very flavorful, and filling, so it is good in small quantities. The second glass warmed by the time I finished it, and tasted like a good spiced fruit cake.

This is the first brew I have ever had to claim "Swedish Glogg" style. According to Wikipedia it is, "Mulled wine (otherwise known as Glögg or Gløgg) is a beverage that ranges from alcoholic to non-alcoholic. It is usually made with red wine along with various spices and raisins, served hot or warm. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas and Halloween."

2XMas is a nice spiced ale, and is a good brew to celebrate the holiday season.

BenjaminBlondbeard, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of JJStorm
4/5  rDev +7.8%

JJStorm, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mkennedy119
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

mkennedy119, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2XMAS into a pint glass. I grabbed a single of this for 2 beans.

2XMAS goes in the glass a dark chestnut brown shade that is able to be seen through. Not to much activity on the top, just a sparse amount of off white bubbles that die down quick. Eventually, the beer looks dead. Smell gives me a mix of a spiced beer and a winter warmer. The fig representation is large, behind that caramel malt, some dark fruit scents, plum, and light chocolate. More spice with warming. This takes some sips to get used to, off put by the large fig presense, the caramel/chocolate malt combo comes through in the middle, followed by a spicy finish. Hops are minimal and not making a dent. body is smooth and a healthy medium with almost no carbonation down the gullet, this one is nearing flat, I think maybe this is intentional in the Glogg tradition. While I enjoyed this I dont see myself making this a tradition, good for the season though. Would probably pair well with some Christmas ham. Never having a Swedish Glogg, I am now intrigued to try one out.

BARFLYB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2XMAS pours a deep red color. Really nice looking color. It’s very clear. Backlighting bolsters its attractive garnet color. An off-white collection of bubbles gathers on the surface. It doesn’t quite materialize into anything further. That’s disappointing. The bubbles disappear very quickly. Interesting. Lacing was very light and spotty. Not much to discuss there. The color looks really nice!

The nose is alright. It’s a bit weak and needs more strength. It’s not bad though. It kicks with a mix of caramel and toasted malts. It smells a little sweet. Chocolate malts are there to a lesser degree. Holiday spice notes of cinnamon and ginger are present. Those are easily the most notable. There is a bit of a dark fruit note. Smells like fig or plum. There’s a bit of a piney hope scent. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong. 8% abv seems about right.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. The malt base is definitely a mix of caramel, chocolate, and toasted varieties. The caramel adds some sweetness. Cocoa flavors are secondary, but blend well. Holiday spice flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom are nice. Tastes like there’s even a bit of clove here. It’s not bad, but almost seems too spicy. Secondary notes of plum and fig round it out. Alcohol isn’t all that strong. Definitely not warm or hot. Finishes spicy and sprucey.

2XMAS has a medium body. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It’s smooth and goes down easy. For what it’s worth, drinkability would be good if the flavor would be just a little better. Nice feel though.

2XMAS is a pretty good holiday release. It’s definitely spicier than a Winter Warmer. Frankly, it’s a bit too spicy for me. As far as holiday beers go, it’s worth grabbing a six pack. There are a ton of great holiday releases though. This one’s solid, but doesn’t do a great job of distinguishing itself.

prototypic, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

TCJosh, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of nikbullet
4/5  rDev +7.8%

nikbullet, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of JordanPP
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

JordanPP, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of aboji
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

aboji, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

hinemk76, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/28/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character. Then strong flavors of ginger, caramel and fruit come in. The hops presence is mild and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +7.8%

OldTime, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

booyahachieved3, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jrfehon33, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Omensetter, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a thin, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt and lots of holiday spicing; cinnamon, cloves, ginger and a slight cola element. Flavor follows taste with a substantial sweet malt body with a nice mixture of spices dominated by cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Somewhat nutty. Excellent medium body with pleasant creaminess. A nice warming winter beer; not sure why this isn't a winter warmer rather than herbed/spiced beer, but it does well on both counts.

LiquidAmber, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +7.8%

IPAchris, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

CWhite, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of greencovesteve
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

greencovesteve, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean but deep brown pour with minimal amount of head which quickly faded. smells of cinnamon, pumpkin pie, coriander, not really getting any orange peel. definitely getting the orange peel bitterness in the flavor, sweet caramel, hint of cinnamon in the finish and a bit heavy boozy flavor. medium body with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish... nice warmth from the abv as well.

not that blown away by this one. flavor and smell seem a bit strange, i'll stick to old man winter or krampus for their winter seasonals.

facundoCNB, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish dark brown color, there is more red to this one than brown. There is a layer of off white head that fades quickly to a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Definitely a Christmas beer. I'm getting a slightly sweet malt component that reminds me of dark fruit and cherries. I'm also getting some Christmas spices and mild orange peel.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the smell indicates. There is a dark fruit/sweet grain component but it is overshadowed by the Christmas spices. The finish is really bitter. I'm getting some citrus fruit hops along with a strong spice component. I think the bitterness level is too high here.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a lot of tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I think the spices and hops made the finish too bitter. The sweeter flavors needed to be featured a bit more.

oline73, Nov 30, 2012
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.