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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | FT: 3
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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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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

mkennedy119, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

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%

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
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

TCJosh, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

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

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

hinemk76, Dec 01, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

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
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

OldTime, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

booyahachieved3, Nov 30, 2012
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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%

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
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

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

greencovesteve, Nov 30, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

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%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

CGAR, Nov 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

tastymug, Nov 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

BeerNW, Nov 29, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Poured from a bottle dark amber with reddish tint. Small head retention and little lacing.
S: Spicy in the form cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom
T: Follows the smell, lots of wintry spice and herbs. This includes cloves and hints of anise.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Definitely a quality brew, especially if you are into spice.
O: A fine beer, I prefer a little less spice in my winter seasonals, but I would definitely not turn down one if offered to me.

JDFish, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

ColForbinBC, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of SgtPepper5088
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

SgtPepper5088, Nov 29, 2012
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.