2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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.
11-30-2012 03:55:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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.
11-30-2012 01:27:44 | More by facundoCNB
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.
11-30-2012 00:57:56 | More by oline73
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.
11-29-2012 04:47:45 | More by JDFish
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.
11-29-2012 02:49:20 | More by ColForbinBC
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.
11-29-2012 01:46:02 | More by SgtPepper5088
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-29-2012 01:38:15 | More by darrmitchell
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
$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.
11-28-2012 02:38:40 | More by Mitchster
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-28-2012 01:33:13 | More by TwelveOunces
1.83/5 rDev -50.7%
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.
11-28-2012 01:09:47 | More by PorterLambic
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
11-28-2012 00:24:07 | More by chickenflea
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
11-28-2012 00:06:49 | More by teromous
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
11-27-2012 22:59:43 | More by Gambrinus1184
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.