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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 36
Gots: 102 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Cark, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Keith_R, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Zach136, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of cwxc818
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cwxc818, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BigRob329
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger or so of head. Very nice dark amber color.

S - First thought was it smells like Christmas. Very profound smell of ginger, with some fruitier hints of orange and figs. Kind of smells like baking Christmas cookies

T - Again, tasted like Christmas. Ginger was most immediate flavor, with a nice aftertaste that included the orange and figs. Very good amount of hops to compliment the other flavors.

M - Somewhat heavy but not too much so. Good feel for this beer.

Overall I loved this great beer, and it's perfect for the holiday season. Perfect amount of dry fruit flavoring to go along with the smell. Tastes like dessert that can be enjoyed all day. Will definitely have this many times again.

BigRob329, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of LarryMyers
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

LarryMyers, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Beautiful plum body with crimson highlights under just a dusting of head. Really nice color.

Maybe the freshest ground ginger smell I've ever gotten from a beer. Some orange notes, nutmeg, but yeah, that ginger is great, & everything just smells so forward & fresh. Very nice. Orange peel-like potpourri shows up more as it warms.

Very spice & fruit forward again in the taste, turning into a kind of anise/black licorice flavor, then turning very dry, a little boozy, with a dryness like sucking on a walnut shell. Nutmeg & cinnamon, rounding off with a kind of flat dryness again, rum-like (not a good thing by my standards). Maybe a little vegetal. Not crazy about the taste, kind honestly.

Medium-bodied, pretty smooth actually, doesn't cling or stick to my mouth too much, & the booze isn't even that punishing.

Maybe I'm just not cut out for most winter ales, but that cinnamon/nutmeg combination really just does not taste good to me. It tends to emphasize the booze & turn into a weird half-baked fruitcake sort of flavor. That said, I don't dislike all Christmas ales, but there's a certain cocktail of spices that rubs me the wrong way. Too bad, because I really dug that aroma.

OneDropSoup, Dec 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

tmars13, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Falcone, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of reynolds2121
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

reynolds2121, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

DonDonLongJohn, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

meanmutt, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

oriolesfan4, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

JJStorm, Dec 02, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

mkennedy119, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -4.1%
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
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

TCJosh, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

nikbullet, Dec 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

JordanPP, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of aboji
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

aboji, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of hinemk76
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

hinemk76, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.