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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,004 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,004
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | 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 +7.8%

kayrex, Nov 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

heddar33, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

dante23x, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

srw, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

mctizzz, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Acforster2, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Kubrickx, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

shick1, Nov 20, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A tad early for any decorations or festive merry-making, but I'm too much of a ticker to let a new Southern Tier 2X beer sit on the bench. This stuff pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of dusty wan tan foam. The nose comprises ginger, light peppermint, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, gingerbread cookies, and candied orange peel. The taste focuses on that orange peel, along with a bit of rye bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a pretty solid Christmas beer, one that certainly lives up to its billing as a glogg beer, though the spicing may be a bit much.

TMoney2591, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

skaboom420, Nov 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

crobinso, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

ALLISON01, Nov 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Dave29, Nov 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Mcallaghan04, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Immortale25, Nov 20, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured into a nonic a deep amber tinged brown with very little head to speak of,what there was was off white color.Deep fig and winter spice notes in the nose,alcohol and fruit cake notes linger.Candied figs with the orange peel underneath on the palate,cakey and rich with mild drying hops to keep the sweetness from going over the top.The lack of carbonation is actually good in the feel,it's mellow and almost chewey.A real warmer and true to the CHRISTmas season.

oberon, Nov 19, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

a cool winter beer, with figs and orange peel. the pours is darker brown with a tanish head nice and thick and lasting. the nose is really christmasy, like mulled wine almost, clove and anise, orange and definite sweetness from the figs. my first fig beer i think. the flavor is the same as the nose, with all the elements mixing together really nicely. sweeter on the back end, like molassas, with a huge malt body, dark and roasty but not black. finish is quick for a beer of this style. big body, enough bubbles, and plenty of booze for the cold evenings. overall a clever winter warmer that i will be enjoying all holiday season long.

StonedTrippin, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

mater, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ryanpj, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Had it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany, where it was part of their "Southern Tier Tap Takeover Night."

A: Body is dark coppery amber with a small off-whitish head. Left a little lace on the glass.

S: Definitely spicy - I get ginger and cinnamon in the nose.

T: First impression is simple: spice. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg fill the spice bill. Brown sugar and a solid malt foundation provide sweetness as well. However, there's a solid hop bitterness (think lemony bitterness) at the end that fights to balance the spice.

M: Medium in heft, pretty smooth but with some modest carbonation.

O: Good stuff. Bigger than your usual holiday offering, and while the spice takes center stage, as is typical for a ST beer, it's no slouch in the hops department. I like.

Kendo, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

imbuckeye, Nov 19, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Really nice-looking pour. It is clear and deep reddish-brown with a thin head and low carbonation. The nose carries a fair amount of bready malt notes and holiday spices, primarily ginger, allspice, and cardamom. There is also a hint of dark fruit in there as well. It reminds me of raisins and cranberries.

The beer has a medium-to-full body and a slick feel. There's lots of cookie-like sweetness on the front of the palate, but the spices help to balance it out and keep it from getting cloying. I definitely taste ginger and orange peel, but it is not overdone. They simply add a nice balancing bitterness to the malt. The ginger in particular lingers on the finish.

These Christmas Ales are hit-or-miss for me. The first year I encountered them, I made the mistake of buying too many and got really tired of them. This is one of only two that I plan on buying this year. I could have done a lot worse. I was kind of hoping Southern Tier would do for Christmas beers what they did for pumpkin beers with Pumking, but this one doesn't differ too much from the other winter warmers that are out there. It's on the same level as Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which sells really well in this area every year. Definitely recommended for fans of the style.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Louski, Nov 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

djrn2, Nov 18, 2012
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EigenBeer, Nov 18, 2012
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.