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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 170 | FT: 4
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 rangerred
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a tiny head. No head retention or lacing.

Aroma of figs and cinnamon with a little bit of orange thrown in. Maybe some other spice that I can't identify. There really isn't a ton I can pick up on outside of the spice.

The spice continues in the flavor. Lots of cinnamon with some ginger, orange and figs. A little bit of roast and brown sugar comes in towards the finish although it is faint. Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of sweetness ending with a sticky moderately bitter finish.

Overall, can't say I am overly impressed with this beer. I don't like overly sweet beers and this is one of them. In fact, I prefer Anchor's holiday beer over this., Not something I'm likely to pick up again.

Photo of NCbeerpirate
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of JustinMatthew
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Ik_hou_van_bier
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of DrJaws
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JackieTH
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber reddish hue, not much head or lace. Smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, buttery crust, reminiscent of Pumking. Taste is spices..cinnamon, nutmeg; orange marmalade, brown sugar, raisins and fig newtons, buttery crackers crust. There is a little of the Pumking magic flowing in this one, but with a figgy-orange Christmas twist. Medium body, silky, well crafted. Very enjoyable.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark and deep brown with a brown egg shell colored head.

S. Malts, Prunes and raisins, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T. Smooth and malty followed by a huge taste of brown sugar, raisins and finishes up with a warming touch of alcohol.

O. Solid for the style. Exactly what a winter warmer should be.

Photo of MonicaC
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy, dark reddish-orange with thin cream colored head.

Smell: Figs and other fruits, cinnamon, and orange peel.

Taste: Pretty sweet core of figs, plum and caramel. Great mix of spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and orange peel. Very Christmas like, with the mix of spices and sweet decadence. It also reminds me a little of Pumking, which makes sense.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Finish is a little tingly from the spices, but not really dry. Usually a sweet finish bugs me, but not here.

Overall: This beer just screams Christmas, with its crazy spices and ultra sweet core. But I think it is great.

Photo of RWACKO
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep brown with some reddish highlight. Forms a thin tan head on top of relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Spiciness, I get primarily ginger, fruity sweetness, and some citrus aroma. I'm not sure if this was the orange peels that the bottle says it was brewed with or not. It struck me as more lemon or grapefruit. The overall impression on the nose is certainly sweet.

T: Flavors are overwhelmed by ginger, allspice, cinnamon. There's probably some sweet malt, and I'd hypothesize some hops, but who can tell in this mess. Finishes sickly sweet.

M: Medium body, low carbonation sensation, mild alcohol presence.

O: Not good. Kinda like drinking beer that someone had poured potpourri into. Poured the last of it down the drain.

Photo of dgp207
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brbrocc
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color with hints of brown and a slight haze. Poured with a short off-white foam that was constantly fed by streaming bubbles. Cinnamon, clove, all-spice, and orange zest aromas with sweet fruit and malt sweetness beneath. Smooth, delicate, slightly oily feel with pleasant carbonation. Solid caramel and sweet dark fruit flavors from beginning to end that carry cinnamon and spice flavors overtop. Slight hop bitterness near the end followed by a spicy finish. Sweet up front with a wonderfully balances sweet, spicy and bitter middle and a spicy finish. Southern Tier brews always have nice character.

Photo of Hoppyman49
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of RockinRob925
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ksimons
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear brown amber with a very thin layer of lace around the top

S-malty, caramel, spices, and figs

T-taste matches the smell, lots of spices, big malt presence, and caramel

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a very spicy holiday beer. Well hidden ABV and lots of malt. Good choice if you are in the mood for a holiday beer.

2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.