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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 224 | 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:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 10-29-2012

Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg. Ale brewed with Figs, Orange peels, and spices. 2 varieties of hops and 4 types of malts.
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Photo of Jimmys
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. DOB 10/22/2012.

A: a deep/rich copper hue. bright. head is dense and a slightly reddish white hue. retention is good, moderate lacing.

S: smells like a holiday beer should, strong allspice notes are obvious. cinnamon. mulled cider.

T: dark fruit flavor and spices. allspice. lots of caramel. fruit jam. a lingering amount of sweetness into the finish.

M: ample amount of carbonization. the unfermented sugars provide additional faux carbonation aspects. medium body.

D: not too shabby of a holiday brew. lots of residual sweetness and holiday spice makes this more of a sipper to me. enjoy during the right week and you will be happy.

Photo of vtisme
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter
A - the beer is more red than brown, the head is light brown
S - Cloves more than anything else
T - Cinnamon!, nutmeg!, chai
M - Sharp, medium carbonation, alcohol comes through in the end
O - Too heavy on the nutmeg and the cinnamon to really enjoy, I had high hopes but after 2 the last 4 of the pack are going to be given away.

Photo of koes0024
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of patpbr
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color with a bit of a head. The smell is cinnamon, sweet and roasted malt. Spices and flavors such as Cinnamon, nutmeg, and hops. Mouthfeel is medium This one is over the top and if your not an adventure seeking beer drinking look elsewhere.

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of 2neardead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CoreyW
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of soroka24
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brown, amber in the light, not much carbonation

S-Very spice heavy, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, some caramel as well.

T-Sweet with spices, cinnamon dominates, caramel is there, tad bit of nutmeg and some other spices.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-A solid winter brew, very spice heavy which hurt the balance.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of thegish
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet figs, nutmeg, and spice. In the taste, light spice of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a dry faint fruitiness of figs and raisins. A mellow spice bite bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruitiness of figs and spice in the aftertaste. A small spice and dark fruits, quite a sleeper!

Photo of brwnchrstpher
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium-dark copper with good clarity. The head a a better than average retention and is light tan.

S: The cardamom with it's lemony slight exotic notes and the clove are the first things I smell which blend very nicely with the orange peel aroma. It doesn't smell overly spice, it smells balanced and restrained like a brew that wants to let you taste a beer not potpourri. There is a light malt sweetness and touch of caramel and if there are any citrus hops the'd be covered by the orange peel and cardamom. There is a light fruit aroma as well of figs and prunes. There is a moderately-light ginger aroma that kind of ties everything together.

T: The figs come through in the flavor with moderate spice flavors of cinnamon and ginger with lighter flavors of clove and ginger. There is some lemony flavor and orange peel as well. The malt sweetness provides support and is paired with a moderately-light hops bitterness. The balances is slight sweet with a medium finish.

M: A medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A very light prickle of astringency on the tongue that is unavoidable when brewing with spices and doesn't detract.

O: Not a bad holiday spiced beer that showcases the spices but has enough balance to still drinkable. I was nervous when about the brewers description saying this is double spiced but is isn't as strongly spiced as other beers I have both commercial and homebrewed.

Photo of curasowa
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, copper color with just a thin cap of head that fades quickly to a ring.

Aroma: Very bright, sweet and floral, with candied fruit and molasses notes and hints of toasted malt in the background.

Taste: Very crisp up front, with lots of spice and some of that oily bitterness from the orange peel. Toasted caramel malt shows-up in the middle and then some mild hop bitterness on the tail end with a bunch more spice, which leaves a somewhat astringent finish.

The Rest: Quite spicy, but with enough body underneath to make it tolerable. Overall a decent winter warmer.

Photo of fishguyac
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CoolGuy42
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mirthywvu
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm usually impressed with Southern Tier beers. They always seem to be spot-on, challenging, and very rewarding. Unfortunately, that's not the case with 2XMas. It's a clear, reddish colored liquid with a thin tan head. Medium carbonation. The smell is fruit and spice, with a bit of toasted malt in the background. The fruit is hard to place. The label says fig, but I'm getting a lot of orange and lemon peel. The peel/rind theme plays into the taste as well, which is also full of fruit and spice...a bit of bitterness from the former, as well as the latter. Firm body, good balance. The beer just doesn't really come together, though...the bitterness is distracting. Not bad, just not up to my expectations.

Photo of Gschaf
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of twillingthenoz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown color with a half inch of off-white. Aromas of pine, clove, cinnamon and citrus zest aroma, a little yeast. Flavors of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise and roasty malts. Tartness and warmth is certainly supplied by ABV and malt. Medium mouthfeel along with some soft carbonation throughout. Finish offers a doughy feel and a spicy taste. Overall, a really nice holiday surprise for 2012.

Photo of LCannon4
4/5  rDev +8.7%

2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.