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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 22
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

imbuckeye, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Louski
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Louski, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

djrn2, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of EigenBeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

EigenBeer, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of dllman25
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

dllman25, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep copper colored body was clear, but had some floaty bits in it. The smell was very herbal and spruce like, and really made it obvious that this was a winter ale. The taste on the other hand was quite a bit drier and more delicate than other winter warmers. It was as if the winter spices and herbs had been thrown into an Oktoberfest beer. There were notes of honey, raisin, brown sugar, and caramel in the taste, followed by a herbal bitterness, and a cinnamon finish. The body was light and creamy, rather than sticky and dense. This was an nice winter treat.

rajendra82, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

raythealeman, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev +7.8%

PGVG, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. DOB 10/24/12.

pours a clear deep chestnut brown color with about one fingers worth of off white head that fades to nothing within a minute. no lacing, some very minor legs however.

big x-mas spice aroma. gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, a little honey. as it warms some dark fruits and bit of the orange peel become noticable. also the slightest hint of booze.

similar to the aroma, but some figgy like dark fruits are more in balance with the x-mas spices. some definate orange peel citrus as well as a bit of some fruity esters.

starts off kind of light but finishes slightly thick and warming. average feeling carbonation.

a pretty decent beer, but it wont make my list for must buy winter beers. reminds me of a stronger version of great lakes christmas ale.

dogfishandi, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of conorjcasey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

conorjcasey, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with excellent clarity. The head is a one finger khaki color with decent texture, but not much retention. Only a modicum of lacing stays on the glass.

S: Spruce, ginger, nutmeg, graham cracker, orange peel, light dark fruits, and very slight hops. Give Southern Tier credit - when they want to make a beer resemble something else (like chocolate or, in this case, Christmas) they go all out and leave nothing to the imagination. Pretty much everything advertised comes through aromatically.

T: There isn't much of a drop off from the (admittedly ambitious) aroma, though maybe it's a touch less complex. Lots of dark fruits appear immediately, smoothing out on the midtaste to graham crackers and gingerbread. The finish is shockingly bitter for Southern Tier, consisting of a combination of subtle wood, leafy tobacco, and orange peel. I swear the faintest hint of roasted malts comes through on the finish. There's a nice layering of flavors, though finding some of the complexity requires a little hard work. Still, it's an excellent winter warmer.

M: Very slick, and creamy up until the swallow. The finish is both clean and wet, with a little bit of syrupiness to cover up the booze. This goes down superbly, without a hint of alcohol coming through.

O: Admittedly, these heavily spiced winter beers are never quite my thing, but this seems almost paragonal of the said style, so it earns itself bonus points. This will be my future standard for winter warmers until further notice - naturally, this is an easy one to recommend.

ThisWangsChung, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: copper/bubbly body, trace head, no lacing

S: orange peel, spices, fig, clove, bready malt

T: orange peel, malt, clove, spices, mild fig/boozy finish

M: med body, mild smooth/firm bubbly mouth
hint of dry in finish

O: Like ST, but this was not my fav. Might give it another go,
recommend to spice/herb/Christmas beer lovers.
I do love ST bombers and love this time of year for beer.

PRETTY GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

deonreds, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Lee45102
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lee45102, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of mkvtaco
1/5  rDev -73%

mkvtaco, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby/mahogany colored with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly to just a small ring around the glass. It does leave some lace though.

Cola, fig, plum, prune, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Matches up well with the nose here. Very deep complexity. Sweet, malty, fruity and full of holiday spices. Significant hoppy bitterness and spice at the end.

Medium feel and mostly smooth. A bit slick, but dries out towards the end.

Definitely fits the bill as a holiday beer. This may very well be the best holiday ale I've had. It's big and bold with sweet and spice and everything nice. Very warming and just really hits the mark for being a Xmas brew.

jera1350, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. "DOB 10/22/12" etched onto the bottle.

Pours a nice warm shade of darker amber, with a dark ruby glow. Moderate sized dark tan head. Nothing special, film, collar and lace.

The nose is loaded with holiday spice.

Flavorful, fruity, sweet, highly spiced...tastes like a holiday fruit cake, in a good way. On the heavier side mouthfeel wise. Would work well with holiday desserts or as a holly jolly night capper. I like it

Billolick, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
4/5  rDev +7.8%

hollywood_15063, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

rkcrozier, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Ironcityblackand
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ironcityblackand, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out brown-ish red color with a thin white head. The head fades rapidly. The smell of the beer has a pretty good spicy aroma to it. The taste is sweet with a spicy flavor, some berry notes and cinnamon mostly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a smooth carbonation to it. Overall it's a decent holiday brew. Worth trying.

Knapp85, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown with a red tint. 1/2 inch foamy head with some average lacing.

Smell - Loads of sweet sugars and spices, cinnamin, nutmeg, lemon peel, corriander, borwn sugar, mollasses, roasty malts, some floral notes also.

Taste - Much like the smell, a boat load of spices. Has a minty flavor going on. Lots of mollasses, brown sugar sweetness. Malts are roasted and bold. has a big pumpkin pie taste. Alcohol comes out a littel in each sip. Hops are masked under all the spices and malts.

Mouthfeel - Tounge is nailed with spices. Lots of sugars coat palate, along with malts and more spices. Aftertaste is spiced, sweet and tounge is left tinging from the spices.

Overall - Really tasty, and lots of flavor. One of the more spice heavy beers ive had. The malts are roasty and work well with this beer. Hops are buried under eveything to were i dont taste them at all, but other then that its a great spiced beer. Really easy to drink, so the Alcohol can sneek up on you. This could pass as apumkin beer really, but the cinnamin nutmeg give it enough of a winter warmer feel. Worth a drink for sure.

wvsabbath, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev +7.8%

fehrminator, Nov 13, 2012
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.