2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +14%
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.
11-16-2012 21:58:28 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
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!
11-16-2012 20:43:23 | More by BeerLover99
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-16-2012 04:30:16 | More by jera1350
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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
11-16-2012 03:54:02 | More by Billolick
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-14-2012 23:58:59 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-14-2012 02:08:22 | More by wvsabbath
4.23/5 rDev +14%
Pours a deep chestnut body with reddish hues beneath the foamy tan head that dissolves to leave only a faint lacing around the glass.
Generous spice aromas with sweet molasses and caramel malt float from the glass. Figs, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon are all present as well as some bready notes.
The flavor is spicy and sweet featuring cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar as well as figs and toffee. The orange peel really shows up in the finish. Any hop notes are woody in nature, perhaps pine.
Fuller in body with medium carbonation and a spicy, warming finish.
This is a really nice spiced winter beer with tons to offer the senses and a nice warming mouthfeel.
11-12-2012 01:20:56 | More by CHADMC3
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Very dark brown w/ a quick small tan head. All kinds of aromas in there...pine/cedar/spruce, citrus hops, some breadiness, spices, cloves.
The taste is a blend of sweet caramel, spruce, candy, cloves. A real mix of sweetness and spice, a touch of harshness, then a nice smooth finish. Lots of things to find in there. It reminds me of Yards Spruce Ale.
It's a very interesting beer, easy to drink as an after dinner sippy beer. I like it.
11-11-2012 01:11:03 | More by deaconoflove
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
A-Pours a burnt crimson shade. Quite a pretty color. Body is transparent. Head never fully developed. A ring of bubbles leaves behind plenty of remnants however.
S-I know it has already been stated in the few earlier reviews, but this smells like Pumking. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg all over the place. Like a Swedish Christmas cookie tray. Plenty of caramel along with a cool amalgamation of spice and bread. The spice meshes with the bread malt to make a Christmas cookie nose. Very interesting. Slight hints of orange and dark dried fruits.
T-Figgy and loaded with a plethora of spices. Gingerbread men. Cloves and fruit cake. There is also a surprisingly bitter finish. This doesn't remind me of Pumking as much now. The spice lingers pleasantly. Sweet and spiced with a satisfyingly bitter end.
M-Creamy. Matches its ABV quite accurately. Drinks far easier than I expected it to. Booze masked very well. Boy, do those spices linger.
O/D-Must eat with a Gingerbread man! This is Swedish satisfaction to the max! Haven't run across a 'Glögg' before, but they are pretty damn cool and perfect for ushering in the Holiday spirit. I was very skeptical of this beer, but I ended up enjoying it. I can't wait to scream "MY BEER TASTES LIKE SANTA!" to the next person I see.
11-10-2012 02:54:18 | More by VelvetExtract
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
The beer pours a dark, red-brown color with a dense, fluffy tan head that fades, but never completely dissipates. The nose is rich and spicy with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It's very appealing considering the different spice profile ST used in this beer compared to other over-the-top winter warmers It's almost like the goose island winter brown ale for comparison. The taste is well spiced with a modest fig sweetness and semi-dry finish. It drinks like liquid dessert, but doesn't get old. The body is rich and inviting. Honestly, this may be one of my favorite winter beers considering the unique spice profile, drinkability, price, and availability. I just want to get into a wool turtleneck and eat a winter ham while drinking this beer.
11-10-2012 02:16:51 | More by ThePorterSorter
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.