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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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Photo of deaconoflove
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

deaconoflove, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

VelvetExtract, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Coopersbeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Coopersbeer, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of musicman7070
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

musicman7070, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/17/12. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a clear ruby red color with about a quarter inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, candied oranges, figs, and some cloves. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, except that there's a slight bitterness noticeable. Also, the aroma seems stronger compared to the flavor of the beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I know I'll be enjoying the rest of my 6-pack! $10.99 a sixer.

bluejacket74, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

HopBrain, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ShemRahBoo, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am almost a Southern Tier blind faith follower. I started out liking their brews and as they added more styles I find I LOVE those. This new one is no exception, but it is exceptional.

It's a dark thing with very little head. The aroma is mildly that of a unique combo of spices and things plus a little hoppy ale. The taste follows with a nice balanced spice and ale flavor. Not very hoppy but that's not expected in this style. A tart fruity aftertaste lingers long after the drink.

This is a very nice holiday brew. I look forward to drinking a bunch of these.

schoolboy, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Thunderchief
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Thunderchief, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of jjd315
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jjd315, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of stpaulsipper07
4/5  rDev +7.8%

stpaulsipper07, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of bradcochran1234
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

bradcochran1234, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of ng85
4.75/5  rDev +28%

ng85, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of CoryJHarber
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

CoryJHarber, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, minimal head.Crystal clear.

S - Holiday spices. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, Sweet malt notes , dried fruits, herbaceous scents. Candied citrus peel.

T - Sturdy malt base, sweet and grainy. Soft on the tongue, with the spices present but mild. The nose lent a stronger offering, but the flavor has them all just more subtle. Agreeable blend of winter spices, and a subtle hint of candied orange peel.

M - Well balanced, light-medium body, pleasant carbonation. Spiced semi-dry finish.

O - All of the winter beer components you look for and want. Southern Tier comes through.

BeerForMuscle, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Brown120, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.8%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev +7.8%

kbrown, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of siddhartha
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

siddhartha, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of NFStaproom
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

NFStaproom, Nov 02, 2012
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.