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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

244 Reviews
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Reviews: 244
Hads: 1,357
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 38.03%
Wants: 57
Gots: 290 | 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:
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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Reviews: 244 | Hads: 1,357
Photo of tillmac62
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with dark ruby hue. Good head with nice lacing that dissipates . The nose is a WOW of spice. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and either cardamom or allspice against a slight dark malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. The taste is like the nose - an exceptional blend of spice against a slight malt sweetness. Well balanced with a focus on Christmas spices that is expertly taken to the limit of flavor. Clean finish with a burst of spice flavor and a nice warm burn. If you like spice, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear reddish brown. Eggshell film for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and gingerbread.

Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and gingerbread.

Medium body with stinging carbonation.

A very tasted spiced Christmas ale, good flavor and feel and another winner in the 2x series from Southern Tier.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clean, very light amber coloring yielded a a solid film of frothy foam.

The scent is quite spicy with lots of nutmeg, touches of cinnamon, a caramel malt body and a little bit of peppercorn.

The flavor is heavy on nutmeg, all spice and a little bit of cinnamon. The caramel malt is not sweet but very tasty. This has a very festive Christmas taste it is just lacking in the malt, fruit cake like tastes.

The feel is very light, crisp and easy with a touch not than moderate carbonation.

I like this Christmas Ale but I don't think it's Southern Tiers greatest accomplishment. I do think it's good and worth drinking again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This looks like it could be interesting, could be terrible or could be good.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly though, a very clear but dark cranberry ruby colored beer.

Nose is interesting, lots of reddish malts, a little syrupy and candy like, toffee, some caramel, mild baking spices allspice like, maybe hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, cardamom, hard to really tell, with a mild fig like fruit and candied dates and touch of molasses.

Taste is sweet, syrupy candy, little toffee and caramel, bit of molasses candies, into a mild estery booze, almost chewy like candy syrup. Then mild dark fruits, a little candied date and fig flavor, with more baking spices, hint of cardamom and cinnamon I think, little allspice, etc. Booze gets a bit tingly and strong, with a warming glogg like character in the spices and booze starts to get almost fusel. Finish is sticky but dry, bit of bitter spices, more candy syrup and molasses, and bit of fig lingering. The spices really start to build on the palate the longer it lingers and the more I sip and starts to get too much quickly, a not-so-great bitter aftertaste.

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy like, decent carb, warming tingly booze.

Overall, OK, at first it's not too bad, with the syrupy flavors and fruit, spices are nice at first too, but all that quickly wears out it's welcome and turns into a not so pleasant beer, everything becomes too much, too syrupy, too much bitter spices, bad bitter aftertaste, too much fusel alc, etc.

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Photo of jpd026
1.54/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OKAY, words cannot describe how bad this beer is. It has a beautiful color just like the 2X IPA, but it smells like a bad candle. And the taste, what on earth were they thinking? First off to take a beer as hoppy and citrisy as their 2X IPA and mix it with cinnamon seems bad enough, but it's like they put half a container of it in every beer. It has a painful taste, like chugging a bottle of cinnamon, I truly have no idea how anyone enjoys this beer and at the craft beer store I work at it is EASILY the most hated beer among the staff not just of the seasonals but of any beers. Never would expect this from Southern Tier.

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Photo of MadCat
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipperary Pub in Lakehurst, NJ

Appearance: Nice clear brown color, little to no head, no lacing

Smell: Spice, fruit, malts

Taste: Bready biscuity malts, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, then some fig and hop spice

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Tastes like Christmas. No idea it was 8% abv until I went to write the review, it hides it very well.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Auburn, reddish brown. Cream colored head.
Smell: Sugar cookies? Spices. Pepper.
Taste: Spices. Cinnamon. Eggnog? Pepper.

This is a worthwhile seasonal. I picked up a couple unusual characteristics that were pretty neat. The first thing I smelled was freshly baked sugar cookies. I'm not really sure how or why, but there you have it. Secondly, the taste and maybe even mouthfeel had the sense of eggnog. Who knows. I'll update if for some reason my sniffer and tongue were nutty tonight. Overall, this was delightful. I would probably get this again.

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Photo of rEBELlION
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Low carbonation, dark complexion. Figs apparent in the smell as well as the spices, faint touches of eggnog (probably the spices). Nice medium mouthfeel, spicy flavoring with a hint of alcohol, not overwhelming. This is a solid spiced winter seasonal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spices (nutmeg, ginger, and candied orange peel) along with dark fruits (fig) and just a touch of brown sugar. There are hints of biscuit + bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready + biscuit malts (similar to gingerbread) with moderate to strong flavors of spices - nutmeg, ginger, candied orange peel, cinnamon, and clove. There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness from dark fruits (fig) and a touch of spicy hops which contribute almost no hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Reminds me of fruitcake and gingerbread though the spicing is a little aggressive for my palate - it is a nice representation of a Christmas or Winter Warmer style. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of feylure
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, filtered amber color with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is spicy with an upfront hit of pepper and clove. Small amounts of cinnamon and ginger-bread are in the background.

Taste is complex with the pepper and clove coming out right away. Trailing behind are sweet notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and gingerbread.

Mouthfeel is quite heavy and full throughout the entire taste. The carbonation also brings out the spicy pepper flavor.

Draft version had less hot notes and more sweetness.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this to share with my music listening buds. As expected, one of my buds brought a growler of Great Lakes Christmas Ale which this compared very favorably against. It wasn't a competition, rather just a means of expanding horizons. The spices of this work very well, as do the malts which underlie this.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with an excellent Christmas style labeling. Real eye candy for me as I didn't even know it was out til the bottle quickly drew my eye. Just an awesome Seasonal color scheme and label more than appropriate for the Christmas season. Poured into a Belgian style stemmed tulip.

A - dark Christmas red which features a hint of bright orange corners when In the light. Sensational color and reminds me of some sort of red Christmas ornament hanging from a tree. Darker in color but still a clear body. Light tan/beige colored head didn't have a lot of size but was there leaving just a touch of stick from its tiny ring of lace.

S - spices up front: cinnamon, ginger, Clove with a touch of all spice. Cardamom and orange peel. Dark fruit with ripe fig and a caramel malt backbone. Very gingerbread like malt finish.

T - cinnamon and clove give a big spice character up front followed by some orange peel and a near sweet ginger bread note in the middle. Finish is caramel and bread like malt that's quickly followed by another hit of cinnamon spice and a slap of bitter malt.

M - medium bodied with good texture. The spices are a nice trend and the feel is pretty smooth. The points it does lack for me is the balance. This is a pretty complex brew but Its a bit jumbled together instead of free flowing.

O - a good take on a Christmas beer. Spice may be a bit sharp for some, but if spices are your thing like they are mine then grab this offering. It's a well crafted style and a bit odd, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- hazy mahogany with a thick creamy tan head. Lacing is present in sheets.

S- cardamom, orange peel, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon.

T- the cardamom really pops on the palate. The orange peel comes through in the finish with a touch of nutmeg and clove.

M- medium bodied, clean. Light prickly carbonation.

O- love it.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a reddish brown with a half inch white head that leaves behind scattered lace. Smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, clover, ginger, and vanilla. Taste all of that, a winter warmer that has loads of spices. Body is medium, nice amount of life, not dry, and goes down easy for its 8%. This is solid, a little more spicy than I prefer, but it is a nice change. Pumpkin beer fans should like.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a brilliantly clear copper. The head barely formed on this one instead only producing only a small ringlet.
It was very aromatic with spices. There is almost minty and earthy.
Dry and bitter tasting. Feels like powdered spices were used so I'm sure that contributed to the bitterness too. Some light alcohol warming in the finish.
A good beer that oozes Christmas spirit.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Great clarity. Tan head remains as a thin cap throughout. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

S: Spices leap out of the glass immediately. Cinnamon stick and nutmeg, fragrant orange peel. Sweet malt base yields rich fruitcake and cocoa.

T: Nutmeg and cinnamon up front. Christmas cookies. Orange peel. Rich fruitcake. Figgy. Christmas pudding. Light supporting hop bitterness. Slight spike of alcohol. Rum soaked raisins. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish, along with cake.

M: Medium thick body. Rich and round. Creamy and slightly chewy texture. Warming. Low carbonation.

O: As I guy who typically doesn't like heavily spiced beers, I can still respect this. Especially since it is taking its inspiration from glogg, a drink that is quintessentially spicy and fruity. The malty richness provides a strong enough base to ground the spices, even if they do come on very strong. Any fan of spiced winter beers will enjoy this.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep clear red with tan head. Nice retention and lace. The nose is all Christmas. Tons of spices with cinnamon, ginger and spruce being the most prevalent notes. Some fruity notes are present, most significant is orange. Taste is much like nose plus some nice malty graham cracker notes. Moderate sweetness here with the spices hitting hard at the finish. The finish is dry and leaves lingering notes of cinnamon and ginger on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderate and well carbonated. Overall, a solid winter warmer, worth a try if you like your beer spiced.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper in color, not much lacing or head.

S: Evergreen, pine, spruce

T: Wow, tons of pine and spruce in this. Some mint and a taste of gingerbread cookies.

M: Medium bodied and a lingering pine spruce finish

O:Very bold attempt by Southern Tier. The flavors are very in your face but they work well. Named perfectly since this does taste like a Christmas Tree. Bit of a spice bomb which I'm not usually a fan of but I could drink this again if the mood hits.

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Photo of crc1935
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in narrow pint glass from the bottle (six pack).

Pour with a large head that quickly dissolved until a thin layer of foam was resting on top of the ale. Color was deep amber. No lace as beer was consumed.

Aroma of toasted malts, nutmeg, and gingerbread.

Slight alcohol taste. Also had hints of gingerbread cookies. Malty aftertaste.

Mouth feel was bold - slightly bitter and lightly carbonated.

Comparable to Great Lakes Christmas Ale, minus the hunt.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im rating this expecting a Christmas beer. It looks like a Christmas cookie and smells like Christmas. Huge smells of clove with hints of orange cinnamon and malts. It 's got a nice spice kick with the clove up front followed by the orange, cinnamon and the ginger that rounds out the spices. It has a slight bitterness as well from some hop usage.

Very malty on top of all the spices. This is an excellent, excellent Christmas beer. I'm very impressed with everything they listed on the label is actually is in the taste as well. This at the Christmas dinner table would be a great addition. Good job Southern Tier.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby colored beer with a billowing head khaki tan head leaves fine lacing. Aroma is full of nutmeg, cinnamon, clover and other Christmas ales, Meant to attract some of the Great Lakes Christmas ale following, but in a higher alcohol format. An ale brewed with figs, orange peels, and spices look I'm getting super malts and spice additions. Overall a super sweet cloying mess that should be drank in moderation I'm willing to vogue for this spiced beer but at the alcohol level and spice discomforts I would wait until this is your last option to drink an Xmas ale. Overall look forward to other highly spice and highly drinkable offerings.

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Photo of Samp01
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark ruby cinnamon red with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet spices, cinnamon, dark fruity notes with a bit of orange peel. Taste same as aroma flavor is sweet bitter cinnamon and orange peel, and sweet spices. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation and a sweet spices bitter mouth feel. Finishes with a combination of sweet spices, lots of cinnamon with a bit of an bitter orange peel flavor on the end. A bit on the sweet side but overall an interesting yet drinkable take on a holiday brew.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish brown coppery color with a half finger slightly off white head which leaves a little lace. The smell is christmas. There is dark fruits, cinnomon, nutmeg, fruit cake, and holiday spices with hints of citrus. The taste follows suit but not as powerful. There is a sweet dark fruit molasses flavor with hints of nutmeg and spices. A good flavor just not as there as the nose. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little slick and smooth. Overall its a very good beer, a nice addition.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Bottling date 10.24.12.

Look- Deep ruby amber with a half finger of loose off-white head. Falls quickly, decent lacing. Nice glow.

Smell- Moderately sweet- currant, brown bread, molasses cookies, cinnamon, orange zest. Plenty of fruit and holiday spice. Swirling brings out a deeper, darker plummy fruit aroma and some rum-laced fruitcake.

Taste- Very similar to the aroma. Round, soft fruits with a hint of citrus balance against tealike bittering and warm spice- lots of nutmeg. Spices linger, aftertaste of pumpernickel and mulled apple cider. Nice.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation brightens up the sip a bit. Swallow is juicy, full, mild-moderate dusky dryness imparted by the spices. Light for the style, actually. Moderate warming on the back - both spice and booze, but not unwelcome. I could finish two of these no problem.

Overall- Not the best Christmas beer I've ever had (that goes to La Grivoise De Noel), but hits all the right notes and doesn't go overboard. It's also fairly easy to get a hold of (if Southern Tier distributes in your area) and reasonably priced. I'll definitely be picking this one up again.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich coppery red with creamy off white 1/4 finger of head, fading rapidly.

Nose is delightful. Full of holiday spice with just a hint of orangey sweetness.

Taste is full of spice up front, with ginger, all spice, and lots of nutmeg. Progresses on to a mild sweet maltiness and finishes with dry, bitter, soft hops.

Mouth feel is a little thinner and more watery than I would prefer for the style

Nice winter spice beer. Easily drinkable and tasty, but not really complex or special here. Just a good winter spice ale. Lots of brown ale characteristics going on.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.