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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

247 Reviews
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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,369
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 38.03%
Wants: 58
Gots: 294 | 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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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 deaconoflove
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear dark cranberry red with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that receded steadily, down to a small puddled film and small collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was a complex mix of scents with a light grain malt and a sweaty yeast along with notes of citrus (orange peel), ginger, clove, cinnamon, dark fruit (figs and raisons) and a pronounced Glögg (mulled wine) odor.

The taste was lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit and Glögg from the get go, becoming a tad bitter and rather yeasty with hints of orange peel and cinnamon somewhere in the middle and a spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a spicy yeast infused alcohol warming sensation lingering on for a little while longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat bold carbonation.

Overall this brew is what Winter Warmers are all about, lots of spicy flavor and a good alcohol warming at the end...


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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 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 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 sommersb
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Since this was modeled off of a Swedish Glögg, I wanted to try it warmed up as well as cold, since a glögg is a warm, mulled wine. I tried the 2XMAS cold, at room temps, and also heated on the stove. My primary notes are from the cold sample, with comments on the other varieties.

A: Dark amber and clear beer, with lot of bubbles seen. Retention and lacing are OK.

S: Spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove, plus dark sweet fruits and juniper twigs.

T: Taste is spicy and also sweet, as from caramel malts. Also get dark fruits are more evergreen/juniper as noted in the smell.

M: Carbonation is average, with a medium body. Aftertastes are sweet and spicy, with more evergreen flavor.

O: Very different and highly spiced beer. Initially I didn't like it but it's starting to grow on me.

Room temperature differences: The head was bigger with this sample, but the aromas seemed more muted. Taste was not as crisp and included some unwelcome vegetable notes. The carbonation seemed less, but the spices were more prominent in the finish. I enjoyed this sample, but thought the chilled was better and easier to drink.

Heated differences: Heated on the stovetop, the head was the creamiest of all, with better retention and lacing present. Aromas gave more of a nod to the dark fruits (figs) than the spices. The taste when heated became significantly more bitter and astringent - not pleasant. Aftertastes are dominated by burnt, roasted flavors. Overall, the heated version was my least favorite and was not something I'd want to repeat.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it had a reddish color body with a 2"head to it. The aroma was of cinnamon, allspice,nutmeg. The taste was very strong of spices, cinnmon, allspice, nutmeg, but had a tart cherry taste also.
The mouth feel is good, well balanced and overall a really good beer, just a little heavy on the spices.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/15

Pours medium to dark amber. Touch of foam on top. Light sweet nose. Jammy and figs. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Orange fig flavors, sweet malt, spiced finish. A touch sweet, but has a little bitter balance. Works for the season, nice festive beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A Christmas ale on a blizzard of a day – we’ll end up with at least 8” for sure.

A: Deep ruby with a crisp, bubbly head of dark tan: looks like an inch and a half of soda fizz, rising high at first but disintegrating in seconds. Little retention.

S: Spice and malt, emphasis on the spice. Each whiff provides a massive smack of fresh-ground black pepper, dark and robust, with supporting tones of orange, gingerbread, and lime peel. Beneath the spice is a bed of fig and brown sugar, like dark raisin cake.

T: The palate’s all spice on a mildly sweet foundation, following the nose. Starts with a mouthful of black pepper, spiced additionally with anise, nutmeg, and cardamom; absolutely crackling with zesty flavor. The malt foundation is crusty French bread, raisin, and shortbread cookie, with a hint of pumpernickel. Aftertaste is mild malt after the spice fades: a lingering wheat bread tone. All in all, this is (spicy) spice cake in a bottle.

M: Chewy and full with silky carbonation, making this a hefty ale that’s still highly drinkable.

O: Like black pepper on your fruitcake? I didn’t think so either, but this ended up being a tasty beer. I usually prefer holiday ales balanced more toward toasted malt; this, though, was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of JDFish
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle dark amber with reddish tint. Small head retention and little lacing.
S: Spicy in the form cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom
T: Follows the smell, lots of wintry spice and herbs. This includes cloves and hints of anise.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Definitely a quality brew, especially if you are into spice.
O: A fine beer, I prefer a little less spice in my winter seasonals, but I would definitely not turn down one if offered to me.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper in color, with a big tan cap of foam.
Aroma-Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon
Taste-Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, underlying orange peel. Warming and flavorfull, a nice match for a plate of Christmas cookies.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear, deep copper amber body. Brown sugar, milk chocolate, caramel and bready malts, with herbs of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors follows well with caramel, bread malts, brown sugar and more spices, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon again which perfectly go with the season. Medium body ad light to moderate carbonation. A nice seasonal. Not all that different from many of this genre as a winter release but still good nonetheless.

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Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An standard pour yields the slightest of late developing light khaki colored head that quickly fizzes away... What's left is a very thin splotchy veil of lacing (and that may be an overstatement)... The color is a dull slightly muted ruby red with a faint brownish hue... Carbonation is light and moderate paced in the form of very small bubbles rising along the sides of the glass...

S - A big assertive aroma... A very pleasant mix of holiday spices are first to greet the nose... Heavy on the cinnamon... Some nutmeg... A bit of clove... Orange zest... Light brown sugar... Perhaps some fig and some raisins... Complex, robust and rather enjoyable...

T - The dominate flavors are a mix of medicinal and hoppy... Next are a thick layer of spiciness highlighted by cinnamon... Brown sugar... The orange zest and dark fruit notes take a distant back seat but are still noticeable... A bit of heat...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... A bit sticky... Slightly dry... Slightly chalky... Light carbonation...

D - This Southern Tier offering screams Christmas Beer in a good way... If it weren't for the medicinal notes on the palate this would be a top notch seasonal offering... In it's current form it's a very nice brew and likely worthy of a six pack investment each and every holiday season...

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

Served in a DC Brau tulip

A: Poured ruby red and without much cloudiness. A slight head.

S: I got ginger overall. Still, the bottle dictated lots of cool Christmas spices. The bottle was right.

T: More cinnamon than I'm used to, but since I love the spice, I'll give it a pass. Got a good bit of Allspice too.

M: Good for what it was: A nice, single, Christmas-themed brew. Carbonation was low, lacing….. nill.

O: As a Christmas brew, this did the job.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas time is here and there are many festive beers being released, so this is the first for my Christmas time collection of reviews. Lets dig in!

A: This beer pours a deep amber color with a soapy off white 1/4 inch head that leaves some good lacing. The head has a lot of little tiny bubbles on top as well.

S: I get some cinnamon spice along with nutmeg. The aroma follows through with some earthy notes like clove and some orange peel.

T: Initial taste consists of spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. The body up brings some flavors of caramel, toasted malts, and orange peel. Has a little bit of a bready dryness in the finish.

M: Lots of carbonation, definitely a festive session beer. Has lots of spices combined with and earthy texture in the mouth.

O: Really enjoyed this beer, like the Old Man Winter one a little bit better than this, but overall a great festive brew. At 8%abv, you cant go wrong and the high octane isnt even noticeable, so thats a plus.

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Photo of scvance
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep amber color, with a thin white head. Poor retention and no lacing. Smells of holiday spice and malt, slight alcohol notes. Tastes similarly, rich caramel malts up front with a good amount of spice character. Slight alcoholic taste towards the finish along with a very slight bitterness. Hop bitterness is almost non-existent, so this beer is unbalanced and malty. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, for the style, this beer does a fine job. Very good beer for the cold winter season. Very drinkable, medium body and low to medium carbonation. I recommend giving it a try if you're looking for a good winter seasonal for those cold nights.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, having never tried this before. I'm usually leery or Herbed/Spiced beers but this one stood out above the others that I've had in recent years. For starters, the base is strong enough that the spices don't stand out enough. Second, the aftertaste lingered quite nicely and finally, the alcohol was well hidden and complemented everything well. This was different than I expected and quite a fast sipper for something this strong.

The pour to this was good, with a dark almond hue, moderately decent head, and just a bit of sediment in the bottle that had to get swirled out in the end. Not much of a nose to this and hardly any lacing to be seen but the taste was amazingly smooth and easy to enjoy. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of wood and curry-like spice that warmed me up during each sip. Not a lot of carbonation here but the malt was certainly present and this almost reminded me of Goldschlager, minus the flakes. This felt like Schnapps with just a bit more brown sugar and less booze to overwhelm everything else.

That's not to say that it wasn't here, since I could certainly feel a slight buzz by the end of my session. Nice job on Southern Tier here not only with the beer but for coming out with something spiced that made me forget about all of the similar beers that lined the store shelves in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Got a nice crumb cake or bowl full of sugar cookies at home? Get this to go with 'em - they'll pair up quite nicely.

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

A- Body is a beautiful dark ruby red hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head. Head fades to a medium sized collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is transparent.

S- Nose is very heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon. Fig and orange are definitely there too with a mild hop presence. There is a malty sweetness in the background.

T- Flavor does not blend as well as the nose. Lots of spice upfront with a faint malt backbone. The finish is a hodgepodge of orange, sweetness, and spices- with a lot of nutmeg and cinnamon left to linger as well as a warming alcohol heat.

F- medium weight body with medium to high carbonation. Somewhat dry/powdery as the spices are the highlight.

O- This is definitely a Christmas beer. Lots of spiciness-nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, fig- think the way the yankee candle store smells at Christmas time. Then to top it off- there is a big alcohol warmth. The perfect beer for an ugly Christmas sweater party. Its a pretty good beer- its a little over the top though.

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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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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely caramel brown with a glowing orange blush to it. Slight haze, faint head of tan foam that would have been bigger had I poured more vigorously. It lasted and left a film on top and made a little lace. presents elegantly int he glass and twinkles like a xmas tree light.

Nose is like a piece of spiced cake has been set down in front of me. Bright orange peel, sensual figs, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Clove and some soft notes of ginger. The ginger really peeks out brightly and lightens up the nose with a bit of gaiety. The malt is a light sugar cookie type scent with hints of brown sugar. There's some malty depth to it but not too much. This smells a lot like pumking only without the pumpkin.

Taste is lovely. The orange peel is the bright stage on which all these jolly spices play. They are well blended and none stands out more prominently than the others. The fig is a bit of voluptuous dark fruit to go with that dark malt. The malt plays a bit deeper on the palate and shows it's resilience but it has a melt in your mouth quality that is delightful. There is no alcohol on the nose or on the palate save for the very last moment when it tings with a faint medicinal. I feel this adds a bit of gaiety to the beer. There is even a touch of hops bitter to finish this one . Just as these spices are merrily dancing on your palate a small but noticeable hop bitter comes through and ends the beer with a discreet finish and leaves the malt to linger in the aftertaste.

I thought this tasted a lot like pumking without the pumpkin.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. They served it in a fluted glass.

2XMAS is deep brown with minimal foam and no lacing. I got some mild spices in the aroma on this beer.

I like the flavor with this beer. You can definitely taste the nutmeg and cinnimon. There was also some caramel present in this one. All of these flavors come through for some really good balance.

Overall, I would say that this is a good example of a holiday/Christmas style beer. I'm not surprised that this was a good beer. Southern Tier puts out lots of good stuff.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.