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2XMAS - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%


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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good initial head that leaves a blanket of lace. The broth is brown and clear.

Strong spice aroma--nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice.

Slightly oily from the high alcohol level. Lots of pumpkin pie spice flavors. Rich body, low carbonation. Rather one dimensional in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:13:07 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a cool winter beer, with figs and orange peel. the pours is darker brown with a tanish head nice and thick and lasting. the nose is really christmasy, like mulled wine almost, clove and anise, orange and definite sweetness from the figs. my first fig beer i think. the flavor is the same as the nose, with all the elements mixing together really nicely. sweeter on the back end, like molassas, with a huge malt body, dark and roasty but not black. finish is quick for a beer of this style. big body, enough bubbles, and plenty of booze for the cold evenings. overall a clever winter warmer that i will be enjoying all holiday season long.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 15:51:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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Billolick

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 03:54:02 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring and leaves no lace. Cloudy dark amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Orange peel nose and flavor is spicy orange peel, figs are hidden. $2.09 for a 12oz bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, ME.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:37:36 | More by jdhilt
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Complex aroma with lots of sweet malt and zesty, earthy spice. Potpurri like aroma with flower petals, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove and allspice followed by caramel malt cherry and dark fruit notes. There's event a peppermint like presence. I don't know how Southern Tier does it but this beer smells just like XMas, creating an olfactory sensation that triggers childhood memories. Crazy!

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a heavy spice presence that's countered by sweet malt, dark fruit and a medicinal syrupy flavor. This medicinal flavor tends to be overwhelming in holiday beers it's kept in check here by the other characteristics. Lots of cinnamon, pepper, allspice and clove along with cherry cough drop and other dark berries. Slight alcohol sweetness but the high ABV is well masked with little to no heat. A little heavy on the spices but it's a pretty good holiday beer that's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 09:20:40 | More by corby112
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful bold burgundy coloring upon backlighting reveals a good clarity. The head is weak, tawny brownish orage tint, and one that quickly dissipates. No visible lacing, with a light visible rise of spacious carbonation bubbles.

S: Spices of oranges, cinnamon stick, dried apple slices with a dired caramel sweetness of low to moderate appeal.

T: Flavor of spicy oranges, cherry malt, and apples. Some signs of figs and sugary raisins with a hint of pear juice and caramel. The spicing is fair, even toned and not overly done.

M: Syrupy malt mouthful, low carbonation presence, medium bodied with a spicy, cherry cough medicine alcohol presence upon leave and warming.

O: Overall the 8.0% abv seems gentle at first but does provide a cough medicine like flair upon warming. The spicing, while event toned and refined, seesm more supplementary hiding in the background.The malting is good. This drank more like a bock with some fruity tones.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:35:30 | More by beerthulhu
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at wegman's enjoyed chilled in a goblet shared with tenderbranson69 on Christmas day 2013.

The color is sunset red with good clarity and thick beige head with very fine bead. The smell is very festive with nice citrus and spice odors with mild sweet ester and yeast fruitiness in the nose. The feel is very nice, spiced yet balanced with malt and moderately high carbonation with dry strong warming finish.

The taste is good with lots of spice and and an orange zest and slight toasted malt with a mild caramel sweetness and very low alcohol in the taste with nice woodiness and a slight hint of cinnamon bark. The taste has a nice amount of dried fruit and hops bittering but not too bitter with a slight dry alcohol taste in the finish. Overall this is a great beer for celebrating -it is strong but you don't really taste any alcohol since the spice covers it pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 13:51:22 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burgundy with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the color a lot. Very festive in its' only way.

Sweet with gingerbread, a touch of alcohol and dates. It certainly is festive aroma-wise! I actually want to drink it.

Ditto for the flavor. It's rather strong but I can still detect the spiciness from the nose and a molasses-like texture.

Really warms up the palate! Truth be told, I find it a little overwhelming at this point. It never gets too sweet or too spicy.

Try a bottle fresh and then put another bottle away for a few months and then try it again. I plan on doing so, except that the next bottle I buy, I'll promptly age. It has potential.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:36:12 | More by Brad007
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2012. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of malt, fruit, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, light anise, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, orange peel, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light anise, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of malt, fruit, and spice flavors; with a great sweetness/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced Christmas ale! Great balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 04:02:15 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:36:14 | More by dbrauneis
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 04:23:16 | More by kylehay2004
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet figs, nutmeg, and spice. In the taste, light spice of nutmeg and cinnamon, with a dry faint fruitiness of figs and raisins. A mellow spice bite bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruitiness of figs and spice in the aftertaste. A small spice and dark fruits, quite a sleeper!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 15:20:21 | More by OWSLEY069
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, deep, blood-amber coloring with a thin, filmy, cloudy, off-white head that coats the surface. Aromas of heavy spicing and fruit, with a rich, sweet cherry and berries backbone giving rise to all-spice, coriander, and fennel. Smells very festive and warm. Flavors are rich and roasty, with a cinnamon and cider theme. Cherry cordial and licorice form the base of the brew, with the all-spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg filling the rest of the palate. Candied overtones, with an evergreen highlight throughout. It's like Yankee Candle made a holiday beer flavor in drinking form. Screams christmas time. The aftertaste is more of a linger of the spicing, with a strong herbal tea characteristic. Filmy, slightly lingering finish to the brew. Overall, you don't really notice the 8% ABV while drinking, which makes it easier to drink a few of these at a time, in turn keeping you nice and toasty on those cold winter nights. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 00:21:18 | More by GarthDanielson
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 22:12:54 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Well for a winter warmer/Christmas beer this is a very dark beer. Clear yet deep shade of brown with just a sticky lace ring.

S - Smell is very malty with touches of fig/raisin, cinnamon/nutmeg, and very little hops.

T - A lot going on here. Starts off light with nutmeg and then towards the middle of the palate I am getting some orange peel/figs. It has a great cinnamon hit at the end that reminds me of Great Lakes Christmas ale. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied yet drinks fantastic. Even though its heavily spiced I could see drinking a couple in a sitting no problem.

Overall worth picking up if you love the pumpkin spice fall beers or heavily spiced Christmas beers. These guys know how to brew great beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 23:46:07 | More by DrDemento456
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium ruby, rust, and bronze color. About one finger of head after the pour. This recedes to a thin ring of foam, and thats it as far as retention. There's a few sluggish bubbles making their way to the top of the brew.

The nose is full of spices. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and other Holiday spices I can't discern. I can smell a little fig here and there. But the overall aroma is dominated by XMAS spices.

Taste starts with figs then some faint, toasted, orange peel. Middle has roasted malts, toasted figs, and some cinnamon and nutmeg. The spices aren't as dominant with the flavor as they are with aroma. The palate is a little syrupy, sweet overall, and a nice warmth from the alcohol do add to the Glogg-like affect of this beer. If you like spiced beers, this one is worth trying for sure. Or if you like the taste of liquid XMAS, pick up a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 17:50:10 | More by scruffwhor
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark red amber with a thin, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt and lots of holiday spicing; cinnamon, cloves, ginger and a slight cola element. Flavor follows taste with a substantial sweet malt body with a nice mixture of spices dominated by cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Somewhat nutty. Excellent medium body with pleasant creaminess. A nice warming winter beer; not sure why this isn't a winter warmer rather than herbed/spiced beer, but it does well on both counts.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:55:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Syracuse NY Wegman's for 2.25$

Appearance - Reddish copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, all-spice, herbal/pine

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and some butterscotch. There is also some raisin,herbal/pine notes, all-spice and a fruit cake like taste. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering all spice.

Overall - A little too much grut beer flavour for me. Not one of my favourite tasting style of beer unfortunately. Still pretty festive and tasting, and it's probably worth having at least one of these this holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:48:45 | More by spinrsx
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark ruby-garnet body. Mostly clear. Small, pinkie finger of light beige head. Some lacing. Plenty of malt and spice on the nose. Gingerbread, molasses, fruitcake malts. Festive blend of spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice (?). One of the "spicier" holiday beers I've smelled.

Singed caramel up front. Slight herbal bitterness follows, quickly overtaken by sweetish malt. Figs, gingerbread, and milk chocolate. Spices gradually increase into the finish. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon. Slightly roasted bitterness in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. A very nice, not overly spiced, winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:00:11 | More by alexgash
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark fruit

T - dark fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon, faint bittersweet chocolate, mildly bitter

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This beer is typical yet unique. It has all of the traditional winter spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, but the dark fruit makes all the difference. This beer has complexities, subtleties, nuances...It's really a well made beer. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:04:00 | More by tdm168
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Brenden

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is a medium-dark brown with a red tone to it. A light brown head grows to one finger that drops to a fairly heavy foam in time. It leaves a ring of lacing at the top of the glass with some spotting beneath.
Spicy it is; not overly spiced, but definitively and strongly. It also offers a bit of citrus, mostly zest and a bready quality that's part gingerbread but more very doughy, spiced "Christmas"-type bread. On the tongue, there's a malty backbone with some bitterness coming out in the middle. It finishes with a sugar/spice combination as alcohol sneaks in as sort of an afterthought.
The feel is nicely thick with a bit of heft in its sturdy body. It's smooth, and doesn't offer so much a crispness as a bite, even as it hits the lips. It does nip a little hard initially, but the smoothness wins out and tones it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 20:56:00 | More by Brenden
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

I found it to be an attractive looking beer with a mahogany-cherry brown appearance with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma is spiced with ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice, along with a sweet malt character and low earthy hop note.

The body is medium.

While I did not pick up any booze in the aroma I tend to pick it up a b it more in the taste. That could be the ginger but it tastes more like booze to me. Lingering finish. Still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:40:49 | More by puboflyons
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm usually impressed with Southern Tier beers. They always seem to be spot-on, challenging, and very rewarding. Unfortunately, that's not the case with 2XMas. It's a clear, reddish colored liquid with a thin tan head. Medium carbonation. The smell is fruit and spice, with a bit of toasted malt in the background. The fruit is hard to place. The label says fig, but I'm getting a lot of orange and lemon peel. The peel/rind theme plays into the taste as well, which is also full of fruit and spice...a bit of bitterness from the former, as well as the latter. Firm body, good balance. The beer just doesn't really come together, though...the bitterness is distracting. Not bad, just not up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:30:12 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/mahogany color with a fair tan head that holds as a thin cover with decent lacing. The aroma suggests a definite holiday theme with sweet evergreen and light licorice malt. Very nice for a Christmas brew. The flavor follows with plenty of juniper nutmeg and cereal malt. Sweet spiciness and pretty thick malt presence. A good mix with medium body and a resinous feel, modest carbonation. A great seasonal brew that further confirms my continued faith in Southern Tier. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:47:41 | More by Durge
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2XMAS into a pint glass. I grabbed a single of this for 2 beans.

2XMAS goes in the glass a dark chestnut brown shade that is able to be seen through. Not to much activity on the top, just a sparse amount of off white bubbles that die down quick. Eventually, the beer looks dead. Smell gives me a mix of a spiced beer and a winter warmer. The fig representation is large, behind that caramel malt, some dark fruit scents, plum, and light chocolate. More spice with warming. This takes some sips to get used to, off put by the large fig presense, the caramel/chocolate malt combo comes through in the middle, followed by a spicy finish. Hops are minimal and not making a dent. body is smooth and a healthy medium with almost no carbonation down the gullet, this one is nearing flat, I think maybe this is intentional in the Glogg tradition. While I enjoyed this I dont see myself making this a tradition, good for the season though. Would probably pair well with some Christmas ham. Never having a Swedish Glogg, I am now intrigued to try one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:50:58 | More by BARFLYB
2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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