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2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Swedish flags are a fairly common sight in our part of the country. Holiday parties often have warm concoctions of spices and booze at the ready to knock the ice off of toes while raising spirits. We were inspired by a “Glögg” party, deciding on the spot to brew a beer that pays tribute to this Nordic tradition. 2XMAS ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. It’s a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glögg, we recommend serving this one chilled.

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Ratings: 1,584 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of ClumsyBrewer
1.06/5  rDev -71.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yuck. Ew. This is a beer travesty. WHY?!?!

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Photo of joekoz007
1.47/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tastes like a mouthful of cloves. Only managed a couple sips before this became a drain pour.

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Photo of greengorilla
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mholdefer
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gcg3refs
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MoMaMe
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found this at Total Wine in January on clearance, so for the price, thought it was at least worth a try. I was not disappointed. I like the taste, although this is not an ale I would want to drink frequently. Good for a cold, winter's night and to have something out of the ordinary.

"Spiced Double Ale" The name says it all... This kind of reminds me of those German orange/fruit spiced cookies you can get around Christmas time - only in the alcoholic form. I did not drink this one fully chilled, which is perhaps why the alcohol "taste" was a bit strong. Will try this one again more chilled to compare.

Pours a clear amber with not too much foam.

Nose is candied orange slices, clove, and cardamom.

Taste - heavy on the alcohol "flavor" with a lot of spice that lingers on the palate. The spices are strong, so this is a slow-drinking beer as the flavors get a little overwhelming after a bit. However, the flavor is good.

Feel is okay... a bit of carbonation and the clove leaves a "bite" lingering/tingling on the tongue, but surprisingly smooth.

Overall, this is worth a try if you like Christmas baking spices and fruits. Not my favorite and the flavors can get overwhelming after a bit, but tasty and unusual.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigschoolrecords
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

All cloves and spice. This baby is a holiday treat. Definitely a late night end of the night kind of beer. Smooth drinking not much malt or hops. Just spice. Good for once a year. Glad I just got a bottle.

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Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of golf4collet
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mtsmith
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, burnt amber color. Light orangeish head with little retention and no lacing.

S---They advertised it, and they nailed it. Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and a light touch of orange. Absolute spice bomb. I suppose fig paste would've shown up too, if I knew what it was and could identify it.

T---Follows the nose perfectly. A spice bomb, as advertised.

F---Practically no carbonation. Medium feel. I'd call the mouthfeel, "Meh".

O---This one isn't exactly my cup of tea, but it hits the marks of both style and advertising, so I graded it higher than I actually liked it.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have resolved to drink more Southern Tier beers since they make so many good ones I've either not reviewed or missed entirely. This Christmas themed ale has an odor of straight herbs and fruit, as advertised: plenty of figs and cinnamon and ginger and clove that I can tell.

There is balance and booze alongside the spice, which is still the primary player in the flavor and well into the aftertaste. Could probably stand a smoother mouthfeel and less carbonation. Fine, but not awesome.

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Photo of TeachChefs
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KonigObHops
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased at a local craft beer store. It poured an amber color with a thin beige head.

The aroma was loaded with spices - cinamon, ginger and cloves are very noticeable.

The initial taste was laced with ginger and cinamon. It was slightly hoppy in the middle, but finished with the cloves. There is a faint hint of orange at the very end.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a pr tty typical craft Christmas Ale. I would take a Belgian Christmas Ale over this any day of the week, but it is as good as any domestic Christmas Ale I have had.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber color and smells of ginger and cinnamon. Complex flavor profile as I tasted something different with each sip. Coats the mouth roughly but has very nice aftertaste.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hello and Merry Christmas all. Sad to announce my usual holiday corsendonk ale wasn't available this year at my local store. I didn't want to really get the St. Bernardus ale again at its price, nothing wrong with it but hey, car payment...bills, etc. Okay... I saw this for my first time at the same store at $13 for a 6 pack. Okay, good deal! Knew nothing about it but I know I love Southern Tier ales. I decided to go for it since $13 isn't bad at all for a 6 pack and sadly I missed out on my Pumking this year. On the spot review!

Look: amber, redish hue. Really pretty, nice lacings, no head though, little carbonation. Virtually went from fizz to silent in seconds. Hmmm. But nice Christmasy color though, so that counts.

Smell: well hot damn. Christmasy, what can I say??? Typical delicious Southern Tier ale aroma with cinnamon, cloves, sweet fruit presence lurking right in the middle of it all which shouts "happy holidays, have a drink!" I really like this, holidays or not, you're going to likely close your eyes and envision it.

Taste: no burn, no heavy alcohol presence, smooth, refreshing, balanced. Slightly typical dry-ish mouthfeel associated with Southern Tier followed by spiciness. I think this should be enjoyed with Christmas dinner, perhaps smoked turkey or honey glazed ham. Each sip is so flavorful yet not overwhelming. What a delicious holiday treat.

Feel: a bit dry, lingers on the palette slightly. Barely any carbonation and mild alcohol presence. It's smooth, the alcohol doesn't overwhelm or hide the spicy notes a bit.

Overall: I liked this quite a bit and likely may try it again if I don't find my usual holiday ale (or overdo it again on alcoholic egg nog again). For the price it's really great, Southern Tier delivers another great holiday oriented ale. Perhaps this isn't QUITE as flavorful as Pumking or and nowhere near the alcohol content and heavy complexity of Warlock. But it's quite a bit cheaper and you can enjoy a few the same night without dulling your senses too much. Perfectly sippable holiday ale, have a great Christmas dinner, sit back and watch a great holiday movie and enjoy this one.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown becoming almost garnet hued when held to the light. The pour produces 2+ fingers of frothy, clumpy, moderately lasting, tan head that leaves a thick island of surface cap and moderate collar ring but little lacing. The paucity of lace being a disappointment based on the promise of the head. Aroma is a balance of spices: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and cloves; and deeply toasted dark malts: grainy cornbread, roast, roasted nuts, brown sugar and raisin. Taste is deeply malty with dancing spices: dark & roasted malts, pumpernickel, cornbread, cola, toffee, dark fruit, cloves, ginger and cinnamon spiciness. The malt gives way to the spices in the finish where bitterness develops. The aftertaste is cola, cloves/cinnamon/ginger and burnt malt bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, ever so slightly pushing towards heavy bodied with moderate-high carbonation, a little lively in the mouth with crawling spice and prickly carbonation. It is smoothed by the deep maltiness to become creamy, thinly syrupy & mildly chewy. Like Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig it is absolutely delightful! Truth be told this brew's complexity rises a few notches above Old Fezziwig.

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Photo of travelguy
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,584 ratings