2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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.

Added by CloudStrife on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,498
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
1,551
pDev:
15.99%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am continuing my New Southern Tier Beer Sunday (Week 713) by delving into the past with this entry from my Bottle Backlog. I had intended to drink this, among several other beers, last Christmas, but I ran out of both steam & time. I also have a thought for the hive mentality: Our local paper had an article about making Mulled Cider, but she was doing so in her SLOW COOKER! Her CROCK POT! 8=O I have mulled beer before, but using a double boiler, not a crock pot. Has anyone tried this? I am so curious as to how this might work with beer. I might break down & buy one with digital settings as her mentions of "Low" & "Warm" seem a little too general to prevent overcooking. Hmm.
HMU if you have 4-1-1!

From the Bottle: "Spiced Double Ale Brewed with Orange Peels, Ginger Root, Cardamom, Fig Paste, and Cloves"; "Why the hell not?"

I am SO curious to try this, especially thanks to their use of fig paste! It will only begin with a Pop! of the cap, followed by a C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was dissatisfied by the lack of head so I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl that raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a beautiful Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. The nose was evident from the moment that I Pop!ped the cap & began the pour! It was redolent with spices and I could easily discern clove, ginger & cinnamon. It was like liquefied potpourri! Mmm. I could easily see mulling this one. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste not only had the spiciness of the nose, but the orange peels gave it a great citrusy sweetness. The malt had a breadiness that put me in mind of brown bread or spice cake. Mmm. Oh, man, this was great! The weather took an unexpected turn for chilly/cold overnight & this beer was just the ticket for this afternoon. I may get a couple/few bottles of this year's release for experimentation. Finish was dry, as should be expected any time that spices are used in quantity as adjuncts. Rating to Style should really elevate this beer's numbers. What's not to like?

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Photo of KurtisCarman
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Christmas in April! Bought a few on clearance from Dry Tavern. It reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum....in a good way. Very well balanced in all ways. Excellent, Southern Tier!

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Photo of TheWolf
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nass
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best herb/spiced beers I ever tasted. It sort of reminds me of a pumpkin ales due to the spices that were used. Well balanced & the high abv is hidden well. A 4 pack of this would be great for a special occasion. I agree with the malts being masked but hey that's not that big of an issue in my opinion. Cheers! A-

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Photo of rjd722
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MrFuster
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Tmcquaid
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the spices and the seasonal taste.

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Photo of CreightonSM
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kurzman
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of alexsergio
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AuntBea
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Ob512316
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of G-Style
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It's a bit on the hoppy side, but a good Xmas ale. Nice cinnamon aroma, good spice and orange caramel flavor.

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Photo of BeerMe8
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fee
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Classified as a Winter Warmer. The beer is a beautiful Amber. Smell is strong and complex. Cinnamon notes are strong in the taste - and that is good - but is gets obscured by the mish-mash of other flavors. This is a fine beer but lacks direction.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Smokeshow84
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent Xmas beer. Not overly spiced

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Photo of DaveCash
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | 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 1,551 ratings