2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by CloudStrife on 10-29-2012

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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 1,507
Photo of Dodo2step
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- a cloudy amber color with minimal head and poor lacing.

S- cinnamon, allspice and figs. Very dark candied fruit smell.

F- strong on the cinnamon and rounded out with figs and allspice.

M- herbal spices dominate the mouth and overpower everything else. The booze comes through in the back end as well.

O- not a bad xmas beer. very strong though on the spices.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at my friends house in Concord OH. It poured a hazy amber with no head and no lace. The scent had all the fixings of Xmas potpourri. The taste is slightly bitter and had the typical Xmas flare. The Mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's good for Xmas ale....but not my fav style. Added some vanilla vodka at the end and it helped smooth it out.

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Photo of Prager62
2.52/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A 12oz. bottle dated 09/29/16 poured in my Southern Tier Pumking glass.

Look- Pours a transparent dark amber/copper color leaving a few centimeters of off white foam. It quickly settles leaving a ring around the glass and no lacing.

Smell- Cinnamon, allspice, orange zest, and other crazy things I can't identify with. It smells like potpourri or cheap shaving cream.

Taste- Cinnamon, allspice, orange zest and something pepper-like. A big messy mix of spices.

Feel- Thin and slick with a tingle to the palate. A bit of heat going down.

Overall- I'm not a big fan of spiced pumpkin or Christmas beers and this has to rank with one of the heavier handed ones I've had. I never tasted potpourri or shaving cream, but if I did it might taste like this beer? Mouthwash comes to mind as I have a few more sips. A definite pass next time around!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent holiday offering from Southern Tier...

I really like the color of this brew though there was no head or lacing of worth. The smell was all about Christmas - figgy, cinnamony, spicy, even a sweet tang to the nose. The mouthfeel was a mixture of high carbonation with spicy sensation and a creamy texture that was definitely there. All those spices and figs and whatnot didn't equate to something I truly found tasty, but it was a worthwhile brew and one I would offer up to friends the next Christmas that rolls around.

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Photo of takurmudgeon
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another Southern Tier homerun!
Reminiscent of the Pumking backbone of flavor but with less hoppy bitterness, and more of a spiced Christmas ale flavor. With the price at 10 dollars a six pack, it's a steal. A really enjoyable, well balanced, full bodied ale.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Aroma Is plum, raisin, allspice, coriander, clove. Very festive. Clear brown color with a touch of red. Ashy taste, bitter orange. Good winter style beer, though the aroma sets your expectations high and the flavor disappoints. Poor Mans Harpoon Winter Warmer.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped glass: color is amber, head is light tan with mainly fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick, some head lacing on the glass.

Smell is cinnamon heavy, then some lighter spice aromas from clove, cardamom, and orange peel; fig is present lightly on the end of the scent.

Taste follows the aroma: cinnamon heavy, lighter spice blend, hints of orange and light fig sweetness; additional flavor from the caramel and malt profile; some moderate bitterness coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated a little biting on the tongue from the cinnamon and spice - but something to expect from a heavily spiced ale.

Overall, well done spiced/winter warmer style ale - strong spice profile with moderate maltiness and hints of fig (though subtle).

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Photo of Harrison8
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy, murky burned-burgundy. Head formation rises and falls quickly, but tops out at around half a finger of fizz, khaki head. Aroma is stuffed full of spices, with notes of fig, raisins, orange zest, pine hops, and biscuit malts all smooshed together. Without a doubt, there is a lot going on in the aroma of this beer. Reminiscent of holiday spiced drinks from Europe (or IKEA in my case). Flavor profile continues to pound the spices, fig, raisins, and orange zest train. Spice rule the day. Hops and malts are buried, as is any hint of alcohol, instead it just tastes like a roided out holiday drink. Mouth feel is fizzy and slightly abrasive, with a finish that smooths out a little bit. Overall, a solid holiday beer, but extremely - EXTREMELY - polarizing. I don't know that sipping this while wearing a Christmas sweater would make it any more tasty.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Personal Reflection: This beer is extremely polarizing. So much so, that I'm having a tough time rating it compared with the style (as I always rate against). As such, I feel it necessary to mention my ratings my reflect some personal bias. I did not enjoy this beer, there is just so much going on. I've had Gloegg before, and didn't care much for it either. I have done my very best to rate each category of this beer based on the criteria of the "herbed / spiced beer" category.

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christmas beer on steroids, lots of cinnamon and pine flavors all over this beer, not a lot of finesse in this beer, probably couldn't do more than two in a sitting

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.84/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super herb-ish, solid blend of hops and malt. Superbly spicey leaving you with a mildly tinged tongue. Perfect holiday ale, pointing towards an October festive influence but ringing bells in my head with a warming Christmas cheer. Very balanced, hearty ale. Copper tone with a pinky of foam sitting happily on top. Probably my new favorite from Southern Tier, easily up there with the standard 2X IPA but with a little extra somethin'. Please make more of this!

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Photo of Vetbidder
2.69/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

My first impression upon smelling this is that there is something off about this beer. Ok this might not be my category. The bottle says figs, orange peel and spices and all I smell is malt mixed with some kinda spice almost medicine like? The flavor is of some spices with some mild bitterness, again almost like medicine mixed with a beer. There is some alcohol heat lingering with this beer too. Yikes. I'm lowering my initial scores. I don't like this beer.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.91/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It has the look of a good beer a deep copper, slightly reddish color, and somewhere in there I taste some west coast hop flavor, I think. One whiff and I had little interest in even drinking one of these, smells like the whole spice cabinet fell in. The taste is nearly as bad, just a whole bunch of spices, I'd prefer a bit more barley and hops.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of pine forest, color is ruby with thin beige head. Somewhat soapy taste, piney notes, but above not readily apparent. Interesting take on a holiday beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of spices, some figs. Taste is spices, subtle oranges, alcohol is present as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth giving a shot.

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Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ruby red body with a half finger cap of bubbly off-white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice red ale if it were to be said to be any style, though overall it's rather unique in appearance. Scents of orange peel upfront mingled with mulling spices providing spicy and sweet depth, dark fruit is also present, fittingly figs, with notes of red wine also present, though in a mulled manner. Malt adds a light caramel character with some toasted notes. Overall impression of aroma is of mulled wine, but transformed to a beer. It is wonderfully spicy, with the orange peel also on full display, balanced by lovely malt. A beer glogg. Fantastic. Flavor begins by following aroma, sweet mulling spices balanced by orange peel, sweet fig and nicely sweet malt. Middle continues these flavors with orange peel and sweet mulled wine evident. Finish is lightly sweet, yet balanced, with caramel-like malt combining with orange peel, mulling spices and dark fruit to create a complex whole. Aftertaste is orange peel and mulling spices. Overall impression of flavor is of an amazing beer, one that defied my expectations. It is truly a beer glogg and wonderfully pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a smooth warming feel. Ovreally impression of mouthfeel is of an amazing winter ale. Overall this is a fantastic glogg-inspired ale. It has a rich, warming aroma and flavor complimented by a lovely mouthfeel. A truly unique and excellent beer, and after Pumking and Warlock it restored my faith in Southern Tier.

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Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A festive glass of cheer. Reddish dark amber is fairly clear and topped with a size arable head that leaves decent. Nose has a load of spices. Seriously, a holiday party crashes your nose with all the weight of Santa. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves caramel sweetness dark fruit from the figs. Taste is not for the faint of holiday spice heart. Strong ginger notes front the beer as the malt and figs sweeten the undercurrent. Not as much bread or grain flavors as I would like. It continues with an astringent clove bitterness in the finish. No trace of the alcohol. Feel is tingly and smooth. I don't see myself seasoning this but enjoyable. Not subtle or accessible but a good holiday sipper for December. It definitely brings the Christmas spirit!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this as one of my Christmas gifts this year. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark copper/amber color with a slightly off-white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice film layer of surface foam. not much lacing though. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a bit of pepper are all nicely present along with the caramel malt goodness. Flavors of some toasted caramel malts along with some the aforementioned cinnamon, clove, allspice, and pepper along with hints of orange peel and a slight bit of coriander. The flavor profile seems a bit heavy on the spices, just slightly too heavy for what I prefer even for this beer style. Not much discernible hop flavor here, just a slight lingering hop bitterness to round out the flavor profile. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and slightly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. A pretty solid beer here.


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Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 27, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip...OCCASION: ... APPEARANCE: dark, ruby-brown body that is almost opaque; small, lonely bubbles are present; the head recedes to an off-white ring that suggests heavier alcohol than the normal ale provides--no lacing... AROMA: instantaneous impression of spruce, pine, and port... a second breath brings cinnamon, clove, allspice, pepper and slight hints of citrus--quite a bowl full of punch... PALATE: full-bodied, frothy, vibrant and warming, especially at the throat... a scotch-like complexity, smooth, memorable and long at the finish... TASTE: cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, chocolate, complex sugars, some dry wine, pine, and citrus suggests a punch bowl of flavors... the malts are engaging, with bread and natural elements reminiscent of a walk in the woods ...OVERALL: with quite a return for every sip, this holiday offering is sweet, strong, and slowly sippable... further, this is a seasonal whose price tag makes it even more alluring... still waiting to be disappointed by a Southern Tier offering, but it will not be tonight

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a rust color with copper and burnt orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a spruce and clove aroma. I get some cinnamon and clove as it warms.

Now I get the orange peel in the taste. It is complimented by the spices that I smelled.

Medium mouthfeel

This is not a bad Christmas ale. It has the traditional holiday flavor.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than Schlafly Christmas ale, as this beer is not as spicy, and has good flavor.

UPDATE: After over a year of age on it, it got perhaps a bit more interesting, but still not what I would call great.

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Photo of EMV
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear dark copper color. 2 fingers of off-white head. Not much lacing.

S: Christmas? Is that a smell? Spices and evergreens.

T/F: Malty and spicy... lots of flavors, and it almost tastes like I decided to eat something off of our decorative tree. Nutmeg, cloves, and ginger... each one taking time to ruin the flavor of the beer. Some evergreen notes. Sticky... sweetness hidden by the spices.

O: Not for me, and getting through a bottle was an adventure. The spices were taken to the max which... while interesting... doesn't do a lot for the brew. Wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but was a bit disappointed. It has a very medical smell mixed with tons of spice. I like cinnamon, but something about it was unpleasant. Not for me. Glad I only picked up the one.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with almost no head. Aroma is overpowering coriander, nutmeg, citrus rind with a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is the same - wish I could taste fig since I love fig - but no, just a pile of spices I don't much care for. As with other ST flavored brews, they go to the extreme with flavoring. This one's not for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. it poured with a short off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—among these nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of holiday spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer for the holidays and has lots of spices. I didn't get any of the figs in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: deep Amber color, thin tan head
S: tons of spices, orange peel and anise
T: spice is pretty overpowering
F: the finish is clean, even after all of the initial spiciness
O: good Xmas sipper

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