2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,511
Reviews:
280
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
385
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,511 |  Reviews: 280
Reviews by sommersb:
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3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of jpd026
1.54/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OKAY, words cannot describe how bad this beer is. It has a beautiful color just like the 2X IPA, but it smells like a bad candle. And the taste, what on earth were they thinking? First off to take a beer as hoppy and citrisy as their 2X IPA and mix it with cinnamon seems bad enough, but it's like they put half a container of it in every beer. It has a painful taste, like chugging a bottle of cinnamon, I truly have no idea how anyone enjoys this beer and at the craft beer store I work at it is EASILY the most hated beer among the staff not just of the seasonals but of any beers. Never would expect this from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Jammyman
1/5  rDev -73.3%

If you love spices, especially cloves, you're in for a treat. Unfortunately, I despise cloves! Sadly, it's the 1st beer I've EVER poured down the drain after having 2 sips. Wish I checked my BA app before buying the 6 pack. My fault.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yardhouse.
Deep red-brown with a head that soon reduced to a ring. Minimal lacing.
Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a heavy use of nutmeg. There are some other spices in here too, but the overall spicing level is just too high, largely masking the malts.

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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 MFS_71
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Way too heavy on the ginger. Taste similar to a very bitter shaving cream.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not for me. Way too much spice. I haven't dumped a beer down the drain since summer, but this was just not enjoyable for me. My ratings were generous.

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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 57md
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color. The nose is spicy but nutmeg stands out above anything else. The flavor profile includes seasonal spices such as nutmeg and allspice but also orange as well. The finish is semi-dry.

This is a pretty darn good Christmas beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a deep amber tinged brown with very little head to speak of,what there was was off white color.Deep fig and winter spice notes in the nose,alcohol and fruit cake notes linger.Candied figs with the orange peel underneath on the palate,cakey and rich with mild drying hops to keep the sweetness from going over the top.The lack of carbonation is actually good in the feel,it's mellow and almost chewey.A real warmer and true to the CHRISTmas season.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Tiernan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Jehrnstrom34
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Akabufflaobilly
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of patriotblue04
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes like christmas

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GWalk612
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,511 ratings.
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