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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

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3.76
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37.5%
 
 
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Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 TagoMago
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems like seasonal beers are being released earlier and earlier with each passing year. It's not even Halloween yet, and already the Christmas beers are hitting the shelves. When I was at the store tonight, I stumbled upon this beer made by Southern Tier, which makes another one of my all-time favorite seasonal beers, Imperial Pumking. 2XMAS -- a name which is apparently a play on 2XIPA, an imperial IPA also made by Southern Tier -- is an imperial spiced ale, which, according to the label, is brewed in the tradition of a Swedish Glogg; a type of mulled wine. I must say I was reluctant to pick up this beer after reading the description on the label, which states "ale brewed with figs, orange peels and spices." I was afraid this would be yet another one of those spiced holiday beers I am all too familiar with; the ones with the oft-putting aroma, cloying flavor, and thin but sticky body.

I poured the beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very dark, rich copper color with a thin but creamy one-finger head that subsides rather quickly while still leaving some slight lacing in the glass.

When I smelled the beer to see what its aroma was like, I really didn't think I was going to like it at all. It just had sort of the typical spiced holiday beer smell that is common with inferior Christmas beers. The figs and orange peel are very prominent upon first whiff. To be quite honest, it smelled exactly the way I was afraid it would.

Thankfully, my initial impressions about this beer turned out to be completely wrong upon tasting it. Right up front you notice how smooth and creamy the body of this beer is -- almost incredibly so. There is such a richness and subtleness to this beer that totally makes up for any obnoxious spice flavors that might have been present. Except I didn't detect any. This beer has a surprisingly good flavor, and the spices, figs and orange peel come together nicely, without ever being overpowering. It's just a really nice flavor, and the body and mouthfeel complement that flavor perfectly.

I see this as being the Christmas equivalent to ST's Imperial Pumking, another beer that is heavily dependent on spices. Like the Pumking, the body and mouthfeel of this beer really make it what it is. The flavor is bold without being overt, and the creaminess in the body is what really drives things home, making this an exceptional seasonal ale, and one which I hope Southern Tier continues to make.

Overall an outstanding beer, and one I would highly recommend, even to those who dislike spiced beers.

Overall Rating: 92/100

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2XMAS brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.00% This brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a nice off white head. It looks like a mild root beer. The smell is rich with sweetness and spices. You also pick up on some grains and malts in the smell of this brew. The taste is bold with flavor, you pick up on the spices and sweetness. There is a lot going on in this brew. 2XMAS has a bit of a bitter taste at the end but it is not bad. Southern Tier Brewing Company did a nice job with this brew. 2XMAS has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is rich with flavor with a clean smooth finish. Overall I'm giving 2XMAS a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.
Thank You Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Photo of BigRob329
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger or so of head. Very nice dark amber color.

S - First thought was it smells like Christmas. Very profound smell of ginger, with some fruitier hints of orange and figs. Kind of smells like baking Christmas cookies

T - Again, tasted like Christmas. Ginger was most immediate flavor, with a nice aftertaste that included the orange and figs. Very good amount of hops to compliment the other flavors.

M - Somewhat heavy but not too much so. Good feel for this beer.

Overall I loved this great beer, and it's perfect for the holiday season. Perfect amount of dry fruit flavoring to go along with the smell. Tastes like dessert that can be enjoyed all day. Will definitely have this many times again.

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Photo of weeheavybutdieting
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler from Ale Yeah, Roswell, GA into a Westmalle chalise.

A:A slightly muted brown with a hint of red ruby. A light lacing that chases away quickly.

S: All of the Christmas herb/spice goodness on the nose that you would expect from a Christmas beer.

T: If you are afraid of over the top holidy brews then this beer is for you. Don't let the scent throw you. This is a well-balanced beer. It keeps with the style and carries a good bit of herb and spice on the front of the tongue with a nice carmel in the middle and a little bit of hops throughout to balance it all out.

M: This bad boy looks like it will be a big sticky mess but it comes to the tongue in a much lighter and fresher way. While keeping a nice warm spice on the tongue.

O: This has become my favorite holiday beer this season. It was hard to find but worth the search. It is a rare find to have a holiday beer that you can come back to over and over without just a one off, "That was fun, now back to a real beer." attitude.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with an off-white one finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is incredible! Huge spice notes with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and orange peel. The taste follows suit with the spices dominating. Huge cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove along with hints of toffee and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and tangy, spicy finish. Overall, maybe I'm just in the Christmas spirit, but this is an amazing interpretation of the style. The spices are bold, but not overpowering, and it's hugely drinkable. One of my favorite Christmas beers yet!

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a nearly opaque copper color with a small off white head which remains as a collar and light lacing.

The smell is loaded with gingerbread and spices, cardamom, anise and allspice. There is also the hint of pumpkin and orange as well as dried fruit and sweet malts.

The taste follows the nose with the gingerbread taste dominating. The spices make their presence known from beginning to end and the taste of orange peel and dried fruit comes in at the end. There is also a heavy sweet malt and slight burnt malt presence. There is sweet, brown sugar like aftertaste additionally, the aftertaste reminds me of a pumpkin ale.

Overall this a great example of a spiced beer; especially one that is brewed for the holidays.

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Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- hazy mahogany with a thick creamy tan head. Lacing is present in sheets.

S- cardamom, orange peel, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon.

T- the cardamom really pops on the palate. The orange peel comes through in the finish with a touch of nutmeg and clove.

M- medium bodied, clean. Light prickly carbonation.

O- love it.

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Photo of Mgm54
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12oz bottle, popped it open the second I got back from the store. Date of bottling right on the bottle (read, 10/24/12)

A - a deep mahogany red, wonderful color, exactly what I want out of a beer like this. The dark color makes me feel the weight of the spices more

S - Smells like a wonderful gingerbread cookie cookie, and the aroma fills the area around it when poured out of the bottle into a glass. This is exactly what I want when I open a beer like this, and the smell simply makes me happy to drink the beer

T - Reminds me of a gingerbread cookie, or some spiced egg nog. the spices are the forefront of this beer, and unfortunately hides the fig and orange taste of the beer a bit. That said, fig and orange are defiantly present, and you will notice them. Great taste, just can seem like a little much at times. But, If this one is in the mood for one of these beers, 2XMAS will not disappoint

M - good mouth-feel, but I wish it was stronger, maybe creamier.

O - Great beer, would recommend a six pack every holiday season. I will 100% be in the mood for this beer many times over the cold months, and might have to buy another sixer soon.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle and from a bottle in a tulip glass. L: A brilliant chestnut pour supports a slight, quickly receding light tan foam collar. S: Light fruitcake aromas joined by figs, orange, and light caramel, fruit and spice T: Starts with malt, with big fig in the middle then some spice ginger, cinnamon and orange finishing with a firm hop accent and a lingering orange and alcohol aftertaste. F: Medium to medium light carbonation, medium body O: Relatively light fo all it has going on, refreshing, drinkable.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish brown coppery color with a half finger slightly off white head which leaves a little lace. The smell is christmas. There is dark fruits, cinnomon, nutmeg, fruit cake, and holiday spices with hints of citrus. The taste follows suit but not as powerful. There is a sweet dark fruit molasses flavor with hints of nutmeg and spices. A good flavor just not as there as the nose. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little slick and smooth. Overall its a very good beer, a nice addition.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. 1/2 finger head.

Nice, but not strong aroma of spices-especially Cinnamon.

Attractive dark tea color.

Mouth feel: strong carbonation enhances the style.

Taste: very spicy, orange peel and citrus.

Overall: very enjoyable holiday seasonal with a good spicy taste. Will drink again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with excellent clarity. The head is a one finger khaki color with decent texture, but not much retention. Only a modicum of lacing stays on the glass.

S: Spruce, ginger, nutmeg, graham cracker, orange peel, light dark fruits, and very slight hops. Give Southern Tier credit - when they want to make a beer resemble something else (like chocolate or, in this case, Christmas) they go all out and leave nothing to the imagination. Pretty much everything advertised comes through aromatically.

T: There isn't much of a drop off from the (admittedly ambitious) aroma, though maybe it's a touch less complex. Lots of dark fruits appear immediately, smoothing out on the midtaste to graham crackers and gingerbread. The finish is shockingly bitter for Southern Tier, consisting of a combination of subtle wood, leafy tobacco, and orange peel. I swear the faintest hint of roasted malts comes through on the finish. There's a nice layering of flavors, though finding some of the complexity requires a little hard work. Still, it's an excellent winter warmer.

M: Very slick, and creamy up until the swallow. The finish is both clean and wet, with a little bit of syrupiness to cover up the booze. This goes down superbly, without a hint of alcohol coming through.

O: Admittedly, these heavily spiced winter beers are never quite my thing, but this seems almost paragonal of the said style, so it earns itself bonus points. This will be my future standard for winter warmers until further notice - naturally, this is an easy one to recommend.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Copper in color, with a hazy appearance

Smell: Spices, cinnamon. Sugary sweetness. Christmas cookies.

Taste: A very piny, spicy flavor up front. A lot of cinnamon. Not as sweet as the aroma's would lead you to believe. Makes me think of a Christmas tree.

Feel: Medium bodied, easy to drink.

Overall: Very, very good beer. It's not mind blowing, but it's very good. Definitely will put you in mind of Christmas with the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear beautiful mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Reminds me of gingerbread spices. Nutmeg, cardamom, clove, ginger with some graham cracker, bready malt. This smells like christmas in a glass.

T - Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, mace? & allspice. Like the aroma, this is christmas in a glass. A touch of alcohol is present to make the holidays that much more fun. Light orange peel as it warms which compliments the spices nicely. Some dark fruits also but not as much as I was hoping for.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and a slight burn from the spice and alcohol combo.

D - This beer screams christmas. This is how I remember Great Lakes Christmas tasting years ago although I had it recently and it tasted like a spice mess. Not sure if the beer changed or my palette. I really enjoyed this one. I love figs and had a hard time picking them out.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says DOB 10/20/15.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Great melange of spices including cardamom, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon.

T- The cinnamon sticks out more in the flavor with the other spices bringing up the rear. There's a bit of malt sweetness and even a tinge of capsaicin burn from the intensity of the spices. So easy to drink for the ABV. You get a good amount of the orange peel as well.

M- Kind of dry with the aforementioned capsaicin burn also present. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Literally Christmas in a glass. Very enjoyable if you like heavily spiced beers.

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Photo of lastmango
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Slight spice cake aroma. Tastes of malt, cinnamon, nutmeg and a clove finishing kick. Very well balanced. One of the best Christmas beers I've had. This is smooth with mild carbonation and a bit thin. Great holiday brew!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier 2xmas.

Well never really thought much about this one but I saw it sitting on a shelf for $2 today and I figured why in the hell not. Perfect weather excluding the snow for a winter beer. I enjoy gingerbread and judging from a few prior reviews I should expect more than a bit. Anyway, let's drink it eh.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass that somewhat dimples towards the bottom. Pours a crystal clear amber with a two finger off white head that quickly dies down. Honestly it looks the was most Christmas esque beers do so I cannot knock it at all. The carbonation does not appear to be a factor at all in this one..no lacing remains after the brew is gone.

Smell - i would have a very hard time describing this beer as anything other than anise and gingerbread. Because for satans sake it smells like anise and gingerbread with just a touch of cinnamon. A bit of the alcohol comes through as well. Smells like christmas.

Taste - While the bottle may say figs and orange spices, I'm not getting any of that jazz. Pretty much all straight up gingerbread and anise and described in the nose. a good dosage of cinnamon as well as the beer warms up. Trying to hurry and get this review typed up before my phone goes into the everblack since I don't have a charger around.

Feel - The body on this one reallt coats the mouth in a syrup like slickness without any creamyness seeing as the head has completely died at this point. Lots of gingerbread men sit amongst the tongue and get consumed by your hungry stomach. I can taste the high caloric level in this brew which is fine since I still have yet to devour food on this cold, rainy Michigan day up North still trying to hunt.

Overall - A very solid winter beer that I would not mind having again next year. Gingerbread really leads the way although it also has a big hit of other winter spices, especially anise. Not the best beer in the world, but a contender for the mid to top level of the ever so solid ' 4 ' rating amongst your list. ..

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut body with reddish hues beneath the foamy tan head that dissolves to leave only a faint lacing around the glass.

Generous spice aromas with sweet molasses and caramel malt float from the glass. Figs, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon are all present as well as some bready notes.

The flavor is spicy and sweet featuring cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar as well as figs and toffee. The orange peel really shows up in the finish. Any hop notes are woody in nature, perhaps pine.

Fuller in body with medium carbonation and a spicy, warming finish.

This is a really nice spiced winter beer with tons to offer the senses and a nice warming mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about a full bodied beer! Had this ale back to back against another Christmas one and this wins in the taste category hands down. Pours a dark bet color. Significant amount of white grayish lacing at the top, quickly dissipates though. Nutmeg and other Christmas spices emanate from the glass. Get a hint of orange peel in the taste, along with a Carmel toffee taste. Bottle says that it includes figs which definitely comes out on the palate. Mentions that uses two hop varietals and 4 malts. Not sure what tradition of Swedish glogg brewing is but apparently that's the metho of brewing. An excellent Christmas ale.

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Photo of teromous
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It's an extremely dark shade of brown, but it is clear enough that you can tell it is not hazy...but still very very dark. The head is a light fluffy tan color that leaves fair good lacing. Lots of different dark shades of brown and some reds make it through this beer. It looks excellent.

S: Well it definitely does smell like Christmas. It's hard to pick out individual spices, but I can tell that there is a lot going on here. Mostly I just smell cinnamon. Lots and lots of cinnamon. There is also a fruity scent to it that I can't quite put my finger on...sort of rose-like but more fruity and less floral. Not a whole lot of malt character coming through. The hops are subdued and I can't smell them. Some alcohol comes through.

T: The malt comes out a lot more here. I wouldn't call it caramel but more of a clean malt flavor. That fruity flavor comes in again. I don't like reading bottles because it influences perception of taste and smell when you can read what's in the beer, but I had to figure out what that flavor was. The beer label states that they use fig and orange peel. I suppose it could be these but it doesn't quite taste like fig to me. Some banana flavor also comes in. The cinnamon is not overpowering as the scent might lead. I really like this and it fits the whole Christmas theme. A semi-floral aftertaste. While drinking, I feel like I can taste the water in the beer somewhat...it's hard to describe...it's not watery or anything but there's some backbone flavor to it...if that makes sense.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and wet. It has a smoothness to it. The alcohol is not burning, and the beer does not feel like it needs aging before drinking. It feels very "together".

O: Overall I feel that this has qualities that would win people over, even if they are not fans of spice beers. I would recommend it to those who enjoy Belgian style dark ales. It's very easy to drink and tastes great.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear reddish brown. Eggshell film for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and gingerbread.

Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and gingerbread.

Medium body with stinging carbonation.

A very tasted spiced Christmas ale, good flavor and feel and another winner in the 2x series from Southern Tier.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber reddish hue, not much head or lace. Smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, buttery crust, reminiscent of Pumking. Taste is spices..cinnamon, nutmeg; orange marmalade, brown sugar, raisins and fig newtons, buttery crackers crust. There is a little of the Pumking magic flowing in this one, but with a figgy-orange Christmas twist. Medium body, silky, well crafted. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, red-brown color with a dense, fluffy tan head that fades, but never completely dissipates. The nose is rich and spicy with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It's very appealing considering the different spice profile ST used in this beer compared to other over-the-top winter warmers It's almost like the goose island winter brown ale for comparison. The taste is well spiced with a modest fig sweetness and semi-dry finish. It drinks like liquid dessert, but doesn't get old. The body is rich and inviting. Honestly, this may be one of my favorite winter beers considering the unique spice profile, drinkability, price, and availability. I just want to get into a wool turtleneck and eat a winter ham while drinking this beer.

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Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby/mahogany colored with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly to just a small ring around the glass. It does leave some lace though.

Cola, fig, plum, prune, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Matches up well with the nose here. Very deep complexity. Sweet, malty, fruity and full of holiday spices. Significant hoppy bitterness and spice at the end.

Medium feel and mostly smooth. A bit slick, but dries out towards the end.

Definitely fits the bill as a holiday beer. This may very well be the best holiday ale I've had. It's big and bold with sweet and spice and everything nice. Very warming and just really hits the mark for being a Xmas brew.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,480 ratings.
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