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

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277
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1,503
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.96%
 
 
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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bottle from the original 2012 batch aged 2 years and served at fridge temps in a tulip glass.

Appearance: reddish brown with a thick head. It was very effervescent and poured almost syrup like.

Nose: gingerbread, spicy, malty, caramel, toffee, cocoa nibs and chocolate

Taste: slight hops bitterness, very mellow and smooth, there was some alcohol heat, nutmeg and clove. This was a very powerful and dense brew.

I really enjoyed this beer with some age on it. I'll have to pick a pack up this holiday season to see what it is like fresh.

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Photo of Figboot2001
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber color. Quite clear. Very little white head that dissipates quickly.
S - Absolutely tons of spices. Lots of nutmeg and lots of clove.
T - Again, lots of spices right up front. Rather bitter from the hops and a little bit of a boozy taste on the back end.
F - A little thin for as bold of a beer as it is. Not bad though.
O - Enjoyable. This beer looks and smells great. The flavor leaves a little to be desired as it's a little bitter and almost too spicy. But it's a good, rich beer.

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Photo of darthvohn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: A clear dark crimson body with A thumb thick beige foam melting to a thin cap leaving ample lacing behind.

Smell: Definitely smell spice, with cardamom being the dominate scent. The dark fruits are present.

Taste: Malt sweetness, the cardamom shines through the strongest along with cloves and cinnamon. The rich flavor and sweetness of the figs are apparent as well. I get the spice cake but not sure if I would call it gingerbread. Finishes with a pleasant, light bitterness from the hops. Alcohol hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with med-high carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad Christmas beer. I'm not a huge fan of cardamom but like Southern Tier using a spice you (or I) rarely see in other Christmas brews. They do a great job pairing the other flavors well with it. An enjoyable offering that I would order with a seasonal dessert or on a cold night around a fire.

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Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I would have trouble distinguishing between Herbed/Spiced Beers and Winter Warmers, but that's my problem. This beer is quite complex and pretty good drinking.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a lot of light showing through as golden highlights, A hard pour gives you a minimal tan head without much head retention or lacing.

Strong aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg (holiday spices). The fruit (figs and orange peel) are noticeable too. The fruit aromas are reminiscent of Belgian Strong Dark Ales.

The taste is a bit more complex. The holiday spices are backed up by a strong, malty beer with plenty of Belgian type sweet fruit flavoring and some other spices like black pepper. The finish contains some mild but lingering piney or grassy hops presence as well. Much better than most holiday beers.

The mouthfeel is rich, with a touch of warming alcohol. This is a good holiday/winter warmer type beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Complex aroma with lots of sweet malt and zesty, earthy spice. Potpurri like aroma with flower petals, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove and allspice followed by caramel malt cherry and dark fruit notes. There's event a peppermint like presence. I don't know how Southern Tier does it but this beer smells just like XMas, creating an olfactory sensation that triggers childhood memories. Crazy!

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a heavy spice presence that's countered by sweet malt, dark fruit and a medicinal syrupy flavor. This medicinal flavor tends to be overwhelming in holiday beers it's kept in check here by the other characteristics. Lots of cinnamon, pepper, allspice and clove along with cherry cough drop and other dark berries. Slight alcohol sweetness but the high ABV is well masked with little to no heat. A little heavy on the spices but it's a pretty good holiday beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appeared dark amber and clear, but it's most expressive quality was the smell. Very spice-cake in nature, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, maybe even a little like some pumpkin beers. Very strong and warning.

The taste followed the nose mostly, but was more carbonated than expected, and not as strong. The taste added some gingerbread notes, and still worked as a beer. The feel wasn't string but worked well with the beer overall.

This is a nice beer to grab one of for a change of pace, but not sure you can have too many without tiring of it.

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Photo of vtisme
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter
A - the beer is more red than brown, the head is light brown
S - Cloves more than anything else
T - Cinnamon!, nutmeg!, chai
M - Sharp, medium carbonation, alcohol comes through in the end
O - Too heavy on the nutmeg and the cinnamon to really enjoy, I had high hopes but after 2 the last 4 of the pack are going to be given away.

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Photo of minterro
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Spartan Spirits, poured into a snifter. About 2.50 for a single.

A&S: very bready, spicy (ginger and cinnamon mostly), citrus but not . Dark ruby semi translucent red beer. Head, even when poured vigorously, forms a think tan layer that disappears quickly.

T&M: not as spicy as the nose until the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. You get the dark fruit that it claims towards the back-end. Low carbonation and pretty think body

Overall: I would say its a crowd pleaser. I had a try from another bottle and this beer was amazing this time around it was more bland and thin. Not great for the price but not awful at the same time. Wouldn't buy again but wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a brown body with one finger head and lace and a very ginger and piney hop aroma with some mild sweetness in the aroma.
Dry, spicy, sharp, there is a cinnamon like sweetness and a peppery spice but the real stars are touches of ginger and again this piney, earthy hop taste sensation I keep getting.
Basically, it's like a spicy sweetness I'm tasting with minimal hop bitterness for balance and a little breadiness to make the beer a bit more full than watery blandness.
I enjoyed this beer but the flavors just didn't completely come together for me.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: color is a deep, dark ruby red/mahogany color with some purple notes in there as well. pours a 1 finger tan head that seems to be fading as i type. it settles to a thin layer on top

s: initial aroma is sweet - sugar, fig, caramel, toffee, bread pudding, coriander, sweet strawberry, and a hint of citrus zest. there is a faint medicinal-like aroma in here as well

t: quite a bit going on in here right away. brown sugar, fig, plum, lots of coriander, nutmeg, caramel, bitter orange rinds, clove. there is a touch of alcohol heat as well, but that works to cut the sweetness

m: mouthfeel is the lighter side of heavy. its well carbonated to a level that works with the beer

o: upon smelling it, i wasn't sure how much i'd like it, but as i sip i am enjoying it (its a sipper). its warming, smooth, and complex. there is, however, a bit too much going on in the initial flavor. it could use a bit more harmony in the flavors upfront. they clash a bit and confuse the tongue...however, none of them are off-putting if you enjoy the spices

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, spicy and smooth. Tastes like a Xmas pudding with a slight bitter bite at the end. Figs, cherries and oranges with nutmeg, Cardamom, allspice...

Almost a slight barrel-aged tinge to it. Different and fun!

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Photo of MaddMatt639
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on February 7, 2013:

A: Pours a very dark amber, Kind of a maple color. Barely any retention.

S: Numerous spices right off the bat. A faint hint of orange and some cinnamon. No fig.

T: Mouth full of spices. Picking up mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Very malty in the beginning and a slight fig note in the end. Not very sweet in the end.

M: Wouldn't go as far as smooth, but a good sipping beer. I have a medium heaviness left on my tongue.

O: A very unique and good spiced winter ale. Enjoyed the cinnamon and nutmeg. Just wish there was a little more to it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burgundy with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the color a lot. Very festive in its' only way.

Sweet with gingerbread, a touch of alcohol and dates. It certainly is festive aroma-wise! I actually want to drink it.

Ditto for the flavor. It's rather strong but I can still detect the spiciness from the nose and a molasses-like texture.

Really warms up the palate! Truth be told, I find it a little overwhelming at this point. It never gets too sweet or too spicy.

Try a bottle fresh and then put another bottle away for a few months and then try it again. I plan on doing so, except that the next bottle I buy, I'll promptly age. It has potential.

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Photo of Gatch
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep ruby red with a slightly yellow, off-white head that builds nicely and dissipates slowly leaving behind no lace at all with just a foam ring of retention. Oily, it seems.

S: I'm glad I saved this for Christmas Eve. Big holiday spice nose. I get the orange peel and fig, but also raisins, earth, moss, spiced cake, nutmeg, dark fruit preserves, and a bit of roasted malt. There's something in there I can't decipher. As it warms, it seems to get hotter and the aromas meld into just spices. Strange.

T: Interesting. Properly spiced. The fruit flavors are pleasant and the sweetness is never overwhelming. The roasted malt and alcohol show themselves more as the beer warms. About half way through the bottle the spices and sweetness end up becoming a bit overwhelming.

M: Nice carbonation, pleasant malt and fruit flavors, but also a bit cloying. Seems to be too much going on. Enjoyable, though, and drinkable for what it is. Medium-to-heavy body.

O: I've never had Swedish Glogg but I can imagine this being an accurate representation of the style because it goes well with cold weather. The flavors are strong as is the ABV but it comes together to make a good beer for the season. One bottle is enough, though, and I'm glad I didn't get a 6-pack.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque amber with a tan half-finger head that dissipates to tiny bubbles. Significant lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. The holidays have arrived.

T: Follows nose with mounds of malt and cherries. Sweet, robust. Now dat's Christmas!

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: One of the better examples of a winter warmer. I wasn't a big fan of the style...until I tried this one. Will drink again next Christmas.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a

Smell: Spices, dark fruit, orange peel, ginger, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, dark fruits, orange peel, ginger, caramel, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, spicy, warming, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty good spiced winter warmer. I'll grab another.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 rEBELlION
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Low carbonation, dark complexion. Figs apparent in the smell as well as the spices, faint touches of eggnog (probably the spices). Nice medium mouthfeel, spicy flavoring with a hint of alcohol, not overwhelming. This is a solid spiced winter seasonal.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown w/ a quick small tan head. All kinds of aromas in there...pine/cedar/spruce, citrus hops, some breadiness, spices, cloves.
The taste is a blend of sweet caramel, spruce, candy, cloves. A real mix of sweetness and spice, a touch of harshness, then a nice smooth finish. Lots of things to find in there. It reminds me of Yards Spruce Ale.
It's a very interesting beer, easy to drink as an after dinner sippy beer. I like it.

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Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear dark cranberry red with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that receded steadily, down to a small puddled film and small collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was a complex mix of scents with a light grain malt and a sweaty yeast along with notes of citrus (orange peel), ginger, clove, cinnamon, dark fruit (figs and raisons) and a pronounced Glögg (mulled wine) odor.

The taste was lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit and Glögg from the get go, becoming a tad bitter and rather yeasty with hints of orange peel and cinnamon somewhere in the middle and a spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a spicy yeast infused alcohol warming sensation lingering on for a little while longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat bold carbonation.

Overall this brew is what Winter Warmers are all about, lots of spicy flavor and a good alcohol warming at the end...

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Photo of homebrew311
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep clear red with tan head. Nice retention and lace. The nose is all Christmas. Tons of spices with cinnamon, ginger and spruce being the most prevalent notes. Some fruity notes are present, most significant is orange. Taste is much like nose plus some nice malty graham cracker notes. Moderate sweetness here with the spices hitting hard at the finish. The finish is dry and leaves lingering notes of cinnamon and ginger on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderate and well carbonated. Overall, a solid winter warmer, worth a try if you like your beer spiced.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a reddish brown with a half inch white head that leaves behind scattered lace. Smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, clover, ginger, and vanilla. Taste all of that, a winter warmer that has loads of spices. Body is medium, nice amount of life, not dry, and goes down easy for its 8.5%. This is solid, a little more spicy than I prefer, but it is a nice change. Pumpkin beer fans should like.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Auburn, reddish brown. Cream colored head.
Smell: Sugar cookies? Spices. Pepper.
Taste: Spices. Cinnamon. Eggnog? Pepper.

This is a worthwhile seasonal. I picked up a couple unusual characteristics that were pretty neat. The first thing I smelled was freshly baked sugar cookies. I'm not really sure how or why, but there you have it. Secondly, the taste and maybe even mouthfeel had the sense of eggnog. Who knows. I'll update if for some reason my sniffer and tongue were nutty tonight. Overall, this was delightful. I would probably get this again.

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Photo of sommersb
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of chefhatt
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it had a reddish color body with a 2"head to it. The aroma was of cinnamon, allspice,nutmeg. The taste was very strong of spices, cinnmon, allspice, nutmeg, but had a tart cherry taste also.
The mouth feel is good, well balanced and overall a really good beer, just a little heavy on the spices.

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