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
Photo of ChadMo1
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

**
12/15/13
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 shelby415
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Botulizard
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhartley
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of nobledust
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dearling61
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 shanegatter
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good, nice smooth taste with good blend of spices

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Photo of Peyton5410
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLacy
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 StretchZep
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpt2222
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of TopherBreski
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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