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2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,518 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Copied from my tasting notes back during December of 2016.

Look: Pours a hazy reddish copper hue with a one finger off white head. Doesn't lace the glass very well.

Aroma: Sort of like fruit cake. Lots of sweet red fleshy fruit like plums, figs, cherries and even apples amongst notes of sticky caramel and spicy orange rind. Some cinnamon and coriander.

Taste: A little soapy. Lots of spice. Upfront intense cinnamon, clove and gingerbread. Sweet notes of caramel malt, sugarplums and ripe figs mid-palate. Ends on bitter flavors of orange rind.

Feel: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Boozy and spicy.

Overall: Never had "Glogg" and I'm not the biggest fan of spiced beer but this was enjoyable. The spice and sweetness is intense, so I doubt I could drink more than one of these in a sitting however.

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Photo of h4ger
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Strohm
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Babalu614
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dodo2step
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Timtac
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Gregf51
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattymystique
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alphakitty
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prager62
2.52/5  rDev -31.7%
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 +4.3%
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 TomMahan
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GWalk612
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of takurmudgeon
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
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 ChadMo1
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dudd
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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 +8.4%
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 +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 1,518 ratings
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