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%
 
 
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60
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385
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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a half inch light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving no lacing. Probably residue in the glass.

Smells like gingerbread. Clove, cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar combine with floral hops and figs to create a perfumey bouquet.

Flavor reveals more ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of a cloyingly sweet sorghum and toasted bready malt backbone. There's a buttery graham cracker character, as well. Notes of cola and dark fruit surface at the finish, which is rounded out by a hint of citrus. There's a lingering bitterness.

Body is fairly thick, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation lifting the flavor from the palate to prevent it from being overly cloying.

Overall, the spice character was not as offputting as some. There's good balance of the various spices, as opposed to some that are more dominant in one spice. That said, it's still a spice bomb. The bready malt counters the spices fairly well, but the sweetness is also over the top.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Well for a winter warmer/Christmas beer this is a very dark beer. Clear yet deep shade of brown with just a sticky lace ring.

S - Smell is very malty with touches of fig/raisin, cinnamon/nutmeg, and very little hops.

T - A lot going on here. Starts off light with nutmeg and then towards the middle of the palate I am getting some orange peel/figs. It has a great cinnamon hit at the end that reminds me of Great Lakes Christmas ale. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied yet drinks fantastic. Even though its heavily spiced I could see drinking a couple in a sitting no problem.

Overall worth picking up if you love the pumpkin spice fall beers or heavily spiced Christmas beers. These guys know how to brew great beer!

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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

12oz bottle, poured into a tulip

A pretty clear reddish/brown body with a small eggshell cap. Some dots and lines of lace inside the glass. The nose is of baked dark bread, dark candi sugar, toffee, caramel, figs, orange peel, cinnamon, and coriander. On the palate, the figs and toffee/caramel flavors lay a foundation for the spices and orange peel to do work. The finish is dry from the candi sugar with a touch of residual sweetness and some of the bready malt to try and balance it out. Medium body, a bit syrupy. This is a nice little christmas ale that surprised me. The flavors and aromas are tightly wound into a well-crafted ale for the season.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium ruby, rust, and bronze color. About one finger of head after the pour. This recedes to a thin ring of foam, and thats it as far as retention. There's a few sluggish bubbles making their way to the top of the brew.

The nose is full of spices. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and other Holiday spices I can't discern. I can smell a little fig here and there. But the overall aroma is dominated by XMAS spices.

Taste starts with figs then some faint, toasted, orange peel. Middle has roasted malts, toasted figs, and some cinnamon and nutmeg. The spices aren't as dominant with the flavor as they are with aroma. The palate is a little syrupy, sweet overall, and a nice warmth from the alcohol do add to the Glogg-like affect of this beer. If you like spiced beers, this one is worth trying for sure. Or if you like the taste of liquid XMAS, pick up a sixer.

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Photo of Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rjp217
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jzlyo
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Glogg eh?

A- Dark ruby red pour from the 12oz to a chalice. A thick, puffy off-white cap rises to over two fingers with good retention. A few large sheets of lace remain with some spots and drizzle.

S- Spices are felt along with the other adjunct ingredients. Cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg come to mind; kind of in that ballpark of spice. Something rather earthy and woody about it. Dark dried fruits, deeply browned malts, herbal spicy ginger and orange zest. Cardamom really opens up with time.

T- Ginger really gets put into overdrive as cinnamon, earthy spice, orange peel and figs follow that. For me this is mostly about the adjuncts and that seems like the point; beastly spices. Hints of cloves, vanilla sweets, bitter citrus rind, raisins, toasted grains and cardamom on the back end.

MF- Medium thickness overall with a creamy and foamy consistency helping in driving those spicy flavors onto the palate. Finishes with a harsh bitterness from the spices; cinnamon and bitter orange pile drive the taste buds.

Spice monster. I actually enjoy a lot of the distinct flavors this brings to the table with cinnamon followed by cardamom and orange peels leading to figs but it all clashes. The cardamom seems to grow with each sip and throws things off. I can certainly appreciate spiced beers but the after taste of this beer is off putting at times.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm usually impressed with Southern Tier beers. They always seem to be spot-on, challenging, and very rewarding. Unfortunately, that's not the case with 2XMas. It's a clear, reddish colored liquid with a thin tan head. Medium carbonation. The smell is fruit and spice, with a bit of toasted malt in the background. The fruit is hard to place. The label says fig, but I'm getting a lot of orange and lemon peel. The peel/rind theme plays into the taste as well, which is also full of fruit and spice...a bit of bitterness from the former, as well as the latter. Firm body, good balance. The beer just doesn't really come together, though...the bitterness is distracting. Not bad, just not up to my expectations.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a red mahogany colored brew with a two finger off white head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is not too potent and consists of a cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice mixed with a roasted malt.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor and a sugar brown sugar taste mixed with a dark cherry and fig flavor. In the middle some spice flavors start coming to the tongue while the brown sugar and roasted malt flavors start to dwindle a bit. While the roasted malt and the sugar flavors dwindle, the end of the flavor sees an increase in the sweet cherry and fig flavors mixed with some and is joined by a light alcohol burn and some more spice of nutmeg , clove, and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the just above average side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is just below average. The creamier body is good for enhancing the sweet fruit, boozy and spice flavors of the brew as they can really be fully sensed by the tongue.

Overall –The end of the flavor profile leaves a nice spiced flavor on the tongue which mixes quite well with the fruit flavors of the brew and the warming feel of the alcohol. Overall a warming, but drinkable brew with a good sweeter spiced flavor.

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Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a small eggshell head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin quite like a spiced loaf of holiday bread. I get cardamom first and foremost with accompanying cinnamon and ginger. Then I get the toasted sweet bready pale malts and equal caramel malts with emerging citrus zest notes.

The tastes follow the nose with the toasted bready sweet maltiness and caramelized malts. There is a raisiny, figgy, dark fruitiness next and the finish is dominated by the spice notes once again of cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is gently sweet and spicy but neither one is overly so.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The mouthfeel was a little lacking but the overall flavor profile delivers what it advertises as a Christmasy spiced holiday ale. Sometimes the spices are horribly overdone (mainly with clove or ginger) but here they are restrained and work in balance with each other and the base beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brown, amber in the light, not much carbonation

S-Very spice heavy, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, some caramel as well.

T-Sweet with spices, cinnamon dominates, caramel is there, tad bit of nutmeg and some other spices.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-A solid winter brew, very spice heavy which hurt the balance.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-Reddish brown color

S-Loaded with spices...fruit cake comes to mind...ginger and cinnamon are in the forefront. Smells great.

T-Richly flavored...A lot of cinnamon on the flavor but the other spices used like cardamon and cloves are also evident. There is a surprising touch of bitterness on the finish but not a hop like bitterness...more like from one of the spices..

F-Fuller bodied...a little boozy on the finish...

O-You want a spiced Christmas Ale? Well, hear you go. It accomplishes what it sets out to be but let's just say I am glad I bought a single and not a sixer....too overloaded to drink more than one. Still, rating is for style and what is supposed to be.

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