2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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Photo of hopsputin
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BigGold
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped "DOB 10/20/15" and indicating an 8.50 ABV, into faceted mug. Definitely full of herbs and spices, but 2XMAS is not over the top. A rather palatable Christmas ale.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. The color is a lovely ruby-chestnut brown with a one-finger, foamy milk-colored head and lacing. Quite an aroma. It was evident from the moment I opened the bottle, before I poured: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and candied fruit. It's not only fragrant but tasty: prune, fig, malt, and all of the spices mentioned above. It is nicely balanced. It is moderately carbonated and easy-drinking although the 8% ABV is definitely noticeable. Overall, the best attribute of this ale is its nice holiday fragrance. But it is well-crafted and drinks well. It's not my favorite Christmas Ale but it is a very nice one.

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Photo of Raime
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Psychoslowmatic
1.68/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok, it said spiced beer, but this is awful. Tastes like someone drowned a gingerbread man in my beer. It tastes like a well made beer of a style that's not for me.

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Photo of lastmango
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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 TheRamie
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was very good for a Christmas beer, but spiced is an understatement. loaded with nutmeg, some cinnamon, maybe some all spice. but good overall, and packs an 8% punch

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky deep brown with a massive, coarse tan head, with good retention.

Aroma: The pink bubblegum of childhood presents very strongly in the aroma, cloves are notable as well. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also present, with dark fruit and candied oranges offering a holiday compliment. Vinous alcohol is notable as well.

Taste: Opens with brown sugar, dark fruit, and a dramatic wave of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are offered up, and there is a solid dark fruit presence, figs, and perhaps dark plums. The fairly high ABV of 8% is well-presented, adding both a spicy note and a warming sensation. As the taste progresses, the alcohol dominates, though is never overbearing. Finishes with a wave of spices and dark caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely wonderful, perhaps the best Christmas beer I have ever had, absolutely superb, even if out of season. I feel its no exaggeration to say that 2XMAS is Christmas in a bottle. 2XMAS would be a spectacular presentation at a Christmas dinner. This is one to look for every Christmas season.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany - not much head, but that has to be due to the pour, and it does leave some generous lacing. Strong aroma has an overtone of cloves and horehound. Flavor has a subtle malty core and strong notes of cloves, caramel and horehound with a hint of cinnamon - and is that a whisper of pumpkin? Firm texture has plenty of lively fizz, leaving a cloves-y and horehound finish. Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/Festivus/Human Light or whatever!

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Photo of Myotus
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with about a finger's width of off-white foam. Color is difficult to determine because of how murky it is. Looks like a reddish brown color. There is an overwhelming amount of particles floating throughout the brew. Has a strong fig and spice aroma (nutmeg and cinnamon?) with a hint of orange peel. Initial taste is of fig and spices followed by slight orange peel flavor. Malts and hops enter the taste palate as the fig flavors disappear but the orange peel and spices remain. Overall taste is very unique, but nothing impressive. An above average beer. Definitely wouldn't mind drinking again.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a murky, muddy, orange/brownish color with practically no head what-so-ever, just an extremely thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Gingerbread, gingerbread, gingerbread!! Tons of gingerbread spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, molasses, all-spice and of course ginger. I also get some malty notes too, lending a hand to the gingerbread aromas. Very nice, very aromatic.

Taste: Interesting and good! Not as much gingerbread in the flavor as in the aroma. I get notes of dark bread, dried stone fruit, such as prunes, dates and figs, some ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, candied sugar, clove. The beer tastes more like a spiced nut brown ale. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good beer! Great notes of toasted malt and spices. The only “negative” aspect of the beer is that the flavor of the beer doesn’t really match the aroma, meaning, there is less gingerbread in the flavor than is promised in the aroma. That being said, it’s an extremely tasty beer and one that I will certainly get again next winter!

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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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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, served in an Innis & Gunn Tulip glass. Shared with others during evening beer tasting.

Appearance: Copper-amber with a slight haze. Thin light tan ring of foam, some lacing noted.

Smell: Very strong spicy smell of ginger, pepper, nutmeg, and orange peel. Very much like a mulled/spiced wine.

Taste: Very peppery and spicy with some malt sweetness in the middle and more pepper/spice + mild orange peel at the finish. More spiced drink than beer.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, but smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely right that this beer was labeled as an Herbed/Spiced beer rather than as a winter warmer. This beer is very intense in the spices and while I've not had a Swedish Glogg, it definitely reminds me of a highly spiced tea/winter drink. If there are hops in this I cannot detect them over all the spices. Overall, a glass of Christmas spice smell in a glass. Drinkability.....this one was hard to finish and while it was good to try for the concept, I could easily see one either loving or hating this beer. I found it interesting, but I think I would be forcing myself to finish off a whole bottle - so I'm glad I shared it with others. So not high drinkability, but I'll give it good marks for depth and intensity of flavor.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Svendozen
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had never tried this type of beer before, and when I popped the top, I was kind of offput by the smell...very pot pouri smelling. I didn't like the taste of it at all. But I can't say whether it was brewed badly, or I'm just not a fan of the style.

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Photo of SeamusLight
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

THIS is a holiday beer. Dark, fragrant, spicy... One of Southern Tier's best. It pours with a thin head and a medium body. The nose: citrusy. Taste wise, this beer is bottled Christmas: clove and cardamom front-to-back with a warming finish.

Perfectly balanced, and not too heavy - so you could easily drink this all night. You MUST try this beer.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 57md
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Ruby brown in color. The nose is spicy but nutmeg stands out above anything else. The flavor profile includes seasonal spices such as nutmeg and allspice but also orange as well. The finish is semi-dry.

This is a pretty darn good Christmas beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavily spiced with nutmeg, clove and ginger. Overly hopped with little malt balance. Dump the contents of your spice cabinet on your tongue all at one time and you'll get an approximation of this beer.

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Photo of whynot44
2.35/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark amber color with a modest white head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is all spice - nutmeg, cardamom, ginger?, who knows?

The tastes is also heavy on the spices upfront, after that subsides you can detect a definite fig and malt background but it is overwhelmed by the spices. This one is actually better warm as the background tastes come out a little more.

Light/medium bodied.

Overall, not a style I'm fond of but a lighter touch on the spices would make this more palatable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Yardhouse.
Deep red-brown with a head that soon reduced to a ring. Minimal lacing.
Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a heavy use of nutmeg. There are some other spices in here too, but the overall spicing level is just too high, largely masking the malts.

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Photo of salamiwagon
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Update: I'm going to update this review because I think this year's batch is sweeter and much more balanced. The smell is just as potent, which to me is not a bad thing. I still taste the hops but it's not as overwhelming as I remembered from last year's sampling.
Original 2014 rating was 2.66.

Smells great. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger with a subtle citrus twist. As it warms the fig really comes out. Smells like it would be sweet.
Extremely bitter. Bitter beer face bitter. The hoppy aftertaste is way too much.
I poured this one out for my homies.

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Photo of kvgomps
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was unable to do more than 2 sips of this. This tasted like potpourri to me. Much the same way potpourri stings my eyes, this really disagreed with my palate.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,507 ratings.
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