2XMAS | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.69 w/ 1,511 ratings

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: 1,511 |  Reviews: 280
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%

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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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this with one year of age on it a lot more than when I had it fresh last year. Dark brown, light carb and foam, lot of bottom particulates. Clove and spice heavy on the nose, not as strong on the taste but definitely present. Good holiday ale.

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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear mahogany with a thin cream-white head. There's a small amount of lacing left. The aroma is great, with unique spice tones. Once you know what's in it, you can recognize the cardamom and ginger, amongst the others. The taste builds on the aromas and the fruit additions play quite well. The body has a nice thickness and a little spicy tingle from the ginger on the finish. Pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Appearance: A reddish-brown with an average head.
Aroma: Def. oranges (almost smells like an A.C. casino circa 1995 that would use an orange deodorizer on carpets), and cloves stand out.
Taste: Kind of disappointing for the style. Lacks any real balance, just a face full of spices like cloves and cinnamon. Has a slight hop in the middle and a bit peppery. The alcohol is well hidden, but again, just too much in the clove department.

Overall: Their are much better choices for this style. Cheers!

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2.12/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

VERY spice forward, with an aggressive, almost astringent spices. Especially cloves. Huge cloves. And Cinnamon. There's allspice there, too. Not liking this. Not getting much else beyond the medicinal spices. Ugh. I'm not sure I can finish this. Not recommended.

** 2016: Tried it again on tap and this year's offering is much improved. Spices are a good deal more mellow and a softer, creamier feel and a more substantial, but not-cloying, sweet malt backbone. Still not a fan, but drinkable and enjoyed it for what it was.

*** 2016: Oh. No. No, no, no! This was bloody awful in the bottle. So, now, what's going on here? Is this better on tap or is there something wrong with the bottling? Dunno. Is there inconsistency? Am I crazy? Eh. I've wasted too many taste buds trying to narrow it down. Don't think I'll open this pandora's box ever again.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58.8% out of 100 with 1,511 ratings
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