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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4
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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. it poured with a short off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—among these nutmeg seems to stand out in particular.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of holiday spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer for the holidays and has lots of spices. I didn't get any of the figs in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smithj4
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npendres
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: deep Amber color, thin tan head
S: tons of spices, orange peel and anise
T: spice is pretty overpowering
F: the finish is clean, even after all of the initial spiciness
O: good Xmas sipper

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 LiquidSwords1201
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Risenhower
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkn09
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 VABA
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iceburgs
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of robebo44
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlaskaAg
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 emeyer
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 TheBeerMaster1
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mila7373
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jahbless
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Way to much spice; I usually love this style but not this one; taste a lot like a pumpkin ale, which I do not like.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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