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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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 1,504
Photo of Myotus
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +7.2%
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 +9.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +16.3%
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 -33.3%
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 +21.1%
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 +14.9%
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%
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 +8.3%
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 -34.1%
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 -37.3%
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 -8.3%
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 -10.9%
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 -33.3%
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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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark Amber color with great head and mild carbonation. You can smell this beer from across the room. Lots of spice, fruit like fig, sweetness for aroma. Very strong flavors of black pepper, spice, fruit. Overly spiced which ruins it. Not good this year. Someone had a heavy hand with those spices.

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Photo of VTR
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. S/was amazing. All the holiday spices you would expect from a holiday beer. It smelled like mulling spices. T/Was good, with light spices following the nose. The taste was not as good as the smell, I was expecting more. O/Good sipping beer but got kind of boring as I worked my way through the glass. I would bring this out for a party as an easy beer for the non beer drinkers that would come over.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. The color is really nice, deep brown. Almost a maple syrup. Sweet flavor, spices, some citrus on the tail end, particularly orange. Reasonable carbonation. I actually think it's a bit underrated. Good stuff!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear garnet red color with a minimal lacing ring and steady carbonation.

S - Very strong cinnamon aroma followed with orange and ginger.

T - Some toffee malt buried way down, the beer is dominated by Christmas spices: cinnamon, some orange bitter sweetness, ginger, and finishes with a spicy finish that starts sweet, moves to bitter, and finishes with a lingering balance between the two.

M - Thick, full bodied, slick, sticky on the lips.

O - This beer is better than the rating, always enjoy this one every year and it ages well also.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with an off-white one finger head with minimal retention and decent lacing. The nose is incredible! Huge spice notes with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, and orange peel. The taste follows suit with the spices dominating. Huge cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove along with hints of toffee and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation and tangy, spicy finish. Overall, maybe I'm just in the Christmas spirit, but this is an amazing interpretation of the style. The spices are bold, but not overpowering, and it's hugely drinkable. One of my favorite Christmas beers yet!

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Photo of Mavigo
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well it's smissmas time so I figure I'd be jolly.

Pours a transparent copper color with a thin tan head that evaporates quickly. Smells of cinnamon, oranges, caramom, ginger, lemon zest. Flavor is interesting, quite intense. It is sweet and rich but it has strong aftertaste of hops and all the other spices that are present. A bit off putting. It is medium bodied and well carbonated, strong after taste. Overall, this was alright, it wasn't horrible but I do need to wash out this weird aftertaste.

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Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
1.87/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Too much bull going on in this beer. Smelling christmas and tasting christmas are two different things entirely...After forcing down another half a beer, if you can call it that, I have to say that this jagermeister diarrhea with cloves. Absolutely terrible

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Photo of EvoRich
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Copper in color, with a hazy appearance

Smell: Spices, cinnamon. Sugary sweetness. Christmas cookies.

Taste: A very piny, spicy flavor up front. A lot of cinnamon. Not as sweet as the aroma's would lead you to believe. Makes me think of a Christmas tree.

Feel: Medium bodied, easy to drink.

Overall: Very, very good beer. It's not mind blowing, but it's very good. Definitely will put you in mind of Christmas with the aromas and flavors.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not for me. Way too much spice. I haven't dumped a beer down the drain since summer, but this was just not enjoyable for me. My ratings were generous.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a dark amber coloration, IMO this is what a beer should look like!
Odor: Christmas spices, I detect a little cinnamon, clove and possibly some orange zest.
Taste: You can taste the hops in this one but it does not have the over powering bitterness of many beers that boast about their hops, very smooth.
Overall: Easy drinking, flavorful, complex, a real winner.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,504 ratings.
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