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

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

Poured into a snifter. Thanks for this one darthvohn.

The ecru-colored, creamy foam of this holiday offering almost builds to a finger in width, receding less than thirty seconds later to barely covering the cap. An almond-hued body is streaked with ruddy highlights.

The orange peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg-like aromas all jump out of the glass first, spiced-smelling like a crafts store on December 21st. The malt slowly bubbles to the surface with impressions of graham, vanilla, a little bit of honey, Christmas in a glass.

First impressions recall mulled wine with a big punch of orange and cinnamon swelling on the back end of the palate. Clove, nutmeg, cinnamon grab the attention of the palate at first, with a smokey fig, orange-y bite, and graham-like malt near the finish. A slight bitterness, feeling like pine, surprises on the finish.

2XMAS sits on the tongue with a medium heft and velvety, creamy smoothness, with the bitterness drying up the finish.

2XMAS, packed to the brim with spice like Santa's gift bag on Christmas Eve, smells and tastes like Christmas. Not wanting to "Bah Humbug" this beer, the sweet and decadent malt could be more forward, for an even more delectable holiday drinking experience. Great job Southern Tier!

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Photo of TCMike
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Produced a 1 finger, beige head. Beer color is a slight translucent, medium mahogany.

The aroma is of gingerbread, caramel, raisins.

The taste is similar, but syrupy, and with a hint of orange, and mild hop bitterness. Upper end of medium, for mouth-feel. Medium carbonation.

Not my fave Christmas beer, but it's okay.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this seasonal ale brewed with "figs, orange peels, and spices." It is smooth and flavorful on the palate, not a all hoppy, and the 8 percent alcohol completely missed me until I read the label. It's a very nice ale flavor, not a strong "anything" in the mouth, except for good flavor, and perfect for a cold winter's day or night. Not my first tasting, to mention. This is my third or fourth over the past month, and it's still a whole lot of winter fun and flavorful ale!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A Christmas ale on a blizzard of a day – we’ll end up with at least 8” for sure.

A: Deep ruby with a crisp, bubbly head of dark tan: looks like an inch and a half of soda fizz, rising high at first but disintegrating in seconds. Little retention.

S: Spice and malt, emphasis on the spice. Each whiff provides a massive smack of fresh-ground black pepper, dark and robust, with supporting tones of orange, gingerbread, and lime peel. Beneath the spice is a bed of fig and brown sugar, like dark raisin cake.

T: The palate’s all spice on a mildly sweet foundation, following the nose. Starts with a mouthful of black pepper, spiced additionally with anise, nutmeg, and cardamom; absolutely crackling with zesty flavor. The malt foundation is crusty French bread, raisin, and shortbread cookie, with a hint of pumpernickel. Aftertaste is mild malt after the spice fades: a lingering wheat bread tone. All in all, this is (spicy) spice cake in a bottle.

M: Chewy and full with silky carbonation, making this a hefty ale that’s still highly drinkable.

O: Like black pepper on your fruitcake? I didn’t think so either, but this ended up being a tasty beer. I usually prefer holiday ales balanced more toward toasted malt; this, though, was a nice change of pace.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear mahogany brown color. A good head of off-white froth. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- Very spicy and malty. Obvious cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and orange peel, but alot more going on than than in a malt sense.

(T)- Not as intense as the smell, but better balanced. A nice malty background meets some orange peel and nutmeg.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a well balanced profile of sweet malts and winter spices.

(O)- I always feel like winter seasonals are a dime a dozen, however this one is a bit more on the sweeter side yet the spices complement; do not overpower the base. One of the better ones this year.

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Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers of dark yet oddly glowing tan foam, looks backlit or something, full mix of bubble sizes and pretty good retention for the category, same could be said for the lacing, sticks well. Crystal clear liquid, deep coppery brown, inclines more towards red than orange, not that many bubbles but they rise with swift insistence, pretty enough overall. The nose is all cardamom, anise, pine sap, clove and cinnamon, huge cleansing lift in the nostrils, milk chocolate and orange peels, not getting the figs nor other fruit here, basically smells like the bowls of seeds and stuff at the entrance to an Indian restaurant. Medium-bodied, tightly woven carbonation, erect posture, on the dry side given the constituent elements. Ginger, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, cola, chocolate, light caramel. Again, has a sort of mentholated cleansing feel, fresh and tingly. Still not getting much fig or other dried fruits, some light apple or peach maybe. Soft undercurrent of blanched nuts. Easy to see how the intensity of the spices could polarize, love it or hate it. Finding it food friendly and lack of sweetness adds to versatility. Could not do more than a couple in a sitting but they would be enjoyable start to finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring and leaves no lace. Cloudy dark amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Orange peel nose and flavor is spicy orange peel, figs are hidden. $2.09 for a 12oz bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, ME.

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Photo of dar482
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark copper brown color.

The aroma has tons of spice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, a caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with caramel and toffee sweetness. Then tons of spice with clove, star anise, cinnamon, with some caramel sweetness. It's dry on the end.

Possibly the best winter holiday beer this year.

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Photo of fx20736
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, November, 2013. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Nonic, served at cellar temp.

Appearance: Rich chestnut amber with a 2 finger khaki head, not much lacing.

Aroma: ginger, cinnamon,

Mouthfeel: good, well done.

taste: Brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon

notes: too sweet for me. I think I am done with Christmas flavored beers.

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Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle comes a reddish, brownish, garnet color. A bit clearer than you'd guess for a spicy beer, but still dark. The head is slow forming and a finger thick, but lacks retention. The slightest of lacing left behind.

The smell can fill a room. It's everywhere. From the smell, which immediately grabs the olfactories, you expect a murkier, cloudier beer, but no dice. Lots of holiday spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, etc) meet up with a variety of malts for a treat to the nose. As it warms, the cloves grow and you get a hefe-like bubble gum scent. The spices are the main attraction, but you get plenty of malt as well, but it's more a supporting role.

Very spice forward, but plenty of malt backbone that's is reasonably well-balanced. All the spices in the nose are accounted for in the taste, but you also pick up a bit of mint as well. It's not quite as strong in spice as wassail, but it's close. The cinnamon and nutmeg are a bit strong, staying with you well into the finish. The alcohol feel is negligible.

A little sweet and a lot spicy up front. The spice drowns out the sweet from midsip on. It's not as heavy as I expected, actually, a bit loose feeling, but it ends strong with the continued spices and the onset of the alcohol. Medium bodied. Not a lot of hop bitterness, but the spice never crosses the line into offensive.

A nice winter warmer. Multiple bottles would warm you up nicely, and if you're a fan of the spiced beers, a handful of these would make for a happy evening. Easy to drink, as the spices approach the line but never cross it. A good choice for a seasonal because it would eventually wear on you.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a

Smell: Spices, dark fruit, orange peel, ginger, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, dark fruits, orange peel, ginger, caramel, and some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, spicy, warming, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Pretty good spiced winter warmer. I'll grab another.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured bottle into glass. 8% abv.

Appearance- Deep red/dark brown. Not unlike the color of root beer. Moderate puffy head.

Smell- Nutmeg and cinnamon spices dominate. A slight hint of orange peel citrus.

Taste- Sweet maltiness of caramel first. Then extremely spicy much like the smell. After the initial sweetness, it is as if you have a mouthful of nutmeg. Hoppy/piney bitterness in the aftertaste but the spices linger all the way through.

Mouthfeel- Medium to high heaviness, still smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall- A decent beer. As noted the spices were a bit overbearing personally, but then again the style is an "herbed/spiced beer" so can't detract from that based on what it is. Still smooth however and does have ample complexity. Claims it is brewed with figs, spices, 4 malts and 2 hops which accurate to the taste. With an X-mas themed bottle and cool name, why not give it a try, tis the season!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque amber with a tan half-finger head that dissipates to tiny bubbles. Significant lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. The holidays have arrived.

T: Follows nose with mounds of malt and cherries. Sweet, robust. Now dat's Christmas!

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: One of the better examples of a winter warmer. I wasn't a big fan of the style...until I tried this one. Will drink again next Christmas.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 11/4/13 poured into a pint glass
A: The same brown as the bottle it was poured from, with a thin head that disappears in a flash
S: Tons of baking spice particularly nutmeg/cloves, a bit of molasses
T: Matches the nose in terms of spice, along with a healthy dose of coffee cake from the malt and some molasses/caramel/fig
M: Medium+ bodied, fairly balanced, a touch warming from the alcohol
O: Definitely what I want to be drinking in front of the fire on a cold day. Tasty brew

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at wegman's enjoyed chilled in a goblet shared with tenderbranson69 on Christmas day 2013.

The color is sunset red with good clarity and thick beige head with very fine bead. The smell is very festive with nice citrus and spice odors with mild sweet ester and yeast fruitiness in the nose. The feel is very nice, spiced yet balanced with malt and moderately high carbonation with dry strong warming finish.

The taste is good with lots of spice and and an orange zest and slight toasted malt with a mild caramel sweetness and very low alcohol in the taste with nice woodiness and a slight hint of cinnamon bark. The taste has a nice amount of dried fruit and hops bittering but not too bitter with a slight dry alcohol taste in the finish. Overall this is a great beer for celebrating -it is strong but you don't really taste any alcohol since the spice covers it pretty well.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk about a full bodied beer! Had this ale back to back against another Christmas one and this wins in the taste category hands down. Pours a dark bet color. Significant amount of white grayish lacing at the top, quickly dissipates though. Nutmeg and other Christmas spices emanate from the glass. Get a hint of orange peel in the taste, along with a Carmel toffee taste. Bottle says that it includes figs which definitely comes out on the palate. Mentions that uses two hop varietals and 4 malts. Not sure what tradition of Swedish glogg brewing is but apparently that's the metho of brewing. An excellent Christmas ale.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013.

I found it to be an attractive looking beer with a mahogany-cherry brown appearance with a short-lived off-white head.

The aroma is spiced with ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice, along with a sweet malt character and low earthy hop note.

The body is medium.

While I did not pick up any booze in the aroma I tend to pick it up a b it more in the taste. That could be the ginger but it tastes more like booze to me. Lingering finish. Still a nice beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a DC Brau tulip

A: Poured ruby red and without much cloudiness. A slight head.

S: I got ginger overall. Still, the bottle dictated lots of cool Christmas spices. The bottle was right.

T: More cinnamon than I'm used to, but since I love the spice, I'll give it a pass. Got a good bit of Allspice too.

M: Good for what it was: A nice, single, Christmas-themed brew. Carbonation was low, lacing….. nill.

O: As a Christmas brew, this did the job.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer appeared dark amber and clear, but it's most expressive quality was the smell. Very spice-cake in nature, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, maybe even a little like some pumpkin beers. Very strong and warning.

The taste followed the nose mostly, but was more carbonated than expected, and not as strong. The taste added some gingerbread notes, and still worked as a beer. The feel wasn't string but worked well with the beer overall.

This is a nice beer to grab one of for a change of pace, but not sure you can have too many without tiring of it.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Good looking dark ruby red color, off white head, 2 finger, lots of lacing and carbonation.

S- Lots and lots of spice. Some fruits like orange just make it smell more spicy. Cinnamon, clove, etc. to the point, wooden.

T- Spicy holiday pastry. Cedar notes deep in the back. Over the top.

M- Lots of body, hearty. Dry.

O- It left me craving for a hoppy beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Southern Tier 2xMas has an extremely thin, off-white head, a clear, burgundy appearance, with no bubble streams and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of mixed spices- and, this is very strong- with a background of sweet bread. Taste is of spices, particularly white pepper and sweet bread. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Southern Tier 2xMas finishes semi-dry, spicy, and rich. Overall, this is another crummy spiced/flavored beer, of which serious beer drinkers are so weary. It is okay for beer in general, but maybe most excellent in the insipid spiced beer genre. It is what it is.

RJT

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle of this last night, and I'm trying to do a better job of reviewing beer, so here are my notes from last night:

A - dark brown, more of a deep chocolate mocha, not much lacing on the glass from the off-white small amount of head this beer produced upon pouring.

S - lots of spice, but to be expected from the type of style it is. I got cinnamon and nutmeg mainly, with a little allspice and clove, this made me think this beer was more of an autumn/pumpkin seasonal than winter seasonal.

T - all the spices listed above were present, and on the finish there is a distinct sweetness that lingers of which I'm not a huge fan. It also had the toffee note of a dark brown ale.

M - just enough body to let you know you're drinking a winter seasonal, but nothing more nothing less. It was not watery or thin or anything of that nature.

O - I enjoyed the beer, it is just not high on my list of beers to have if I have the choice. I was glad to try it, and I'm glad I only bought one, because with the sweetness, more than 12oz would have been too much for me. Just not my kind of beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Southern Tier "2XMAS"
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating.
$1.99 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Well it smells of Xmas cheer! Or of spice anyway. I mainly get cinnamon, but I'm also finding orange peel. Perhaps some nutmeg, maybe not, but there's something that rounds it out. For all I know, it could be the malt. Whatever, it's quite pleasant, and certainly not overtly bold. Oh, wait, it's the fig. How could I miss it? I grow figs in my garden and can and sell preserves made from them.

As for looks, it's pretty sharp in that category as well. A fluffy head of tan caps a clear, ruby and deep chestnut body. If you look closely you can see very fine bubbles rising here and there.

It almost looks as if it lacks carbonation, but that is not the case. The super-fine bubbles delicately bristle on the tip of your tongue. Maybe they're just not coming out of solution because it's a fairly malty beer, with a fairly hefty body. Definitely full I'd say.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, with a bit more wallop to it. The spice is brighter, and there's a flicker of alcohol to it - or perhaps the alcohol is just suggesting more spice? Or vice-versa. Regardless, they work together and it's got a bit of brashness to it. The orange peel remains and I'm finding some other spices. Given the zing that it's got, I wouldn't rule out ginger. A good deal of caramel malt is present as well, holding the whole thing together of course, and it's both golden and dark. It's a good balance, getting close, but not quite to the point of suggesting burnt brown sugar.

The bitterness is kept in check, and it's a good thing because with all of that spice it's certainly not needed. Which brings me to hops: 2 varieties are used, one for bittering we'll assume, and one for flavor. I didn't find it until about halfway through the glass, but yes indeed, there is a hop flavor to it: leafy, piney, and maybe grassy and floral, although it's hard to tell what's what with orange peel and spice floating about. The further I go, the more it warms and separates, and the more individual notes start to appear. Clove, definitely. Green cardamom? Hmmm, I do find the flavor of that of candy-coated cardamom you grab on the way out of an Indian restaurant.

So to sum up, it's quite an interesting beer. It's got some complexity to it. If you like spiced beers you'll love it. I really enjoy them at Thanksgiving and Xmas get togethers, and I always bring a few with me to pass around, but I have a feeling that Uncle Joe is NOT going to like this one. That's OK, he likes Old Fezziwig - I'll have another one of these!

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Photo of BottleOfPills
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the eve of Thanksgiving from the local Kroger Supermarket with a price hovering around $10 for the six pack.

The appearance was dark amber color, pouring into a pilsner glass a quickly dissipating amberish 1/4" to 1/2" frothy head that reminds me of warm evenings of the holidays.

The smell as others have noted is spicy. Cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg - all rolling around. Not sure if any of the latter two are even used in this brew but the Cardamon is. This is foreboding to me as I'm not one to usually enjoy these spicy beers.

The taste to me is that same spicy mixture that I noted above, with the exception that the "foreboding" is now "inviting". I'm wanting to have another sip. It's warm due to spice, but cool due to chilled. It's not a beer I would always want, but for times and days like today it's a nice choice of brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and smooth, but there is more crispness of carbonation than not, so yes I like this. It has enough to keep me interested.

Overall, it's a good beer for the holidays. It may not be that I want to follow this one with another, but it is one that would quickly come back in the rotation. Say maybe not the next, but the next one after????

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Hard pour produced maybe a half finger head that settled quickly and left no lacing. Very dark ruby color.

S - Clove, cinnamon, dark fruit, orange, slightly boozy.

T - Spices from the smell hit, fig, little hop bite keeps it interesting, finishes sweet and slightly boozy and not much lingering bitterness. Nice, really screams holiday.

M - Thinner than I expected, call it thin side of medium body with low carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this beer. Very complex and nicely spiced. Sweet, bitter and spice all playing nice for the holidays.

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