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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.

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Reviews: 265 | Ratings: 1,470
Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +11.2%
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 +4.3%
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 +2.1%
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%
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 -9.3%
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 -19.1%
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.


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Photo of TX-Badger
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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 +7.2%
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 -6.6%
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 +3.5%
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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Photo of darthvohn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glass Used: Nonic Pint

Appearance: A clear dark crimson body with A thumb thick beige foam melting to a thin cap leaving ample lacing behind.

Smell: Definitely smell spice, with cardamom being the dominate scent. The dark fruits are present.

Taste: Malt sweetness, the cardamom shines through the strongest along with cloves and cinnamon. The rich flavor and sweetness of the figs are apparent as well. I get the spice cake but not sure if I would call it gingerbread. Finishes with a pleasant, light bitterness from the hops. Alcohol hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with med-high carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad Christmas beer. I'm not a huge fan of cardamom but like Southern Tier using a spice you (or I) rarely see in other Christmas brews. They do a great job pairing the other flavors well with it. An enjoyable offering that I would order with a seasonal dessert or on a cold night around a fire.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with dark ruby hue. Good head with nice lacing that dissipates . The nose is a WOW of spice. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and either cardamom or allspice against a slight dark malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. The taste is like the nose - an exceptional blend of spice against a slight malt sweetness. Well balanced with a focus on Christmas spices that is expertly taken to the limit of flavor. Clean finish with a burst of spice flavor and a nice warm burn. If you like spice, this beer is for you.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear reddish brown. Eggshell film for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and gingerbread.

Tastes of cinnamon, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, and gingerbread.

Medium body with stinging carbonation.

A very tasted spiced Christmas ale, good flavor and feel and another winner in the 2x series from Southern Tier.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clean, very light amber coloring yielded a a solid film of frothy foam.

The scent is quite spicy with lots of nutmeg, touches of cinnamon, a caramel malt body and a little bit of peppercorn.

The flavor is heavy on nutmeg, all spice and a little bit of cinnamon. The caramel malt is not sweet but very tasty. This has a very festive Christmas taste it is just lacking in the malt, fruit cake like tastes.

The feel is very light, crisp and easy with a touch not than moderate carbonation.

I like this Christmas Ale but I don't think it's Southern Tiers greatest accomplishment. I do think it's good and worth drinking again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This looks like it could be interesting, could be terrible or could be good.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades pretty quickly though, a very clear but dark cranberry ruby colored beer.

Nose is interesting, lots of reddish malts, a little syrupy and candy like, toffee, some caramel, mild baking spices allspice like, maybe hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, cardamom, hard to really tell, with a mild fig like fruit and candied dates and touch of molasses.

Taste is sweet, syrupy candy, little toffee and caramel, bit of molasses candies, into a mild estery booze, almost chewy like candy syrup. Then mild dark fruits, a little candied date and fig flavor, with more baking spices, hint of cardamom and cinnamon I think, little allspice, etc. Booze gets a bit tingly and strong, with a warming glogg like character in the spices and booze starts to get almost fusel. Finish is sticky but dry, bit of bitter spices, more candy syrup and molasses, and bit of fig lingering. The spices really start to build on the palate the longer it lingers and the more I sip and starts to get too much quickly, a not-so-great bitter aftertaste.

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy like, decent carb, warming tingly booze.

Overall, OK, at first it's not too bad, with the syrupy flavors and fruit, spices are nice at first too, but all that quickly wears out it's welcome and turns into a not so pleasant beer, everything becomes too much, too syrupy, too much bitter spices, bad bitter aftertaste, too much fusel alc, etc.

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Photo of jpd026
1.54/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OKAY, words cannot describe how bad this beer is. It has a beautiful color just like the 2X IPA, but it smells like a bad candle. And the taste, what on earth were they thinking? First off to take a beer as hoppy and citrisy as their 2X IPA and mix it with cinnamon seems bad enough, but it's like they put half a container of it in every beer. It has a painful taste, like chugging a bottle of cinnamon, I truly have no idea how anyone enjoys this beer and at the craft beer store I work at it is EASILY the most hated beer among the staff not just of the seasonals but of any beers. Never would expect this from Southern Tier.

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Photo of MadCat
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tipperary Pub in Lakehurst, NJ

Appearance: Nice clear brown color, little to no head, no lacing

Smell: Spice, fruit, malts

Taste: Bready biscuity malts, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, then some fig and hop spice

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Tastes like Christmas. No idea it was 8% abv until I went to write the review, it hides it very well.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Auburn, reddish brown. Cream colored head.
Smell: Sugar cookies? Spices. Pepper.
Taste: Spices. Cinnamon. Eggnog? Pepper.

This is a worthwhile seasonal. I picked up a couple unusual characteristics that were pretty neat. The first thing I smelled was freshly baked sugar cookies. I'm not really sure how or why, but there you have it. Secondly, the taste and maybe even mouthfeel had the sense of eggnog. Who knows. I'll update if for some reason my sniffer and tongue were nutty tonight. Overall, this was delightful. I would probably get this again.

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Photo of rEBELlION
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Low carbonation, dark complexion. Figs apparent in the smell as well as the spices, faint touches of eggnog (probably the spices). Nice medium mouthfeel, spicy flavoring with a hint of alcohol, not overwhelming. This is a solid spiced winter seasonal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spices (nutmeg, ginger, and candied orange peel) along with dark fruits (fig) and just a touch of brown sugar. There are hints of biscuit + bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready + biscuit malts (similar to gingerbread) with moderate to strong flavors of spices - nutmeg, ginger, candied orange peel, cinnamon, and clove. There is a light to moderate amount of sweetness from dark fruits (fig) and a touch of spicy hops which contribute almost no hints of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Reminds me of fruitcake and gingerbread though the spicing is a little aggressive for my palate - it is a nice representation of a Christmas or Winter Warmer style. Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of feylure
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, filtered amber color with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is spicy with an upfront hit of pepper and clove. Small amounts of cinnamon and ginger-bread are in the background.

Taste is complex with the pepper and clove coming out right away. Trailing behind are sweet notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and gingerbread.

Mouthfeel is quite heavy and full throughout the entire taste. The carbonation also brings out the spicy pepper flavor.

Draft version had less hot notes and more sweetness.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this to share with my music listening buds. As expected, one of my buds brought a growler of Great Lakes Christmas Ale which this compared very favorably against. It wasn't a competition, rather just a means of expanding horizons. The spices of this work very well, as do the malts which underlie this.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,470 ratings.
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