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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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:
265
Ratings:
1,469
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
37.77%
 
 
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61
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357
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Photo of minterro
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Spartan Spirits, poured into a snifter. About 2.50 for a single.

A&S: very bready, spicy (ginger and cinnamon mostly), citrus but not . Dark ruby semi translucent red beer. Head, even when poured vigorously, forms a think tan layer that disappears quickly.

T&M: not as spicy as the nose until the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. You get the dark fruit that it claims towards the back-end. Low carbonation and pretty think body

Overall: I would say its a crowd pleaser. I had a try from another bottle and this beer was amazing this time around it was more bland and thin. Not great for the price but not awful at the same time. Wouldn't buy again but wouldn't turn one down either.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%

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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Photo of hopsputin
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 PostRockandCats
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, spicy and smooth. Tastes like a Xmas pudding with a slight bitter bite at the end. Figs, cherries and oranges with nutmeg, Cardamom, allspice...

Almost a slight barrel-aged tinge to it. Different and fun!

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Photo of MaddMatt639
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted on February 7, 2013:

A: Pours a very dark amber, Kind of a maple color. Barely any retention.

S: Numerous spices right off the bat. A faint hint of orange and some cinnamon. No fig.

T: Mouth full of spices. Picking up mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Very malty in the beginning and a slight fig note in the end. Not very sweet in the end.

M: Wouldn't go as far as smooth, but a good sipping beer. I have a medium heaviness left on my tongue.

O: A very unique and good spiced winter ale. Enjoyed the cinnamon and nutmeg. Just wish there was a little more to it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burgundy with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the color a lot. Very festive in its' only way.

Sweet with gingerbread, a touch of alcohol and dates. It certainly is festive aroma-wise! I actually want to drink it.

Ditto for the flavor. It's rather strong but I can still detect the spiciness from the nose and a molasses-like texture.

Really warms up the palate! Truth be told, I find it a little overwhelming at this point. It never gets too sweet or too spicy.

Try a bottle fresh and then put another bottle away for a few months and then try it again. I plan on doing so, except that the next bottle I buy, I'll promptly age. It has potential.

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Photo of Gatch
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep ruby red with a slightly yellow, off-white head that builds nicely and dissipates slowly leaving behind no lace at all with just a foam ring of retention. Oily, it seems.

S: I'm glad I saved this for Christmas Eve. Big holiday spice nose. I get the orange peel and fig, but also raisins, earth, moss, spiced cake, nutmeg, dark fruit preserves, and a bit of roasted malt. There's something in there I can't decipher. As it warms, it seems to get hotter and the aromas meld into just spices. Strange.

T: Interesting. Properly spiced. The fruit flavors are pleasant and the sweetness is never overwhelming. The roasted malt and alcohol show themselves more as the beer warms. About half way through the bottle the spices and sweetness end up becoming a bit overwhelming.

M: Nice carbonation, pleasant malt and fruit flavors, but also a bit cloying. Seems to be too much going on. Enjoyable, though, and drinkable for what it is. Medium-to-heavy body.

O: I've never had Swedish Glogg but I can imagine this being an accurate representation of the style because it goes well with cold weather. The flavors are strong as is the ABV but it comes together to make a good beer for the season. One bottle is enough, though, and I'm glad I didn't get a 6-pack.

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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 Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a rust color with copper and burnt orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a spruce and clove aroma. I get some cinnamon and clove as it warms.

Now I get the orange peel in the taste. It is complimented by the spices that I smelled.

Medium mouthfeel

This is not a bad Christmas ale. It has the traditional holiday flavor.

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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 deaconoflove
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown w/ a quick small tan head. All kinds of aromas in there...pine/cedar/spruce, citrus hops, some breadiness, spices, cloves.
The taste is a blend of sweet caramel, spruce, candy, cloves. A real mix of sweetness and spice, a touch of harshness, then a nice smooth finish. Lots of things to find in there. It reminds me of Yards Spruce Ale.
It's a very interesting beer, easy to drink as an after dinner sippy beer. I like it.

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Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear dark cranberry red with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that receded steadily, down to a small puddled film and small collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was a complex mix of scents with a light grain malt and a sweaty yeast along with notes of citrus (orange peel), ginger, clove, cinnamon, dark fruit (figs and raisons) and a pronounced Glögg (mulled wine) odor.

The taste was lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit and Glögg from the get go, becoming a tad bitter and rather yeasty with hints of orange peel and cinnamon somewhere in the middle and a spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a spicy yeast infused alcohol warming sensation lingering on for a little while longer.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat bold carbonation.

Overall this brew is what Winter Warmers are all about, lots of spicy flavor and a good alcohol warming at the end...

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Photo of homebrew311
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep clear red with tan head. Nice retention and lace. The nose is all Christmas. Tons of spices with cinnamon, ginger and spruce being the most prevalent notes. Some fruity notes are present, most significant is orange. Taste is much like nose plus some nice malty graham cracker notes. Moderate sweetness here with the spices hitting hard at the finish. The finish is dry and leaves lingering notes of cinnamon and ginger on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderate and well carbonated. Overall, a solid winter warmer, worth a try if you like your beer spiced.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a reddish brown with a half inch white head that leaves behind scattered lace. Smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, clover, ginger, and vanilla. Taste all of that, a winter warmer that has loads of spices. Body is medium, nice amount of life, not dry, and goes down easy for its 8.5%. This is solid, a little more spicy than I prefer, but it is a nice change. Pumpkin beer fans should like.

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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 sommersb
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Since this was modeled off of a Swedish Glögg, I wanted to try it warmed up as well as cold, since a glögg is a warm, mulled wine. I tried the 2XMAS cold, at room temps, and also heated on the stove. My primary notes are from the cold sample, with comments on the other varieties.

A: Dark amber and clear beer, with lot of bubbles seen. Retention and lacing are OK.

S: Spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove, plus dark sweet fruits and juniper twigs.

T: Taste is spicy and also sweet, as from caramel malts. Also get dark fruits are more evergreen/juniper as noted in the smell.

M: Carbonation is average, with a medium body. Aftertastes are sweet and spicy, with more evergreen flavor.

O: Very different and highly spiced beer. Initially I didn't like it but it's starting to grow on me.

Room temperature differences: The head was bigger with this sample, but the aromas seemed more muted. Taste was not as crisp and included some unwelcome vegetable notes. The carbonation seemed less, but the spices were more prominent in the finish. I enjoyed this sample, but thought the chilled was better and easier to drink.

Heated differences: Heated on the stovetop, the head was the creamiest of all, with better retention and lacing present. Aromas gave more of a nod to the dark fruits (figs) than the spices. The taste when heated became significantly more bitter and astringent - not pleasant. Aftertastes are dominated by burnt, roasted flavors. Overall, the heated version was my least favorite and was not something I'd want to repeat.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it had a reddish color body with a 2"head to it. The aroma was of cinnamon, allspice,nutmeg. The taste was very strong of spices, cinnmon, allspice, nutmeg, but had a tart cherry taste also.
The mouth feel is good, well balanced and overall a really good beer, just a little heavy on the spices.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/15

Pours medium to dark amber. Touch of foam on top. Light sweet nose. Jammy and figs. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Orange fig flavors, sweet malt, spiced finish. A touch sweet, but has a little bitter balance. Works for the season, nice festive beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 JDFish
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle dark amber with reddish tint. Small head retention and little lacing.
S: Spicy in the form cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom
T: Follows the smell, lots of wintry spice and herbs. This includes cloves and hints of anise.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Definitely a quality brew, especially if you are into spice.
O: A fine beer, I prefer a little less spice in my winter seasonals, but I would definitely not turn down one if offered to me.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep copper in color, with a big tan cap of foam.
Aroma-Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon
Taste-Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, underlying orange peel. Warming and flavorfull, a nice match for a plate of Christmas cookies.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear, deep copper amber body. Brown sugar, milk chocolate, caramel and bready malts, with herbs of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors follows well with caramel, bread malts, brown sugar and more spices, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon again which perfectly go with the season. Medium body ad light to moderate carbonation. A nice seasonal. Not all that different from many of this genre as a winter release but still good nonetheless.

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Photo of philbe311
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An standard pour yields the slightest of late developing light khaki colored head that quickly fizzes away... What's left is a very thin splotchy veil of lacing (and that may be an overstatement)... The color is a dull slightly muted ruby red with a faint brownish hue... Carbonation is light and moderate paced in the form of very small bubbles rising along the sides of the glass...

S - A big assertive aroma... A very pleasant mix of holiday spices are first to greet the nose... Heavy on the cinnamon... Some nutmeg... A bit of clove... Orange zest... Light brown sugar... Perhaps some fig and some raisins... Complex, robust and rather enjoyable...

T - The dominate flavors are a mix of medicinal and hoppy... Next are a thick layer of spiciness highlighted by cinnamon... Brown sugar... The orange zest and dark fruit notes take a distant back seat but are still noticeable... A bit of heat...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... A bit sticky... Slightly dry... Slightly chalky... Light carbonation...

D - This Southern Tier offering screams Christmas Beer in a good way... If it weren't for the medicinal notes on the palate this would be a top notch seasonal offering... In it's current form it's a very nice brew and likely worthy of a six pack investment each and every holiday season...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange in color. Great clarity. Tan head remains as a thin cap throughout. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

S: Spices leap out of the glass immediately. Cinnamon stick and nutmeg, fragrant orange peel. Sweet malt base yields rich fruitcake and cocoa.

T: Nutmeg and cinnamon up front. Christmas cookies. Orange peel. Rich fruitcake. Figgy. Christmas pudding. Light supporting hop bitterness. Slight spike of alcohol. Rum soaked raisins. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish, along with cake.

M: Medium thick body. Rich and round. Creamy and slightly chewy texture. Warming. Low carbonation.

O: As I guy who typically doesn't like heavily spiced beers, I can still respect this. Especially since it is taking its inspiration from glogg, a drink that is quintessentially spicy and fruity. The malty richness provides a strong enough base to ground the spices, even if they do come on very strong. Any fan of spiced winter beers will enjoy this.

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.
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