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: 277 | Ratings: 1,506
Photo of Vetbidder
2.69/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

My first impression upon smelling this is that there is something off about this beer. Ok this might not be my category. The bottle says figs, orange peel and spices and all I smell is malt mixed with some kinda spice almost medicine like? The flavor is of some spices with some mild bitterness, again almost like medicine mixed with a beer. There is some alcohol heat lingering with this beer too. Yikes. I'm lowering my initial scores. I don't like this beer.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.91/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It has the look of a good beer a deep copper, slightly reddish color, and somewhere in there I taste some west coast hop flavor, I think. One whiff and I had little interest in even drinking one of these, smells like the whole spice cabinet fell in. The taste is nearly as bad, just a whole bunch of spices, I'd prefer a bit more barley and hops.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of pine forest, color is ruby with thin beige head. Somewhat soapy taste, piney notes, but above not readily apparent. Interesting take on a holiday beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty, dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of spices, some figs. Taste is spices, subtle oranges, alcohol is present as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique beer worth giving a shot.

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Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear ruby red body with a half finger cap of bubbly off-white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice red ale if it were to be said to be any style, though overall it's rather unique in appearance. Scents of orange peel upfront mingled with mulling spices providing spicy and sweet depth, dark fruit is also present, fittingly figs, with notes of red wine also present, though in a mulled manner. Malt adds a light caramel character with some toasted notes. Overall impression of aroma is of mulled wine, but transformed to a beer. It is wonderfully spicy, with the orange peel also on full display, balanced by lovely malt. A beer glogg. Fantastic. Flavor begins by following aroma, sweet mulling spices balanced by orange peel, sweet fig and nicely sweet malt. Middle continues these flavors with orange peel and sweet mulled wine evident. Finish is lightly sweet, yet balanced, with caramel-like malt combining with orange peel, mulling spices and dark fruit to create a complex whole. Aftertaste is orange peel and mulling spices. Overall impression of flavor is of an amazing beer, one that defied my expectations. It is truly a beer glogg and wonderfully pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light carbonation and a smooth warming feel. Ovreally impression of mouthfeel is of an amazing winter ale. Overall this is a fantastic glogg-inspired ale. It has a rich, warming aroma and flavor complimented by a lovely mouthfeel. A truly unique and excellent beer, and after Pumking and Warlock it restored my faith in Southern Tier.

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Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A festive glass of cheer. Reddish dark amber is fairly clear and topped with a size arable head that leaves decent. Nose has a load of spices. Seriously, a holiday party crashes your nose with all the weight of Santa. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves caramel sweetness dark fruit from the figs. Taste is not for the faint of holiday spice heart. Strong ginger notes front the beer as the malt and figs sweeten the undercurrent. Not as much bread or grain flavors as I would like. It continues with an astringent clove bitterness in the finish. No trace of the alcohol. Feel is tingly and smooth. I don't see myself seasoning this but enjoyable. Not subtle or accessible but a good holiday sipper for December. It definitely brings the Christmas spirit!

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

Got a 6 pack of this as one of my Christmas gifts this year. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium to dark copper/amber color with a slightly off-white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice film layer of surface foam. not much lacing though. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a bit of pepper are all nicely present along with the caramel malt goodness. Flavors of some toasted caramel malts along with some the aforementioned cinnamon, clove, allspice, and pepper along with hints of orange peel and a slight bit of coriander. The flavor profile seems a bit heavy on the spices, just slightly too heavy for what I prefer even for this beer style. Not much discernible hop flavor here, just a slight lingering hop bitterness to round out the flavor profile. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth and slightly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. A pretty solid beer here.


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Photo of dacrza1
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: December 27, 2015... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip...OCCASION: ... APPEARANCE: dark, ruby-brown body that is almost opaque; small, lonely bubbles are present; the head recedes to an off-white ring that suggests heavier alcohol than the normal ale provides--no lacing... AROMA: instantaneous impression of spruce, pine, and port... a second breath brings cinnamon, clove, allspice, pepper and slight hints of citrus--quite a bowl full of punch... PALATE: full-bodied, frothy, vibrant and warming, especially at the throat... a scotch-like complexity, smooth, memorable and long at the finish... TASTE: cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, chocolate, complex sugars, some dry wine, pine, and citrus suggests a punch bowl of flavors... the malts are engaging, with bread and natural elements reminiscent of a walk in the woods ...OVERALL: with quite a return for every sip, this holiday offering is sweet, strong, and slowly sippable... further, this is a seasonal whose price tag makes it even more alluring... still waiting to be disappointed by a Southern Tier offering, but it will not be tonight

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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 HopsAreDaMan
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Better than Schlafly Christmas ale, as this beer is not as spicy, and has good flavor.

UPDATE: After over a year of age on it, it got perhaps a bit more interesting, but still not what I would call great.

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Photo of EMV
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear dark copper color. 2 fingers of off-white head. Not much lacing.

S: Christmas? Is that a smell? Spices and evergreens.

T/F: Malty and spicy... lots of flavors, and it almost tastes like I decided to eat something off of our decorative tree. Nutmeg, cloves, and ginger... each one taking time to ruin the flavor of the beer. Some evergreen notes. Sticky... sweetness hidden by the spices.

O: Not for me, and getting through a bottle was an adventure. The spices were taken to the max which... while interesting... doesn't do a lot for the brew. Wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but was a bit disappointed. It has a very medical smell mixed with tons of spice. I like cinnamon, but something about it was unpleasant. Not for me. Glad I only picked up the one.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with almost no head. Aroma is overpowering coriander, nutmeg, citrus rind with a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is the same - wish I could taste fig since I love fig - but no, just a pile of spices I don't much care for. As with other ST flavored brews, they go to the extreme with flavoring. This one's not for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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 tlema1
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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 hopsputin
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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 BigGold
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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 MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Raime
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 Psychoslowmatic
1.68/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok, it said spiced beer, but this is awful. Tastes like someone drowned a gingerbread man in my beer. It tastes like a well made beer of a style that's not for me.

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Photo of lastmango
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Slight spice cake aroma. Tastes of malt, cinnamon, nutmeg and a clove finishing kick. Very well balanced. One of the best Christmas beers I've had. This is smooth with mild carbonation and a bit thin. Great holiday brew!

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Photo of TheRamie
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was very good for a Christmas beer, but spiced is an understatement. loaded with nutmeg, some cinnamon, maybe some all spice. but good overall, and packs an 8% punch

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle and from a bottle in a tulip glass. L: A brilliant chestnut pour supports a slight, quickly receding light tan foam collar. S: Light fruitcake aromas joined by figs, orange, and light caramel, fruit and spice T: Starts with malt, with big fig in the middle then some spice ginger, cinnamon and orange finishing with a firm hop accent and a lingering orange and alcohol aftertaste. F: Medium to medium light carbonation, medium body O: Relatively light fo all it has going on, refreshing, drinkable.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky deep brown with a massive, coarse tan head, with good retention.

Aroma: The pink bubblegum of childhood presents very strongly in the aroma, cloves are notable as well. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also present, with dark fruit and candied oranges offering a holiday compliment. Vinous alcohol is notable as well.

Taste: Opens with brown sugar, dark fruit, and a dramatic wave of spices. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are offered up, and there is a solid dark fruit presence, figs, and perhaps dark plums. The fairly high ABV of 8% is well-presented, adding both a spicy note and a warming sensation. As the taste progresses, the alcohol dominates, though is never overbearing. Finishes with a wave of spices and dark caramel.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Absolutely wonderful, perhaps the best Christmas beer I have ever had, absolutely superb, even if out of season. I feel its no exaggeration to say that 2XMAS is Christmas in a bottle. 2XMAS would be a spectacular presentation at a Christmas dinner. This is one to look for every Christmas season.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany - not much head, but that has to be due to the pour, and it does leave some generous lacing. Strong aroma has an overtone of cloves and horehound. Flavor has a subtle malty core and strong notes of cloves, caramel and horehound with a hint of cinnamon - and is that a whisper of pumpkin? Firm texture has plenty of lively fizz, leaving a cloves-y and horehound finish. Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/Festivus/Human Light or whatever!

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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,506 ratings.
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