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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,507
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
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60
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384
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Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber with red-orange highlights, finger of tan head that leaves sparse motes of lace behind

S: seasonal fruit and spice suggestions, like fig and clove, dates and nutmeg

T: following the nose, you get sweet malts with holiday spice and ripe fruit accents

M: medium body, slick on the tongue, only a mild bitterness on the finish

O: tried this beer at both room temp and out of the fridge to warm along the way and it represented well at all temperatures. A nice holiday beer in the same spirit as Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. Nice warming, easy compliment to most holiday dishes, great for easy drinking with a little more heart and holiday ambience than a pale or year-round beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep ruby with a tiny head. No head retention or lacing.

Aroma of figs and cinnamon with a little bit of orange thrown in. Maybe some other spice that I can't identify. There really isn't a ton I can pick up on outside of the spice.

The spice continues in the flavor. Lots of cinnamon with some ginger, orange and figs. A little bit of roast and brown sugar comes in towards the finish although it is faint. Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of sweetness ending with a sticky moderately bitter finish.

Overall, can't say I am overly impressed with this beer. I don't like overly sweet beers and this is one of them. In fact, I prefer Anchor's holiday beer over this., Not something I'm likely to pick up again.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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 HamdenHector
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; brownish amber - SRM approx. 18; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: nutmeg is predominant, then ginger, maybe a little dark fruit in the background;

T: a little musty up front; nutmeg with ginger from mid-palate to the end; finish has a touch of bitterness; a little warming after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish - so dry that it's almost off putting;

O: a nice representation of the style;

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a plain tumbler pint glass.

A: Poured a clean, clear, reddish-amber color with a one and a half-finger head of white carbonation that left some decent lacing on the glass. Steady carbonation is visible and holds head retention with some effort.

S: Candied fruits with a spicy, baked sweet-bread aroma. Hints of tangerine, cherry and raisins blend with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg and pungent coriander.

T: Smooth, slick and fruity malt profile builds in musky, resinous tangerine peel, dates, raisins and a boozy, fig flavor. Assertive, yet moderate, hops, rush the palate and level out some of the bready, spicy sweetness, leaving a resinous gingerbread flavor on the palate.

M: Full-bodied and a bit sticky-sweet at 8% ABV, it warms, but cloys up the palate as a bit as well.

O: A welcome addition to the "winter warmer/spiced holiday" beer category. Nice and warming at 8% ABV, this spiced brew allows you to get warm and cozy without tipping over into the realm of complex, winter sipper. No overwhelmingly good qualities, but some interesting, strong winter characteristics.

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Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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 mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped glass: color is amber, head is light tan with mainly fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick, some head lacing on the glass.

Smell is cinnamon heavy, then some lighter spice aromas from clove, cardamom, and orange peel; fig is present lightly on the end of the scent.

Taste follows the aroma: cinnamon heavy, lighter spice blend, hints of orange and light fig sweetness; additional flavor from the caramel and malt profile; some moderate bitterness coming through as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated a little biting on the tongue from the cinnamon and spice - but something to expect from a heavily spiced ale.

Overall, well done spiced/winter warmer style ale - strong spice profile with moderate maltiness and hints of fig (though subtle).

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Photo of garuda
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, hazed, off white head has some retention and lacing.

S/T - Almost like a Belgian-style dark ale with dark fruit yeast esters in smell and taste. Brightens up on the back end with orange peel and some pine hop bitterness. Some warming alcohol through the finish.

M - Full body, medium carbonation, smooth going down.

O - Nice take on the winter warmer style. I like how the addition of orange peel brightens up the darker fruit flavors.

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Photo of bum732
2.37/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

S: Very bold spices, mace, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, just a spicy assault on the nose.

L: Dark crimson red, little white head and lacing.

T: Bold dark fruit up front with a very bold x-mas spice backbone. Medium low spicy bitterness with lots of cinnamon bread, figs and some orange tea. Fairly sweet caramal malt throughout. Finishes semi-dry with lingering baking spices.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Extremetly bold in the baking spices. Like drinking spiced soup. nose was pleasant, but way too overwhelming in the taste.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish brown coppery color with a half finger slightly off white head which leaves a little lace. The smell is christmas. There is dark fruits, cinnomon, nutmeg, fruit cake, and holiday spices with hints of citrus. The taste follows suit but not as powerful. There is a sweet dark fruit molasses flavor with hints of nutmeg and spices. A good flavor just not as there as the nose. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a little slick and smooth. Overall its a very good beer, a nice addition.

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear mahogany with a thin cream-white head. There's a small amount of lacing left. The aroma is great, with unique spice tones. Once you know what's in it, you can recognize the cardamom and ginger, amongst the others. The taste builds on the aromas and the fruit additions play quite well. The body has a nice thickness and a little spicy tingle from the ginger on the finish. Pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely caramel brown with a glowing orange blush to it. Slight haze, faint head of tan foam that would have been bigger had I poured more vigorously. It lasted and left a film on top and made a little lace. presents elegantly int he glass and twinkles like a xmas tree light.

Nose is like a piece of spiced cake has been set down in front of me. Bright orange peel, sensual figs, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Clove and some soft notes of ginger. The ginger really peeks out brightly and lightens up the nose with a bit of gaiety. The malt is a light sugar cookie type scent with hints of brown sugar. There's some malty depth to it but not too much. This smells a lot like pumking only without the pumpkin.

Taste is lovely. The orange peel is the bright stage on which all these jolly spices play. They are well blended and none stands out more prominently than the others. The fig is a bit of voluptuous dark fruit to go with that dark malt. The malt plays a bit deeper on the palate and shows it's resilience but it has a melt in your mouth quality that is delightful. There is no alcohol on the nose or on the palate save for the very last moment when it tings with a faint medicinal. I feel this adds a bit of gaiety to the beer. There is even a touch of hops bitter to finish this one . Just as these spices are merrily dancing on your palate a small but noticeable hop bitter comes through and ends the beer with a discreet finish and leaves the malt to linger in the aftertaste.

I thought this tasted a lot like pumking without the pumpkin.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. DOB 10/24/12.

pours a clear deep chestnut brown color with about one fingers worth of off white head that fades to nothing within a minute. no lacing, some very minor legs however.

big x-mas spice aroma. gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, a little honey. as it warms some dark fruits and bit of the orange peel become noticable. also the slightest hint of booze.

similar to the aroma, but some figgy like dark fruits are more in balance with the x-mas spices. some definate orange peel citrus as well as a bit of some fruity esters.

starts off kind of light but finishes slightly thick and warming. average feeling carbonation.

a pretty decent beer, but it wont make my list for must buy winter beers. reminds me of a stronger version of great lakes christmas ale.

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Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the growler that I had filled at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio last week for $10.99 into a clean, clear glass.

A Pleasing 2 inch light brown, creamy head takes several minutes to dissipate down to a thin layer of a translucent, dark brown or mohagany body. Pleasing look. I really like the thick, confident head. 4.5

S Warmth of figs and spices over a malt backdrop and little hops bitterness in the smell. Really nice "warm" smell that welcomes you in. 4.0

T The warmth from the smell carries right into the taste. This is a not overly sweet malt based beer which is akin to a cookie rather than a spoonful of molasses or honey. There is a nice grain body to the beer and the spices and figs complement it all nicely. I really like the taste of this beer. After some repeated sips...and my second glass...I have noticed a kind of a dropping off of the taste...it kind of flattens out after the beginning and middle taste. 4.0

M Nice grain bigness through most of the feel but again it kind of drops off and settles into a lingering malt and spice aftertaste. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is quite good for the elevated ABV of this 8.0% beer. Overall this is a fine seasonal beer. I enjoyed it and I believe that you will too. 4.0

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear beautiful mahogany with a thin off white head.

S - Reminds me of gingerbread spices. Nutmeg, cardamom, clove, ginger with some graham cracker, bready malt. This smells like christmas in a glass.

T - Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, mace? & allspice. Like the aroma, this is christmas in a glass. A touch of alcohol is present to make the holidays that much more fun. Light orange peel as it warms which compliments the spices nicely. Some dark fruits also but not as much as I was hoping for.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and a slight burn from the spice and alcohol combo.

D - This beer screams christmas. This is how I remember Great Lakes Christmas tasting years ago although I had it recently and it tasted like a spice mess. Not sure if the beer changed or my palette. I really enjoyed this one. I love figs and had a hard time picking them out.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep copper colored body was clear, but had some floaty bits in it. The smell was very herbal and spruce like, and really made it obvious that this was a winter ale. The taste on the other hand was quite a bit drier and more delicate than other winter warmers. It was as if the winter spices and herbs had been thrown into an Oktoberfest beer. There were notes of honey, raisin, brown sugar, and caramel in the taste, followed by a herbal bitterness, and a cinnamon finish. The body was light and creamy, rather than sticky and dense. This was an nice winter treat.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Southern Tier is usually pretty solid in my book but not this one here. What I detect to be Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and conifer doesn't work well together. well, at least not for my palate.

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Photo of jpd026
1.54/5  rDev -58.8%
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 ClavisAurea
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle from the original 2012 batch aged 2 years and served at fridge temps in a tulip glass.

Appearance: reddish brown with a thick head. It was very effervescent and poured almost syrup like.

Nose: gingerbread, spicy, malty, caramel, toffee, cocoa nibs and chocolate

Taste: slight hops bitterness, very mellow and smooth, there was some alcohol heat, nutmeg and clove. This was a very powerful and dense brew.

I really enjoyed this beer with some age on it. I'll have to pick a pack up this holiday season to see what it is like fresh.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean but deep brown pour with minimal amount of head which quickly faded. smells of cinnamon, pumpkin pie, coriander, not really getting any orange peel. definitely getting the orange peel bitterness in the flavor, sweet caramel, hint of cinnamon in the finish and a bit heavy boozy flavor. medium body with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish... nice warmth from the abv as well.

not that blown away by this one. flavor and smell seem a bit strange, i'll stick to old man winter or krampus for their winter seasonals.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-a clear brown amber with a very thin layer of lace around the top

S-malty, caramel, spices, and figs

T-taste matches the smell, lots of spices, big malt presence, and caramel

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall a very spicy holiday beer. Well hidden ABV and lots of malt. Good choice if you are in the mood for a holiday beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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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2XMAS from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 1,507 ratings.
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