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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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357
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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 leroybrown10
2.47/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavily spiced with nutmeg, clove and ginger. Overly hopped with little malt balance. Dump the contents of your spice cabinet on your tongue all at one time and you'll get an approximation of this beer.

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Photo of farrago
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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 garuda
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -37%
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 Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +5.9%
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 +12.2%
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 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 utopiajane
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 HamdenHector
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 rajendra82
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 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 cindyjeffsmith
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: poured into a DFH snifter. Nice mahogany, a tad hazy, not opaque but not much visible either. Little head or lacing.
smell: Brewed with "figs, orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and ginger root". I can't say my nose is refined enough to pick all that out without some help from the ST site, but yes, it's all there. quite nice.
taste: nearly as complex and good as the nose. Nicely balanced.
overall: Another fine holiday treat as well as another fine 2X from ST.

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Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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 delta490
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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 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 BrownAleMale
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet

Appearance- Dark red and almost opaque with 3/4 finger of off white head that has tiny bubbles. The head dissipates down to almost nothing. No lacing really.

Smell- Clove and cinnamon are most promenint.

Taste- This follows the nose with a bit of gingerbread flavor also added in.

Mouthfeel- It has a pretty heavy body that works well with the spice. The back of the tounge get a slight warming.

Overall- An excellent Christmas seasonal. All the smells and tastes of Christmas with a great mouthfeel and a nice warming finish.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. DOB 10/22/2012.

A: a deep/rich copper hue. bright. head is dense and a slightly reddish white hue. retention is good, moderate lacing.

S: smells like a holiday beer should, strong allspice notes are obvious. cinnamon. mulled cider.

T: dark fruit flavor and spices. allspice. lots of caramel. fruit jam. a lingering amount of sweetness into the finish.

M: ample amount of carbonization. the unfermented sugars provide additional faux carbonation aspects. medium body.

D: not too shabby of a holiday brew. lots of residual sweetness and holiday spice makes this more of a sipper to me. enjoy during the right week and you will be happy.

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Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 logicalparadox
1.25/5  rDev -66.8%

VERY spice forward, with an aggressive, almost astringent cinnamon, clove, and allspice profile. Especially cloves. Huge cloves. And Cinnamon. There's allspice there, too. Not liking this. Not getting much else beyond the medicinal spices. Ugh. I'm not sure I can finish this. Not recomendied.

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