wxman (1589) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep clear amber with an initially fuul light tan head, but being large bead carbonation, the head quickly dissipates. Aroma is hop flowers, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is predominantely sweet caramel malt along with the same spices and a bit of hop bitterness. Far from outstanding, but a good seasonal ale nonetheless.
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out an attractive ruby red color with a small white head and a solid amount of carbonation. Aroma is of sweet cherries, fig, spice, nutmeg and a slight warming alcohol note. Taste is solid, very similar to the aroma, sweet cherries, fig, nutmeg, spices, light alcohol, some sweet notes in there as well.
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with red hue color. Minimal head dissipates quickly. Nose ginger, cinnamon, caramel with slight acidic note. Taste cinnamon upfront then ginger, cran-caramel, with a spicey (nutmeg, pine) finish. Mouthfeel watery. Not a big fan of style but a good one of it.
Leafs93 (1919) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, spruce and Christmas spice. Taste is sweet with trace bitters. Christmas in a bottle. Medium bodied with a smooth and almost creamy mouth feel.
jbruner (3032) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque brown from the bottle with dissipating, frothy tan head and light lacing. Aroma of spice, pine, and roasted malt. Taste follows, complex but not overwhelming. Goes down very smooth, with hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate and fruits on the back end. Much better than I was expecting.
starewich (168) - - DEC 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful bouquet. Tastes like ginger, orange peel, cinnamon, smoky malt, slight pine hops. Aftertaste is ginger. Now it feels like Christmastime.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear amber with a decent beige head. Aroma is cinnamon, figs, caramel, toast, raisin, and a very faint vanilla. Taste is orange, cinnamon, figs, allspice, and nuts.
arkurzynski (1855) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to motortoddhead. Brown with deep red hues. Pleasant nose of spice and fruit with light caramel. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, slightly tart, with orange zest and cinnamon spice to clear the palate. Nice even flavor, but a tad sweet and syrupy. Lingering spice and fruit cake.
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very Christmas look, red/brown with a nice white head. Great mouth feel and aftertaste! Decent body, but very good flavor! I think this one looses style points being in the non seasonal category. For a Christmas ale it is awesome. Drink this and be merry!!
Chad9976 (1469) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas beers because they tend to go overboard with their spices. Yet that’s an apt deScription of Southern Tier 2XMAS, and for some reason I really dig it here. I’m not sure what combination and ratio of spices they used, but the result is a liquid Christmas cookie combined with a spiced liqueur. An interesting beer if nothing else.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Absolutely beautiful shade of clear crimson red. Initially forms a small, off-white, soapy head, but it dissipates completely and doesn’t lace the glass (leaving you with what looks like a glass of red wine).
Smell: Strong aromatics of ginger, spiced rum, shortbread, and a touch of cough syrup.
Taste: The label to Southern Tier 2XMAS says it’s "Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg." Well, I don’t know what that is, but I do know what American and Belgian Christmas beers tend to taste like and this is definitely appropriate for the style. A complex, spicy, warm beer that tastes exactly how it should. Call it fruitcake, call it a cookie - it’s a spice bomb for sure. Yet it’s not a messy brew because the individual flavors seem to homogenize to make for a general warming sweetness combined with subtle alcohol warmth.
Ginger seems to be the most prominent flavor and is the first spice detectable upon contact. There’s definite cinnamon warmth in there as well, plus a touch of orangepeel to give it some citrusy sweetness and impart balance. A mild rum-like flavor kicks in around the apex of the palate before finishing with a cough medicine-like taste (which I could do without). A little more bitterness and a little less ginger would probably make this palate perfect, but as it is it’s an interesting concoction because it’s not something I’m used to.
Drinkability: Though smooth and fairly tepid with a thicker mouthfeel, I found myself drinking Southern Tier 2XMAS in small sips. It doesn’t challenge my palate as some bigger Belgian brews, but the spices and alcohol warmth make for a strong mouthfeel. At 8% ABV it makes good use of its potency as the bold body makes it the winter nightcap sipper it’s probably intended to be.