Leafs93 (1945) - 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 (3210) - 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 (169) - - 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 (1886) - 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 (1505) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve never been a big fan of Christmas beers because they tend to go overboard with their spices. Yet thatís an apt deScription of Southern Tier 2XMAS, and for some reason I really dig it here. Iím 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 doesnít 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 itís "Brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glogg." Well, I donít 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 - itís a spice bomb for sure. Yet itís 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. Thereís 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 itís an interesting concoction because itís not something Iím used to.
Drinkability: Though smooth and fairly tepid with a thicker mouthfeel, I found myself drinking Southern Tier 2XMAS in small sips. It doesnít 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 itís probably intended to be.
vtafro (5266) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Amber brown pour with tan head. Spices, cinnamon and sweet candy like aroma. Gingerbread, cinnamon and spice flavors. Definitely festive.
MadRobin (2505) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap half pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Wine in Rockville, MD.
Clear walnut brown with small khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of cinnamon, cherries, raisins, nutmeg, allspice, toffee, caramel and brown sugar.
Taste of toffee, caramel, spices, brown sugar and floral hops.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
A classic Christmas spiced beer. Not overdone. Good balance.
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ben4321 (5087) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/28/12
Aroma: The nose is mostly winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), with some malty and fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear dark reddish color with minimal head and absolutely no lace
Flavor: Tastes a lot like the nose, with a strong spice component, is lightly sweet and lightly bitter
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with an average-to-lively carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
I found this one to be a solid, spice forward, offering. It wasnít an absolute favorite of mine, but it had some nice components. From a categorization standpoint, I personally would probably call it a Spice/Herb/Veggie, but I guess you canít go wrong sticking something in the catch-all American Strong category.