Coaster Critique: Southern Tier 2XMAS

On the tenth day of Beermas:


Name: 2XMAS

Brewed by: Southern Tier Brewing Company

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 8%

Pours a deep copper pushing light brown that glows ruby red when held to the light. Pour produced a short off-white head.

The nose tells me this will be a spiced up beer, cinnamon and ginger stand out, I also get some orange zest.

Initial sip is watery, a sweet malty, bready flavor that is washed away almost immediately by spices. Cinnamon and ginger, maybe some nutmeg in there as well, all accompanied by a splash of orange flavor as well as pithy rind. There is a dark fruit flavor that sneaks in the background but it’s hard to pick up through the spices. Thin in body, with a harsh dry finish.

Overall not a beer I’d pick up again, this is prime example of a beer I would describe as “drinking the spice rack”. If you like big holiday spice beers check this one out I’m sure you’ll love it, otherwise get your Untappd check-in and call it a day.



The 12 Days of Beermas 2014

Day 1: Samuel Adams – Old Fezziwig Ale

Day 2: Goose Island – Festivity Ale

Day 3: Magic Hat Brewing – Snow Roller

Day 4: Shipyard Brewing Company – Gingerbreadhead

Day 5: Traveler Beer Co. – Jolly Traveler

Day 6: SoMe Brewing – Cinnamon Toast

Day 7: Ridgeway Brewing – Reindeer’s Revolt

Day 8: Rising Tide – d’Hiver

Day 9: 21st Amendment – Fireside Chat

Day 10: Southern Tier – 2XMAS

Day 11: Castle Brewery Eggenberg – Samichlaus Classic

Day 12: Anchor Brewing – Our Special Ale 2014

Also check out my Prior Beermas adventures:

The 12 Days of Beermas 2013

The 12 Days of Beermas 2012

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.