In this winter beer blog, we are going to sample out Southern Tier 2xmas. Southern Tier was founded in 2002 in Lakewood, New York by Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn. They ship beer around the world and of course most of it is in the United States. They brew several different beer styles and putting their stamp on these classic beer styles. Let us get into the beer.
It has a cloudy amber color without a head on the beer. The smell is a cinnamon to nutmeg to the beer. The taste is sweet carbonation cinnamon to nutmeg. The aftertaste is a dry slight bitter with cinnamon and nutmeg to it. It is perfect for winter and not really drinkable.
Here is a description from their website (www.stbcbeer.com):
Swedish flags are a fairly common sight in our part of the country. Holiday parties often have warm concoctions of spices and booze at the ready to knock the ice off of toes while raising spirits. We were inspired by a Gloggy party, deciding on the spot to brew a beer that pays tribute to this Nordic tradition. 2xMas Ale combines traditional brewing ingredients with figs, orange peels, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and ginger root. Its a holiday addition to the 2X line and another reason to toast to the season, but unlike Glogg, we recommend serving this one chilled.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, I will be honest on this beer. I do not know how I feel about this beer. There is a ton going on in the beer. It is complex and ton of flavor. To me, it just seems like this beer wants to be sweet but then wants to be hoppy for the winter season. It is not one of my favorite but it is not a bad beer. There are fans out there for this beer. I am starting to think I do not like Christmas beers and it is not because of this beer. I love winter warmers and winter seasonals. I wanted to try this beer and it is out of my system. I will have at least a few every Christmas or winter season. This is a beer you can have pass Christmas and yes, it is still in code after Christmas. There are beer drinkers that see Christmas on beer packaging and think the beer went bad. I recommend this beer and this brewery. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser