Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: “Double” Spiced Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Smell: Aromas are akin to the ingredients of a mulled wine: sweet orange, cinnamon, and a little bit of cherry cough syrup.
Flavor: Well, it tastes like a strong ale with a dose of cough syrup. The hops sort of balance out the intense sweetness, but the fruity, syrupy character is dominant.
Feel: Thinnish, oily body with some carbonation. It’s definitely a little hot from the alcohol. Like, the back of my throat is burning. Ow.
Concluding Remark: Well, Merry Christmas from Southern Tier! This season, they have presented American beer consumers with a “double spiced” ale brewed in the “Swedish gløgg tradition.” Fantastic, I say! I love tradition and I love gløgg (aka, mulled wine). However, now more than ever, I know how much I like it not in my beer. While a cough syrup cherry flavor dominates, no cherries were used in the making of this beer. The intense fruity flavor comes from figs, orange peel, and other mulling spices. The more I sip on it, the operative word being sip, the move I can taste the orange and figs. It actually becomes quite enjoyable as it sits. SO LET IT SIT. I would suggest serving this on the warmer side as you would a gløgg, because it would seem that 2XMAS develops some depth and complexity in its warmer environment.
Overall, Southern Tier’s 2XMAS is quite sweet. Like, really sweet. It’s not my favorite, but it certainly will keep you warm on a cold night. Though if you’re also living in the NY area, you know that may not happen any time soon.