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Southern Tier 2XMAS

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Beer: 2XMAS
Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: “Double” Spiced Ale
ABV: 6.0%

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Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

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Sight: Crystal clear, deep garnet body with a small head that disappears after a few seconds.

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.

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This is a Keebler Elf-approved beer.
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Southern Tier 2X Stout

Beer:  2X Stout
Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: (Double) Milk Stout
ABV: 7.4%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Opaque cola body with a nonexistent head.

Scent: Mooooove over malts, this smells entirely of milk. Also, kind of like cream soda, with a big citrusy hop note at the end. 

Flavor: Not as creamy and milky as expected. Instead, there’s a powerful burnt malt presence which manifests into a coffee, then chocolate flavor. However, at the very end, it tastes like downing a cold glass of milk.

Feel: Medium, smooth body with a nice bit of carbonation. Maybe a little too carbonated given the style, but pretty great nonetheless!

What could have been a very sweet beer turns out to be a wonderfully balanced gem of a beer that coats your mouth with satisfying lactosugars. However, the alcohol content is a little low given the fact that this tastes kind of “hot” (i.e., my cheeks turned bright pink after half of this beer from the alcohol presence). The flavor profile is one of the more complex that I’ve experienced so far. It goes through a number of stages: stage 1, cream; stage 2, roasted wood; stage 3, citrusy hops; stage 4, charred malt/acidic coffee; stage 5, a return to wood. But, at the end is a milky goodness that eventually gives way to more hops. In less words, Southern Tier’s 2X Double Milk Stout is trying to do too many things at once, but ends up being pretty alright.

Concluding remarks: All in all it is a fine, complex beer. But, if you’re looking for the comfort of a sweet, balanced Milk Stout, this ain’t it. Nevertheless, it’s solid and enjoyable.

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Southern Tier Dark Robust Porter

Beer:  Robust Porter
Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.8%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Ally’s apartment
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Deep, gorgeous ruby-brown coloration, like well-made French press coffee. Thin head when poured.

Scent: Mild smoky/roasted malt aroma, with bittersweet chocolate undertones.

Flavor: Light, roasted coffee tones initially; but as it mellows, the bittersweet chocolate notes shine through.

Feel: For a “dark robust” beer, much lighter mouthfeel than expected.  Low carbonation.

Perhaps I’m biased towards this Southern Tier Porter because I’m a fan of S.T.’s work in general (their Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout?  Swoon!), but this is one of the better tasting Porters I’ve had in awhile. The name is a bit deceiving: although it is dark in color, it’s not as robust as one might hope, or at least expect.  But that didn’t detract from the drinking experience; instead of one flavor dominating the brew, every aspect of this Porter’s flavor profile complements the others for a mellow, easy-to-drink dark beer.  And since the coffee and chocolate flavors aren’t overpowering, this beer would do well served alongside a coffee- and/or chocolate-flavored dessert.

Concluding remarks: A not-too-sweet, not-too-heavy Porter that would make for a food-pairing fantasy night when met with your favorite tiramisu–or, for the less fancy among us, a chocolate donut.

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