Sunday, November 27, 2016

2XMAS Ale (review)

Beer Review #170

Its been awhile since I reviewed a Southern Tier Brewing Company product (review #155), and as my first post-Thanksgiving beer, their 2XMAS seasonal seems appropriate.

Christmas is just a hop, skip and jump away from Thanksgiving and in some ways this Swedish Glogg inspired ale reminds me of the brewer's Pumking Imperial Ale. Both are heavily laden with dessert cooking spices such as cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger.

The beer pours ruby red and brown with a fragrant, just-slightly off white foamy head. Moderate carbonation complements the warm bite of cinnamon, and the rest of the medley of aforementioned 'pie spices.' Beneath it all is a sweet, malty, fig laden backbone, that you can easily find with a bit of searching. As I work on my second bottle, black pepper reveals itself, both in the aroma and at the back of the throat.

This is a solid, season-appropriate beer, though I can't help but think that a beefed up, darker version would be better yet.


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