Southern Tier 2XMas Seasonal

It's not Christmas anymore, but I got this beer before it started to go bad. It's another relatively high alcohol beer at 8% ABV. This is not my first beer from this New York brewery. I liked the first, and that bodes well for the second.

The color is a deep, deep red. It's like arterial blood red. The head doesn't stick as much as I would have expected. The thin film across the top prevents the beer from just being completely naked. The aroma is the most notable thing about the beer. It is strong as hellfire. The beer claims to be brewed with figs, orange peels, and spices, and I do not dispute that claim at all. The aroma is reminiscent of pumpkin pie, figs, and yes, citrus. That smell emanates from the beer in huge, invisible clouds.

The first sip is unexpectedly smokey. The overwhelming spice and fig is almost a background to the smoke. It's much better than I expected it to be, but the remaining taste is just a lingering spice. Actually, there is clearly some clove in there that is sticking out a bit. It's nowhere near the clove that Cammo's Headless Monk Pumpkin, but it's making itself known. Perhaps a proper quaff will illuminate matters.

It starts with the fig and a bit of citrus. The carbonation hits hard and fast as if to try to overpower the fig and spices. The middle quiets down to a thin stream of gentle spices and some malt. When the finish hits, it brings another tinge of carbonation and even more spices. It's AFTER the drink is gone when the sweetness hits the lips and the clove stretches out for minutes. At least five minutes later, I'm still tasting spice, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to.

1.75/5

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