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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

2X Stout2X Stout

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86
very good

1,474 Ratings
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Ratings: 1474
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Morey on 12-18-2011)
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. dark brown/ black on the pour. Careful, the head sneaks up on you. Starts near nothing, but blossoms to a full 3 finger height. Head is tan/brown in color and sits on top the beer for a while at roughly 1/3" Lacing is nice.

s. Smell of yeast dominates the after poor, giving way to malt.

t. Malt, not as sweet as I had hoped, but somewhere between outstanding and very, very good. Rounded up to a 4.

m. Excellent up front, but seems to be a grit in the finish.

O. Reminds me of a Sam Adams cream stout, which is a compliment. Not as creamy, but a solid stout. Do not be scared off by the 'sweet' title.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 22:03:28 | More by gonzo000
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Mistro

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, just about opaque. The hops and grains unexpectedly dominate the smell, though the typical chocolate stout scent is found just beneath. The semi-sweet chocolate becomes the most obvious to taste, with a grainy, bitter hops lingering in the finish. It has a very light mouth feel, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. A decent stout, however there is nothing that makes it stand out in stand out in a crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 04:29:48 | More by Mistro
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crag

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent milk stout, great dark color with noticeable head even without an aggressive pour, head is dark and lingers well with a strong lace as the glass empties. This is a milk stout and if that's what you're after it will not disappoint. ABV is 7% so I found it very drinkable. Nice creamy vanilla overtones but the maltiness (roastiness) is a slow to arrive. Wonderful mouth feel - well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 18:43:26 | More by crag
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Furlinator

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1/2 tan head that fades to a ring and thin cap on top and leaves some spotty lace.

Smell is somewhat muted and consists of earthy, almost herbal hops with faint coffee and cocoa.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt with some lactose sweetness and hints of coffee and chocolate with a bitter hop finish.

Texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Somewhat of a disappointment. A fairly mediocre effort. Lacking in body and the flavor profile comes across as watered down and uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 05:12:34 | More by Furlinator
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lou50rp

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, almost black appearance.Some lacing with dissipating head.
Touch of sweetness, maybe a bit of chocolate.
Fruitiness at the start before lactose kicks in with a touch of bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is milky, a bit of coating, but a nice coating
A very good milk stout. Will look for it when I am craving a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:36:38 | More by lou50rp
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good 2 1/2 finger head from a steady pour, tan and firm. Retention is good, and lacing is wide and spotted. Brew pours a nut brown, settling into a dark opaque black in the glass.

Roasted barley, grape, and light cocoa aroma. Wheat and cream. Fairly mellow aroma.

Very balanced (imperial?) stout; really represents a lot of different flavors: big roasted barley notes up front (that linger through the entire range), chocolate malts, and a lot of cream on the finish.

Good balance, medium-full mouthfeel. Not a chewy stout; more silky. Some sting, some foaming. Surprising alcohol representation at only 7.5%. Very nice lasting, oily finish.

Very good double stout, not quite great, but it would make an excellent go-to stout for a daily drinker (pick this instead of Guinness). Very, very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 18:53:51 | More by Roguer
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dar482

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a nice black color with a fluffy brown head.

The aroma is very lacking but has some lactose.

The flavors has medium plus roasted malt bitterness, burnt toast. There is watered down black coffee with tinges of cocoa. The finish has aggressive herbal and earthy hops.

The beer in general is lacking in flavor, but with assertive bitterness. It could use more robust malt character or sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:02:00 | More by dar482
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe porter/stout glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black - dark cola brown at the edges. Thin tan head died back fairly quickly and left a ring at the edge. some strands and sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, hint of coffee, cocoa powder, hint of citrus on the swirl, and something else. Raisins? Interesting and enticing.

Taste: Roasted malt, milky sweet chocolate balanced with black coffee notes and a bitter finish which is roasted/charred malt plus a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice thickness, some creaminess under the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Went well with butterscotch cookies. I could easily have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:04:41 | More by damndirtyape
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FLima

Brazil

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee beans
Flavor of earthy hops, very spiced yeast, caramels, milk, bitter chocolate, licorice and finishing with ashy coffee. The lactose is just giving a nice touch and not making it overly sweet. Dry with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with decent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Very earthy and spiced Stout. A Milk Stout with character without being too sweet. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 01:59:17 | More by FLima
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2X Stout is stout enough that not a trace of clarity or highlighting is possible regardless of the angle; this is a beer as dense as the heart of a black hole. Coffee, by comparison, is much lighter. But while it looks thick as a freight bridge it can't even support its own measly string of foam.

The nose is roasty and bittersweet, smelling something like a cross between a coffeehouse and chocolate shop. Those afraid of the dark will scream and run at first whiff; the bouquet is as dark as the appearance. However, for those who (like me) like it rich this is a very promising start.

If Forest Gump was right and life really is like a box of chocolates, 2X Stout is the best one you could hope to pick out of the bunch. It has the rich, sooty qualities of cocoa, the milky sweetness of caramel, some chewy nougat, the roastiness of coffee and, owing to its hops, a hint of citrus too. It also has the thick, full body of a frothy milkshake.

The finish has an ashy, roasted texture and tastes like the inside of a coffee grinder. For those sensitive to sooty and bitter qualities do not despair; a note of dark chocolate-covered caramels completes the aftertaste. Beers brewed with lactose generally have more sweetness but this one, while still approachable and toothsome, has a persona that's more ashy than sugary.

There are few breweries that offer such an extensive array of stouts as Southern Tier. I honestly wouldn't have thought they could come up with another for the portfolio but, lo and behold, they have; this can definitely hold its own alongside the classics like Choklat, Jah-va and Oat.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:27:18 | More by biegaman
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown in color with over a finger of head that enjoyed really lengthy retention. The nose has light roasty notes. The flavor profile combines roasted malt with sweet lactose. The body is pretty standard for style and the finish is semi-dry.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 23:48:57 | More by 57md
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours pitch black with a half inch light brown head. Smells slightly sweet. Tastes very slightly sweet with nice mouthfeel. Tasted like your typical stout. Nice and fairly thick and creamy. Was expecting a more softer taste and feel what with the lactose sugar advertising. Overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:36:33 | More by Richardbeerlover
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dlcoblen

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Jet black. virtually no head.

S: Chocolate, espresso, almost a sweet dessert smell.

T: First the creamy taste stands out probably due to the lactose sugars. I get a lot of coffee, chocolate and some caramel. You get a lot of sweetness but its so balanced with the coffee that its not overwhelming.

M: Great mouth feel, its so very smooth and creamy.

O: A great milk stout. I loved it and will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:33:04 | More by dlcoblen
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with just the barest hint of ruby at the bottom, inch and a half tan head receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Dark ripe fruit.

t: Smoky dark malt up front followed by significant hop bite. Smoke and dark fruit aftertaste.

m; Medium. Smooth with considerabel carbonation tingle.

o: Not as sweet as anticipated since it is called a "Double Milk Stout," but a good solid balanced stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:33:31 | More by scotorum
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BucannonXC5

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga, N.Y.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 17, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pitch black color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki tan head. Great amount of layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Average-to-below retention.

Smelled chocolate milk, toffee, caramel, chocolate, cola, nuts and menthol cough drops.

Tasted chocolate milk, chocolate, caramel, toffee, slight wood fire and cocoa. So smooth.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

This beer really grew on me. The taste made up for the bad start. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 05:20:31 | More by BucannonXC5
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TCMike

Minnesota

3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The head was minimal, and was beige. The beer color is non-translucent, dark brown.

The aroma is of roasted malts, and wood.

The taste is similar, but with the lactose sweetness, and a stronger than anticipated hop bite. On the low side of heavy bodied. It has low carbonation.

Not as good as I thought it would be. Just an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 23:00:21 | More by TCMike
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a strong haze. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam with decent retention. A pretty attractive beer!

Smell: smooth and sweet with a little bit of chocolate character and a robust but not overpowering coffee character. Good, if not terribly complex.

Taste: sweet and roasty with some plum and date character; most of the chocolate and coffee are left back in the aroma. Sweetness is a bit strong at the end. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it!

Overall: a little bit on the sweet side, even for the style, but still a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:19:31 | More by flagmantho
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HopBomb515

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A hard pour produces a thick 4 finger khaki colored head on top of a viscous black body. Sticky lace clings the glass

S - Coffee, chocolate, char notes. Nothing major or over the top.

T - Coffee and bitter chocolate, underlying lactose sweetness keeps bitterness from getting out of hand, char taste and hop bite in the finish.

M - Thick, creamy and low on carbonation. Coating feeling on the palate.

O - An easy drinking stout. Sweetness gives way to bitter in the end. Char flavor dominates and hop bitterness makes an unexpected and oddly placed appearance. No sign of the 7.5% ABV. Overall a good milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:37:20 | More by HopBomb515
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours and inky black with some head and decent retention. Nose is mostly chocolate and sweet dark roast. Taste follows with chocolate and sweet dark roast. Mouthfeel is great, really smooth. Overall a fine beer. I haven't had much experience with milk stouts, but I thought it was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:37:39 | More by IllNate
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark chocolate colour. Huge notes of chocolate on the nose. Tastes of dark fruits, smoke and bitter chocolate. Ample sweetness, but dry on the finish thanks to a strong dose of hops. Full-bodied for sipping and savouring.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:50:00 | More by CookstLiquor
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my first milk stout and I am impressed. It pours black with a small head and smells of malts and a hint of coffee and chocolate. The taste starts out good but gets even better as you drink it. Overall I am happy with this choice as my first milk stout and yet another great beer from southern tier.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:09:03 | More by Rhf9120
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Southern Tier 2X Stout is good...the beer poured an opaque black with a thin ecru head that is not lacing much. The scent carries some chocolate and a bit of earth. The taste is a nice easy drinking stout with smooth chocolate base with touches of coffee and earth helping out. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout and should be enjoyed by all.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:45:51 | More by WoodBrew
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2X Stout pours a black color with a small head. There is a sweet and lactose enriched aroma. The taste has strong lactose flavor, with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. There are strong but still watery taste. Overall its a nice bold flavored sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:11:19 | More by vette2006c5r
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is lots of roasted malts, smoke, some bitterness, a small hint of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 08:37:12 | More by tone77
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have really good retention. The head is a creamy, medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing, which tends toward sheeting, has already been left.

Nose- Curiously I get more from the standing glass than the bottle. The bottle gives vague notes of chocolate, cocoa, and cream while the glass shows these notes with more definition. Swirling adds a little bit more depth to the aroma, perhaps a little coffee, a stronger chocolate. Fairly subtle overall.

Taste- Starts off with a slight touch of mint that almost tends to anise. Turns to a fairly bitter chocolate that has more defined coffee than is expressed on the nose. Some woody bitterness from the hops which even expresses a little bit of earwax. Not exactly what you want from a milk stout but not too big of a distraction. Definitely needs more lactose and cream. Some sourness from the roasted malts. I wouldn't classify them as flaws but there are really too many notes which don't benefit a milk stout. While it's not a bad beer, it doesn't seem to be one. If I were drinking this blind, I would consider it a coffee/chocolate stout. Almost nothing about it says milk stout to me, other than the nose. Some of the more nagging aspects start mellow to make for a fairly decent stout. Pretty much above average.

Mouthfeel- A little bit more than medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for the style. Some grittiness when I would prefer to be rich and creamy.

Drinkability- As time passes, it becomes more and more drinkable. I could see this being a lot more enjoyable on nitro. 2.50 a bottle is an okay price but not one I would pay again.

Overall- Above average but a little bit of a letdown for me. This is a style I really enjoy and this just didn't represent the style. I would try this if you try it with the knowledge that it won't be milk stout you crave. It's an okay stout but it's not a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:54:37 | More by artoolemomo
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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.