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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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390 Reviews
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Reviews: 390
Hads: 2,052
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 301 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Morey on 12-18-2011

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Reviews: 390 | Hads: 2,052
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with dark mahogany edges and a fingers worth of tan head that quickly fades to a layer of froth

S: Really only get some roasted malts and a light hint of coffee... maybe some sweetness

T: Again, mostly roasted malts but there is definitely a lactose sweetness that is present along with the maltiness. Some coffee and chocolate notes as well

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy

O: Pretty much a good any-time stout that has a solid lactose sweetness as well as some coffee and chocolate notes. Easy enough to drink (it is technically almost an imperial) and satisfying. Definitely worthy of a try if you're into the style (688 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a very thin beige head, not much lacing at all. Smell of Chocolate and roasted malt on the nose, toasty and nutty. Medium bodied, nice and creamy, but just a touch of hops. Nice chocolate sweetness, the lactose is nice with the bittering hops. Seems like a dry finish, but how can that be with a sweet Stout? It works. (352 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Ommy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and cola-like. The heady is a bit thin and goes away fairly quick. Holding the glass to the light reveals redness around the edges.

First off on the nose I get roasted coffee beans. I also feel like I pick up an aging plant matter note... Am I weird?

The taste is crisp and bold, and is pretty much as I expected. The alcohol comes through a bit, but isn't horrible.

Overall I'd say it is a fairly good stout, very drinkable, though I usually prefer a stout with a bit more character. (506 characters)

Photo of Maltmaiden
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: tiny tan head that quickly goes away but leaves a ring the whole time.Very dark brown, almost black. Not viscous looking.

S: roasted malts and sweet lactose right away. Some alcohol. Not a very huge boquet, but a nice one. Straight forward.Not seeing the 2X part of the smell.

T: Much more bitter than expected. Lots of smoke. Very alcoholic. burnt coffee. Touch of floral and piney hops. Much more interesting than the smell but the alcohol is so intense.

M: Thin for a milk stout but not too thin overall (it does have a body). well carbonated. Not smooth at all. Pretty rough actually. I guess I like my milk stouts to be less crisp and biting.

O: I had very high hopes for this one. I don't think it's a bad beer, but I was not a fan of the alcohol intensity and the roughness of the Mouthfeel. However, I will say that as I drink it, it is starting to grow on me. (876 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head that has pretty good retention. Leaves a small lace around the glass
S-Sweet chocolate and a bit of toasted malt, a bit milder aroma than I would have expected
T-Sweet chocolate and caramel up front followed by hop bitterness that finishes sweet and roasted
M-medium-full bodied
O-Not a bad stout but not the best from southern tier. I would get it again but not my favorite. (405 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sensations -

gravelly head - small, dark-dark brown, persists

coffee, sweet malt, cookies - mild chocolate - slight herbal hop aroma

sweet coffee/cream throughout (the dominant trait) - vague coffee-cordial up front, chocolate-custard-caramel after - alcohol-phenolic - moderate hop-vegetal - a strange, unidentifiable bitterness all through

mild alcohol warmth lingers - somewhat dry finish - the sweetness (via lactose?) certainly enhances body - but emptying glass, body becomes more bland and thin (from the solvent alcohol?)

yet another ST that tastes of extracts or concentrates - sort of a spoiling-milk lacto thing pervades (oxidation sours?) - interesting and arguably noteworthy (693 characters)

Photo of BeerYoss
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black/dark brown. decent looking tan head recedes quickly to a film and the edges.

S: sweet molasses tang

T: bitter coffee and sweet molasses. the taste is enjoyable but flavors are not very complex, little interplay, not much depth.

M: a little tingle from the carbonation, quite dry. almost watery.

O: There's nothing horribly wrong with this brew but something is lacking to pull it all together. packs quite a punch and tastes okay. (443 characters)

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: as to be expected from a milk stout, brown/black with a little light around the edges. Little to no head
S: muted smell of chocolate, some alcohol as it warms
T: coffee, roasted. I think the taste actually got worse as it warmed, as the cocoa flavor dissipated and the roasted coffee flavor got more prevalent
F: average mouthfeel, touch thin, getting drier as it warmed. Not my favorite for stouts
O: I started off thinking of this as a 4.0 type beer, but as it warmed it started to disappoint, making it more if a 3.5. I'll split the difference (554 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing '2X Stout' @ 7.5% , served from a couple of 355 ml bottles purchased for $2.90 each

A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru the glass edge as a small tan head quickly dissapates leaving a minimal spotty lace along the pint after every sip

S-roasted coffee , boozey

T-smooth & strong , has a certain coffee bite on the swallow

MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , strong for a sweet stout ,

prost LampertLand (510 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with a creamier light tan head. Head lasts a while a leaves some lacing.

S- sweet. The lactose and grain dominate. Earthy

T- roast malt on the beginning and finish. Some of the lactose sweetness balances the dominant roast notes.

M- smooth and full

O- a very good, just short of great, stout. Not complex but what is there is good and well made. (365 characters)

Photo of sanzenapocalypz
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle, this beer pours a fairly thick dark chocolate colored beer. There is a noticeable lining of head that stays for a good amount of time.

Smell: roasted malt, hints of cocoa, think alcoholic whoppers.

Taste: a very true thick milk stout taste. maybe a bit of hops at the beginning but finishes with a strong beer-milk flavor.

Overall this is a pretty great stout in my opinion. Fairly light bodied for a stout, but at 7% ABV this beer is pretty easy to drink. Would be GREAT with ice cream or cheesecake. This is a nice flavorful stout; although it does not have too many sides to it, so it might not stand out too much against more complex stouts. (672 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of hollyisaway
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2/12. Picked up at Beckley's Liquors and Hotel. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tommy's Pizza pint glass.

Appearance: No real head to speak of, despite a more vigorous pour toward the end. Otherwise pretty solid black, with some ruby tinges on the corners. What little head there is near white, with some brown coloring.

Smell: Sweet and malty. The cream is very much present, but equally so the fine malt backbone. Smells like roasted malt; can't identify much there specifically, but the cream smell definitely owes itself to the milk claimed on the bottle.

Taste: Too cold at first, but a big hit of malt followed by a cleansing creaminess. Nothing lingers past a few seconds, but what does stays in the cheeks, primarily milk. Overall very solid and drinkable; dangerously sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Again, taste is in the cheeks that remains. Otherwise a very upfront assault of roasted malts and a backing of cream. Solid and drinkable.

Overall: This is my kind of sitting at home or with friends, listening to music sort of beer. Nothing special immediately, except how good it gets with warming and repeated sips. (1,134 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/13. Pours black into a chalice with some garnet hues visible at the far edges of the glass when held up to light. An initial 2 finger khaki head fades quickly to a ring. Some decent lace.

Smell is mostly sweet milk and roasted malt, with a touch of brown sugar. A little subdued, but this seems typical of milk stouts.

Flavors pop in the mouth. Roasted malt and lactose sweetness in the front, followed by some caramel and a slight, earthy hop note before finishing with a little bitter, roasted coffee. Pretty nice stuff.

Medium bodied, smooth, and pretty easy drinking. Not as viscous as a typical RIS (as this is a milk stout after all), but by no means watery or light bodied. A little creamy. ABV isn't noticeable at all.

A super solid milk stout I bought as part of a mix-a-six. Definitely not regretting it. As far as milk stouts go, this fella is full of flavor and drinks easy. I could see having a few of these. (941 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Piggly Wiggly. Poured into a shaped pint glass...

A: 2-finger, light khaki head that dies down to a nice, thin layer of retention on top of a brown-black, heavy looking beer.

S: Roasted malts; lactose sweetness; chocolate.

T: Dark malty taste; not super roasty; sweet milk and gets some acidity toward the finish; maybe some chocolate notes, too.

M: Full; moderate carbonation; a pretty heavy brew... very appropriate name.

O: I think I'll probably stick with the 1X versions, especially of the sweet/milk stout variety. A decent brew, though.

*from notes: 12-5-12 (587 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a dense one finger cappuccino head that leaves sheets if lacing.

Aroma is dominated by coffee and roast malt, with sweet tones of chocolate, malted milk balls, and vanilla adding complexity.

Flavor is fairly sweet at the start, giving the impression of chocolate milk, then turning a bit more bitter, with a heavy dose of coffee grounds and roast malt. Vanilla is subtle, but present. Alcohol is also detectable, but not overpowering.

Body is very smooth, somewhat light, with modest carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Overall, on the sweet side, as with all southern tier stouts I've tried, but the acrid roast malt and coffee flavors balance well. (716 characters)

Photo of LongTrailer
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours coffee black with an airy tan head of about 3-fingers that fades slowly to a thin cap. Not much lacing. Aroma is mocha, fruity and a little earthy.

Taste starts out with lactose sweetness and roasty grains, followed by a rich mocha toffee character. Finishes with a clean bitterness that is complimented by baking chocolate and a slight earthiness. Alcohol is well hidden. The sweetness becomes a little too prevalent as the stout begins to warm up, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery considering it's strength. Medium-low carbonation.

This beer is full of delicious and distinctive flavors considering there are no actual flavorings added, but I'm left wishing it had a more substantial mouthfeel. (720 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, mostly opaque, with slight transparency on the edge. Light tan head, some mild lacing.

S - Roasted malts, toast, a bit of coffee acridity.

T - Follows the nose, with a slight floral note and a bigger roast coffee note on the close. There is also a moderate milk sugar sweetness that floats in the background throughout.

M - A bit light for the style. No sign of the ABV. Mild carbonation and slight drying on the close prevent any cloying weight.

O - The elements for a great stout are all here. The main issue here is that the acridity is dialed a bit forward, the sweetness a bit too far back, and the end result is a beer not quite as good as the sum of its parts. (692 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No date. Served in a snifter 2/15/2015.

A- Dark black body, one finger offwhite head with good retention time, a bit of lacing. Looks darker than expected for a milk stout.

S- Mild cocoa, milk chocolate. Like a hot chocolate that's cooled down considerably. A bit of dark chocolate, lactose, espresso. Smells solid, but nothing too intense.

F- Silky smooth milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, lactose. Smooth and no off flavours. Lots of different "dark" flavours on the palate, solid but nothing that stands out. It's certainly sweet.

M- Medium body, sticky and slick. Leaves a milk licorice and milk chocolate finish on the palate. Not difficult to drink.

O- On the sweeter side, but it has all the "dark malt" flavours that you could want. A bit bitter as well. Not the greatest, but you could do a lot worse. (825 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark chocolate brown cow appearance and light mocha head. Not that sweet in presentation, but has some nagging cloying properties. The lactose is definitely there, but the roast coffee flavors predominate, and it finishes with a nice char. Very bready-dark german pumpernickle and barley. Flavors are spot on, a little weak in the nose but the too thin, too sticky mouthfeel hurts. (381 characters)

Photo of IllNate
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown and a small amount of tan colored head that fades quickly. Very fizzy.

Smell is fairly modest, maybe hints of chocolate.

Taste is much more distinct, big coffee and chocolate flavor followed by creamy sweetness and a touch of hoppy/coffee bitterness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and sweet, but with lots of carbonation to keep it from getting cloying.

Overall this is an excellent milk stout. (485 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A solid brown, super dark to the point it is an infinite black. Head is tan rising to maybe a fingers length, FYI the head is all about how hard you pour this beer it pours to nothing if you angle it just right.

Smell: A very light chocolate, you smell it and it nada.

Taste: Chocolate, not so bitter would definitely complement a dessert

Mouth: Medium carbonation, easiest drink i have had all week.

Overall: Second milk stout, and it is honestly notch below my previous, I was expecting a bit more. Regardless a good beer, salud! (569 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.