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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

391 Reviews
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Reviews: 391
Hads: 2,054
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 303 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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: 391 | Hads: 2,054
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)

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

A: Dark black but a deep red when held up to light. A light brown, bubbly head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Not much here. Light, watery roasted malt and chocolate. A little milk sugar and cream.

T: Heavily roasted malt with milk sugar in the finish. Pretty nice for the style. No alcohol presence.

M: Smooth, lightly carbonated, and pleasant roasted flavors. Not too cloying and the right amount of sweetness.

O: A solid milk/sweet stout that I wouldn't hesitate to order on draft but once from the bottle is enough for me. (535 characters)

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

pitch black with a modest mocha head that laces well and sticks at about 1cm in height.

milk chocolate, day-old dark roasted coffee, maybe some slight fruitiness. kinda bland smelling.

dark roasted coffee comes first, with a bit of alcohol heat, then some lactose sugar and milk chocolate before a slight hop bitterness that gives way to a nice charred finish.

velvety body with a subtle, yet prickly carbonation and a slight syrupy finish that makes the flavors linger.

nice, easy drinking yet flavorful milk stout. would definitely drink again. (550 characters)

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

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a think tan head that fades to a ring soon after the pour.

S- The mellow roasted black malt has a nougat lactose sugar smell in the finish.

T- The chocolate malt has a slight cream flavor to it with a full medium roasted black malt flavor with some graham finish and a touch of char bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a mellow but nice roasted black malt flavor but the lactose sugar taste is a bit too strong for the rest of the flavors. (595 characters)

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

A: Black/brown and opaque. Chocolate ice cream colored head of medium size.

S: Lightly sweet chocolate and caramel. Simple and fun to sniff.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Some candied orange and sprucey pine hidden in there. A touch of bitterness to finish it off.

M: Very smooth, a little syrupy. Good consistency.

O: I like this beer. Its very easy to drink down and loaded with chocolately beery goodness. Absolutely nothing to complain about here. (478 characters)

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

Almost black in color. Formed a small tan head that did not last.

Sweetness up front. Roasted malts and chocolate. It actually has a milky mouth feel. Almost like drinking a chocolate milk but with a bitter after taste.

For a stout, it is not thick or heavy. It is super easy to drink. This goes down so easy, you have to be mindful not to drink it too fast because It is 7.5% ABV.

May not be the best stout I have ever had but probably the most easily drinkable. (468 characters)

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

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and moderate amounts of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Pleasant, supple roastiness. Seemingly paradoxically dry and sweet at the same time. A dry dusty graininess is first perceived, but then a wave of sweet chocolate overcomes it. Lactose is moderately expressive.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this starts off with a supple roastiness, then a dry graininess, then several waves of chocolate. Caramel underneath, a touch of vanilla, and hints of the characteristic lactose flavor.

5.0 M: Perfect here. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Insanely creamy, even for a milk stout.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. Worth a purchase or two. Solid all around. (735 characters)

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

Pours a lightly chalky dark brown, thin cap of khaki froth, reduces to floating spot, little lacing. Scent brings strong chocolate and roast notes with faint kiss of powered sugar sweetness. Taste a little more in depth than scent dictates, but still more roast and chocolate and only a moderate sugary sweetness. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with faint chalkiness. Overall, a little unbalanced for the style, but still a very nice and flavorful beer. (459 characters)

Photo of MadCat
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice black color, good tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Chocolate, roasty malts

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malts, some earthy hops, not much bitterness due to the nitro

Mouthfeel: Standard nitro mouthfeel, creamy and smooth

Overall: Good, but not outstanding. I would be more interested in trying it without the nitro, I was unaware it would be on nitro when ordering. I think the nitro may have steam rolled some of the flavor (450 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a deep mahogany, and has a somewhat clear hue when held up to the light. Very interesting. A minimal one finger beige head fell quickly. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is primarily of roast, burnt lactose sugar, and bitter dark chocolate. A little bit of pine from the hops. Not as sweet as your everyday milk stout.

On the palate, the roast comes off strong at first, giving way to burnt lactose sugar, pine, and bitter chocolate. This is really more bitter than sweet.

Medium to full body, smooth and lush. Creamy in all the right places. A faint lingering flavor of pine, roast, and bitter chocolate.

This is not your typical milk stout. Heavy on the roast and chocolate and a little lacking on the sweetness. This is a tasty beer, but I think it missed the style a little too much. (829 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never given this a go before. I like the lactose that's prevalent in a Milk/Sweet Stout but for some reason, I couldn't really feel it here. This was a bit more bitter and chalky than I expected and while this wasn't a bad beer, it almost feels like its categorized wrong and I wouldn't label this as this particular type of Stout if it was up to me.

The pour was what I expected as the beer had a dark and pretty solid hue with just a hint of garnet around the edges. Thankfully, a solid and frothy head provided some contrast and some of the foam stuck around as some lacing on the glass, on the opposite side of where I was taking my sips. Not much of an aroma to this besides some coffee and this was repeated in the taste, followed by some powered chocolate, alkali, and espresso. Very little carbonation and the hops only became apparent in the back, as it felt like there was a hair of chili or cocoa powder underneath everything. While not terribly silky or creamy, this was smooth enough to go down relatively easily.

That's also because the alcohol wasn't that present here. By itself, this was a good beer but with the bar being set so high for Stouts in general, this just fell short a bit. As a mellow alternative to the more aggressive examples of this style, this would be as good a choice as any and was if it was a little more sticky, this would have reminded me of a fancy cola like the ones that are coming back into style now. This was as unassuming as a Stout could get without feeling watered-down. (1,565 characters)

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

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark nearly opaque red-brown with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and milk. Roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: This tastes more chocolatey than most milk stouts I've had. Almost tastes like chocolate milk beer. (409 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with ruby highlights. A tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Light lacing.

S: Sweet. Milk, anise, malts, chocolate, leather.

T: Smooth, sweet, robust. Malts up front. Lingering coffee taste. Slightly charred with a dry, smokey, chocolate finish.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Not as milky as I hoped it would be. The smokiness was a turnoff. Not bad. Just not great. (427 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/29/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates to a miniscule dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a near black brown with traces of crimson when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Dark, roasted malts gives notes of milk chocolate, sweet dark chocolate, and chocolate milk. Also noticeable is a light hint of mouthwash-like alcohol.

Dark chocolate starts each sip along with milk chocolate, creamy caramel, and some slight acidity. Upon swallowing, more roasted malts flavors come through with notes of roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and espresso. A slight smokiness as well as a slight alcohol warmth are noticeable.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation, this beer is a little harsh in the swallow. The body is nice and light while allowing the flavors to come through. The carbonation is a bit lacking and definitely does not help this beer's drinkability. (1,034 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.