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2X Stout | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Morey on 12-18-2011

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Reviews: 410 | Ratings: 2,148
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep brown with a small khaki-colored head. the head is short-lived and disappears very quickly. Thin wisps of lacing.

S: Creamy and sugary with lots of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and raspberry and currant esters.

T: Milk chocolate and hot cocoa right off the bat. Mocha. Creamed coffee. Sugary lactose tastes quickly followed by a roasty bite. Devil's food cake and a hint of dark chocolate. Slight suggestion of green, oily hops. Black raspberry and currant esters are a bit candy-like and come out more as the beer warms. Finishes with a creamy lactose impression and lingering flavors of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Somewhat chewy, but full and fluffy in the mouth at the same time. Low carbonation. Slight warming sensation in the throat as it goes down.

O: Pretty decent. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style, but with just a little more oomph. It's more of a sipper due to the higher abv and chewy body. Esters get a touch distracting.

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Photo of raznug
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This stout pours a black color and is topped with a 1” of brown colored head that tends to linger quite a few sips into the pint.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all roasted malts and not a whole lot else.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is a lot of roasted malts like the aroma but it also has chocolate and vanilla flavors to it.
Mouthfeel: This is a very creamy beer like a milk stout should be a bit of the heavy bodied side but rather easy drinking and flavorful brew.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Dark brown, very nearly black. Light can shine through the edges and takes a ruby-brown hue. One finger light tan head dissipates into a thin covering and laces the glass nicely.

S - Lactose provides a milky sweetness. Coffee tones and some earthy hops. Chocolate makes itself known.

T - Bakers chocolate melted in a glass of milk. Bitter cocoa with creamy milk, some suggestions of coffee, and a noticeable hop presence. Somewhat reminiscent of Old Rasputin, but not as well balanced, and with a cream flavor added. Definitely sweet, but wit ha lot of bitterness from various sources to balance. Lots of bitterness in the tail end.

M - Full bodied and creamy but slightly sharp around the edges. Close but no cigar for what I want in this style.

O - Interesting take on the style, with more bitterness to counteract the sweetness than I would expect. Very drinkable and satisfying. Not as wonderful as some of this breweries other offerings, but it outdoes the Blackwater series in the area of balance. Those beers are entirely one-noted, even if they are delicious!

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Photo of stercomm
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into one of my trusty Half Acre tulip glasses

A - Dark brown with a slight red tinge when held up to the light, very slight light brown head, mild lacing.

S - Get sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, maybe a hint of vanilla

T - Good crisp taste with threads of chocolate and vanilla, some roasted malts for sure, nice finish with a little kicks of hops.

M - Slight creaminess with a nice edge to it, very mild carbonation.

O - I was very pleasantly surprised, nicely balanced brew as some one else said it grows on you as you take another taste.

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Photo of menkros
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, no head. Light carbonation. Smells of roasted malts. Taste is coffee with light bitterness. Good stout. This poured a dark brown, almost black body with a modest brown head that soon reduced to a film. The aroma was chocolatey with a quiet roastiness light floral scents. The roasted malts increased in the flavor and the chocolate became bittersweet. There was a roasty, hoppy bitterness that blended with a hit of alcohol. Dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new st 2x series entry. A nice aroma, body with a bubbly head, a decent mouthfeel. A good malting,some chocolate malts, and a very good drinkability. Solid stout, no off-notes. Not too sweet nor bitter nor too roasty. This should prove popular. Hoppy taste is rather subdued.

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Photo of sanha926
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours dark brown, nearly black, with minimal dark brown head. Quite heavy carbonation for a stout. Notes of coffee and chocolate with a nice aftertaste (slightly smoky and very bitter).

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer, no head to speak of, no lacing ... just dark.

NIce aroma, mostly cocoa, with some roastiness.

Flavor is different from the aroma ... not so much chocolate, more overall bitterness. It's kind of tasty, but not quite right to me.

It's a decent stout, but not a great one.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a snifter.

Poured a dark brown/black with an off-white head. Little retention and a tight collar. Nose has some coffee grain, dry and chalky dark chocolate notes as well. Taste has dark toasty grains, bran (?), light smoke, coffee and some toasty/chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation. A good but not great stout. Lacks any substantial complexity or thickness in the body - left me wanting much more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark black with slight ruby hints in color and with a moderate sized tan head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Roasted malts with slight hints of bittersweet chocolate. Not a very strong or bold aroma.

T: Big flavor of roasted malts with more subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Some complexity to the flavor but not a lot.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a dry finish.

O: Enjoyable but not my favorite stout offering from this brewery. Nice flavors but just not as exceptional as some of the others, enjoy the dryness in the finish of this one. Easy to drink and sessionable, just not sure I would have more than one of these myself as I prefer some other stouts more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with a finger of off-white head. The nose is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate with a nice touch of lactose, too. Maybe even a touch of vanilla? A fairly sweet nose, but quite nice. The flavor is not as nice. A little too much roast which comes across as harsh on the palate. Good coffee flavors and a moderate lactose sweetness, though.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very deep brown, almost black. A head is basically nonexistnat and not a whole lot of lacing either.

Smell - Some chocolate and cocoa aroma with a very small amount of a sweet caramel like aroma. Overall for its style I would have expected a bit more.

Taste - Up front you are hit with a big sweet-chocolate (like chocolate milk) flavor. While paling in comparison to the cocoa, a little bit of roasted malt, coffee, and dried fruit flavors work their way toward the end. A very nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - It has a thinner body then would be expected, but not by too much. The carbonation was possibly a bit too high, but again not bad.

Overall - The taste of the brew makes of for some lacking in other catagories. A nice stout to try.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black color with very little head. No lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate milk, and dark chocolate. Taste is smokey roasted malts, chocolate milk, and earthy. Some sweet dark chocolate near the end. Very little carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Slightly sour. Overall, a decent milk stout worth grabbing.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a finger of medium mocha head, color is a barely transparent deep mahogany,

Smell - Roasted grains, burnt toffee, molasses, touch of soy, ripe plum, french roast coffee.

Taste - Ooooh, very well balanced, dark fruits, dark roast coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, molasses and black cherry, finish is toasty pumpernickel, nice lactose sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, there is a nice mouthcoating creaminess that starts, smooth medium carb provides some cleansing but still leaves a thin coating of flavor and sweetness, the finish is barely dry and roasty.

Overall - Really a nice sweet stout - not overly sweet at all, very well balanced and complex. Not overly robust or heavy, very drinkable, alcohol is perfectly hidden. Would recommend and try again.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10.99 for a 6'er at BevCo. 7.50% ABV per the website. No ingredients listed per the bottle or website other than "2 varieties of hops, 3 types of malts, lactose, and fermented with an ale yeast".

Pours out to a clear black, forming a nice creamy medium tan head with superior retention and solid sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation ~2.5.
The aroma opens with a strong Vegemite character, which is normally attributed to yeast autolysis. Followed by some black walnut and cocoa. No noticeable hop aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium dense body. Thankfully, there is no yeast autolysis flavor. It opens nicely with acidic deeply roasted malts, some mild earthy hops, a mild bitterness, some pleasant firm residual sweetness due to the lactose, and towards the finish there is more of a vegetal hop presence, burnt marshmallows, and that tart acidity of deeply caramelized sugars (Think D-180 tartness, if you've ever had it). Moderate chalkiness in the aftertaste.

A nice beer, although the strong Vegemite nose is a flaw which certainly detracts from enjoying the beer.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Milk Stout from Southern Tier.

Pours out a really nice pitch black, with a tan fluffy head.

The aroma is a great blend of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and a creamy milk-like sweetness.

The taste is heavily dominated by the roasted malt upfront and then that blends into a nice mix of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full, rich and creamy.

Not the best Milk Stout I have tried, but a good representation of the style and a tasty beer.

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Photo of pmorey
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Home bottle pour into an imperial pint. Appearance is top notch with nice creamy head; not a Guinness cascade or anything, but pretty good without the nitrogen. Two fingers off of a pour down the side of the glass. Held the glass up to the light and literally could not see through it.

Smell was rather weak but the first taste was very good. Espresso was the predominate flavor for me with a hint of milk chocolate underneath and a finish with bite. Lacing all down the glass with just a few sips to go. Pleasant aftertaste, the bitterness doesn't last.

While I am definitely not a stout expert, overall i found this to be very good. Looking forward to the rest of the six and would come back to this one.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.67/5  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.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel Tuilp

A - pours a dark brown, copious light brown head which quickly fades

S - interesting nose - I'm not sure if it is from the lactose or what. a bit of a funk, then hints of sweetness and chocolate

T - wow, big taste up front with hops, roasted malt, finishing up with sweet milk chocolate. Sweetness approaches the other stouts from Southern Tier

M - fairly heavily carbonated, a bit of alcohol burn, fairly viscous

O - overall, a good offering from Southern Tier, glad I tried it, not sure if its one that i wlll keep in my regular rotation though

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head.

Smells like a fresh brewed mocha iced coffee.

Strong coffee flavor with some subdued bakers chocolate and some lactose sweetness. For 7.5%, the alcohol is a little too much.

Mouthfeel is decent, but for a milk stout it's not that creamy or smooth.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one tan finger head

S-Coffee, roasted malt

T-Coffee, roasted malt, overly sweet and sugary. As it there is a boat load of lactose that never fermented just sugaring up the beer.

M-Medium bodied and creamy.

O-The sweetness needs to be toned down a little bit. ST usually hits the mark with their stouts but this one seems to have way too much sugar.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer- pure black with a creamy white head. Smells lightly roasty and creamy, with nice notes of vanilla and cocoa. A little light on taste, and with a slightly burnt bitter finish. The heart of the flavor, though, is a milky cocoa and vanilla taste layered on some light roastiness. Quite pleasant, but not seamless. Could be a tad silkier in the mouth for the style. The slightly burnt tannic notes on the finish are a bit jarring. Overall quite solid if a bit flawed in parts.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Brass Rail.

The color is cocoa black, opaque with a thin light tan cap with tiny bead and accent of dark brown at the base. The smell is of strong malt presence and slight cocoa accent with subtle tinge of coffee and light caramel odor. The feel is a medium body with roated texture and moderately high carbonation with slightly dry texture and subtle sweet malt accents with light earthiness and very dry finish.

the taste is a little more dry than expected with light toasted flavor and gentle cocoa expression with a mild caramel tinge and slight woody taste with light hop accent and tinge of coffee roastiness w/ a semi-sweet note as it finishes. Overall this is a better than average stout but it loses me on the 2x concept - I understand it is bigger than most sweet stouts, though. It is good for the style but could use more body to be more 'stout-like' IMO.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a pretty catchy label. Southern Tier style with too many miniature cows to count spread across bottom part of label. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - black as night. Nearly opaque in color except for the rich dark ruby red painting the smallest possible of the bottom corners. This is a reddish tint I've never seen nearly the color of blood. small touch of brown fade. Pretty good tan colored head that settles into a good ring of lace. This milk stout provides some decent stick as well.

S - Roasted chocolate with a ton of sweet malts dominating. Notes of creamy vanilla and some bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of lactose sugar and cocoa.

T - More sweet malt and lots of different sweetness. Lactose sugars, Chocolate and cocoa with small hints of vanilla and cream. Very small coffee flavor. Light floral like hops that go virtually unnoticed. Some roasted flavors toward the back with a semi bitterness in the finish.

M - A little on the p thin side for a stout of its size. Especially thin compared to other milk stouts I've had, but it has a good smoothness even without really coating the mouth.

O - it's a bit on the sweet side meaning its a little too sweet for my liking. However it is a solid brew from an excellent brewery. It's very easy to drink if you can overcome the heavy dose of sweets. It's a pretty well made stout all around though. Something that I'll probably go after again when the weather cools off. It's not a good as other southern tier offerings, but still worth a try.

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Photo of gr0g
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a khaki-colored head. Some lacing left clear around the glass, though spotty. Aroma is rich, befitting the "2X" moniker. Sweet, kind of like molasses. Bit of a smoke note, too. Rich chocolate, maybe half milk chocolate half dark. Some whiffs of alcohol, though. Quite nice on the nose, overall.

Flavor is good, but excessive roast astringency and fusel character brings it down a notch or two. Sweetness from lactose and residual malt sugars is fairly high, but it's nothing like ST's own Creme Brulee or Choklat, to give a point of reference. Flavors tip towards the chocolate side of the scale, with perhaps some faint coffee. Mouthfeel is kind of thin and not quite smooth. Carbonation could be a bit less harsh.

Rich and sweet, though not cloying. The roast character was somewhat overbearing for me. Though stronger and more flavorful, I didn't find this as enjoyable as "lighter" examples like Sam Adams Cream Stout or Left Hand Milk Stout.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.