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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,123
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 63
Gots: 338 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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: 403 | Hads: 2,123
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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Photo of Givemebeer
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nearly black. Some light penetrates through. Small head, some lacing. Normal for a milk stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, some fig or plum

T: At the first taste you can tell this is a bit stronger than some other milk stouts. Not quite as sweet and has more of a coffee presence/bite. No flavors over power the others too much but coffee and cocoa are most dominant with a tiny bit of earthiness.

M: Medium bodied and surprisingly this finishes dry. Nice!

O: A unique and interesting sweet stout. Surely worth a try. I get the feeling that if not for the unfermentable sugars, this would be one big stout.

I let this beer warm up before finishing as others had suggested and they are right. New smokey flavors develop to add some nice complexity.

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Photo of ZAP
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like Milk Stout to have a sweeter, milk chocolate flavor to them and this is right along those lines....a bit of cola flavor as well..., light coffee notes....creamer for sure....not a huge milk chocolate impression but it is there..

Body is silky but not huge....medium weight to this...

Interesting fruity dimension to the aroma....pears, apples.....not what I expected

Definitely not an Impy stout and not designed to be. Overall solid, not spectacular as I had hoped it would be.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night and super thick. The bubbles take some time to work their way to the top.

S: A subtle sweetness. Some coffee and chocolate as well. Maybe a little marshmallow. Pretty light smelling for how thick it seems.

T: A sourness and alcohol are the star players here. Roasty coffee and a sweetness come in second. It's an interesting taste but I'm not sure this is what I was hoping for in a stout. I think if the alcohol was toned down a little bit this would be a lot nicer.

M: Sits with a heavy body. Bubbles compliment it decently.

Overall a pretty nice beer. It's not mind blowing and that alcohol is the star player which isn't what I was looking for. Maybe worth checking out but not crazy about it.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the edges.
S: There are aromas of lactose sugar and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of lactose and milk chocolate; it almost tastes like a liquid version of chocolate mousse.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and although it has an added kick with the extra strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It doesn’t have the creaminess compared to other beers in the style but it has lots of chocolate flavors.

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Photo of bamastout
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its your typical style beer as far as looks and smells go

Very dark could not see a lightt with the flash light used

Nothing special. drinkable style with a slight aftertaste

Nothing overwhelming

Average stout

Something I could drink but not buy again over and over

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Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DOB: 1/26/12

Served in a Cigar City shaker pint.

A: Poured pitch black, with no light passing through whatsoever. The head was slight, quite a bit off the white path, but still effective.

S: I got a faint scent of roasted barley and a bit of milk chocolate and coffee.

T: Not as sweet as some milk stouts that I've tried (e.g. FFF Moloko), but still intentense. This had a roasty bitterness that almost resembled a porter, yet the finish was definitely in the milk/sweet stout range.

M: Thick and silky, yet once it hit my palate, the bitterness distracted from that a bit. There was virtually no lacing on the glass, but what remained on the palate was of the bitter variety as opposed to the sweet one.

O: This was pretty good, but it paled in comparison to "Choklat'" "Oat," and "Mocha."

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.