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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 2,069
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 58
Gots: 314 | 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: 393 | Hads: 2,069
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours quite dark but not very thick in body. Moderate light penetration. Head is smaller and bubbly but is quite light in color. Small head retains well and does a pretty good job painting the glass with lace.

S-Interesting aroma. Not very heavy but it brings for aromas of lactose and some smokiness. Sweeter chocolate and subtle coffee. Light hops. Definitely milky.

T-Flavor has a strange, lingering, coppery-metallic twang that almost takes over the entire flavor. Made me wince a bit. Sweetness and lactose behind the off-putting metallic flavor. Really not digging the flavor here. Tastes like its been sitting in a can for 2 years. Maybe its the lactose? Who knows.

M-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lighter than expected.

O/D- God, the metallic taste won't leave. My palate refuses to adjust to it. Really surprised to dislike this beer as much as I do. I love their 2X IPA, but this 2X bothers me. Makes me glad to have only purchased a single. I rarely, rarely drain-pour, but this one is close.

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Photo of BB1313
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark black with brown hues; head doesn't really stick around and there's not too much lacing and retention to speak of. The aromas are kind of fain and subtle. There are hints of milk chocolate and malts, but once again it's not pungent. I'm actually even less impressed with the flavors. Something is off. This one leaves a very bitter and unpleasant after taste. Metallic notes? I was expecting this one to be sweeter, but it's not. There's a nice roastiness and a touch of smoke. There's just something off with the flavors, and I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is alright, light-medium bodied, lots of carbonation. Not the tastiest stout I've ever had.

Overall, the flavors didn't do it for me. I guess I expected a little more from Southern Tier. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Typical pitch black with a small, clingy off white head.
Some roasted barley, lactose sugar and a little hops.
Sweet malt, some roast, lactose, burnt coffee and a slight metallic after taste. Just seems overly sweet like the other Southern Tier stouts. The flavors don't mesh well for me.
Creamy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
Wishing I would have tried this before buying a six pack.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown color with a thick light tan head. Slight roast and chocolate in the nose but nothing over the top like some of their other beers. Medium, velvety mouthfeel. Slight roast with a dark chocolate sweetness. Almost has a little smokiness to it as well. Ends with a lingering bitterness and leather taste. Overall, not as good as I expected from them.

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Photo of Fadefury
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark black color with the standard white head

S - Roasted chocolate with the hints of cappuccino

T - Chocolate is up front, but the bitterness of the high alcohol takes too much away from the sweetness and silky texture that should be there in any milk stout

M - Very thick, high carbonation for a milk stout

O - Overall, I wouldn't really consider this a "milk stout", or what I think of when I hear the name. The bitterness takes away from the silky smooth texture and taste I love about milk stouts.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent black with red highlights. Has less than 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly and thin webbed lacing.

N: Coffee & cream along with milk chocolate and marshmallow.

T: Cola and watered down chocolate upfront. Some bitterness comes through mid-palate with cocoa nibs and a splash of black coffee. Finishes bitter with charred earth along with hints of lactose. There are some subtle hints on lemon citrus in there throughout.

M: Light-medium bodied, semi-creamy, smooth and dry.

O: This is actually kind of bitter for a cream stout. There is a good roasty quality to it along with some light tones of milk. Not bad.

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Photo of ranger7
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
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A - Black and thick - no light can shine through this darkness. Tan head, which is small, but it hangs around.

S - Malt, cream, and a strong hint of alcohol.

T - Roasted malt, no sweetness. Bitter finish. Weird for a milk stout.

M - Not smooth, which is surprising - there is a fair amount of carbonation. Medium thickness.

Summary - Ok, they mislabeled this, right? It's a stout, not a milk stout. No sweetness, no milk or cream, it's not smooth and malty like a chocolate malt. Wow, my first taste of Southern Tier, and I'm super disappointed.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a deep ebony colour with a tanned head that reduces quickly

S - Not much other than some dark malts

T - Very smooth flavours of chocolate and coffee. The booze is well hidden, slight bitterness on the finish.

M - Light to medium body and low carbonation

O - An enjoyable stout without being wow

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Photo of righthereisay
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single. I like a few other of the Southern Tier darks, so wanted to give this one a try.

Poured very black color with a nice frothy head.

Smells of cocoa and sweetness.

Overall, it was cocoa, sweetness, and little body. No alcohol taste at all. Carbonation minimal and a little minor bitterness at the end. Not complex at all. Not one of my favorite Southern Tiers. Considering I enjoy milk stouts, I was just not impressed.

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Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this for the first time recently, have always enjoyed Southern Tier for the most part.

A- Poured into a tulip with a pitch black body. Mocha tan head forms to about two fingers with low-end retention. Big bubbly cloud and ring leave a few spots of lace.

S- Dark cocoa powder, cereal grains and roasted malts up front with dark fruit in the background.

T- A bit more straightfoward here. Roast dark chocolate and cereal grains are dominant with slight dark fruit. Something going on that reminds me of oxidation but also overly roasted burnt ash, it gets distracting. Slight earthy hops.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a high carbonation level for a 7.5% stout. Finishes with some roast and hop bitterness.

The nose had me excited but the flavor has a kind of burnt hoppy oxidized feel that just doesn't blend out to well.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Not too shabby. decent head, but not enough to send me into orbit. Great color. Makes me think of easter morning, but someone melted my chocolate bunny and put it in a tulip glass.

S: Meh...expected a bit more. Almost smells unfinished or just weak. I don't claim to know much about much, but I have drank my fair share of stouts...weak scent.

T: Average. Terrapin makes a way better product here. I was really excited to try this...even left a bottle of Chimay Blue chilling, but just didn't do it for me. Just not thick enough to justify the title.

M: Again average in every sense.

O: Try it if you like, but you've been warned.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark black from the bottle with very little head. Smells a bit of wet dog and a little roasty chocolate. Meh. Flavor follows with some mild chocolate and only a hint of roast. Slightly disappointed here. Syrupy stout with one dimensional mild chocolate flavor. Decent, but I'll stick to Mokah and Choklat.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.19/5  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.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting this transports me back to childhood, visiting my grandparents in Buffalo, tasting my grand-dad's Genesee Cream Ale. A fond memory but honestly, not very good beer.

Pretty, dark color. Fine tan head.
Bouquet of an American lager hints at disappointment to come.
Moderate mouthfeel, would expect more richness from the color.
Flavor has some bitterness, cocoa. Improves a bit in the glass.
But honestly: meh. With a name like 2x stout I expected something more Imperial.
Decent finish, reasonable intensity.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 12/12/11 poured into SA perfect pint glass. Served at 50 degrees and allowed to warm a bit.

A- Pours a translucent deep garnet red hue from bottle. A small mocha head forms before quickly reducing to a light ring and island of foam.

S- Pretty light aroma overall. Sweet dark malts and chocolate upfront. Hard to pick out much else.

T- Decent blend of chocolate and sweeter roasted malts. Simple overall. A slight bitterness from the roasted malt and gives the sweetness something to play off.

M- A bit thin for a stout of this size. Should be fuller and creamier for a bigger milk stout. Roast lingers the longest on the palate.

O- A decent offering from Southern Tier. Was hoping for more having tasted several of their other stouts. Perhaps I am judging this brew to harshly.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Dark with a mocha head. No lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee

T-Roasted malt and coffee dominate the flavor profile with a hint of smoke and a somewhat harsh aftertaste. Not a great tasting or complex stout.

M-Medium bodied for the style

D-I wasn't particularly impressed, so it was one and done for me, but its lack of complexity and decent flavor could allow someone to drink a few of these in a setting.

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Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased as a 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Black with dark brown edges, beige-oatmeal colored 1-2 finger foamy, frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Strong tobacco almost ashy aroma off the bat but settles into more chocolate, lactose, and coffee tones.

T: The flavor, unfortunately, plays on more of the ashy and less of the milk chocolate and coffee notes. There is some lactose milk stout sweetness, but it is not able to overcome the tobacco, earthy, and ashy components.

M: Medium-bodied but drinks thinner.

O: Not one I will be going back to -- sweet but not much depth of flavor and the tobacco/ash really has no place in this style.

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Photo of Pepper7
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Honestly should be a lower ABV beer like most other milk stouts, leaves an alcohol taste, not bad, but not what I want from a sweet stout, other than that good beer, not great but not bad

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Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass

The beer pours a deep brown/nearly black with about two fingers worth of dense tan head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving behind very little lacing.

The beer smells moderately roasty and slightly sweet, The aroma seems to fit into a nice middle ground of not being too mild, but also not being overpowering

The taste, like the aroma, is moderately roasty and slightly sweet. The sweetness seems to come more from a heavy handed use of crystal malts than from the lactose. The body is a little thinner than I would expect for the style.

Overall, this is a decent beer that is fairly easy to drink, but not something that I would seek out. I prefer my Milk/Sweet Stouts to be a bit fuller in body, and a have a little more sweetness from the lactose.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Very durable head over a dark body.
The aroma is a mix of medium and dark malts but the flavor has some smoke and char, suggesting a dark roasted grain bill.
Mildly bitter with a touch of sour.
O: disappointing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle DOB 9/19/14 at 40 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (<1 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm partial ring
Lacing poor – few short arcs of tiny bubbles remaining when the partial ring lowers
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of burnt malt but somewhat sweet, not bitter. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.3125
Another mediocre offering from Southern Tier. The burnt taste is pervasive and has a long hang time. Fortunately the sweetness makes this tolerable. Incidentally I like stouts, just not this one – the burnt taste is just too overpowering in the absence of any chocolate or coffee flavors.

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Photo of TCMike
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A - pours darker than cola; leaves a full finger of caramel looking head, and nice sticky lacing.
not a BIT of clarity - I cant see light thru this when held right up against the bulb.

S - stouty INDEED. choco-malty. no hops to the nose. pleasant

T - bitter without the hoppyness (?huh?) I just knocked off a full point on the taste.
bitter on the aftertaste as well. did I get a bad bottle?

M - thick like a stout ought to be - but the taste is getting worse

D - ;( NOT to be purchased. I'll force this one down rather than waste - but under protest!

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is cola-brown with a tan head that has plenty of bubbles.

Nose is sweet lactose and malt, with cola and chicory.

Taste is a mix of dry and sweet. The lactose sugars are desert-like, and the malt flavor comes through dry and nutty. The sweetness can be cloying.

Mouthfeel is limp. Not under-carbonated, but watery.

Overall, it is just an unremarkable milk stout. I love Southern Tier, but this one can be left on the shelf.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern 2X Stout, on cask at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz glass, this is a nice-looking brew, with a big foamy head and seriously dark looks. Great temperature- warm as it should be. Low carbonation and some lacing.

Smell: Mild roastiness, chocolate powder. Bitter in the nose but not in the mouth. Dark sugar, cheap cocoa.

Taste: Follows nose without the hop/bitter profile. Cheap coffee, alright roastiness. Dairy, barnyard funk. Dirty puddles. I'm not a fan of the hemical/artificial chocolate taste, like they just dumped Nestle powder in the keg.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style, but not stellar. Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Could use more body and flavor and robustness.

Overall: Very drinkable, so the score goes up. Nothing spectacular but fine. Like it better in a bottle.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.