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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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very good

397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 2,091
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 320 | 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: 397 | Hads: 2,091
Photo of Geegmasta
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- After a hard pour into a pint glass it is an extremely dark brown colour with a thick head (about 1.25 inches). Head colour is very light tan.

S- Smells slightly sweet like a cream with hints of malt and chocolate. Not overly aromatic though.

T- The first impression on the palette is a smokey malt and coffee flavor. Not overpowering but a little more coffee than I like. This taste fades as a very smooth dark chocolate takes precedence and carries off the rest of the experience. A nice heavy cream flavor remains in the background at all times. No hint at the 7.5% ABV in the taste, which is always nice.

M- Surprisingly smooth for a stout bottled with carbon dioxide with a medium body. Goes down very easy.

O- An enjoyable beer. Though it is a little too much on the coffee-side for my preferences I think anyone that enjoys a nice sweet stout or dark brew in general will be pleased. A very smooth feel and goes down extremely easy - which says something to me for a beer that has a higher alcohol content than most. It may not be a favorite but I could see myself picking up another 6-pack in the future. Southern Tier, good job!

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Photo of russpowell
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DOB 12/28/2011, picked this up in KC

Pours mahogany with a thumb + of mocha colored head up front. Below average head retention & above average lacing

S: Mocha & coffee

T: Coffee, dryness & roastyness, plus dark fruit up front. Cocoa powder & roastyness as this warms, some dryness from the lactose & a bit of twang. Finishes dry, roasty & with a touch of lactose & chocolate milk

MF: Smooth carbonation & creamy body

A nice milk stout that impressed me. I will buy again & would love to see how a fresher version compares

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #234
Served On: 11/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: DOB: 05/17/12

Continuing with the Stouts - this one was from a sicker I snagged at A.K.A. Frisco’s in Frederick, MD while picking up some take-out for lunch yesterday.

Look: The brew appeared very dark with no light passing through. The head was at about 1-finger with a sandy tan color. Lacing was present, but not real impressive.

Smell: Peat smoke and a roasted earthy coffee bean character. The lactose was also noticeable along with some dark chocolate. A faint hop bouquet was mixed in to balance out the sweet component.

Taste: First up was the roasted coffee quality. The middle was the lactose sweetness hitting. Finish was a slight bitterness with some hops kicking in. The aftertaste had the roasted notes returning and fading into a lingering bitterness.

This was a very nice Milk Stout. I would have expected nothing less fro ST.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. dark brown/ black on the pour. Careful, the head sneaks up on you. Starts near nothing, but blossoms to a full 3 finger height. Head is tan/brown in color and sits on top the beer for a while at roughly 1/3" Lacing is nice.

s. Smell of yeast dominates the after poor, giving way to malt.

t. Malt, not as sweet as I had hoped, but somewhere between outstanding and very, very good. Rounded up to a 4.

m. Excellent up front, but seems to be a grit in the finish.

O. Reminds me of a Sam Adams cream stout, which is a compliment. Not as creamy, but a solid stout. Do not be scared off by the 'sweet' title.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black-velvet with a thin white-tan head that fades quickly leaving only a ring of thin fanged lacing on the sides. The beer is very dark and opaque but a couple of bubbles can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass and there are plenty of bubbles peppering the surface to showcase a solid amount of carbonation. The beer smells sweet and roasty with the sour lactose sugars enveloping everything in their odd candied embrace. Malts are rich and creamy with chocolate and roasted flavoring. The beer tastes rich with burnt coffee and slight chocolate tinge. There is a faint sour from the lactose sugars that plays nicely with the coffee flavor and an alcoholic pucker that resonates in the aftertaste as the coffee and roasted flavors die down. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little thin for the style. It leaves the mouth with a ghost of saliva and a very slight roasted dryness to the tongue. Overall this is a solid milk stout with nice coffee taste that does not show up in the nose. This beer is worthy of a taste.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - no date.

didn't know this stuff existed, but based on the fact that I love most of Southern Tier's stuff, I picked it up.

poured mostly opaque black, with brown around the edges. thin off-white head that fades quickly. mild roasty aroma. toasted marshmallow, vanilla.

the taste definitely sticks to the style of milk stouts. sweet, but not cloying. with just a bit of roasted character. maybe some oats too? very smooth body. thicker body, mild carbonation. drinks easy.

overall - a solid example of the style.

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Photo of Garlicjosh
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 finger light brown head
dissolves decently fast.

Deep black. in direct light you catch a little redish purple at the bottom of the glass

chocolate, slight banana, alcohol, lactose

taste: dark chocolate, slight fruit, alcohol, sugar
Heavy on the palaete, but smooth with a alcohol at the very end which lingers for a moment but fades.

I enjoy this, it's deep, heavy, good chocolate flavor that doesn't taste fake that is paired with a slight acidic componnet. I also like the alchol being slightly noticeable. But while I enjoy it, I also find it distracting. Interesting take for sure though

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A little brownish light gets through this one at the very bottom of the glass, but otherwise it is black. An off-white, quarter-inch head foams up and then quickly fades into a few wisps on the surface.

SMELL: Pleasant and soft roasted malt on the nose with a coffee and chocolate backbone. Upon sticking my nose in the glass a second time, I'm getting some nuttiness as well.

TASTE: Light, milk chocolate coming through big time, especially up front. Some undertones of coffee sneak in early on and build along with a slight bitter hoppiness towards the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This 2X is insanely easy to drink. Very light bodied for a stout. Sweet up front, dry in the back and creamy throughout. The 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be found in this thing.

OVERALL: If you want to find a dangerous beer, this is it. It is super easy to drink, but at the same time very tasty and full of flavor.

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Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a thin layer of tan foam. Nice lacing.

Lots of creamy lactose with roasted malt and chocolate notes.

Dark chocolate, roasted malt, some cream and coffee. A stronger alcohol presence through the middle and end. A bit astringent.

A nearly full and creamy mouthfeel. Slick.

A decent big milk stout, but the alcohol does not hide very well in it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown that, while very dark, does allow some light to peek through. The brown head that forms sits steady at about a finger in height and shows good retention. A couple rings of lacing are left in my snifter before going spotty but remaining consistent.
The nose offers mostly roasty malts and dark chocolate with just a hint of tangy sweet dark fruits and a ghost of pine from hops. It's a bit understated, but displays a heavy malts profile with good balance.
The flavor showcases the same, with the sweetness of the lactose sugars coming out more strongly and setting itself in harmony with the dry roastiness of the dark malts and the bittersweet chocolate notes. The balance really works well, as a nudge in either direction would make it too sweet or too dry. As it is, it mingles very well together. The slight tang of something like prune remains, though subtle, and hops presence is low but enough to further add to the balance and depth.
The body is on the heftier side of medium, perhaps verging into heavier, with a carbonation that is appropriately light while making for a bit of creaminess. There's a good smoothness to this beer as well.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a black, stouty brew. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. With a quick swirl this is easily reproducible. This retains briefly, leaving patterned stripes of lacing around the glass, and a big centralized aggregate of bubbles floating in the center of the liquid. Carbonation appears average, and no sediment is noted. The nose is predominated by sweeter, sugary malts, and malted chocolates. At times the malts actually smell on the paler side. Toffee and creamed coffee add an additional cooling sweetness, and a little bite with warmth. An iced banana bread sits on the far back. Our first impression is that the flavoring is quite robust. As we sip, sweetness of cream and white sugar mix with roasted coffee malts, and Tootsie Roll sweetness. Chocolate comes in the form of darker, more raw cocoa, and this persists to the peak, where the malts take on an equally dark, more coppery flavoring. The coffee beans enhanced throughout the tasting, themselves peaking just after the malts through the middle. Sweet synthetic cherry booze helps to cut any coffee and malty bitterness. The finish is bright with more metallics, booze, coffee, and chocolate, with the cherries fruitiness bordering more on cough syrup flavoring. The last malts we get are chalky, and drying to the palate. The body is syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp and smack to each sip, with pleasant corresponding cream and froth. The mouth is coated with a bubbly film, and as this recedes the palate is left feeling smooth and cooled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robustness of flavoring, and the nice balance it struck throughout. The flavorings are creamy, smooth, and sweet on one side, while the other side shows a hearty roast and char. Neither side really butts the other out too much, and we are left with another tasty brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass. Thanks to my BMC drinking pal, Joe, for thinking of me and always keeping some goodies on hand.

A- Pitch dark, near black color with a dense 1-plus finger head, mocha-tan color. Pure rings of lace.

S- Fresh roasted black coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malts and oats.

T- More dark cocoa and toasty oats and malts than coffee. The coffee aroma was so strong that I thought it would dominate the flavor. Some caramel and creamy sweets, too.

M- Good body and feel, chewy. It has enough hops for a little kick. Creamy.

O- Nicely balanced. The flavors blend. I just may have rated this a little higher if I'd have taken it on a winter day.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier
2X Stout

Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Off white, tan head forms and leaves behind a creamy wall of lace. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and charred malts. In the taste, lots of sweet lactose, brown sugar, milk chocolates, coffee and cream. There is a light smokey component, and a bit of alcohol comes through. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and oh so smooth. Overall, this is a very nice big milk stout, worth checking out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, one-finger head of light brown foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some roastiness.

T - Good milk chocolate flavor with some roastiness - almost coffee-like. A touch of piney hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty double milk stout. I was skeptical but now I'm glad I bought a six pack.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Small blotches of lacing polka-dot the glass.

S- chocolate and a lot of pine.

T- roasted malts and bitter, dark chocolate. Nice amount of pine hops that give it some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O- nice milk stout with good amount of hoppiness, which I like.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-oil black with a thin layer of tan head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring around the top

S-Chocolate, malt, and a light hint of lactose

T-Roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a sweet milk finish

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, nice roasted flavor, very smooth

Overall a decent beer, one of the better milk stouts I have had

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Photo of scratch69
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a fingers worth of light tan head. Nice ring of lacing after each swallow.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with some notes of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Sticky feel after the swallow.

Overall- A good beer from Southern Tier. I like their creme brulee better but this is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black with a light brown head of a quarter to half an inch. Little strands of lace that slide.

Cocoa and milky malts in the nose. Medium roastiness. Apparent sweetness. Grains and light hops.

Rugged with malts. Roasty char, sweet milk, dark chocolate, hop bitterness with a flair of citrus, general earthiness. Undercurrent of fusel alcohol. Good stuff.

Medium body. Somewhat lighter carbonation. Feels good. A little alcohol noise carrying over.

Pretty damn solid milk stout. Growing on me each time I have one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. DOB 02/14/12.

Appearance: Slips out a black body with a medium-small, short-lived, ecru head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts with a chunky vein of burnt cream atop notes of chocolate chips, lesser caramel, and even lighter notes of lemon rind and black licorice.

Taste: Table sugar dosed quick-chilled coffee with round, sweet tastes of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. It's got some sweetness, but definitely not over-the-top. There's a firm roastiness underneath without being a hard, harsh roastiness, helping to curb the initial sweetness along with some underlying hop bitterness. Extremely subtle hints of citrus, florals. Then, a bit of licorice candy. Sweet roastiness on the finish that's actually a bit crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's not the creamiest, most smooth milk stout on the block, but it's still fairly solid. I enjoyed it well enough.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black, completely opaque, the head was stiff and bubbly.

Dry malty, crackery and slightly charred there's a certain weakness." 2X" should be more pronounced.

The taste is grassy and earthy. Charred malts with a dry Graham cracker crust, there's a hidden chocolatey taste but that natural charred grass wins out.

Overall I like it, very rough around the edge but smooth at the same time.

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Photo of Daisylovesbeer57
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of this because I wanted a good stout and my closest ABC has a pitiful selection. This is a good brew, but not really memorable. I have tried this in the past and I can't remember it...

Pours nice into a standard pint glass with a thick tan head. Smells a little like rotten milk (my imagination?) Lucklily the taste is better. Slightly smokey, chocolately. Definitely a bitter finish, and I agree with others: it's not from hops. It's far better at room temperature when the flavors can open up.

All in all, a decent beer. I wish I didn't have a six pack, but because it is so subtle we'll have no problem drinking it. Probably wouldn't purchase again unless it's the only decent stout available at the time.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB globe. pours an oily black with slight tan head. Nice lacing.
Aromas of boozey sweet chocolate and roasted coffee malts. Taste is sweet roasted coffee malts. Some slight dried fruit and chocolate and vanilla flavors. Its a bit overly sweet, but otherwise a good above average stout. As true with most if not all stouts, let this one warm up. The flavors really come out as it warms...

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 3/5/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense tn head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, cream, toast, biscuit, and slight herbal hops. Very nice aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, cream, toast, light pine, and citrus. Some decent pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, cream, and toast on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of roasted flavors with the lactose; and a good bitterness/sweetness balance gives this zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice milk stout. Nice robust and balanced flavors; and quite smooth to drink. Maybe a bit too much hop character for a milk stout, but a damn good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

only $19.99 for a 64oz fill @ joe canal's in woodbridge ($1 additional off for bottle club members)

2 and a half fingers of head, almost boiling over on an average pour, cocoa foam with some large bubbles forming, the head intends to stick around for awhile. pitch black tone, no light is escaping this one, lacing is good, this is a good example of the style eyes wise

dry malt, dry hints of cocoa, slightly burnt french toast, caraway, an almost smoke blanket lies underneath tying it all together, tight and nice, like my sister... every note is in near perfect balance here, me diggy

taste etc...
carbonation bites just right crating a corridor between the initial sweetness to the chocolate bitterness and then cocoa puff sensation that leaves the mouth almost dry, a little lighter body wise than expected, maybe needs a touch of weight there to propel this to excellence, this is creamy without being uber rich, again the carbonation bites just at the right time to really separate the flavors.

a nice sipping brew, great with dessert, probably could use this in all sorts of recipes... definitely worth checking out, one of the better milk stouts I have had (not as if they are flooding the market of course)

music : ty tabor - naomi's solar pumpkin

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Photo of thepenguin
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/9/12

L: Well, it looks like a stout: jet black with a tan head.

S: Smells like cocoa powder. It’s roasty, but undercut by a certain sweetness.

T: The flavor follows the aroma: roasty with a very perceptible sweetness throughout. This beer is rich and some subdued dark malts pull through in the finish, but this is definitely offset by the sweetness. Also less lingering bitterness than one would expect from a stout of this strength. Alcohol is somewhat perceptible, and I’m also picking up hints of oak.

F: Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The lactose really shows its true colors with the mouthfeel. It is creamy and lush and leaves a gooey feeling in your mouth (in a good way!) A bit of warming alcohol in the post-sip.

Overall: Pretty solid non-imperial stout. It has a delightfully thick mouthfeel that I can only attribute to the lactose. Since I tend to prefer my stouts on the strong side, this one works quite well. The sweetness really makes this style unique but it is even more prevalent in this beer than other milk stouts I’ve had. Wouldn’t mind having this one again.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.