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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,835 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 47
Gots: 159 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Morey on 12-18-2011)
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Photo of TCMike
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

TCMike, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

DoubleSimcoe, May 14, 2012
Photo of melza
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

melza, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewd with 2 varietes of hops and 3 types of malts." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a premium price at Ramirez Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually like Southern Tier. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely tan colour. Good cream. Good thickness. Good (~4+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Opaque. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style but there's room for improvement. Not unique or special.

Sm: Milky notes, cream, dark malts, chocolate malt. Light hints of fleeting vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Subtle lactose. No hop character is obvious.

T: Dark malts, a bit of caramel, and chocolate malt comprise the backbone/foundation. Milk chocolate. Some sugary sweetness. A light touch of vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No obvious hop character. Not getting any roast. Nicely sweet - not overly so - though many will likely criticize this beer for that aspect. Overall, it's balanced if a biteen simple. Nicely subtle. I like the build. A tasty stout, all around.

Mf: Nicely creamy, smooth, and wet. Complements the flavour profile well. Pretty well carbonated. Apt. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but few beers in the style are. Good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft. Full-bodied.

Dr: A drinkable and enjoyable "double milk stout." I'd definitely get it again, even at the high price (~$6) I paid for it. A solid brew from Southern Tier. Really approachable and drinkable. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle alone. A tasty brew overall. Good execution.

B-

kojevergas, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hoegaarden hex glass from bottle

A: Almost black with minimal frothy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sugary lactose sweetness, mild coffee, milk chocolate, minimal hints of sweet alcohol and grassy hops. Very sweet.

T: Sweet lactose sugar up front with a fair amount of cocoa. There is an earthy/grassy hop component battling with a smoky flavor in the finish. Good flavors separately, but I don't feel like they're blending together that well.

M: Full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation for how thick it actually is. I know that might contradict itself a bit, but really, this beer is heavier than you first think it is.

O: Not a bad offering, but really not my favorite representation of the style. I preferred terrapin moohoo and riverhorse oatmeal milk stout.

ReelBigwigFish, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of tut2528
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black as night with no transparency whatsoever. Minimal head formation, but a thin film hugs the side of the glass.

S: big roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee grounds dominate the nose. Not getting much sweetness on this one. Nothing else is coming through other than a mild alcohol burn.

T: very robust coffee notes and roasted malt completely dominate the body on this one. I pick up on a bitter dark chocolate as well. I honestly am not picking up that much milk/creaminess as I thought I would….its actually very subtle and I find myself reaching for it.

M: medium bodied, not as big as I expected. It leaves a mild touch of alcohol and roasted malt on the palate after the finish.

O: it’s a nice brew, very basic, decent drinkability but dont think it resembles this style very well. the milk is very subtle as well as the sweetness.

tut2528, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Fbonno
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%

Fbonno, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a mocha colored head. No lace nor retention. Boo, hiss.

Dark roast coffee and char aroma. Some burn sugary something in there as well.

Bold, grainy and full o' roast malt. Surprisingly, very little lactic sweetness. Char and slightly nutty.

Pretty monotone. ST says 2 hops and 2 malts and it shows. Simpler is not always better, I'd like more depth.

donkeyrunner, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Swim424
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Pours a dark brown with a small head java colored, that fell quickly, leaving a partial layer on top.

S-Weak scent, smells of a hint of mocha and thats about it.

T-Tastes a bit sweet upfront, that sort of hangs in there till the end, with maybe a hint of mocha in the middle. Also has a slight taste of alcohol mixed in on the finish.

MF-Medium body, on the thinner side of it. Leaves a sweet coating taste throughout your mouth.

O-This is pretty good. Nothing exceptional. Nice sweetness to it, lacking a bit of flavor, but nice to sip on.

Swim424, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of wac9
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i want to love this beer i want like this beer i read the reviews , man im in a slump , ita a milk stout why does it leave a boozy aftertaste in your mouth . oh but what a frist taste and going down is mighty fine dont know what else to say at 7.5 that too high , drink and enjoy it dark nothing finer then that

wac9, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Daytonadolphin9
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%

Daytonadolphin9, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black body holds a tan cover that leaves a bit of lacing. Opaque save a ruby edge when held to light.

Smell: Coffee, roasted and slightly soured grain.

Taste: Coffee really punches through a sweet malty base. Roasted coffee and grain blend to give a generally balanced, rich flavor. Earthy hop profile keeps it traditional in style.

Mouthfeel: Some odd blend of fizzy and creamy. The fizz was a bit annoying, but once it degassed for a bit, it got much better.

Overall: A nice sipper. I like Southern Tier, but they seem to go with a "flavored" beer. The added flavor here is the coffee, but a slightly sickly sweet vanilla something in the background. It's a good overall package, a slow sipper.

Thanks to Vic for bringing a sample up from San Antonio

HardTarget, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I jumped any Southern Tier, so in preparation for the arrival of the 2x Rye, thought I'd pick one of these up. 12 oz. bottle.

The beer flows out of the bottle like a moonless night...OK, it's a stout, so it's black. Nose features a shockwave of roast & a smattering of chocolate chips. I can only tease out the lactose notes because I read it on the label, it's playing hide-and-seek with the aggressively loined roast. Good way to open up.

2X Stout is like drinking the air at a Starbucks. The roast is just as crazed as in the nose, bleeding roast out of every orifice. The milkiness is a bit jarring: I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't gel well, maybe because of the sheer quantity of the roast, which I love on its own. Chocolate is relatively toned down, along with a nice bitterness that finishes up. Shared a few ounces with my wife, & I can say that a 10 oz. snifter of this would be enough.

A pretty good beer that lacks that certain something; not up to some of the gems in Southern Tier's portfolio, but still pretty good.

maximum12, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is lots of roasted malts, smoke, some bitterness, a small hint of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of joebeerdude
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm expecting the sweetness to come through loud and clear with a milk stout but it's not happening for me. It's got more hopiness taste than what I'd expect in a milk stout or maybe that is alcohol coming through . I'd call it a 'big' beer and I pretty much like anything in that category. I'm not picking up what I'd call a refined smell. Kind of rawness about it to my nose. Contrary to some other posts I'm not finding this to be high in smoothness. I'm getting a lingering hop / bitterness aftertaste. If this was a style that would get better with age then that is what I'd recommend to make it better. Bottled on date 12/29/2011

joebeerdude, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of tkarsies
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having tried many of Southern Tier over-the-top flavor beers (Creme Brulee, Chokolat), I thought it would be worth giving this a try, especially as the weather cools.

Served at cellar temp and allowed to gradually warm. In standard pint glass.

Small tan head over black. Leaves lacing throughout. Looks as I would expect.

Smell is a hint of roasted malt and hops. A bit of a disappointment.

Taste is better. Roasted malt, a bit of sweetness beside the malt. Hops are more prominent than I was expecting with a milk stout. Would have liked a bit more of the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the style and strength. Carbonation is light.

Overall not what I was hoping for. While not bad, it is a bit lacking for style or for the expected ST strong-flavored brews. Alcohol is a bit evident in the taste and is noticeable by the end of a couple. Will finish the sixer but not sure I will be hunting this down again any time soon.

tkarsies, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of PaulyB83
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark coffee

S- Sweet coffee

T- Burnt coffee with edge of sweetness

M- Milky, lactose

O- Not very impressed with this one, expected more from what the aroma gave me. Didn't care for the over powering burnt coffee taste. All other aspects of this were good though.

PaulyB83, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of jmarklan
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This is the first beer i've tried from southern tier so i'm kindof excited.

A: Pours a deep black color that lets very little light through it, a little red around the edges, nice color. Not much of a head though, quickly dissipating and virtually no lacing.

S: Slight chocolate, dark fruit, molasses? Touch of alcohol as well. Smells good, just a little weak.

T: Roasted malt throughout, chocolate up front. Dark fruit and some molasses in the middle with the roastiness rounding up the finish with some sweet, fruity alcohol as well.

M: Pretty smooth, nice feel, nice carbonation, but for a stout of above average stregnth i'd like something a bit heavier.

Overall:Not as sweet as i'd expect, not as thick as i would have liked. Not what i hoped for, but still good. I've heard really good things about this brewery so i'll keep trying their brews out.

jmarklan, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of confer
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque. Not a hint of light gets through a pint glass.Almost no head at all.
Light roasted malt smell.
Good mix of the bitter roasted malts and a touch of the sweet lactose.
A good stout that is on the lighter side of stouts. I'd drink it again but like the Blackwater series much more.

confer, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super dark brownie brown. Quick head and no residual foam after a few sips.

Dry chocolate cream with some black coffee bean. Strong roasted malt presence in the nostrils, but always with creamy undertones.

Milk chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Burnt coffee beans mix with the milky chocolate in the middle of the palate. I think the alcohol thins out this oily palated beer. Their's some warmth, but it seems to go along with teh flavor pretty well. Not a bad sipper.

scruffwhor, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Edward19
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Limp Lizard in Liverpool, NY. The beer had a great head and awesome mouthfeel. I would definitley get this beer again. I will say as the beer warmed up the flavor was much better. So i would recommend drinking this at room temperature.

Edward19, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Rborre321
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

Rborre321, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of JWU
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- looks like coffee, with a fizzy an head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- I pickup a lot of the lactose on the smell, with a mild mocha character.

T- Starts with a hit of lactose sweetness, with a bit of a coffee bitterness. There's a hop bite mid sip as well. Transitions into a mild mocha flavor before a big lactose/sugary sweetness on the finish.

M- Thin for what a double stout should be, with a medium carbonation. oddly dry and sweet at the same time on the finish.

O- I love Southern Tier, but this isn't their finest effort.
Needs more roasty-ness and a heavier dose of dark chocolate for my liking.

JWU, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Black and opaque color, with a finger's worth of tan head. Retention of the head is fair and lacing is good.

S: Aromas have chocolate malts and a light coffee-like roasted smell. Some earthy hops as well.

T: Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Also has some woody/earthy hop bitterness. It's not as sweet as other milk stouts, which kind of surprises me since everyone says how sweet ST beers are. Has some alcohol warmth.

M: Carbonation is on the low end and the body is medium. I don't get the creaminess you'd expect from a milk stout. Finishes dry and has chocolate aftertastes as well as bitterness of toasted grain.

O: Overall a good beer, but seems to miss the marks of a sweet/milk stout. Seems closer to an American stout or perhaps an RIS to me.

sommersb, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin, almost non-existent head. Black as night in terms of color.

S - Mostly chocolate with some hints of coffee and roast.

T - I tasted more roasted malts and bitter chocolate than anything. There was some sweetness in there, but I didn't pick up on it as much as others have in previous reviews. Still a tasty stout, though. The hops are definitely present in this one, and I think their bitterness may have overpowered the sweet aspect a little.

M - Pretty smooth, for the most part. Filling as well. I think that this aspect of this beer would improve hand-over-fist in a nitro-tap.

O - When I drink a milk stout, I expect creaminess, sweet, and a lot of chocolate. This one didn't deliver quite as much on the creamy side as I would've liked. Left hand milk stout, to me, is the comparative piece for a solid milk stout, and I think this beer falls short of LHMS. Still a well-done stout though, and I highly recommend it.

RWLawman, Nov 07, 2012
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,835 ratings.