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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 390
Hads: 2,052
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 301 | 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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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. (998 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of deep tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles out quite quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Dark, malty notes of caramel, molasses, and smoky coffee.

T - Dark, sugary malt up front with notes of caramel and dark chocolate. More dark caramel in the middle with molasses and some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Finishes with complex notes of licorice, smoke, chicory, and dark cherries.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is a bit weak but the flavor profile is full and complex. It is unusually dry for a Southern Tier beer and this seems to suit it well, giving it a drinkability that you would never get in most of their other stouts. (754 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Capping the day off with a new brew to the area. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla bean, and the lightest possible touch of molasses. Everything's kinda laid back, not wanting self-expression to get anywhere close to out-of-hand. The taste brings in more of the same, with some darker roast, some sweeter cocoa, some bitter dark chocolate for the sake of it, a touch more vanilla bean, and a stronger (though still relatively subdued) vein of molasses. Right on. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a nice little cream stout, something I could actually see as a go-to milk stout (along with Left Hand and Young's). Good times. (823 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly without much lacing, over super dark pretty much black beer with the faintest hints of brown ruby light sneaking through the edges in direct light.

Nose brings some darker malts, no roast though, some dark crystal malts, hint of milk chocolate and chocolate milk, creamy lactose, a little bit of booze, caramel, hint of vanilla, and some earthy herbal hops. There is also a very slight grainy and nutty malt aroma.

Taste starts creamy, very creamy, lots of lactose, chocolate milk, and malty, caramel, lots of crystal malts, a hint of chocolate and maybe black patent malt. There is a light scorched roasty malt bitterness that isn't big, light acrid burnt flavor, but no roasted malt flavor. hint of coffee, and vanilla, light creme brulee. Light earthy hops round off it all with a hint of bitterness. The finish gets a bit more bitter, more light burnt flavors and burnt creme brulee, more light earthy hops, and plenty creamy chocolate milk shake. It gets a bit dry and sticky on the finish with a weird milky lactose feel.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied but very creamy, decent carb for the style.

Overall not bad but not quite my style and not great either. Some OK flavors but some not quite what I was expecting. No real off flavors just not very pleasant flavors. (1,337 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, lactose, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a smoky roasted malt character up front followed by mild flavors of milk chocolate and black coffee. There are touches of dark fruit and lactose in the background. The hop presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are many other choices in the style that I would choose first. (850 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Attractive dark golden brown brew with plenty of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Quite sweet and tangy at the same time. Hints of chestnut and orange marmalade. Warm roasted malt with a touch of vanilla. Bitter chocolate touch and bitter finish. Intersting brew though hard to drink much. From the 22 oz bottle purchased in Oak Harbor, Washington. (379 characters)

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. (896 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been quite a while since I've tried anything new from Southern Tier.

This has two hop and three malt varietals. There is a clear hop influence noticed as an accent and a pretty decent sweet tone, as a milk stout. The hops do seem to grab a little more attention than I would expect for the style, but it works. A different interpretation of the style, but a nice one. (368 characters)

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 (528 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

I find Southern Tier beers to be very hit or miss, and this one is definitely a miss. Poured a dark mostly-black color with a thin, wispy off-white head that dissipated almost completely; no real lacing to speak of. Not much on the aroma, some roasty malts, touch of cocoa. Taste was really very bland and one-dimensional, with simple dark roasted malts, and distant notes of cocoa and mild hops; tannin astringency abounds; dry finish with no flavor lingering. Thin and watery, light-bodied for the style, and really nothing here that would inspire me to order the beer again. (619 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
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- (2,032 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an overshaped chalice, I get deep dark abyss absorbs all visible light in the body. Big mocha tan head forms thick like a barista just made me something special with extra froth. Fine even lacing between sips pretty nice looking effort from upstate NY. Arom I get dusted cocoa, creamy milk chocolate candy offerings, with some dry roasted malt notes. Flavor is super sweet coats the sides of the palate rushes you with a sweet chocolate syrup notes, enough dark roasted malt character to balance it out to keep it from becoming sickeningly sweet. Dark chocolate dry finish with a hint of creamed coffee, herbal hops barely linger in there. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied definitely sweet to round out the palate but it's not cloying in anyway. Overall it's a 12 ounce offering from Southern Tier that represents something different than their mainstream diabetes inducing blackwater series which started out amazing as a beer called IS that to this day stands out as an amazing Imperial Stout that they've never recaptured since the first year I tried that beer. This is a step in the right direction away from Creme Brulee, Choklat, Jahva, and Mocha. (1,169 characters)

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. (1,096 characters)

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. (228 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that doesn't stay around very long before becoming a wispy patch. Some dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, lactose (giving a sour touch) and some alcohol.

The taste is very much of chocolate. The sweet, dark chocolate is balanced by sour lactose and mild roast. The alcohol is quite apparent - almost harsh. It has a fairly long finish.

It is pretty silky - full-bodied but not thick. The moderate carbonation fits it well enough.

This is a nice, chocolatey, with sour notes, "sipper". (563 characters)

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. (901 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma features a lot of chocolate and a good bit of roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The chocolate and nut notes really come through, as does some roasted malt. I also get some oats and lactose and cream notes in the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (328 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack of this at the brewery's tasting room on 12/23/11. Poured into a ST tulip also purchased at the tasting room that day.

Pours a very deep brown that borders on black. There's a half inch of dense, brown head that great retention. The nose is heavy on the roasted malts with hints of coffee. The lactose sugars give off a sweetness that you can smell as well. The taste is deep, roasted malts and coffee up front with sweet, sugary finish. There is just enough bitterness here for the hops to be noticeable and add a little balance. There are some noticeable alcohol esters throughout that add body and warmth. The mouthfeel is close to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty solid milk stout. The flavors mesh well and there are enough hops to cut the sugary sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable throughout which detracts a little bit from the overall flavor, but adds body so maybe it evens out. In the end I enjoyed it. (960 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a one inch head.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate is all you can detect.

Taste: roasted malt, milk chocolate,a hint of prunes, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent milk stout that has a nice flavor profile. It is not as big as the 2X IPA but it is satisfying. (414 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Two Times a Sout goes into the glass easy like, with a black color and a flimsy off white, burnt sugar cap that has nice legs, leaving nice glides of lace.

Smell is of sweet chocolate, lactose, milk duds. Those are the good things. The bad things are that some metal scents come through and some coca-cola vibes as well, makig me think this one is probably better fresh.

Two times a stout is sweet and rich with vanilla and milk, lactose tastes, with some chocolate malts. Don't really pick up any of the 7.5%. Sweet yet not overbearing like the blackwater series.

Feel is pretty slick, this goes down pretty easy with no off putting alcohol burn. The lactose could linger a bit, yet I've had much sweeter milk stouts. Im liking the balance on this. The body is a bit thinner than medium.

All in all, a good offering that I may go back to from time to time if it comes out again. I think one bottle in a sitting is plenty though. (965 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of roasty, bitter, coffee flavors and sweeter, creamy, lactose. I get a little bit of a chocolaty flavor to it as well. Nice aroma for the style.

The taste has a bitter, dark chocolate and roasted malt malt flavor throughout. The finish is where I get a little more of the creamy, sweeter lactose coming out. The flavors compliment each other well.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side and pretty creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the stye. The sweeter, creamy, lactose was a very nice compliment to the bolder, roasted malts. Very flavorful and drinkable beer and a very nice one of the style. (840 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with DOB dating.

Pour is near black , minor dark tan head, leaves just a slight colar and next to no lace.

Dusty chocolate and sweet milk notes in the nose.

Flavorful stout, more sweet chocolate and milky notes on the palate. Sweet but not near cloying. Quite enjoyable offering. Nice with any sort of chocolate dessert. Worth giving a try. (359 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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. (493 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of light roast, chocolate, and caramel with hints of vanilla and light fruit. The flavor is roasty and smokey with lots of chocolate and caramel as well as vanilla and dark fruits. Wow I wasn't expecting such a complex flavor based on the aroma. Medium body with a moderate level of antiabortion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice stout, I'm glad I picked one up the other day. (487 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.