2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,881
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 51
Gots: 178 | 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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a modest head that is not very stouty; leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Lactose and chocolate, with fruity undertones

Taste: The lactose comes through more than the chocolate, up front, and by mid-palate, there is both dark fruit and a hint of citrus; after the swallow, the lactose returns, leaving a sweet impression on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: You can tell this is a Southern Tier beer, with the sweet and chocolate tones that have become the trademark of their stouts; I find them enjoyable in small quantities and this is no exception; glad it is is a 12 oz bottle

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sultry, silky, velvety, and in the end- simply lush, the "Nitro" taste, texture and appearance of this Milk Stout mimics the character of milkshake with pin-point precision. Its an absolute delight of a Stout.

Common to Guinness, the black ale pours with a thick and creamy appearance as the nitro-infusion lumbers to separate from the body of the beer- creating the charming "cascade" effect to mesmerize the eye. Once settled, the dense and creamy head tops the beer like mousse to cap a malty milkshake.

Mild roast, chocolate, heavy whipping cream and walnut aromas fight to garner attention through the thick barrier of foam. Slightly woodsy and smoky- the aromas are overall light. But to taste, the medium roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate open up for a savory and decadent set of flavors. Developing into a moderate wood and walnut bitterness in finish, the ale crispens up considerably to close.

Medium-full in weight, the creaminess of hot cocoa and marshmallow cream gives impressions of added weight. But as the nitrogen quickly dissipates, it leaves behind a light bodied and somewhat watering feel. Yet, the ale offers no astringency or harshness- only mild alcohol warmth that's seductive and unexpected.

The Stout hides its strength and power well. The senses are easily seduced by the nitro infusion. Yet it mutes aromas and offers some give-and-take in the mouthfeel department.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some lactose notes is pretty impressive. Taste is a nice balanced mix between some light dry roasted malt notes which are offset by loads of lactose with a subtle dry coffee finish. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great drinkability factor.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with lots of lacing on a black body with almost no light getting through.

S: mild sweet roast but not very prevalent. Vanilla notes.

T: more cream and vanilla in the flavor, nicely done, on a slightly bitter roasted malt backgrOund. No real hop flavor.

M: full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the amount of vanilla and cream was well done but still not all that memorable for me.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a moderate mocha colored head on top. There wasn't much lacing, the retention wasn't too bad though. The smell of the beer has a nice mellow roasted aroma with a bit of chocolate on the nose also. The taste of the beer was sweet upfront with a solid bitter roasted dark chocolate finish. The mouthfeel was creamy, medium amount of carbonation and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good in my opinion, I liked the mouthfeel the most I think. I can definitely see myself having this beer again one day.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent milk stout. the pour is a shiny black obsidian color, glassy and smooth looking, with an inch of dying tan head. the nose is definitely sweet from the milk sugars, but not tooth rotting sweet i dont think. syrupy dark malts and a generic yeast round out the aroma. flavor has a lot of cocoa notes, which are great with the residual sugar in this beer, but i find it just a little too sweet, even for the style. its not like the creme brulee, but i can see similar properties and they scare me. alcohol is very well hidden though. thick feel, velvety in texture all smooth and everything, but a little sticky and tar like with its lacking carbonation. wouldnt want to do more than maybe two bottles of this. not my favorite southern tier beer, which have always been really hit or miss for me. worth a try though as there just arent that many milk stouts out there anymore it seems...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5%

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,881 ratings.