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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

1,716 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,716
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 131 | 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 Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz bottle, 7.5% abv. Very dark brown, nearly black color. Mahogamy edges. Good looking tan head disappears quicker than I hoped, leaving nothing in the way of lace.

Roasted malt, with some coffee tones. Chocolate smells a bit darker than the milk chocolate I thought would be present. A twinge of citrusy hop aroma.

I found some milk chocolate in the mouth. The roasty flavors are not very strong. Plenty of sweetness to go around. Chocolate flavor is nice, but the finish has an earthy, herbal and ashy harsh flavor.

Lighter to medium body, with lower carbonation. A thin, creamy feel. Alcohol is hidden well. Not bad, until you get to the finish. I was expecting better.

Bierguy5, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JohnBender, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jame515, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%

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 jak
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jak, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Kopfschuss, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MacQ32, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Served in a mug at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Body is black with ruby/mahogany hues on the edges. A small tan head settles on top, leaves behind a little lacing.

S: Muted nose - milk chocolate and cocoa powder, but I expected more oomph in the nose, especially from Southern Tier. Might've been served a wee bit too cold.

T: Cocoa powder, some chocolate malt and lactose is noted. Touch of vanilla. Sweet, mainly, but doesn't come across as too sweet or cloying; there's some roastiness there too. A good representation of this style. Close to deserving a bump up in the score here.

M: Smooth, pretty creamy. Carbonation is modest, making it feel pretty creamy and resulting in me drinking this one pretty quickly. Call it medium in heft, but it drinks lighter.

O: Good stuff. Creamy and tastes like a milk stout should. Score bumped up here to reflect overall impression.

Kendo, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

WanderingFool, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint at Joe Pizza in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a thin, one-finger head of bubbly, off-white carbonation which left a bit of lacing and a slick of foam in the glass.

S: Highly roasted malt characteristic with a sweet, rustic bread dough scent thrown in. Hints of coffee, hot cocoa and some herbal, charred hops spice up the smell a bit.

T: Smooth, sweet and mellow roasted flavor throws oatmeal and chocolate malt sweetness at the palate first. A sweet, milky flavor takes hold, letting off some creamy, caramel and toffee flavors before washing back with a mild, roasted bittersweet cocoa nib flavor that brings it all together against a slight, spicy and boozy aftertaste.

M: Rich, bold and sweet with a little lactose left on the palate. Smooth and balanced throughout, it doesn't drink as strong as it is.

O: A pretty well-done double-milk stout from Southern Tier, ringing in at a dangerously drinkable 7.5% ABV. It's good and certainly worth a try, although you couldn't session it for several reasons. It's pleasant enough to have one or two over a meal or with dessert and I'd definitely have it up again.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ElGallo, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Not bad looking, a little brown leaks into the blackness, head was about two fingers and dissipated into a sheen, leaving ok lace.

Nose: Gentle roasty malts, coffee, sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: definitely tasting the sweet milk stout character, notes of coffee and chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, toasted bread, a little nuts.

Body is slick, sweet, and pretty thick, pretty good for a milk stout.

Once again Southern Tier has brewed a beer that I like. This may not be world class but it's damn tasty and I'm glad I have a whole sixer of it. I will definitely buy it again.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a faint burgundy hue when held up to the light. The head is a one finger mocha color that fades into a thickish collar around the glass in short order.

S: Mild dark and milk chocolates, a hint of caramel, and some roasted malts. A nice smelling beer, only hindered by its weak aroma.

T: Fruitier in the taste than in the smell. A light sensation of chocolate-covered cherries gives way to a finish of ash and lactic twang. Not much flavor or balance - can't say I'm a fan of this one, really.

M: The carbonation in this is pretty strong, to the point of almost detracting from the rest of the beer. Not much of an aftertaste, the finish trails off the palate too quickly.

O: I'm coming to the realization I don't like sweet stouts, most notably the lactose sugar presence they contain. Even taking that out of the equation, this simply isn't that good by the standards of the style. Worth a try if you really (and I mean really) like the style, I suppose, but I won't be revisiting this one - my first misfire from Southern Tier.

EDIT: I actually disliked this more than I thought, to the point where I couldn't finish more than half of it, ergo scores have been adjusted accordingly.

ThisWangsChung, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 02/08/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a little brownish red at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of creamy light tan head with good retention. Lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and lactose. Also some hints of oatmeal, milk, coffee, and caramel. Light presence of earthy hops in the background along with a light hint of dark fruit. A pretty sweet and chocolate forward aroma.

Taste: Starts out with a big sweet taste of the roasted malts with a good amount of chocolate, oats, and lactose with a hint of coffee and milk. Midway comes a surprisingly strong presence of hops for a sweet stout. Hops are a mix of citrus and earthy hops. Pretty well balanced even though chocolate is the most noticeable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy. Somewhat syrupy but very slick. Starts sweet and has a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid stout. Nice hop presence for a milk/sweet stout.

MattyG85, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A- Deep deep brown, garnet highlights. Head is one finger, and tan. Lasts mediocrely. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is deep and pleasant. Chocolate-heavy with underpins of charcoal and espresso. Toes the line between standard stout and sweeter stout aromas.
T- I saw it was listed as a milk stout on here and the box confirms this, but im not getting too much residual sweetness. It's faintly sweet up front with strong dark chocolate flavors. Finish has a long, burnt flavor with charcoal and coffee grounds. Very tasty.
M- the body is decent but it doesn't have that nice rounded characteristic of many milk stouts. A bit rough around the edges.
O- A very tasty stout. The body could use smoothing, but it brings good flavors to the table.

jsprain1, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Lukass, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

thufflife, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +5.3%

AndrewMichael, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

Finnegan's here in town has $3.50 nitro drafts on Thursdays, and this was one of the specials yesterday. Sounded the most tempting. Came out a jet black with the typical hazy drift of mocha tinted nitro bubbles creeping to the top creating the creamiest of heads. Looks like a dallop of whipped cream on top.

Aromas of sweet cream, chocolate, and lightly roasted coffee beans. The beer is not as smooth as I'd anticipated given its nitro-backing. Still a nice bite to it. Easy to drink though. I had no problem putting the gulp to this one. Creamy chocolate, roasted character, light vanilla on the back end. Easy finish. A nice beer.

Onenote81, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost black. About a 1-1.5 finger head, light brown. Fades fairly quickly. Slight lacing around the edges.

S- Typical stout smell- malts, chocolate, and slight coffee smell. Definitely smell a little bit of the alcohol, but not too boozey.

T- Slight chocolate/milk taste, roasted malts apparent.

M- Pretty smooth and drinkable throughout. Not too heavy for a stout.

O- Not quite as sweet as a lot of stouts that I've had. Nowhere near as sweet as the Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Overall not bad, would consider drinking again but definitely not my favorite milk stout that I've had.

jaasen64, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

justintcoons, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

richkrull, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

bmwats, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

pours out a nearly opaque brown and black mix with some garnet hues peaking through. tan head rises and falls leaving a bit of clinging lace. dark roasted malt aroma with a surprisingly girthy flowery hop aroma. a touch of lactic and milk chocolate for good measure. a good dose of charred malt flavour with residual acrid bitterness is dominant. a slight boozy kick intrudes...then there is a tame lactic aspect whispering some ripe fruity flavours and hints of yeast, cocoa and nougat. floral hops do more than enough to tame any cloying aspects with some welcome back end bitterness. really surprised that this seems more stout than milk stout. it is sweet, but not as much as i was anticipating. nevertheless it has a full, rich body and a pleasant, sturdy, semi-slick mouthfeel. this stout is just plain solid and a has nice drinkability...especially on a blustery january evening.

overall i'm impressed with this stout. the sweet and sour lactic notes are muted, it certainly has a double stout taste and feel to it, and it never comes across as cloying or syrupy. after being underwhelmed by previous southern tier offerings, i would consider this a definite must try and would highly recommend for winter time consumption.

budgood1, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -21.1%

AleWatcher, Aug 24, 2013
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,716 ratings.