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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

2X Stout2X Stout

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86
very good

1,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 1484
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%


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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thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It smells like a chocolate milkshake with some coffee and roasted qualities. Hop bite upfront with that cappuccino and slight milkshake taste ending with some chocolate and herbal hops.

The taste is definitely the best thing about this beer. It has a very creamy taste but the texture/mouthfeel itself is not. It can some times be mistaken for a soda because of the zing at the beginning from the hops and carbonation.

The roasted malts really meld nicely with the bitterness and is a unique stout because of how tasty it is yet not very thick like a traditional stout. Definitely a good beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:47:46 | More by thebrood1987
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black appearance, very short khaki colored head with weak retention. Heavy cream, milk chocolate, with mild hints of ground coffee and vanilla bean. Sharp raw espresso flavor with vanilla and cream on the initial sip. Caramel sweetness with some even, balanced hops. Relatively flat, simple overall body. Some touches of cherries and sugared dates reveal themselves, following into a strictly coffee & cream aftertaste. Creamy, sweet, bittersweet. A great example of a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 23:59:38 | More by YouSkeete
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into pint glass.

A: This one pours dark, dark brown and forms a one finger tan head. Retention is good.

S: Smell is very lactic and sweet. I pick up notes of chocolate and coffee, as well.

T: The taste is also very lactic and chocolatey. You do get a bit of a hop bite and bitter coffee taste toward the end. There's a very nice balance of flavors, here.

M: Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and really easy drinking.

O: This beer is very yummy and easy to drink. There's a nice sweetness that's balanced out by a bitter finish. Very nice.

Another good ST brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 00:27:50 | More by TTAmod
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a half finger of a tan head

Smell is roasted coffee, cream, caramel, Man I get a lot of coffee

Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cream, bittering sweetness?, mild earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter then expected for 7.5, medium light, a little high in carbonation for the style imo, creamy finish though

Nice stout here, good deal and not that ridiculous sweetness of the backwater crap(I mean series) Give it a go if you see it. Live, 2xIpa, IPA, Pumking and now this, I am really starting to like this brewery. Besides the overly sweet backwater series I have liked everything I have tried from this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:33:21 | More by nickapalooza86
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Pours a dark chocolate colour. Huge notes of chocolate on the nose. Tastes of dark fruits, smoke and bitter chocolate. Ample sweetness, but dry on the finish thanks to a strong dose of hops. Full-bodied for sipping and savouring.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:50:00 | More by CookstLiquor
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night and super thick. The bubbles take some time to work their way to the top.

S: A subtle sweetness. Some coffee and chocolate as well. Maybe a little marshmallow. Pretty light smelling for how thick it seems.

T: A sourness and alcohol are the star players here. Roasty coffee and a sweetness come in second. It's an interesting taste but I'm not sure this is what I was hoping for in a stout. I think if the alcohol was toned down a little bit this would be a lot nicer.

M: Sits with a heavy body. Bubbles compliment it decently.

Overall a pretty nice beer. It's not mind blowing and that alcohol is the star player which isn't what I was looking for. Maybe worth checking out but not crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:22:55 | More by Jamesthebrit
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pants678

California

2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a thin off-white head.

Very slightly milky nose.

Chocolate hardly comes through and the hops are too prevalent. Narwhal gets by with meaner hops because it's rich, this is far from. Even when the lactose kicks in it's still a tame bore of a stout.

Too carbonated for the style. Stain is mild.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:32:50 | More by pants678
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. $1.99 loose bottle pick up

Appearance
The pour is yields a nightly black body with a small deep tan head and not a lot of lace left.

Smell
Dusty choco powder like in the cereal box and sweet milk sugers in the nose. It smells like an adult glass of count chocula which should be interesting.

Taste and Body
A taste that mirrors the nose. There is a lot going on and it all rises above the simple nose. Overall there isnt as much sweetness or thick body as I was expecting.

In comparison to the other milk stouts, it had a nice balance that seemed to be more alined to a sweet stout than the milky desert beers that I usually run into in the milk stout side of life. I liked it for its unique take on the category and the price is right as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:50:21 | More by TubaManJack
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like stouts so I bought this on a whim at Tom's in East Lansing. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a short beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving fine rings of lace on the glass.

S: Wowee, milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, barley, malts, hickory smoke, has a very rich, roasted, aroma to it

T: Man this is good, I can really tastes those lactate sugars as mentioned on the bottle, makes me crave a herheys bar so bad. Rich, thick, roasted coffee flavor, hints of vanilla, it is quite sweet, has earthy, smoky tones to it, twang of hops at the finish

M: Rich, full body with ample amounts of carbonation and balances well with the flavor. Very rich, robust, complex, hoppy, bitter finish towards the end.

O: Overall this was what I was hoping for, the smell of it was astounding, love that early morning coffee smell. All around this was great and I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 16:47:02 | More by Mavigo
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Definitely some lactose, but more chocolate and coffee than expected. Sweet cocoa, mild and sweet coffee. Mild pine and floral hops.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Moderate retention and some lacing. Medium brown head, inconsistent color, some dark and light patches. Better retention and lacing as the temperature increases.

Taste: Bitter espresso, cocoa, grassy citrus hops. Very pleasant and savory. Some mild lactose. Lightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Slightly worty, mostly neutral, lightly acidic (similar to a coffee). Finishes dry.

Overall: Bold, both sweet and bitter, but not harsh on either end. Nicely done. Not much of a classic milk stout, but that's no matter.

Note: Drank on 4/1/2012.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:52:28 | More by soulfly1492
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raznug

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This stout pours a black color and is topped with a 1” of brown colored head that tends to linger quite a few sips into the pint.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all roasted malts and not a whole lot else.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is a lot of roasted malts like the aroma but it also has chocolate and vanilla flavors to it.
Mouthfeel: This is a very creamy beer like a milk stout should be a bit of the heavy bodied side but rather easy drinking and flavorful brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 18:32:45 | More by raznug
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice very dark, with minimal head. Looks good.
Not much aroma other than chocolate milk. Very milky aroma.
Taste is a very bland chocolate milk, heavy on the milk. It seems like mild muddle of milk and chocolate. It brings back (very bad) memories of afternoon milk snack in elementary school in the late 50's. (Qualifier: I don't like or drink milk unless it has cereal in it.) This beer isn't bad, but it comes close enough for me. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:46:01 | More by deaconoflove
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this again after having on nitro.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown into a standard pint glass with three fingers of beige head that stick around for a while. As the head fades it lines the glass with delicate brown lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and a bit of lactose. A bit of sweetness for sure but not a ton in the nose.

Taste: Silky smooth chocolate with more coffee than I got from the aroma. This is a very tasty stout with nice sweetness and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but goes down smoothly and dangerously easy at 7.5%. Very creamy and a stout I could drink for a while.

Overall: A very solid offering and far better on nitro-tap. Definitely worth seeking out and a solid all-around beer from Southern Tier.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-08-2012 16:29:23 | More by Mikecap
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Motor oil black with no head. No light shines through when held up to a light. swirling the beer in a tulip glass results in a small amount of cocoa colored lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some burnt, roastyness. solvent-like alcohol notes in the background. sweetness too.

T: Chocoolate Milk in beer form is my first impression. The lactose adds a vanilla like sweetness to the dark chocolate/roasted malts that makes the whole thing meld beautifully. As it warms up, the flavors get more complex and the bitterness is more apparent yet still a bootnote.

M: Slick and oily with a big chewy body. a chalkyness lingers after a few sips. low carbination

O: In a word full of great stouts 2X falls somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 01:25:47 | More by guityler83
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TCMike

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 23:00:21 | More by TCMike
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donmonkey1

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a nice, frothy, tan head. The head dissipates faster than it should though. Because the beer's so black, I can't tell if the carbonation is good. I'm not seeing any real lacing.

Smell: The smell is faint. It's kind of a toasted corn syrup/molasses smell. I also detect a metallic/tin smell.

Taste: Exactly like the smell but much stronger. It tastes like there could be some ground up bark chips in there also.

This is a decent stout. I've had many stouts that have a lot more roasted, toasted, coffee, nutty and other flavors. This is more one dimensional with a single flavor of sweet molasses. This is a good stout, but I've had many that are a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:29:17 | More by donmonkey1
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark almost black. Held to the light it reveals a dark ruby color. Not much head that is to be expected from a milk stout.

S- light milk chocolate notes and a rounded caramel flavor.

T- a bitter sweetness of chocolate. It has a great roasted malt finish. Just enough bitterness to really round out the flavor. Even hints of coffee in at the very end of the finish.

M- surprising amount of body for a milk stout. Actually has a medium bod with a good creamy feel.

O- overall this turned out to be an enjoyable beer. Made for a good better than average beer that I will be happy to order again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:28:12 | More by stckhndlr
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sevenarts

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brownish-black. Not much of a head, just a small skim of tan froth that quickly disappears and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

S: Chocolate, coffee, the distinctive sugary sweet lactose aroma of a milk stout.

T/M: Lots of sweet chocolate up front, followed by the gradual surfacing of the coffee, which rises to the top by the end of each sip for a nice, slightly bitter followthrough. Despite not being too strong in terms of ABV, there's also a hint of alcohol bite on the way down. Great balance of sweet and astringent. Not very smooth for a milk stout, it's a bit spiky and carbonated-feeling.

O: A very good milk stout that's not overpoweringly sweet but has a nice balance. Kind of a baby brother to Southern Tier's line of big stouts in bombers.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:13:55 | More by sevenarts
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stercomm

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into one of my trusty Half Acre tulip glasses

A - Dark brown with a slight red tinge when held up to the light, very slight light brown head, mild lacing.

S - Get sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, maybe a hint of vanilla

T - Good crisp taste with threads of chocolate and vanilla, some roasted malts for sure, nice finish with a little kicks of hops.

M - Slight creaminess with a nice edge to it, very mild carbonation.

O - I was very pleasantly surprised, nicely balanced brew as some one else said it grows on you as you take another taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 23:09:27 | More by stercomm
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Guden

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- black and opaque with a small tan head that stays around.

S- Sweet milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of earth. There's also a but of resins hop aroma that doesn't fit.

T/M- very smooth and creamy but the favors don't work. Moderately roasty flavors on the front end lead to a middle which is a confused mess of extreme sweetness and moderately strong bitterness, with the bitterness winning out and lasting long after the finish.

O/D- this is the type of beer where one aspect ruins all the positives. The hop bitterness of this is not only out of style but it's off putting and clashes with the sweet, chocolate and toast characteristics. Not something Id get again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 21:54:11 | More by Guden
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is cola-brown with a tan head that has plenty of bubbles.

Nose is sweet lactose and malt, with cola and chicory.

Taste is a mix of dry and sweet. The lactose sugars are desert-like, and the malt flavor comes through dry and nutty. The sweetness can be cloying.

Mouthfeel is limp. Not under-carbonated, but watery.

Overall, it is just an unremarkable milk stout. I love Southern Tier, but this one can be left on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:05:32 | More by dorianmarley
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel Tuilp

A - pours a dark brown, copious light brown head which quickly fades

S - interesting nose - I'm not sure if it is from the lactose or what. a bit of a funk, then hints of sweetness and chocolate

T - wow, big taste up front with hops, roasted malt, finishing up with sweet milk chocolate. Sweetness approaches the other stouts from Southern Tier

M - fairly heavily carbonated, a bit of alcohol burn, fairly viscous

O - overall, a good offering from Southern Tier, glad I tried it, not sure if its one that i wlll keep in my regular rotation though

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:58:35 | More by ncketchum
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ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:02:26 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours and inky black with some head and decent retention. Nose is mostly chocolate and sweet dark roast. Taste follows with chocolate and sweet dark roast. Mouthfeel is great, really smooth. Overall a fine beer. I haven't had much experience with milk stouts, but I thought it was very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:37:39 | More by IllNate
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Roast Public House (Madison). When I first had this in a bomber last summer, I didn't love it. It seemed light weight that time.

But now on tap I appreciate its virtues, while not feeling its drawbacks are as pronounced as from the bottle. The aroma is still not much to speak of. And the flavor isn't exactly competitive with the better imperial stouts (Southern Tier calls this a "double stout", aka, imperial). But the lively carbonation and lighter body fill a niche in the imperial stout genre: the refreshing, highly sessionable imperial stout. The flavor is an imperial coffee stout w/ no alchoholic phenols or sharpness, at all.

In the mouth it is lighter weight at first, like a porter, but then the creaminess pulls things together.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 04:59:15 | More by martyl1000
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.