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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,717 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,717
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

johnkyoungoh, Feb 26, 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 csustar001
3/5  rDev -21.1%

csustar001, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of mattbk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

A- Opaque, black, creamy head. Not very very thick. The head dissipates quickly.

S- The aroma is very full of cream, with some piney hoppiness. There's some light roast in the distance. I'm surprised by the hoppiness actually, it's a bit dominating.

T- Interesting. The first taste is the roast, but that quickly gives way to the aformentioned hops, with a citrus zing, followed by a lasting finish from the milk sugar. It combines to leave the impression of roasted, dry hopped, milk. The alcohol contributes a bit to the taste as well.

M- Medium-full bodied, but not over the top. Low carbonation. I thought this might be thicker.

O- A decent beer, but my feeling is this beer is going in too many directions. The hops tend to throw off the overall roast and sweetness a bit. I wouldn't mind if the body was just a bit fuller too.

mattbk, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of webb534
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

webb534, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Ish1, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.6%

Pours a deep deep ruby color with a very tiny thin coffee colored head. Smells mostly of charcoal and leather with hints of roasted barley. Taste is about the same with a medium body, some chocolate and coffee notes but they're barely detectable. Very disappointing to be honest. Drinkable but forgetable. No lactose like sweetness is to speak of. Southern tier makes some amazing stouts, wonder why this one didnt live up?

Some detectable alcohol on the swallow. Wouldnt know it was a milk stout at all by tasting it.

jtierney89, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CarpalTunnell
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

CarpalTunnell, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of auro0006
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured an opaque, black color.

The nose imparts aromas of chocolate malts, creamy milk, and roasted malts

This Milk Stout had a sweeter, smoother flavor than a classic stout.

The palate is smooth; lighter than a regular stout would be. Coating the tongue are rich malt flavors. Dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malts all take center stage. Brewed with 2 hop varieties, the finish releases the perfect touch of bitterness with a hint of smoke.

auro0006, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of JedediahK
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JedediahK, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

2X Stout pours a dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. When held to light, there are a few burgundy highlights. A mocha tan collection of bubbles gathers on the surface, but dissipates very quickly. Lacing was very, very spotty and light. It’s not bad. The color’s pretty nice.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a tad on the weak side, but still holds together pretty well. It is malty up front. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt notes. It smells a little sweet, but not overly so. There’s a little coffee at the secondary level. Smells good. I’m getting some dark fruit, but it’s very subtle. That seems a little out of place. Light hop scents are noted late. They smell mostly grassy. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. It’s not bad. More strength would be good.

The flavor is on-par with the nose. It’s definitely malty. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors are plentiful. The chocolate variety tastes mostly bittersweet. However, there’s definitely that sweet, sugary flavor that complements nicely. There’s even a nice caramel flavor in the mix. Roasted coffee and prune flavors are secondary. I like the coffee, but don’t care for the dark fruit much. It just seems weird. Fortunately, it is somewhat subtle. An interesting burnt or charred flavor emerges late and is somewhat strong. There are some grassy hop flavors on the tail. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes malty, sweet, and a little hoppy.

2X Stout has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is nice and restrained. It feels nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is one of its stronger points. It does go down nice and easy.

2X Stout is a pretty good release from Southern Tier. It’s not among their best, but it is okay. The biggest issues with this one are the odd dark fruit flavor and the strong burnt flavor on the tail. If those two things were addressed, it’d be improved. It’s really not bad as it is though. Worth checking out? Yeah, it is.

prototypic, Feb 19, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -15%

12 oz bottle dated 12/12/11 poured into SA perfect pint glass. Served at 50 degrees and allowed to warm a bit.

A- Pours a translucent deep garnet red hue from bottle. A small mocha head forms before quickly reducing to a light ring and island of foam.

S- Pretty light aroma overall. Sweet dark malts and chocolate upfront. Hard to pick out much else.

T- Decent blend of chocolate and sweeter roasted malts. Simple overall. A slight bitterness from the roasted malt and gives the sweetness something to play off.

M- A bit thin for a stout of this size. Should be fuller and creamier for a bigger milk stout. Roast lingers the longest on the palate.

O- A decent offering from Southern Tier. Was hoping for more having tasted several of their other stouts. Perhaps I am judging this brew to harshly.

busterthecat, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Had from a cask at Sunset in Brighton in a tulip- poured a dark chocolate color with a thick two finger mocha head. Good retention and a few patches of lacing.

Smells of dark malt, coffee, and a little sweet cream. I also smell the alcohol which is why I gave it a lower rating.

Tastes creamy and delicious- coffee and dark malt are subtly balanced with the sweet cream.

Mouthfeel is like other cream stouts- not very much carbonation, medium bodied. This tastes fantastic in a cask.

Hopdaemon39, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Gavage, Feb 18, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

pour
1 finger light brown head
dissolves decently fast.

look.
Deep black. in direct light you catch a little redish purple at the bottom of the glass

nose
chocolate, slight banana, alcohol, lactose

taste: dark chocolate, slight fruit, alcohol, sugar
Heavy on the palaete, but smooth with a alcohol at the very end which lingers for a moment but fades.

Overall:
I enjoy this, it's deep, heavy, good chocolate flavor that doesn't taste fake that is paired with a slight acidic componnet. I also like the alchol being slightly noticeable. But while I enjoy it, I also find it distracting. Interesting take for sure though

Garlicjosh, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

woolybully67, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Screper, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Souther Tier 2X Stout is thick and dark looking, with a slim brown head. The head retention is pretty good, but there isn't really any lacing left behind.

The aroma has a sweet, creamy scent to it, as well as black malt and anise.

The flavor has a lot of black patent malt and a touch of roast. Baker's chocolate comes through as well. The creamy-milk-like flavor is pronounced and it's probably the defining characteristic of the the beer. There is also a good dose of anise, which I typically don't love, but I will admit it works in this one. Pretty boozy.

Full, adequately carbonated, but pretty hot.

2X sout is an OK milk stout, but it's too big and too hot for me, especially considering the actual ABV isn't huge. I tend to think of milk stouts as being smooth and light on the alcohol flavors, which I like. I'm guessing that just isn't what Southern Tier was going for here, and it reminds of one of their big flavored stouts without a ton of sweetness. It's worth a try if you're interested in a big milk stout (which Southern Tier does a lot of, and does them pretty well).

Hojaminbag, Feb 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Atyoungberg, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

mcallister, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

rocklibster, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

heff316, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

blameo, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jminch, Feb 15, 2012
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,717 ratings.