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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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85
very good

403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,123
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 63
Gots: 338 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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

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.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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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.

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Photo of Garlicjosh
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes quick, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: vanilla and roasted smoky malt

Taste: sweet roasted malt, light smoke, and vanilla at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, roasty body with a sweet end

Overall: I like this one but this is a two in a sitting max due to the sweetness. One of Southern Tier's better smaller bottles. I really hope they continue with producing quality beer in small sizes. I will look for this again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy milk chocolate with a slight roasted hint to it. slightly bitter smelling. medium to low strength

T-comes in with a very crisp taste of dark roasted malts. its a very pure and clean taste. there's a slight burnt taste to it. not getting too much coffee or chocolate, just pure tasting. has a good roasted after-taste. this is pretty good.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish.

O-this actually reminds me of a pure old time english stout. i like this a lot. its well balanced and extremely drinkable. i could drink this all night long. in fact, a case of this might not last long. if you get this, don't plan on being blown out of the water, but i bet you'll be impressed.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Well it's black but has a nice ruby amber hue throughout and a 1/2 inch of tanish colored head.

S - Smells good for a milk stout. Sweet lactic sugar and mocha with coffee notes.

T - Actually pretty damn good. Mostly sweet with even some light hops peaking through. Base is mostly a mix of sweet chocolates and mild roasts. Quite enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied and pretty nice for a stout.

Overall I liked the 2XIPA so I knew I would like this. Wonder if a case of this is around 40 bucks (like the 2XIPA) since it might be the best stout buy in town.

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Photo of confer
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque. Not a hint of light gets through a pint glass.Almost no head at all.
Light roasted malt smell.
Good mix of the bitter roasted malts and a touch of the sweet lactose.
A good stout that is on the lighter side of stouts. I'd drink it again but like the Blackwater series much more.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a big fan of the 2XIPA, so I figured...I can't go wrong with the 2XStout. Poured into NB Globe glass.

A: appearance is typical of a stout, dark brown black, opaque, dark brown head, minimal retention, decent lacing

S: the aroma is chock full of roasted barley and chocolate malt, notes of coffee roast in there, a touch of creaminess comes through in the nose from the lactose sugar. This smells very nice.

T: the taste starts out with the identifiable lactose sweetness, a bit heavier than in other milk stouts, this quickly gives way to robust roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and subtle hints of coffee. The sweetness is present even while the robust qualities are present. I think if the lactose sugar were dialed back a hair, this beer would strike a great balance. As it stands, it is very tasty and flavorful.

MF: nice velvety body, somewhat high on the carbonation for style

O: Well next time I see the thread "best value" or "best bang for your buck" or "best cheap imperial stout", this one will definitely have to be mentioned. At under 2 bucks a bottle for this flavorful and high octane stout, I encourage you to try to find a better deal. I am very pleased with this series thus far from Southern Tier and would like to see more variations.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a bit of burgundy. Moderate light mocha head that retains well. Some minimal lacing

S: Starts with some lactic sweetness, milk chocolate and a bit of estery alcohol. Smells nice, but a bit subdued.

T: Significant dark fruit esters, alcohol, mild lactic sweetness, with some moderate dry, earthy hops. The dark fruits are really surprising, and do not fade.

M: Some alcohol burn, prickly carbonation, smooth warmness in the finish.

O: This is a nice stout that is not overly lactic, and has good hop presence as well. The alcohol is very apparent in the taste and mouthfeel, which detracts from it somewhat. Overall, a drinkable stout that I would have again.

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Photo of Edwaka01
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into nonic pint

A - Coffee black, 2 finger dark khaki head receded quickly leaving thin layer of tiny bubbles on top.

S - Woof. Sour. I know it's a milk stout, but too much lactose sourness for me. Hints of coffee and chocolate behind that forward sourness.

T - Still a bit sour, but not as intense as the aroma. Malty with a bit of cocoa, and WHAM, hit in the teeth with a lead pipe. Metallic finish is bold. Not sure what's going on here.

M - Nice full bodied beer, really smooth, but metal finish ruins all mouth experiences for me. Rated a 4 to not let taste take away from body.

O - I won't buy this one again. I head good things, so maybe this was a bad bottle? If I run into it at a bar I may ask for a swig to give it another chance, and if someone has a free one for me I'd give it an honest mulligan but boy was this glass bad.

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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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a sweet lactose sweetness. In the taste, sweet lactose/ milk flavor, with notes of coffee and chocolate. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small sweet lactose in the aftertaste. More an imperial stout with coffee than a milk stout, but it is nice nonetheless.

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

Pours a lightly chalky dark brown, thin cap of khaki froth, reduces to floating spot, little lacing. Scent brings strong chocolate and roast notes with faint kiss of powered sugar sweetness. Taste a little more in depth than scent dictates, but still more roast and chocolate and only a moderate sugary sweetness. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with faint chalkiness. Overall, a little unbalanced for the style, but still a very nice and flavorful beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/29/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates to a miniscule dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a near black brown with traces of crimson when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Dark, roasted malts gives notes of milk chocolate, sweet dark chocolate, and chocolate milk. Also noticeable is a light hint of mouthwash-like alcohol.

Dark chocolate starts each sip along with milk chocolate, creamy caramel, and some slight acidity. Upon swallowing, more roasted malts flavors come through with notes of roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and espresso. A slight smokiness as well as a slight alcohol warmth are noticeable.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation, this beer is a little harsh in the swallow. The body is nice and light while allowing the flavors to come through. The carbonation is a bit lacking and definitely does not help this beer's drinkability.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black color with very little head. No lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate milk, and dark chocolate. Taste is smokey roasted malts, chocolate milk, and earthy. Some sweet dark chocolate near the end. Very little carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Slightly sour. Overall, a decent milk stout worth grabbing.

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Photo of Kranders
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black, with just a small amount of tan head. Really sweet smelling, with lots of chocolate and milk, imagine a hot chocolate. Awesome taste, a good deal of milky sweetness with some malt that's balanced well with the coffee/chocolate malt flavors. It leaves a nice sweet finish that lasts a little longer than you'd expect. Great beer.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a thin layer of tan foam. Nice lacing.

Lots of creamy lactose with roasted malt and chocolate notes.

Dark chocolate, roasted malt, some cream and coffee. A stronger alcohol presence through the middle and end. A bit astringent.

A nearly full and creamy mouthfeel. Slick.

A decent big milk stout, but the alcohol does not hide very well in it.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Dark brown, very nearly black. Light can shine through the edges and takes a ruby-brown hue. One finger light tan head dissipates into a thin covering and laces the glass nicely.

S - Lactose provides a milky sweetness. Coffee tones and some earthy hops. Chocolate makes itself known.

T - Bakers chocolate melted in a glass of milk. Bitter cocoa with creamy milk, some suggestions of coffee, and a noticeable hop presence. Somewhat reminiscent of Old Rasputin, but not as well balanced, and with a cream flavor added. Definitely sweet, but wit ha lot of bitterness from various sources to balance. Lots of bitterness in the tail end.

M - Full bodied and creamy but slightly sharp around the edges. Close but no cigar for what I want in this style.

O - Interesting take on the style, with more bitterness to counteract the sweetness than I would expect. Very drinkable and satisfying. Not as wonderful as some of this breweries other offerings, but it outdoes the Blackwater series in the area of balance. Those beers are entirely one-noted, even if they are delicious!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma wise, 2x Stout delivers a moderate roast character backed by unsweetened cocoa powder. Nothing overwhelms the other and it smells pretty good, however, I wish the aroma was more prominent.

The beer pours out jet black, barley any light gets through this one, just a tad brown around the edges. It's topped by a light mocha head made of late bubbles with good lacing. The head dropped back down into the beer fairly quickly though.

2x Stout's flavor rocked my world. At first sip I got a bit of chocolate with some sweetness to it. That was followed by a nice roast that pulled into the tail end that was just slightly tannic.

It's a full bodied beer with carbonation more on the low side, with a surprisingly slightly dry finish which I didn't expect considering it's a milk stout. Drinkability was alright considering it's 7.5% ABV. Overall, I really liked this beer and compared to other milk stouts, I'd wager this was one of the better ones that I've had.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.