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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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very good

397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 2,093
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 321 | 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

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Beer added by: Morey on 12-18-2011

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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 2,093
Photo of kylelenk
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, served cold in a tulip.

A - Dark, little head retention.

S - Slightly sweeter smell than a normal stout. Nothing overpowering here. Very little smoke, chocolate, etc. notes

T - A let down compared to the imperial series. The flavor lacks any robust profile and comes in behind Left Hand in terms of a normal milk stout.

M - Milk stouts on nitro are so much better. Not very filling and a little too easy drinking.

O - Just ok. Wishing for more.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A little brownish light gets through this one at the very bottom of the glass, but otherwise it is black. An off-white, quarter-inch head foams up and then quickly fades into a few wisps on the surface.

SMELL: Pleasant and soft roasted malt on the nose with a coffee and chocolate backbone. Upon sticking my nose in the glass a second time, I'm getting some nuttiness as well.

TASTE: Light, milk chocolate coming through big time, especially up front. Some undertones of coffee sneak in early on and build along with a slight bitter hoppiness towards the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This 2X is insanely easy to drink. Very light bodied for a stout. Sweet up front, dry in the back and creamy throughout. The 7.5% ABV is nowhere to be found in this thing.

OVERALL: If you want to find a dangerous beer, this is it. It is super easy to drink, but at the same time very tasty and full of flavor.

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

12 oz bottle poured into my tulip.

A - nice and dark, just like it should be. Very little head. Recedes quickly.

S - there's not too much in the smell, but I can definitely detect the milkier aspects of this stout

T - pretty good, again the milky aspects stand out compared to ST's imperials, like Choklat and Mokah. Somewhat empty at only 7+% ABV.

M - meh. the carbonation sticks to me too much, but it's not super unpleasant going down.

O - I'd be interested to try this on tap. I'm glad it's in six packs, but there are better chocolate/milk stouts out there.

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

A - Pretty hard not to describe a stout other than pouring black like coffee. Has a thin layer of creamy head that's toffee colored and sticky.

S - Cocoa nibs, dark roasted chocolate, light vanilla cream, light caramel, and mocha.

T - Charcoal, dark cocoa, deep roasted chocolate, cream, with a finishing mocha bitterness that lingers along with bitter chocolate and light charcoal.

M - Medium body with a rich texture and enjoyable smoothness but a little on the thin side.

O - I've been wanting to try this one ever since it came out and have no excuses for waiting this. An straightforward and enjoyable stout that goes down quite easy.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Very durable head over a dark body.
The aroma is a mix of medium and dark malts but the flavor has some smoke and char, suggesting a dark roasted grain bill.
Mildly bitter with a touch of sour.
O: disappointing.

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Photo of raznug
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and rather persistent frothy, fine-bubbled wheaten head that leaves fairly thick lacing. Aroma has a core of roast, slightly burnt malt with notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. Lip-smacking flavor has notes of roast malt, mocha and molasses, with nutty and earthy hints. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light darkness, beautiful color and low carbination, just like a stout should be

Smell: Excellent. Rich malty smells, chocolate, toffee. the smell of this one always gets me every time.

Taste: Excellent. It could had used more lactose to give a even richer taste, but its alcohol is perfectly contained and its flavor its extremely rich.

mouthfeel: silky, smooth, and well bodied.

Overall: this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. A very drinkable stout, its tastes, smells, and feels amazing. Not perfect, but still pretty close to it.

A perfect stout to drink after a long day, for desert, or even with ice cream in it.

I give it a near perfect 4.5 every time

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Photo of tut2528
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black as night with no transparency whatsoever. Minimal head formation, but a thin film hugs the side of the glass.

S: big roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee grounds dominate the nose. Not getting much sweetness on this one. Nothing else is coming through other than a mild alcohol burn.

T: very robust coffee notes and roasted malt completely dominate the body on this one. I pick up on a bitter dark chocolate as well. I honestly am not picking up that much milk/creaminess as I thought I would….its actually very subtle and I find myself reaching for it.

M: medium bodied, not as big as I expected. It leaves a mild touch of alcohol and roasted malt on the palate after the finish.

O: it’s a nice brew, very basic, decent drinkability but dont think it resembles this style very well. the milk is very subtle as well as the sweetness.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of JWU
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- looks like coffee, with a fizzy an head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- I pickup a lot of the lactose on the smell, with a mild mocha character.

T- Starts with a hit of lactose sweetness, with a bit of a coffee bitterness. There's a hop bite mid sip as well. Transitions into a mild mocha flavor before a big lactose/sugary sweetness on the finish.

M- Thin for what a double stout should be, with a medium carbonation. oddly dry and sweet at the same time on the finish.

O- I love Southern Tier, but this isn't their finest effort.
Needs more roasty-ness and a heavier dose of dark chocolate for my liking.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - pours a dark brown, nearly black body with cherry/brown edges. Thin, 1-finger light brown head that slowly rises but quickly reduces to a white ring. Low, spotty lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted chocolate malt, dark chocolate

T - Starts with a sweet, milk chocolate burst of flavor. Finishes with a bitter cocoa, slightly hoppy aftertaste. Delicious

M- Full bodied, thick and robust. Minimum carbonation, which is characteristic of stouts.

Overall, a delicious, nicely balanced stout. Drink it for dessert, or to accompany dessert.

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Photo of LongTrailer
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours coffee black with an airy tan head of about 3-fingers that fades slowly to a thin cap. Not much lacing. Aroma is mocha, fruity and a little earthy.

Taste starts out with lactose sweetness and roasty grains, followed by a rich mocha toffee character. Finishes with a clean bitterness that is complimented by baking chocolate and a slight earthiness. Alcohol is well hidden. The sweetness becomes a little too prevalent as the stout begins to warm up, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery considering it's strength. Medium-low carbonation.

This beer is full of delicious and distinctive flavors considering there are no actual flavorings added, but I'm left wishing it had a more substantial mouthfeel.

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

Having tried many of Southern Tier over-the-top flavor beers (Creme Brulee, Chokolat), I thought it would be worth giving this a try, especially as the weather cools.

Served at cellar temp and allowed to gradually warm. In standard pint glass.

Small tan head over black. Leaves lacing throughout. Looks as I would expect.

Smell is a hint of roasted malt and hops. A bit of a disappointment.

Taste is better. Roasted malt, a bit of sweetness beside the malt. Hops are more prominent than I was expecting with a milk stout. Would have liked a bit more of the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the style and strength. Carbonation is light.

Overall not what I was hoping for. While not bad, it is a bit lacking for style or for the expected ST strong-flavored brews. Alcohol is a bit evident in the taste and is noticeable by the end of a couple. Will finish the sixer but not sure I will be hunting this down again any time soon.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single. I like a few other of the Southern Tier darks, so wanted to give this one a try.

Poured very black color with a nice frothy head.

Smells of cocoa and sweetness.

Overall, it was cocoa, sweetness, and little body. No alcohol taste at all. Carbonation minimal and a little minor bitterness at the end. Not complex at all. Not one of my favorite Southern Tiers. Considering I enjoy milk stouts, I was just not impressed.

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Photo of menkros
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, no head. Light carbonation. Smells of roasted malts. Taste is coffee with light bitterness. Good stout. This poured a dark brown, almost black body with a modest brown head that soon reduced to a film. The aroma was chocolatey with a quiet roastiness light floral scents. The roasted malts increased in the flavor and the chocolate became bittersweet. There was a roasty, hoppy bitterness that blended with a hit of alcohol. Dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is not quite black as pitch. When held to a light source, ruby highlights come through. A meager pour gets me a thin film of tan head.

S - I get very rich roasted malt aromas. I get coffee and dark chocolate.

T - The richness carries over into the flavor. It is loaded with chocolate and roasted coffee.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - Initially, I loved the smell and taste of this beer and thought it was damn good. After a second beer I am noticing some flaws. The taste fades to more or a robust porter. The coffee and dark chocolate seem to lose their grip. It is very good, Maybe I am being too nitpicky.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. It's a solid black stout with a modest tan head that breaks quickly into a ring and fair horizontal lacing. The aroma is a pleasant malt coffee bean bite with some nutty nuances. Not very strong but very solid. The flavor is a no nonsense green malt and bitter coffee with a sweet pear/vegetable hint. Really nice, in a medium-plus bodied brew with very little evidence of carbonation and a silky feel. A classic milk stout that goes down easily! Yet another triumph from Southern Tier.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark, black color with a relatively thin caramel colored head. Not much lacing, but does have some big creamy bubbles on top.

S: Aroma is of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and some lactose sweetness on the end.

T: Deep rich malts and chocolate dominate the flavor up front. The taste is followed by some toffee and lactose sweetness. Very consistent with the smell.

M: Very rich and creamy texture, not overly bitter or sweet. Very drinkable.

O: Was very excited to try this beer and now that I have, I am very satisfied. This is a big beer at 7.5%, but you can hardly notice the alcohol with all of the rich, roasted malts, and creamy chocolate. Very good stout by Southern Tier!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Premiere Gourmet in Amherst, NY.

From a bottle into a snifter
Date of Birth: 6 March 2012
Double Milk Stout

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear brown and makes only a miniscule light tan head that turns into a faint wisp and ring rather fast. Clear black body and no carbonation evident. A ring and light wisp remain until the end and lots of dots of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, espresso and roasted coffee beans, and lots of vanilla sweet cream on the nose. Caramel notes and some lactose sugar for sure. Decent, but a little sweet cream heavy.

TASTE: Roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and some espresso coffee flavors up front, with flavors of sweet vanilla cream at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste of espresso, lactose sweetness, vanilla, and bitter, roasted coffee beans. Flavorful and nice.

PALATE: Slightly fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on this one. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite mouth-coating. Coats the roof of your mouth. Pretty big and creamy feel on this one.

OVERALL: A solid beer, but I wouldn't consider this anything special, especially after trying Southern Tier's imperial stout lineup. Good beer with some nice flavor, but I'd reach for their bigger stouts ten times out of ten.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a guy gets in this so far he loses track of when he gets stuff. This is one of those situations. I don't believe this is too old, maybe a few months.
Black as night with dark head. Deep red highlights.
Deep soft roast (including coffee with nice chocolate overtones.
Flavor is quite close to the aroma and just as enjoyable. Very smooth flavors move gently from one to another in a most enjoyable manner. A pleasant roasty dryness lays on the finish lingering in it's pleasant manner. Hints of alcohol that actually seems to thin out the feel a bit. Otherwise a fully moderate or bigger feel.
Quite unexpected how much I'd enjoy this. Maybe it's just been awhile since I've had a bigger stout. Seems to go well with an early fall cool damp September night (yes it's getting dark early now). Nonetheless, I'd recommend this. Lactose seems a little light except in the aroma. Smooth and flavorful drink.

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Photo of DerbeerSlug
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a real fan of milk stouts, and this was my intro some time back. It has an excellent aroma with a bit of coffee and chocolate. The head is OK. It has some foam but doesn't seem to have much of a cling throughout. The taste, though, is excellent. As I said, it was the first of this type. So, it's been my measuring stick against all other milk stouts...and quite a high bar it sits.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with dark mahogany edges and a fingers worth of tan head that quickly fades to a layer of froth

S: Really only get some roasted malts and a light hint of coffee... maybe some sweetness

T: Again, mostly roasted malts but there is definitely a lactose sweetness that is present along with the maltiness. Some coffee and chocolate notes as well

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy

O: Pretty much a good any-time stout that has a solid lactose sweetness as well as some coffee and chocolate notes. Easy enough to drink (it is technically almost an imperial) and satisfying. Definitely worthy of a try if you're into the style

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.