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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 391
Hads: 2,065
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 58
Gots: 313 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of RobertW
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Milk stouts tend to be one of my favorite types of regular, non-imperial stouts so I was really expecting unique and impressive with Southern Tier 2X Stout. It doesn't take long to realize this is a very good beer. Complex with wood,chocolate and dark roast coffee.
Nice kick.
ABV7.5 but ,by taste, you wouldn't really know it.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of hollyisaway
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2/12. Picked up at Beckley's Liquors and Hotel. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Tommy's Pizza pint glass.

Appearance: No real head to speak of, despite a more vigorous pour toward the end. Otherwise pretty solid black, with some ruby tinges on the corners. What little head there is near white, with some brown coloring.

Smell: Sweet and malty. The cream is very much present, but equally so the fine malt backbone. Smells like roasted malt; can't identify much there specifically, but the cream smell definitely owes itself to the milk claimed on the bottle.

Taste: Too cold at first, but a big hit of malt followed by a cleansing creaminess. Nothing lingers past a few seconds, but what does stays in the cheeks, primarily milk. Overall very solid and drinkable; dangerously sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Again, taste is in the cheeks that remains. Otherwise a very upfront assault of roasted malts and a backing of cream. Solid and drinkable.

Overall: This is my kind of sitting at home or with friends, listening to music sort of beer. Nothing special immediately, except how good it gets with warming and repeated sips.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. 1 finger head, dark brown, but able to see through beer when backlit. Head lasted approximately 10 minutes before disipating. Smells of faint smoke mixed with some root beer. Subtle malts shine through with a deep waft. Complex and creamy, with mild roast and mild smoke, balancing each other nicely. Finishes a little sweeter with some caramel lingering, but not overpowering the bitterness of a stout. Smooth mouthfeel as a cream stout should be. Very nice!

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

A - Pours with a small head of deep tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles out quite quickly and leaves only light lace.

S - Dark, malty notes of caramel, molasses, and smoky coffee.

T - Dark, sugary malt up front with notes of caramel and dark chocolate. More dark caramel in the middle with molasses and some spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Finishes with complex notes of licorice, smoke, chicory, and dark cherries.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is a bit weak but the flavor profile is full and complex. It is unusually dry for a Southern Tier beer and this seems to suit it well, giving it a drinkability that you would never get in most of their other stouts.

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

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a snifter glass at Head Keepers in Greensberg PA.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin light brown lace, which dissolves in to a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma.

T: Smooth chocolate and roasted flavor. Slightly sweet and very flavorful.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a solid stout – smooth flavors and aroma with enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with ruby hues at the bottom and a mocha colored head that quickly dissipates but leaves a constant thin, yet sticky lacing.

Aromas of roasted coffee and lactose leap from the glass with rich roasted malt and just a touch of earthy hops.

The flavor robust for a milk stout offering generous amounts of roasted coffee and malt with lactose similar to the aroma and hints of sweet milk chocolate and only a touch of earthy hops.

Medium in body and carbonation, at times offering the thicker palate one expects from an imperial yet with the lighter finish of a milk stout.

I guess this is a bit of a hybrid style, but one can certainly appreciate what ST was trying to accomplish and they did a darn good job in my opinion. This beer is delicious and offers the best of the milk stout with the best of the imperial/American double stout.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma, but some hints of coffee and malt are apparent.

T: Tasted of coffee (more than you'd expect from a milk stout), malt, light hops, and a mild milk flavor. Much more robust and complex than most milk stouts, which is not a bad thing. Almost tasted more like a porter than anything else.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of the milk stout style - they tend to be thin and uninteresting - but the 2X Stout is an excellent, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a modest head that is not very stouty; leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Lactose and chocolate, with fruity undertones

Taste: The lactose comes through more than the chocolate, up front, and by mid-palate, there is both dark fruit and a hint of citrus; after the swallow, the lactose returns, leaving a sweet impression on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: You can tell this is a Southern Tier beer, with the sweet and chocolate tones that have become the trademark of their stouts; I find them enjoyable in small quantities and this is no exception; glad it is is a 12 oz bottle

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color—only traces of amber are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a half finger high dense tan head that never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the edges.
S: There are aromas of lactose sugar and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of lactose and milk chocolate; it almost tastes like a liquid version of chocolate mousse.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and although it has an added kick with the extra strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It doesn’t have the creaminess compared to other beers in the style but it has lots of chocolate flavors.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours opaque black with a thin light brown head that holds little retention and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet milk chocolate and roasted grains. Tastes are sweet and creamy with milk chocolate and roasted grains, slight prickle on the tongue from the alcohol that is non-existent, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, while being full-bodied. Overall, good take on the style, especially with the extra ABV.

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Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black in color. Almost opaque, just a few photons are able to penetrate. Fairly weak head, not much lacing.

Clean aroma, cooked corn and other cereal grains. Weak roasted aroma.

Flavor is mild overall. Grits and steel cut oat flavor form a solid backbone. Hops are citric, providing an orange-lemon twist with a hint of grass. Can also taste a faint yeast flavor. Roasted notes come through ever so subtly in the end.

Medium bodied. Malts and grains in the texture. Good carbonation. Smooth feel overall.

Way different than I expected when I saw "2x Stout" but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The unique property of this beer is the mellow roasted flavor which allows all the underlying flavors to come out. Don't let to color of this beer trick you, it is a very mellow and drinkable brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown that, while very dark, does allow some light to peek through. The brown head that forms sits steady at about a finger in height and shows good retention. A couple rings of lacing are left in my snifter before going spotty but remaining consistent.
The nose offers mostly roasty malts and dark chocolate with just a hint of tangy sweet dark fruits and a ghost of pine from hops. It's a bit understated, but displays a heavy malts profile with good balance.
The flavor showcases the same, with the sweetness of the lactose sugars coming out more strongly and setting itself in harmony with the dry roastiness of the dark malts and the bittersweet chocolate notes. The balance really works well, as a nudge in either direction would make it too sweet or too dry. As it is, it mingles very well together. The slight tang of something like prune remains, though subtle, and hops presence is low but enough to further add to the balance and depth.
The body is on the heftier side of medium, perhaps verging into heavier, with a carbonation that is appropriately light while making for a bit of creaminess. There's a good smoothness to this beer as well.

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Photo of cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this for the first time recently, have always enjoyed Southern Tier for the most part.

A- Poured into a tulip with a pitch black body. Mocha tan head forms to about two fingers with low-end retention. Big bubbly cloud and ring leave a few spots of lace.

S- Dark cocoa powder, cereal grains and roasted malts up front with dark fruit in the background.

T- A bit more straightfoward here. Roast dark chocolate and cereal grains are dominant with slight dark fruit. Something going on that reminds me of oxidation but also overly roasted burnt ash, it gets distracting. Slight earthy hops.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a high carbonation level for a 7.5% stout. Finishes with some roast and hop bitterness.

The nose had me excited but the flavor has a kind of burnt hoppy oxidized feel that just doesn't blend out to well.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

I find Southern Tier beers to be very hit or miss, and this one is definitely a miss. Poured a dark mostly-black color with a thin, wispy off-white head that dissipated almost completely; no real lacing to speak of. Not much on the aroma, some roasty malts, touch of cocoa. Taste was really very bland and one-dimensional, with simple dark roasted malts, and distant notes of cocoa and mild hops; tannin astringency abounds; dry finish with no flavor lingering. Thin and watery, light-bodied for the style, and really nothing here that would inspire me to order the beer again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that thinned to a ring, not much in the way of lacing.

S - black licorice and dark chocolate.

T - upfront there's a sweet chocolate and some coffee with espresso-like coffee finishing things off right before the licorice after taste kicks in.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.

O - a decent enough stout to enjoy every once in a while.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Small blotches of lacing polka-dot the glass.

S- chocolate and a lot of pine.

T- roasted malts and bitter, dark chocolate. Nice amount of pine hops that give it some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O- nice milk stout with good amount of hoppiness, which I like.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a near black. Lots of tight bubbles, tan head. head is dense and fluffy. Leaves a little lace and a patchy head. Decent looks.

Brew smells of sweet cocoa, milk chocolate. Roasted notes; coffee and nuttiness. Good nose.

Brew tastes full bodied; lots of smokey, roasted notes. Sweet cocoa, milk chocolate. Real good body on this one. Creamy mouthfeel, finishes smooth and a little dry. Nice spice up front as well. Wow a great brew here. Lots of great flavors and body. Great stuff.

Great brew here. I love the flavors, the mouthfeel, the drinkability. Only get a little bit of the abv in the end. Almost like an imperial milk stout. Great brew here.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out brown in color. There are brown and deep red highlights troughout the beer. Not much of a head on this one, tan in color and goes away pretty quickly.

Smell is ok, better than the average stout. Has some bitersweet (maybe a little more sweet than bitter) chocolate and some coffee, so mokah I guess. There are also hints of roastiness and smokyness. Slight earthy hop presence in the nose as well.

Taste is easily the best part of this beer. Like many from this brewery it's sweet, but not overdone. Plenty of coffee and bittersweet coffee flavors provided by the malt. There is also a smokey and roasty flavor to it as well. There is also a bitterness at the end. The bitter and sweet are very well balanced, like having coffee with your dessert.

Mouthfeel is good. Not too heavy for a stout, but certainly not too thin, I'd go with medium bodied. Good carbonation level with a nice bitterness at the finish. Well balanced and full flavor. Nothing not to like. A solid offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Guden
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black. opaque. dark brown head. thick moussey head. good retention. great lacing.

smell is roasty malts. chocolate. coffee. i think it smells creamy, though i just may be expecting that because lactose is on the label. slight floral hop aroma.

roasted malts. sweet and bitter at the same time. very complex flavor. this is a good stout. much bitterness from the roasted malts. slight floral hop flavor and hop bitterness. flavors of chocolate and coffee and caramel and just general big malt all around. some heat from the alcohol comes through.

medium body. soft carbonation. it does kind of have a creamy mouthfeel.

not as sweet as i would expect a "sweet stout" to be. it is a mighty good stout though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, one-finger head of light brown foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some roastiness.

T - Good milk chocolate flavor with some roastiness - almost coffee-like. A touch of piney hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty double milk stout. I was skeptical but now I'm glad I bought a six pack.

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Photo of atr2605
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head that has pretty good retention. Leaves a small lace around the glass
S-Sweet chocolate and a bit of toasted malt, a bit milder aroma than I would have expected
T-Sweet chocolate and caramel up front followed by hop bitterness that finishes sweet and roasted
M-medium-full bodied
O-Not a bad stout but not the best from southern tier. I would get it again but not my favorite.

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

Served on tap at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark black with slight ruby hints in color and with a moderate sized tan head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Roasted malts with slight hints of bittersweet chocolate. Not a very strong or bold aroma.

T: Big flavor of roasted malts with more subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Some complexity to the flavor but not a lot.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a dry finish.

O: Enjoyable but not my favorite stout offering from this brewery. Nice flavors but just not as exceptional as some of the others, enjoy the dryness in the finish of this one. Easy to drink and sessionable, just not sure I would have more than one of these myself as I prefer some other stouts more.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.