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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

2X Stout2X Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,474 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1474
Reviews: 337
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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output01x

Ohio

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:48:36 | More by output01x
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 16:04:14 | More by PicoPapa
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Kranders

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 17:32:56 | More by Kranders
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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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jera1350

Minnesota

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:09:30 | More by jera1350
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 22:53:44 | More by greenmonstah
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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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Kendo

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 23:51:05 | More by Kendo
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 16:55:55 | More by tlazaroff
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beesy

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - poured a dark brown, cola appearance, with a finger of medium brown head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - a fair amout of smokey/acrid notes with some yeast profiles coming though

T - roast and dark chocolate notes up front with a somewhat fruity yeast profile and a smokey/acrid flavor lingering on my palate. A firm bitterness lingers as well.

M - somewhat thin - not quite enough here to support the flavor

D - somewhat low. Lots of flavors that don't meld together the best paired with too much smoke/acrid flavors.

Overall, not a bad beer, but some room for improvement. Inceasing the mouthfeel, reducing the smoke/acrid notes and upping the lactose would improve this one. I was let down a little, but had high expectations the quality of this would mirror something like Choklat or Mocha, but alas, it does not.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 00:13:24 | More by beesy
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and moderate amounts of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Pleasant, supple roastiness. Seemingly paradoxically dry and sweet at the same time. A dry dusty graininess is first perceived, but then a wave of sweet chocolate overcomes it. Lactose is moderately expressive.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this starts off with a supple roastiness, then a dry graininess, then several waves of chocolate. Caramel underneath, a touch of vanilla, and hints of the characteristic lactose flavor.

5.0 M: Perfect here. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Insanely creamy, even for a milk stout.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. Worth a purchase or two. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:52:43 | More by DavoleBomb
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Andrew61923

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ballast Point shaker pint after a long day. A buddy was telling me how much he enjoyed this, so I'm looking forward to giving it a shot.

A: Very dark, almost black with just a bit of brown tinge on the edges of the glass. Very light tan head, just over one finger after a fairly aggressive pour. A great start...looks damn good.

S: Booze. A little malt. A pretty muted nose and not really what I was expecting. Disappointing.

T: Sweet up front with a good amount of cocoa in there. Odd metallic aftertaste that I'm not a big fan of. Not as much booze as I expected after the smell. Thankfully the metallic taste fades as the beer warms up and there's a heightening of the lactose sugar over time. In other words, let it warm up a bit.

M: Good amount of carbonation and pretty smooth at the end. Very creamy feel...nice.

O: I had high expectations for this after my friend's recommendation. Though I wasn't turned off by it, the beer didn't quite do it for me as much as I'd hoped it would. B-/C+.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:48:34 | More by Andrew61923
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a short, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate note
Taste-Milk chocolate, coffee with cream, subtle hop prescence in the back ground. Very smooth and sweet but not overly so. Well balanced. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 17:35:22 | More by hosehead83
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Two Times a Sout goes into the glass easy like, with a black color and a flimsy off white, burnt sugar cap that has nice legs, leaving nice glides of lace.

Smell is of sweet chocolate, lactose, milk duds. Those are the good things. The bad things are that some metal scents come through and some coca-cola vibes as well, makig me think this one is probably better fresh.

Two times a stout is sweet and rich with vanilla and milk, lactose tastes, with some chocolate malts. Don't really pick up any of the 7.5%. Sweet yet not overbearing like the blackwater series.

Feel is pretty slick, this goes down pretty easy with no off putting alcohol burn. The lactose could linger a bit, yet I've had much sweeter milk stouts. Im liking the balance on this. The body is a bit thinner than medium.

All in all, a good offering that I may go back to from time to time if it comes out again. I think one bottle in a sitting is plenty though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 06:38:14 | More by BARFLYB
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CaptDavyJones

New York

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

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV clearly printed on the label. The date of bottling was on the bottle, slightly below the label.
Head was light tan colored and was almost a finger's worth. Didn't take long for the head to dissipate.
Aroma was a blend of dark coffee, roasted malts and cocoa/chocolate malt balls.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront before the malt bitterness takes over. Feels like roasted dark coffee bitterness in the lingering aftertaste. Pleasant and easy drinking stout.
Not a lot of lacing along the insides of the glass.
The one thing that would have made this beer go a grade higher is the mouthfeel. It is medium-bodied and I would have enjoyed if it were a bit more full-bodied.
Overall, I think this is a good, solid stout. Definitely worth a try and is a stout that I would surely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:32:54 | More by CaptDavyJones
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a small brown head and only a few flecks of lacing. Subpar for a stout!

S - The nose is a very clean, earthy aroma with a hint of coffee. Nothing bad, but there is just not a lot going on there.

T - Sweet with a hint of chocolate, then in roughly equal, very mild amounts there is carob, coffee, chicory and camp fire. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness with a hint of forest floor with a woodsy bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Really nice! I enjoyed this one a lot. I won't hesitate to have it again either.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:55:55 | More by mrasskicktastic
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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of roasty, bitter, coffee flavors and sweeter, creamy, lactose. I get a little bit of a chocolaty flavor to it as well. Nice aroma for the style.

The taste has a bitter, dark chocolate and roasted malt malt flavor throughout. The finish is where I get a little more of the creamy, sweeter lactose coming out. The flavors compliment each other well.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side and pretty creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the stye. The sweeter, creamy, lactose was a very nice compliment to the bolder, roasted malts. Very flavorful and drinkable beer and a very nice one of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:22:16 | More by billab914
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with a nice amount of fizzy brown head

S - sweet, malty, oats, chocolate

T - smokey, oats, oak flavor, floral hops, sweet malt

M - smooth and creamy, goes down nice and easy but leaves a sweet grape-ish taste afterwards

O - overall this is a decent stout. not too heavy but heavy enough!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:24:56 | More by facundoCNB
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

Single finger head with lots of lacing on a black body with almost no light getting through.

S: mild sweet roast but not very prevalent. Vanilla notes.

T: more cream and vanilla in the flavor, nicely done, on a slightly bitter roasted malt backgrOund. No real hop flavor.

M: full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the amount of vanilla and cream was well done but still not all that memorable for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 02:26:52 | More by kylehay2004
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i want to love this beer i want like this beer i read the reviews , man im in a slump , ita a milk stout why does it leave a boozy aftertaste in your mouth . oh but what a frist taste and going down is mighty fine dont know what else to say at 7.5 that too high , drink and enjoy it dark nothing finer then that

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:02:53 | More by wac9
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like Southern Tier's 2x IPA, this is a winner. Unlike 2xIPA is the taste. This is a sweet stout. Tastey without being overly complex tasting. It is a very easy to drink strong beer, like the 2x IPA.

The appearance is average - dark, some lace, not much. The aroma is very pleasant but could be stronger. The taste is great, and the aftertaste is horrible only in that it makes you want more and more and more...

All I need ot remember is Southern Tier 2X - that = great.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:29:53 | More by schoolboy
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joebeerdude

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm expecting the sweetness to come through loud and clear with a milk stout but it's not happening for me. It's got more hopiness taste than what I'd expect in a milk stout or maybe that is alcohol coming through . I'd call it a 'big' beer and I pretty much like anything in that category. I'm not picking up what I'd call a refined smell. Kind of rawness about it to my nose. Contrary to some other posts I'm not finding this to be high in smoothness. I'm getting a lingering hop / bitterness aftertaste. If this was a style that would get better with age then that is what I'd recommend to make it better. Bottled on date 12/29/2011

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:59:47 | More by joebeerdude
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new st 2x series entry. A nice aroma, body with a bubbly head, a decent mouthfeel. A good malting,some chocolate malts, and a very good drinkability. Solid stout, no off-notes. Not too sweet nor bitter nor too roasty. This should prove popular. Hoppy taste is rather subdued.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:02:49 | More by Sammy
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - no date.

didn't know this stuff existed, but based on the fact that I love most of Southern Tier's stuff, I picked it up.

poured mostly opaque black, with brown around the edges. thin off-white head that fades quickly. mild roasty aroma. toasted marshmallow, vanilla.

the taste definitely sticks to the style of milk stouts. sweet, but not cloying. with just a bit of roasted character. maybe some oats too? very smooth body. thicker body, mild carbonation. drinks easy.

overall - a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:33:19 | More by jmdrpi
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budgood1

Minnesota

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

pours out a nearly opaque brown and black mix with some garnet hues peaking through. tan head rises and falls leaving a bit of clinging lace. dark roasted malt aroma with a surprisingly girthy flowery hop aroma. a touch of lactic and milk chocolate for good measure. a good dose of charred malt flavour with residual acrid bitterness is dominant. a slight boozy kick intrudes...then there is a tame lactic aspect whispering some ripe fruity flavours and hints of yeast, cocoa and nougat. floral hops do more than enough to tame any cloying aspects with some welcome back end bitterness. really surprised that this seems more stout than milk stout. it is sweet, but not as much as i was anticipating. nevertheless it has a full, rich body and a pleasant, sturdy, semi-slick mouthfeel. this stout is just plain solid and a has nice drinkability...especially on a blustery january evening.

overall i'm impressed with this stout. the sweet and sour lactic notes are muted, it certainly has a double stout taste and feel to it, and it never comes across as cloying or syrupy. after being underwhelmed by previous southern tier offerings, i would consider this a definite must try and would highly recommend for winter time consumption.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:09:12 | More by budgood1
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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