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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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389 Reviews
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Reviews: 389
Hads: 2,050
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 57
Gots: 297 | 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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Reviews: 389 | Hads: 2,050
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2X Stout pours a black color with a small head. There is a sweet and lactose enriched aroma. The taste has strong lactose flavor, with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. There are strong but still watery taste. Overall its a nice bold flavored sweet stout. (252 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is lots of roasted malts, smoke, some bitterness, a small hint of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (271 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have really good retention. The head is a creamy, medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing, which tends toward sheeting, has already been left.

Nose- Curiously I get more from the standing glass than the bottle. The bottle gives vague notes of chocolate, cocoa, and cream while the glass shows these notes with more definition. Swirling adds a little bit more depth to the aroma, perhaps a little coffee, a stronger chocolate. Fairly subtle overall.

Taste- Starts off with a slight touch of mint that almost tends to anise. Turns to a fairly bitter chocolate that has more defined coffee than is expressed on the nose. Some woody bitterness from the hops which even expresses a little bit of earwax. Not exactly what you want from a milk stout but not too big of a distraction. Definitely needs more lactose and cream. Some sourness from the roasted malts. I wouldn't classify them as flaws but there are really too many notes which don't benefit a milk stout. While it's not a bad beer, it doesn't seem to be one. If I were drinking this blind, I would consider it a coffee/chocolate stout. Almost nothing about it says milk stout to me, other than the nose. Some of the more nagging aspects start mellow to make for a fairly decent stout. Pretty much above average.

Mouthfeel- A little bit more than medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for the style. Some grittiness when I would prefer to be rich and creamy.

Drinkability- As time passes, it becomes more and more drinkable. I could see this being a lot more enjoyable on nitro. 2.50 a bottle is an okay price but not one I would pay again.

Overall- Above average but a little bit of a letdown for me. This is a style I really enjoy and this just didn't represent the style. I would try this if you try it with the knowledge that it won't be milk stout you crave. It's an okay stout but it's not a milk stout. (1,974 characters)

Photo of iliotib
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque deep mahogany. typically beige, thin but yeasty head that hung around a bit.
very little lacing.

S: smelled fiercely of wood smoke and earth. there was also a hard (for me) to identify sweetness
that was similar to black sugar or burnt toffee.

T: i can clearly taste malt in this stout. it comes on in the beginning but dissipates quickly,
earthy, almost mushroom type of flavor. does that mean that the malt is toasted/burned? the
hoppy finish is powerful and gives way to a dry, dark roast coffee taste.

M: a bit too carbonated at first for my taste. it was very cold upon my first swallow left a fizz that
was akin to an ale. 2X Stout is supposed to be a milk stout: where was the silky mouthfeel? as
it warmed, the carbonation seemed to mellow and it became more of what i expected.

--i really couldn't identify any chocolate at all in this beer. since i don't think chocolate is required flavor in milk stout, i have to believe the brewer left it out on purpose. this is a serious stout, with a decent ApV. I would get it again. (1,058 characters)

Photo of pants678
2.11/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a thin off-white head.

Very slightly milky nose.

Chocolate hardly comes through and the hops are too prevalent. Narwhal gets by with meaner hops because it's rich, this is far from. Even when the lactose kicks in it's still a tame bore of a stout.

Too carbonated for the style. Stain is mild. (306 characters)

Photo of bamastout
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its your typical style beer as far as looks and smells go

Very dark could not see a lightt with the flash light used

Nothing special. drinkable style with a slight aftertaste

Nothing overwhelming

Average stout

Something I could drink but not buy again over and over (273 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark almost black. Held to the light it reveals a dark ruby color. Not much head that is to be expected from a milk stout.

S- light milk chocolate notes and a rounded caramel flavor.

T- a bitter sweetness of chocolate. It has a great roasted malt finish. Just enough bitterness to really round out the flavor. Even hints of coffee in at the very end of the finish.

M- surprising amount of body for a milk stout. Actually has a medium bod with a good creamy feel.

O- overall this turned out to be an enjoyable beer. Made for a good better than average beer that I will be happy to order again. (603 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'Whoa, what a beer! Take me to the river. Served at a perfect temperature with a colossal, very light tan, thick, foamy head that just sits there and loads of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mainly malt, roast, and caramel, hint of toffee. Flavors like nose, mild also, roast, easy bittersweet. Finish is like flavor, incredibly easy drinking. Choice beer. (371 characters)

Photo of KTeamLSU
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured dark black with finger width of dark tan head

S: Slight roast and malt smell, but very underwhelmed by the nose on this beer

T: Solid bittersweetness, nice roasty flavor, bitter after taste... some hop presence

M: Nice smoothness, not overly thin or thick

O: Solid Milk Stout, wouldn't search it out, but would drink if in front of me. (395 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing '2X Stout' @ 7.5% , served from a couple of 355 ml bottles purchased for $2.90 each

A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru the glass edge as a small tan head quickly dissapates leaving a minimal spotty lace along the pint after every sip

S-roasted coffee , boozey

T-smooth & strong , has a certain coffee bite on the swallow

MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , strong for a sweet stout ,

prost LampertLand (510 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nearly black. Some light penetrates through. Small head, some lacing. Normal for a milk stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, some fig or plum

T: At the first taste you can tell this is a bit stronger than some other milk stouts. Not quite as sweet and has more of a coffee presence/bite. No flavors over power the others too much but coffee and cocoa are most dominant with a tiny bit of earthiness.

M: Medium bodied and surprisingly this finishes dry. Nice!

O: A unique and interesting sweet stout. Surely worth a try. I get the feeling that if not for the unfermentable sugars, this would be one big stout.

I let this beer warm up before finishing as others had suggested and they are right. New smokey flavors develop to add some nice complexity. (751 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at about 45 degrees to start, sipping it as it warms.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black with a frothy uneven tan head. Lots of large bubbles creating a foamy head. Thin lacing that doesn't hang around.

Aroma is sweetness with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Can pick up the chocolate in the taste, and some roasted malt. Not as sweet as I expected, and some bitterness on the finish. It states 2 varieties of hops and 3 varieties of malts, but they seem muddled together without giving the beer any character. Still, it improves as the beer warms so better to let it sit a bit.

Body is a little thin and fizzy, would like the carbonation down a bit and the thickness up.

A good beer, but there are a lot of stouts out there that I prefer. (783 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finnegan's here in town has $3.50 nitro drafts on Thursdays, and this was one of the specials yesterday. Sounded the most tempting. Came out a jet black with the typical hazy drift of mocha tinted nitro bubbles creeping to the top creating the creamiest of heads. Looks like a dallop of whipped cream on top.

Aromas of sweet cream, chocolate, and lightly roasted coffee beans. The beer is not as smooth as I'd anticipated given its nitro-backing. Still a nice bite to it. Easy to drink though. I had no problem putting the gulp to this one. Creamy chocolate, roasted character, light vanilla on the back end. Easy finish. A nice beer. (636 characters)

Photo of Daisylovesbeer57
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of this because I wanted a good stout and my closest ABC has a pitiful selection. This is a good brew, but not really memorable. I have tried this in the past and I can't remember it...

Pours nice into a standard pint glass with a thick tan head. Smells a little like rotten milk (my imagination?) Lucklily the taste is better. Slightly smokey, chocolately. Definitely a bitter finish, and I agree with others: it's not from hops. It's far better at room temperature when the flavors can open up.

All in all, a decent beer. I wish I didn't have a six pack, but because it is so subtle we'll have no problem drinking it. Probably wouldn't purchase again unless it's the only decent stout available at the time. (733 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finger plus of uneven, frothy foam, lots of larger bubbles to mottle the surface but good head retention and covers the surface for some time, the lacing is thin on the whole but sticks well. Very dark brown colored liquid, not quite black, opaque nonetheless, no filminess, you don’t seem the bubbles until they break the yellow tinted surface. Forceful but not heavy nose driven by chocolate powder, mocha and just a strong general maltiness, blends in anise, vanilla and a little whiskey like booziness, vague plum fruit, the breadiness is akin to scones or raw oatmeal, not devoid of hops but no single descriptor jumps out at you about this part. Medium-bodied, neither too dry nor too sweet, just full of malty goodness, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, needs to warm up to get any coffee grounds. It isn’t that milky though. The carbonation is tight so it isn’t too fluffy and it is about as crisp as you’d want without it getting too dry. Here the hops lend a mild bitter touch at the end with citrus and a hint of pine more than grassiness, maybe even peppery. The thing is, it’s subtle in all the good ways, making it an enjoyably sessionable beer rather than lunging for the “wow” factor. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and sweet lactose.

Taste: Smoke, chocolate, sweet lactose sugar, roasted malts, mild bitterness, and lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, and a little bitterness.

Overall: I would have liked a bit more lactose sweetness to this beer, but I am still very satisfied with this delicious beer. (642 characters)

Photo of Edward19
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Limp Lizard in Liverpool, NY. The beer had a great head and awesome mouthfeel. I would definitley get this beer again. I will say as the beer warmed up the flavor was much better. So i would recommend drinking this at room temperature. (253 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque, pure black, very little head
S: roasted coffee, savory, toffee
T: roasted coffee, toffee, bacon, savory, citrus hints
M: full-bodied, smooth
O: Not a beer you should finish with, by any stretch, but if you want to begin your evening, or perhaps even have only a single beer, this is a warm, encompassing beer you will not regret. (340 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Dark with a mocha head. No lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee

T-Roasted malt and coffee dominate the flavor profile with a hint of smoke and a somewhat harsh aftertaste. Not a great tasting or complex stout.

M-Medium bodied for the style

D-I wasn't particularly impressed, so it was one and done for me, but its lack of complexity and decent flavor could allow someone to drink a few of these in a setting. (408 characters)

Photo of RuthL
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - black/slight brown appearance with a foamy head and nice lacing.

S - Light hop smell, a clean smell.

T - burnt caramel, malty, with a hint of hops.

M - not much carbonation, smooth

O - It has the typical stout aftertaste, with a lot of hop flavor in the end. This review is on the bottled beer, but I had it on tap and I thought it was amazing. On tap, I would give it a perfect score because it was so creamy, which complimented the flavors of the beer. I would drink this on tap again for sure. (504 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful hourglass effect from the nitro-tap as the carbonation and color changed continuously from light to dark brown, before settling into an appetizing chocolate color. The opaque beer was topped by a well-formed, creamy tan head.

Smell: A fresh, and somehow frosty bouquet that really perks up the nostrils. The smell was of powdered milk and chocolate, with a gentle background of roasted malt. Round and appetizing.

Taste: The base malt changes on the palate, starting with a sweet, chocolate taste, then easing into a more grainy flavor, and finally coming to a mildly bitter, roasted finish. Some residual sweetness manages to hang on throughout. Secondary flavors are solid, yet basic milk stout tastes--coffee, chocolate, and cream.

Mouthfeel: A delicate, creamy, smoother-than-silk texture. Luxurious. Light carbonation, and medium body.

Overall: Definitely happy to have this via nitro-tap! My husband was so intrigued by the visual the nitrogen provided, that he took a video of the beer's "lava lamp" antics. The mouthfeel in particular benefitted from the smooth, airy nitrogen qualities. Otherwise, the beer was standard for a solid, well-made milk stout. (1,193 characters)

Photo of redearth329
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served @~38F in a glass tumbler.

A: Black. Just black. Started with about a finger of dense tan head, which settled down to a lace after about two minutes. A bit of lace sticking to the sides of the glass, but not much.

S: Chocolate malty notes. A hint of burn bread crust. Not a whole lot going on though. Did they put any hops in here? Doesn't seem like it... bitterness seems like it's coming from roasted malts.

T: Taste is a strong point of this beer. Very rich chocolate malts, toasty burnt bread crusts. Basically, what was promised by the smell.

M: Very thick and creamy. Flavors are well integrated. Hangs around nicely, and the roasty malts give a nice astringent quality. Barely feel any carbonation.

I think this would pair nicely with dessert, especially something like vanilla ice cream with some cracked black pepper. Might make a good beer float even. For savory courses, maybe some Texas beef ribs. (922 characters)

Photo of ranger7
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
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A - Black and thick - no light can shine through this darkness. Tan head, which is small, but it hangs around.

S - Malt, cream, and a strong hint of alcohol.

T - Roasted malt, no sweetness. Bitter finish. Weird for a milk stout.

M - Not smooth, which is surprising - there is a fair amount of carbonation. Medium thickness.

Summary - Ok, they mislabeled this, right? It's a stout, not a milk stout. No sweetness, no milk or cream, it's not smooth and malty like a chocolate malt. Wow, my first taste of Southern Tier, and I'm super disappointed. (648 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A - pours darker than cola; leaves a full finger of caramel looking head, and nice sticky lacing.
not a BIT of clarity - I cant see light thru this when held right up against the bulb.

S - stouty INDEED. choco-malty. no hops to the nose. pleasant

T - bitter without the hoppyness (?huh?) I just knocked off a full point on the taste.
bitter on the aftertaste as well. did I get a bad bottle?

M - thick like a stout ought to be - but the taste is getting worse

D - ;( NOT to be purchased. I'll force this one down rather than waste - but under protest! (614 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is cola-brown with a tan head that has plenty of bubbles.

Nose is sweet lactose and malt, with cola and chicory.

Taste is a mix of dry and sweet. The lactose sugars are desert-like, and the malt flavor comes through dry and nutty. The sweetness can be cloying.

Mouthfeel is limp. Not under-carbonated, but watery.

Overall, it is just an unremarkable milk stout. I love Southern Tier, but this one can be left on the shelf. (437 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.