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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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Reviews: 391
Hads: 2,065
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 58
Gots: 314 | 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: 391 | Hads: 2,065
Photo of BeerYoss
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black/dark brown. decent looking tan head recedes quickly to a film and the edges.

S: sweet molasses tang

T: bitter coffee and sweet molasses. the taste is enjoyable but flavors are not very complex, little interplay, not much depth.

M: a little tingle from the carbonation, quite dry. almost watery.

O: There's nothing horribly wrong with this brew but something is lacking to pull it all together. packs quite a punch and tastes okay.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: as to be expected from a milk stout, brown/black with a little light around the edges. Little to no head
S: muted smell of chocolate, some alcohol as it warms
T: coffee, roasted. I think the taste actually got worse as it warmed, as the cocoa flavor dissipated and the roasted coffee flavor got more prevalent
F: average mouthfeel, touch thin, getting drier as it warmed. Not my favorite for stouts
O: I started off thinking of this as a 4.0 type beer, but as it warmed it started to disappoint, making it more if a 3.5. I'll split the difference

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Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good 2 1/2 finger head from a steady pour, tan and firm. Retention is good, and lacing is wide and spotted. Brew pours a nut brown, settling into a dark opaque black in the glass.

Roasted barley, grape, and light cocoa aroma. Wheat and cream. Fairly mellow aroma.

Very balanced (imperial?) stout; really represents a lot of different flavors: big roasted barley notes up front (that linger through the entire range), chocolate malts, and a lot of cream on the finish.

Good balance, medium-full mouthfeel. Not a chewy stout; more silky. Some sting, some foaming. Surprising alcohol representation at only 7.5%. Very nice lasting, oily finish.

Very good double stout, not quite great, but it would make an excellent go-to stout for a daily drinker (pick this instead of Guinness). Very, very flavorful.

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Photo of beergod1
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a very thin beige head, not much lacing at all. Smell of Chocolate and roasted malt on the nose, toasty and nutty. Medium bodied, nice and creamy, but just a touch of hops. Nice chocolate sweetness, the lactose is nice with the bittering hops. Seems like a dry finish, but how can that be with a sweet Stout? It works.

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

Had this on draft at work. The perks of filling growlers..

Poured into a pint glass.

The look of the beer was nice. Dark, as it should be, with a nice foamy head. My only qualm being the retention may not have been up to snuff with what I had expected from such a reputable brewer.

The nose is heavy on the lactose end. No qualms with that considering the style. Slight hints of chocolate breaking through.

The taste was quite nice. Very creamy. There's a nice bit of sweet milk chocolate coming through in the end.Not picking up any bite from the booze. Imagine Chocolat's little brother.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin considering the style. Luscious, creamy, but maybe a bit too easy to suck down for a stout.

Another quality offering from a superb American craft brewer. Tough to disagree with most things Southern Tier.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Some chocolate in the malt and maybe to much coffee. Not what I would consider creamy but I wouldn't consider it thin either. Overall a nice little stout that was enjoyable but nothing special that I would seek out.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is black, light translucent brown on the edges, head color is tan about 1/2" thick up front then dissipates to a nice top.

Smell is mild, subdued, light malt and roastiness.

Taste is sweet upfront, definitely the lactose sweetness coming through followed by some mild chocolate, hints of smoke, wood and roast... pretty solid bitterness in the finish as well. Side note, my milk stout I brewed came out pretty similar to this taste.

Mouthfeel is slightly cloying from the sweetness, but expected from a milk stout. ABV is hidden well - good carbonation and flavor balance.

Overall, very solid brew that gets better as it warms. Nice lingering sweetness and pretty solid bitterness.

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Photo of Dope
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a hint of red in it. Big fluffy milk chocolate head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Smells a lot like milk chocolate. Very creamy with a hint of chocolate and roast.

T: Roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty strong lactose presence, very milky and creamy. Almost overly so.

M: Smooth, creamy (duh) and medium bodied.

O: Not bad, just a slightly stronger milk stout than most. Lactose is a bit overpowering but not unpleasantly. Like drinking chocolate milk beer.

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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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Photo of mountdew1
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouted into a goblet. Color was a very dark brown, that was almost black. Opaque, with a thin brown bubbly head. Aroma was slightly sweet up front, mixed to a bit of smokey, then finished with a hint of alcohol. Flavor had the lactose sweet up front as I would expect it to be, but then shifted to a bit of bitter alcohol acidity. Coated very well, not overly thick, needed perhaps a tad more carbonation. Not bad. Up front, great flavor profile, but didn't finish very well.

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Photo of Mikus
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a staple in my house... my wife is head over heels for it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Pitch black body with a very minimal brownish head that was gone in an instant. Def. what a stout should look like in my opinion. Smelled of cocoa, molasses, a hint of coffee coming thorough from the dark malts (with a bit of agitation). Very coffee-forward taste (which might explain my wife's obsession), and some nice deep dark malts. Just enough bitterness to offset. Rich and creamy mouthfeel, and low level of carbonation that kept it from being to viscous. Very excited that I will be able to grab one of these out of the fridge every once in a while when she isn't looking. Nice stout.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown in color with over a finger of head that enjoyed really lengthy retention. The nose has light roasty notes. The flavor profile combines roasted malt with sweet lactose. The body is pretty standard for style and the finish is semi-dry.

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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 SerialHiker
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with brown head that lasted only for a minute or so…a few bubbles along the side, it’s too dark to see any real action in the middle…this beer is a very attractive, extremely dark brown…(3.5/5)

Smell: Coffee and sweet cream from beginning to end…they blend nicely with a distinct malt base…very sweet and aromatic…(3.75/5)

Taste: Coffee, malt and cream are the prevalent flavors…the higher alcohol content is noticeable…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Love the coffee and cream flavors…very nice from beginning to end, though I would have loved a bit more malt/hop and less alcohol…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer…the lactose compliments the variety of hops and malts making a delicious blend…there is no head which would have been nice, but I definitely could drink a couple of these while watching the daily show…(3.75/5)

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Photo of neophilus
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Commenting on the appearance of a stout at this point is an exercise in repetition. It's dark colored, can't really see through it, there is an off-white head probably tan. If you can't get the appearance right the rest of the review is most likely going to suck.

Appearance is good. Oh, the head fell faster than normal. Take that for what its worth.

Very clean aroma, I think I'm picking up more scent from the glass than the beer. Hints of sweetness and chocolate. Not a heavy dose of roasted grain but also not hop heavy, nice and smooth.

Smooth, creamy and somewhat chocolate flavor. Ringing hop bitterness shows up but doesn't dominate. Roasted grain enters the auditorium, says hi, then takes a seat to watch the show. Super smooth with a firm bitterness to clean it up. Malty like Whoppers or a Wendy's Frosty. Finishes with a bitter hop bite. Medium to full, silky body.

I really liked the cleanliness of this beer's flavor. My one complaint is the hop bitterness was a bit assertive at the very end, and finally the taste lands on an acrid roasted grain note. But overall the drinking experience was smooth and satisfying. Tantalizingly close to being a straight up clone of a Wendy's Frosty, only the hop bitterness pulled it back from greatness. Would love to have this same beer with a lingering malty chocolate finish, just let up on the hops a tiny bit.

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Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with initial tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, licorice, sugar, cream and just an overall roastiness.

Taste: Rich and sweet roasted malts with molasses, chocolate, cream, licorice and sugar. Not much in the way of noticeable hops or roasted bite on the finish; just lingering sweetness. Really good taste, but borderline cloying sweetness.

Feel: Full, creamy body that is very smooth and luxuriant. However, the lack of anything approaching a dry finish keeps this score from being really high.

Overall: A strong example off Double Milk Stout, but I like the ones which attempt to rein in the sweetness a little more. Still, a tasty, luxurious brew.

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Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought from spartan spirits in east lansing poured into a snifter

tried a sip from my gfs bottle of this beer didn't really like it all that much, going to give it another shot.

A&S: more sweet malty then anything else but I also get a some sweet chocolate and surprisingly some dark fruits, alcohol, and marshmallows. Jet black colored beer with creamy tan head that dies quicker then you would think for its texture.

T&M: Definitely more on the sweet chocolate side compared to the smell. pretty much nailed the smoothness and body of this beer, very velvety (a little bit more body and I would be sold.

overall: Definitely better then when I tried it earlier, idk what cause the difference, but anyways its worth a try at the right price (I got it for $2.19 a bottle). However I wont be buying it again, and its probably not worth getting a sixer of.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint.
A: Pours pitch black with a couple mm light tan head that quickly recedes. Thin sticky lacing.
S: Caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of coffee and cream.
T: Follows aroma almost precisely...more of an alcohol presence here which gives a small boost to the predominately darker taste characteristics (caramel, chocolate, coffee).
M: Light-medium body. Fairly smooth with a bitter coffee finish. Hint of astringent hops in the finish too.
D: A decent brew, but not excellent. Seems like the latest thing for milk stouts is to pump up the ABV...and this one handles it well.

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

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my nice little Cigar City snifter. Bottling date of December 12, 2011 printed in yellow ink near the bottom of the bottle, just below and to the right side of the label (“DOB 12/12/11”).

Appearance (3.5): Black body that turns a deep, orangey-brown at the edges when held up to the light. The head starts at about half a finger of tan-colored foam, dying down relatively quickly and leaving just a couple of lacy spots on the side. Not bad looking, but the head looks more like that of a huge RIS, as opposed to a beer of this weight.

Smell (3.5): Chocolate syrup and molasses, bit of a sweet-smelling beer. No surprise there, I suppose. Smells nice, pleasant.

Taste (4.0): Moderate coffee bitterness comes through with the roast at first, followed by an even-handed helping of milk chocolate sweetness, finishing relatively light and sweet. Nice hop bitterness comes through, too, up front: kind of a light-to-moderate citrus pith note. It helps balance the body, along with that moderate coffee bitterness. No charred or smoky flavors at all, which is to my preference. There is a sweet finish that hangs on, but it’s not in your face—it’s actually a very light sweetness that just decided to stick around, rather than refuses to drip off your tongue. No ABV or yeast notes here, which is also nice for the style: it lets the roast and those lactose sugars do their thing.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Much easier drinking beer than I was expecting. Medium-bodied, maybe on the thick side, and a dry enough finish (y’know, for a milk stout). Nice, velvety carbonation that foams and plays through every part of your mouth—Southern Tier does always seem to have a good mouthfeel in their beers.

Overall (4.0): More subdued than I was expecting, honestly, considering how sweet some of Southern Tier’s beers are. Especially the higher-ABV brews—I think the only really dry one I can think of is 2XIPA. This is better than I was expecting, and I’m glad to have tried it. A nice, well-put-together stout that any lover of dark beers would enjoy (even if they’re not blown away by it), but also a very good place to start for anyone looking to develop a greater appreciation of stouts.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Capping the day off with a new brew to the area. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla bean, and the lightest possible touch of molasses. Everything's kinda laid back, not wanting self-expression to get anywhere close to out-of-hand. The taste brings in more of the same, with some darker roast, some sweeter cocoa, some bitter dark chocolate for the sake of it, a touch more vanilla bean, and a stronger (though still relatively subdued) vein of molasses. Right on. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a nice little cream stout, something I could actually see as a go-to milk stout (along with Left Hand and Young's). Good times.

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

Not bad looking, a little brown leaks into the blackness, head was about two fingers and dissipated into a sheen, leaving ok lace.

Nose: Gentle roasty malts, coffee, sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: definitely tasting the sweet milk stout character, notes of coffee and chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, toasted bread, a little nuts.

Body is slick, sweet, and pretty thick, pretty good for a milk stout.

Once again Southern Tier has brewed a beer that I like. This may not be world class but it's damn tasty and I'm glad I have a whole sixer of it. I will definitely buy it again.

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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.

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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.

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

Deep black color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee beans
Flavor of earthy hops, very spiced yeast, caramels, milk, bitter chocolate, licorice and finishing with ashy coffee. The lactose is just giving a nice touch and not making it overly sweet. Dry with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with decent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Very earthy and spiced Stout. A Milk Stout with character without being too sweet. I liked it.

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