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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: 2,096
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 323 | 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: 2,096
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a moderate mocha colored head on top. There wasn't much lacing, the retention wasn't too bad though. The smell of the beer has a nice mellow roasted aroma with a bit of chocolate on the nose also. The taste of the beer was sweet upfront with a solid bitter roasted dark chocolate finish. The mouthfeel was creamy, medium amount of carbonation and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good in my opinion, I liked the mouthfeel the most I think. I can definitely see myself having this beer again one day.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head. Spotty lacing as its consumed. Very dark, opaque some ruby red at the bottom.

Caramel, coffee roasted aroma and a hint of booze.

Dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, alcohol a sweetness that mixes with bitterness for the end result.

Noticeable but slight carbonation, dry feeling in the mouth and it leaves the lips slightly sticky. Pretty easy to throw a few back although the abv. is up there.

Some things are lacking like the aroma and appearance. The taste is good, quite complex missing a little something, can't put my hands on it. Otherwise, not a bad brew at all.

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

decent milk stout. the pour is a shiny black obsidian color, glassy and smooth looking, with an inch of dying tan head. the nose is definitely sweet from the milk sugars, but not tooth rotting sweet i dont think. syrupy dark malts and a generic yeast round out the aroma. flavor has a lot of cocoa notes, which are great with the residual sugar in this beer, but i find it just a little too sweet, even for the style. its not like the creme brulee, but i can see similar properties and they scare me. alcohol is very well hidden though. thick feel, velvety in texture all smooth and everything, but a little sticky and tar like with its lacking carbonation. wouldnt want to do more than maybe two bottles of this. not my favorite southern tier beer, which have always been really hit or miss for me. worth a try though as there just arent that many milk stouts out there anymore it seems...

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

A- Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Leaves some lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malt and a sweet note of sugar, vanilla and some caramel.

T- Roasted malts from beginning to end with some sweetness in the middle. Some hints of coffee and caramel.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

O- Good milk stout, very solid offering.

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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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pours super-dark with a majestic, fluffy, light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. On the nose I get some light roasty notes and a little chocolate, but it's very faint.

Nice full body and excellent flavor balance. Big sweet malty notes up front are joined by bittersweet chocolate and roasty flavors. There definitely is some nice milky sweetness in there too, but not enough to overpower the bitterness. There is just enough to provide a harmony of flavor. Mouthfeel is sadly a bit on the thin side, but it doesn't detract from the experience much at all. Really a nice, well constructed milk stout.

This beer has just what you want in a sweet stout. Highly recommended for fans of the style or for those who want to explore the dark world of stouts but don't yet feel up to a big imperial stout.

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Photo of Geegmasta
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- After a hard pour into a pint glass it is an extremely dark brown colour with a thick head (about 1.25 inches). Head colour is very light tan.

S- Smells slightly sweet like a cream with hints of malt and chocolate. Not overly aromatic though.

T- The first impression on the palette is a smokey malt and coffee flavor. Not overpowering but a little more coffee than I like. This taste fades as a very smooth dark chocolate takes precedence and carries off the rest of the experience. A nice heavy cream flavor remains in the background at all times. No hint at the 7.5% ABV in the taste, which is always nice.

M- Surprisingly smooth for a stout bottled with carbon dioxide with a medium body. Goes down very easy.

O- An enjoyable beer. Though it is a little too much on the coffee-side for my preferences I think anyone that enjoys a nice sweet stout or dark brew in general will be pleased. A very smooth feel and goes down extremely easy - which says something to me for a beer that has a higher alcohol content than most. It may not be a favorite but I could see myself picking up another 6-pack in the future. Southern Tier, good job!

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

DOB 12/28/2011, picked this up in KC

Pours mahogany with a thumb + of mocha colored head up front. Below average head retention & above average lacing

S: Mocha & coffee

T: Coffee, dryness & roastyness, plus dark fruit up front. Cocoa powder & roastyness as this warms, some dryness from the lactose & a bit of twang. Finishes dry, roasty & with a touch of lactose & chocolate milk

MF: Smooth carbonation & creamy body

A nice milk stout that impressed me. I will buy again & would love to see how a fresher version compares

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

Ba Review #234
Served On: 11/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: DOB: 05/17/12

Continuing with the Stouts - this one was from a sicker I snagged at A.K.A. Frisco’s in Frederick, MD while picking up some take-out for lunch yesterday.

Look: The brew appeared very dark with no light passing through. The head was at about 1-finger with a sandy tan color. Lacing was present, but not real impressive.

Smell: Peat smoke and a roasted earthy coffee bean character. The lactose was also noticeable along with some dark chocolate. A faint hop bouquet was mixed in to balance out the sweet component.

Taste: First up was the roasted coffee quality. The middle was the lactose sweetness hitting. Finish was a slight bitterness with some hops kicking in. The aftertaste had the roasted notes returning and fading into a lingering bitterness.

This was a very nice Milk Stout. I would have expected nothing less fro ST.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. dark brown/ black on the pour. Careful, the head sneaks up on you. Starts near nothing, but blossoms to a full 3 finger height. Head is tan/brown in color and sits on top the beer for a while at roughly 1/3" Lacing is nice.

s. Smell of yeast dominates the after poor, giving way to malt.

t. Malt, not as sweet as I had hoped, but somewhere between outstanding and very, very good. Rounded up to a 4.

m. Excellent up front, but seems to be a grit in the finish.

O. Reminds me of a Sam Adams cream stout, which is a compliment. Not as creamy, but a solid stout. Do not be scared off by the 'sweet' title.

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

The beer pours a dark black-velvet with a thin white-tan head that fades quickly leaving only a ring of thin fanged lacing on the sides. The beer is very dark and opaque but a couple of bubbles can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass and there are plenty of bubbles peppering the surface to showcase a solid amount of carbonation. The beer smells sweet and roasty with the sour lactose sugars enveloping everything in their odd candied embrace. Malts are rich and creamy with chocolate and roasted flavoring. The beer tastes rich with burnt coffee and slight chocolate tinge. There is a faint sour from the lactose sugars that plays nicely with the coffee flavor and an alcoholic pucker that resonates in the aftertaste as the coffee and roasted flavors die down. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little thin for the style. It leaves the mouth with a ghost of saliva and a very slight roasted dryness to the tongue. Overall this is a solid milk stout with nice coffee taste that does not show up in the nose. This beer is worthy of a taste.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  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.

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

1 finger light brown head
dissolves decently fast.

Deep black. in direct light you catch a little redish purple at the bottom of the glass

chocolate, slight banana, alcohol, lactose

taste: dark chocolate, slight fruit, alcohol, sugar
Heavy on the palaete, but smooth with a alcohol at the very end which lingers for a moment but fades.

I enjoy this, it's deep, heavy, good chocolate flavor that doesn't taste fake that is paired with a slight acidic componnet. I also like the alchol being slightly noticeable. But while I enjoy it, I also find it distracting. Interesting take for sure though

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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 jera1350
3.87/5  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.

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

We pour a black, stouty brew. It holds a one finger head of medium brown bubbles. With a quick swirl this is easily reproducible. This retains briefly, leaving patterned stripes of lacing around the glass, and a big centralized aggregate of bubbles floating in the center of the liquid. Carbonation appears average, and no sediment is noted. The nose is predominated by sweeter, sugary malts, and malted chocolates. At times the malts actually smell on the paler side. Toffee and creamed coffee add an additional cooling sweetness, and a little bite with warmth. An iced banana bread sits on the far back. Our first impression is that the flavoring is quite robust. As we sip, sweetness of cream and white sugar mix with roasted coffee malts, and Tootsie Roll sweetness. Chocolate comes in the form of darker, more raw cocoa, and this persists to the peak, where the malts take on an equally dark, more coppery flavoring. The coffee beans enhanced throughout the tasting, themselves peaking just after the malts through the middle. Sweet synthetic cherry booze helps to cut any coffee and malty bitterness. The finish is bright with more metallics, booze, coffee, and chocolate, with the cherries fruitiness bordering more on cough syrup flavoring. The last malts we get are chalky, and drying to the palate. The body is syrupy, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp and smack to each sip, with pleasant corresponding cream and froth. The mouth is coated with a bubbly film, and as this recedes the palate is left feeling smooth and cooled. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robustness of flavoring, and the nice balance it struck throughout. The flavorings are creamy, smooth, and sweet on one side, while the other side shows a hearty roast and char. Neither side really butts the other out too much, and we are left with another tasty brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass. Thanks to my BMC drinking pal, Joe, for thinking of me and always keeping some goodies on hand.

A- Pitch dark, near black color with a dense 1-plus finger head, mocha-tan color. Pure rings of lace.

S- Fresh roasted black coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malts and oats.

T- More dark cocoa and toasty oats and malts than coffee. The coffee aroma was so strong that I thought it would dominate the flavor. Some caramel and creamy sweets, too.

M- Good body and feel, chewy. It has enough hops for a little kick. Creamy.

O- Nicely balanced. The flavors blend. I just may have rated this a little higher if I'd have taken it on a winter day.

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

Southern Tier
2X Stout

Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Off white, tan head forms and leaves behind a creamy wall of lace. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and charred malts. In the taste, lots of sweet lactose, brown sugar, milk chocolates, coffee and cream. There is a light smokey component, and a bit of alcohol comes through. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and oh so smooth. Overall, this is a very nice big milk stout, worth checking out.

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