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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 2,091
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 319 | 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: 2,091
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.

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Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased as a 6-pack at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Black with dark brown edges, beige-oatmeal colored 1-2 finger foamy, frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Strong tobacco almost ashy aroma off the bat but settles into more chocolate, lactose, and coffee tones.

T: The flavor, unfortunately, plays on more of the ashy and less of the milk chocolate and coffee notes. There is some lactose milk stout sweetness, but it is not able to overcome the tobacco, earthy, and ashy components.

M: Medium-bodied but drinks thinner.

O: Not one I will be going back to -- sweet but not much depth of flavor and the tobacco/ash really has no place in this style.

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Photo of Pepper7
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Honestly should be a lower ABV beer like most other milk stouts, leaves an alcohol taste, not bad, but not what I want from a sweet stout, other than that good beer, not great but not bad

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Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

The beer pours a deep brown/nearly black with about two fingers worth of dense tan head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving behind very little lacing.

The beer smells moderately roasty and slightly sweet, The aroma seems to fit into a nice middle ground of not being too mild, but also not being overpowering

The taste, like the aroma, is moderately roasty and slightly sweet. The sweetness seems to come more from a heavy handed use of crystal malts than from the lactose. The body is a little thinner than I would expect for the style.

Overall, this is a decent beer that is fairly easy to drink, but not something that I would seek out. I prefer my Milk/Sweet Stouts to be a bit fuller in body, and a have a little more sweetness from the lactose.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Very durable head over a dark body.
The aroma is a mix of medium and dark malts but the flavor has some smoke and char, suggesting a dark roasted grain bill.
Mildly bitter with a touch of sour.
O: disappointing.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle DOB 9/19/14 at 40 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt
Head small (<1 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm partial ring
Lacing poor – few short arcs of tiny bubbles remaining when the partial ring lowers
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of burnt malt but somewhat sweet, not bitter. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.3125
Another mediocre offering from Southern Tier. The burnt taste is pervasive and has a long hang time. Fortunately the sweetness makes this tolerable. Incidentally I like stouts, just not this one – the burnt taste is just too overpowering in the absence of any chocolate or coffee flavors.

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Photo of TCMike
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The head was minimal, and was beige. The beer color is non-translucent, dark brown.

The aroma is of roasted malts, and wood.

The taste is similar, but with the lactose sweetness, and a stronger than anticipated hop bite. On the low side of heavy bodied. It has low carbonation.

Not as good as I thought it would be. Just an okay beer.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern 2X Stout, on cask at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz glass, this is a nice-looking brew, with a big foamy head and seriously dark looks. Great temperature- warm as it should be. Low carbonation and some lacing.

Smell: Mild roastiness, chocolate powder. Bitter in the nose but not in the mouth. Dark sugar, cheap cocoa.

Taste: Follows nose without the hop/bitter profile. Cheap coffee, alright roastiness. Dairy, barnyard funk. Dirty puddles. I'm not a fan of the hemical/artificial chocolate taste, like they just dumped Nestle powder in the keg.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style, but not stellar. Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Could use more body and flavor and robustness.

Overall: Very drinkable, so the score goes up. Nothing spectacular but fine. Like it better in a bottle.

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Photo of tut2528
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black as night with no transparency whatsoever. Minimal head formation, but a thin film hugs the side of the glass.

S: big roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee grounds dominate the nose. Not getting much sweetness on this one. Nothing else is coming through other than a mild alcohol burn.

T: very robust coffee notes and roasted malt completely dominate the body on this one. I pick up on a bitter dark chocolate as well. I honestly am not picking up that much milk/creaminess as I thought I would….its actually very subtle and I find myself reaching for it.

M: medium bodied, not as big as I expected. It leaves a mild touch of alcohol and roasted malt on the palate after the finish.

O: it’s a nice brew, very basic, decent drinkability but dont think it resembles this style very well. the milk is very subtle as well as the sweetness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewd with 2 varietes of hops and 3 types of malts." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a premium price at Ramirez Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually like Southern Tier. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely tan colour. Good cream. Good thickness. Good (~4+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Opaque. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style but there's room for improvement. Not unique or special.

Sm: Milky notes, cream, dark malts, chocolate malt. Light hints of fleeting vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Subtle lactose. No hop character is obvious.

T: Dark malts, a bit of caramel, and chocolate malt comprise the backbone/foundation. Milk chocolate. Some sugary sweetness. A light touch of vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No obvious hop character. Not getting any roast. Nicely sweet - not overly so - though many will likely criticize this beer for that aspect. Overall, it's balanced if a biteen simple. Nicely subtle. I like the build. A tasty stout, all around.

Mf: Nicely creamy, smooth, and wet. Complements the flavour profile well. Pretty well carbonated. Apt. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but few beers in the style are. Good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft. Full-bodied.

Dr: A drinkable and enjoyable "double milk stout." I'd definitely get it again, even at the high price (~$6) I paid for it. A solid brew from Southern Tier. Really approachable and drinkable. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle alone. A tasty brew overall. Good execution.


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Photo of Swim424
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Pours a dark brown with a small head java colored, that fell quickly, leaving a partial layer on top.

S-Weak scent, smells of a hint of mocha and thats about it.

T-Tastes a bit sweet upfront, that sort of hangs in there till the end, with maybe a hint of mocha in the middle. Also has a slight taste of alcohol mixed in on the finish.

MF-Medium body, on the thinner side of it. Leaves a sweet coating taste throughout your mouth.

O-This is pretty good. Nothing exceptional. Nice sweetness to it, lacking a bit of flavor, but nice to sip on.

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Photo of wac9
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opaque black with a mocha colored head. No lace nor retention. Boo, hiss.

Dark roast coffee and char aroma. Some burn sugary something in there as well.

Bold, grainy and full o' roast malt. Surprisingly, very little lactic sweetness. Char and slightly nutty.

Pretty monotone. ST says 2 hops and 2 malts and it shows. Simpler is not always better, I'd like more depth.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Attractive dark golden brown brew with plenty of foam in the New Belgium snifter. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth. Quite sweet and tangy at the same time. Hints of chestnut and orange marmalade. Warm roasted malt with a touch of vanilla. Bitter chocolate touch and bitter finish. Intersting brew though hard to drink much. From the 22 oz bottle purchased in Oak Harbor, Washington.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I've become a curmudgeon in my dotage.
This one's all right-- wouldn't walk a mile for it... wouldn't walk a half mile for it.
I see 2X on the label- but it's not a 2X stout. I'd call this one a mild stout.
It's got all the character of a stout but there's nothing truly unique,
truly eye opening. There's no startling perspective on the brewing world-- of stouts in this libation.
Looks OK, tastes OK-- (look up Stout) and there you have it.
I'm not feeling cheated by purchasing it-- it's just nothing I'd pick up a megaphone for to shout
out on the rooftop over alerting the beer drinking multitudes.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black body holds a tan cover that leaves a bit of lacing. Opaque save a ruby edge when held to light.

Smell: Coffee, roasted and slightly soured grain.

Taste: Coffee really punches through a sweet malty base. Roasted coffee and grain blend to give a generally balanced, rich flavor. Earthy hop profile keeps it traditional in style.

Mouthfeel: Some odd blend of fizzy and creamy. The fizz was a bit annoying, but once it degassed for a bit, it got much better.

Overall: A nice sipper. I like Southern Tier, but they seem to go with a "flavored" beer. The added flavor here is the coffee, but a slightly sickly sweet vanilla something in the background. It's a good overall package, a slow sipper.

Thanks to Vic for bringing a sample up from San Antonio

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I jumped any Southern Tier, so in preparation for the arrival of the 2x Rye, thought I'd pick one of these up. 12 oz. bottle.

The beer flows out of the bottle like a moonless night...OK, it's a stout, so it's black. Nose features a shockwave of roast & a smattering of chocolate chips. I can only tease out the lactose notes because I read it on the label, it's playing hide-and-seek with the aggressively loined roast. Good way to open up.

2X Stout is like drinking the air at a Starbucks. The roast is just as crazed as in the nose, bleeding roast out of every orifice. The milkiness is a bit jarring: I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't gel well, maybe because of the sheer quantity of the roast, which I love on its own. Chocolate is relatively toned down, along with a nice bitterness that finishes up. Shared a few ounces with my wife, & I can say that a 10 oz. snifter of this would be enough.

A pretty good beer that lacks that certain something; not up to some of the gems in Southern Tier's portfolio, but still pretty good.

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Photo of joebeerdude
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of tkarsies
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having tried many of Southern Tier over-the-top flavor beers (Creme Brulee, Chokolat), I thought it would be worth giving this a try, especially as the weather cools.

Served at cellar temp and allowed to gradually warm. In standard pint glass.

Small tan head over black. Leaves lacing throughout. Looks as I would expect.

Smell is a hint of roasted malt and hops. A bit of a disappointment.

Taste is better. Roasted malt, a bit of sweetness beside the malt. Hops are more prominent than I was expecting with a milk stout. Would have liked a bit more of the roastiness.

Mouthfeel is too thin for the style and strength. Carbonation is light.

Overall not what I was hoping for. While not bad, it is a bit lacking for style or for the expected ST strong-flavored brews. Alcohol is a bit evident in the taste and is noticeable by the end of a couple. Will finish the sixer but not sure I will be hunting this down again any time soon.

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Photo of confer
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque. Not a hint of light gets through a pint glass.Almost no head at all.
Light roasted malt smell.
Good mix of the bitter roasted malts and a touch of the sweet lactose.
A good stout that is on the lighter side of stouts. I'd drink it again but like the Blackwater series much more.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This is the first beer i've tried from southern tier so i'm kindof excited.

A: Pours a deep black color that lets very little light through it, a little red around the edges, nice color. Not much of a head though, quickly dissipating and virtually no lacing.

S: Slight chocolate, dark fruit, molasses? Touch of alcohol as well. Smells good, just a little weak.

T: Roasted malt throughout, chocolate up front. Dark fruit and some molasses in the middle with the roastiness rounding up the finish with some sweet, fruity alcohol as well.

M: Pretty smooth, nice feel, nice carbonation, but for a stout of above average stregnth i'd like something a bit heavier.

Overall:Not as sweet as i'd expect, not as thick as i would have liked. Not what i hoped for, but still good. I've heard really good things about this brewery so i'll keep trying their brews out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super dark brownie brown. Quick head and no residual foam after a few sips.

Dry chocolate cream with some black coffee bean. Strong roasted malt presence in the nostrils, but always with creamy undertones.

Milk chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Burnt coffee beans mix with the milky chocolate in the middle of the palate. I think the alcohol thins out this oily palated beer. Their's some warmth, but it seems to go along with teh flavor pretty well. Not a bad sipper.

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