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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 2,070
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: 393 | Hads: 2,070
Photo of obrike
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/black color with a small tan head that fades to bits of lacing. Thin head remians for duration.

Getting some roasted malt, with chocolate and coffee to round it out. A bit of choco-milkshake too. Good.

Taste follows scent with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and some caramel sweetness. A pretty decent amount of bitterness on the backend keeps this one from getting even higher marks though. Nice Full body, smooth, thick and creamy. Not much hint of the 7.5% at all. Well done. balanced.

A very good milk stout. Goes down easy. Good dessert beer, but be wary of the abv.

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Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body and a thick, mocha colored head.

Lots of roasty chocolate in the nose, some lactose sweetness as well. Pretty on dimensional but I like it. I tasted a little milky sweetness but it was definitely in the back round. Hugely sweet chocolate and plenty of roasty char dominate this one. Again, not much in the way of complexity, but I thoroughly enjoyed my bottle.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours opaque black with a thin light brown head that holds little retention and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet milk chocolate and roasted grains. Tastes are sweet and creamy with milk chocolate and roasted grains, slight prickle on the tongue from the alcohol that is non-existent, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, while being full-bodied. Overall, good take on the style, especially with the extra ABV.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma features a lot of chocolate and a good bit of roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The chocolate and nut notes really come through, as does some roasted malt. I also get some oats and lactose and cream notes in the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnLasher92
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from the bottle into my large frozen beer mug. Bottle has DOB of 6/27/14 stamped below the label. Pours a deep brown with sparks of light coming through. Delicious sandy head with an okay lace. Taste is of chocolaty malt with a good hop aftertaste to balance. There is a slight creamy mouthfeel. I love stouts but the hops make this one the best of both worlds. I can't see myself getting bored of this brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some lactose notes is pretty impressive. Taste is a nice balanced mix between some light dry roasted malt notes which are offset by loads of lactose with a subtle dry coffee finish. Body is quite full with a nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with great drinkability factor.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - It is a blackish brown with a light brown head, with a good head and retention.

Smell - It is a has the coffee bitterness with the sweetness of chocolate.

Taste - Sweet but with a sharp bitterness to it; its most coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - A bit too much carbonation, good body otherwise.

Overall - A good stout, but the bitterness can overpower the sweetness.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottled on date of 12.26.13.
Poured into a goblet on 05.28.14.

A: 1 finger tan head. Midnight black with no red.

S: Toffee, chocolate, malt, roastiness.

T: Raisin and dark fruit dominate. Roastiness and woodiness are subtle.

M: Creamy.

O: This is a solid stout. The woodiness is stronger in this one than others. It is well balanced, but there are better stouts than this one.

Rating: B-

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Photo of fps_dean
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite already having a 6 pack of stout in the fridge at home, I had to pick a 6 of Southern Tier's 2x Stout up, as it was a brew from Southern Tier I had not had yet. Those who have had any of Southern Tier's brews will know exactly what I am talking about, as I have never had anything bad from them.

This stout is pitch black, and you can tell it's on the thicker side just from looking at it. There is fairly little head.

It smells fairly chocolaty.

It tastes like chocolate, milk, caramel, and malt. A higher alcohol is clearly noticeable as well. It hits your mouth sweet, but leaves bitter, and the overall flavor profile is pretty much inline with traditional stouts. It is fairly sweet, but not overly sweet like many milk stouts. I think it works as well with cheeses as it does with deserts.

This is a rather thick and strong stout, but it does not have as much head as I would like.

Despite not having as much head as I would like, this is a pretty solid milk stout.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a nice, frothy, tan head. The head dissipates faster than it should though. Because the beer's so black, I can't tell if the carbonation is good. I'm not seeing any real lacing.

Smell: The smell is faint. It's kind of a toasted corn syrup/molasses smell. I also detect a metallic/tin smell.

Taste: Exactly like the smell but much stronger. It tastes like there could be some ground up bark chips in there also.

This is a decent stout. I've had many stouts that have a lot more roasted, toasted, coffee, nutty and other flavors. This is more one dimensional with a single flavor of sweet molasses. This is a good stout, but I've had many that are a lot better.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Southern Tier Brewing Company branded "imperial glass" (stemmed tulip)

Pours a dark brown capped with a beige one and a half finger head. Average retention and noticeable splotchy lacing here and there. Pleasant roasted notes greet the nose, sweet bittersweet cocoa power as well. Opens with roasted malt some dark chocolate that transisitons to milk chocolate as the sweet lactose sugar joins in creating a semi-sweet chocolate milk notes. Finishes with mild roasted malts and some lingering cocoa. Medium bodied, smooth, some creaminess-moderate carbonation. One of the better readily available milk stouts available, very well-balanced, never overly sweet. Recommended.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a deep dark molasses with ruddy highlights and a coffee colored head.

Smells of coffee, plum, roasted barely and floral and bitter herb notes.

Bitter coffee and chocolate up front. It has a smooth creamy middle with roasted malt notes. Smooth to the finish with slight bitter herb and floral notes.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sultry, silky, velvety, and in the end- simply lush, the "Nitro" taste, texture and appearance of this Milk Stout mimics the character of milkshake with pin-point precision. Its an absolute delight of a Stout.

Common to Guinness, the black ale pours with a thick and creamy appearance as the nitro-infusion lumbers to separate from the body of the beer- creating the charming "cascade" effect to mesmerize the eye. Once settled, the dense and creamy head tops the beer like mousse to cap a malty milkshake.

Mild roast, chocolate, heavy whipping cream and walnut aromas fight to garner attention through the thick barrier of foam. Slightly woodsy and smoky- the aromas are overall light. But to taste, the medium roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate open up for a savory and decadent set of flavors. Developing into a moderate wood and walnut bitterness in finish, the ale crispens up considerably to close.

Medium-full in weight, the creaminess of hot cocoa and marshmallow cream gives impressions of added weight. But as the nitrogen quickly dissipates, it leaves behind a light bodied and somewhat watering feel. Yet, the ale offers no astringency or harshness- only mild alcohol warmth that's seductive and unexpected.

The Stout hides its strength and power well. The senses are easily seduced by the nitro infusion. Yet it mutes aromas and offers some give-and-take in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours jet black with an inch of tan head, fine and pillowy, with a slow retention.

Smells of cocoa, brown sugar and roasted coffee beans.

Flavors are of nuts, milk chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and mild oak-like hop bitterness.

Full creamy body with light tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very good stout, hits all the right notes, doesn't do anything exceptionally different, but does what it does very well. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of D9sus4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

One of the best American brewed stouts I've tasted. Has that perfect balance between not too heavy, not too light, not too coffee flavored and not tasteless. Reminds me of some of the better stouts I had in Ireland during a month of stout tasting and general mayhem. And for those of you who have not experienced it, all Guinness does not taste the same.

I tried this from a Nitro-pushed tap, which adds to its creamy character. This is not a Hop-head beer, and I wouldn't recommend it to my friends who like those burnt coffee tasting stouts. This is just a well made American version of a not quite traditional Irish stout.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On top is a beige head that is about two fingers thick. Beneath that head is an abyss of wonderful darkness.

Aroma: Espresso notes, molasses, roasted malts and hops. Dark fruits are in the back. Touches of milk sugar in the end.

Taste: Silky smooth mouthfeel. Molasses, brown bread and sugar, roasted hops almost burnt but certainly not. Cocoa is mixed in well amongst the dark furits.

Notes: Overall a very tasty an drinkable beer start to finish. Cheers.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2X Stout is stout enough that not a trace of clarity or highlighting is possible regardless of the angle; this is a beer as dense as the heart of a black hole. Coffee, by comparison, is much lighter. But while it looks thick as a freight bridge it can't even support its own measly string of foam.

The nose is roasty and bittersweet, smelling something like a cross between a coffeehouse and chocolate shop. Those afraid of the dark will scream and run at first whiff; the bouquet is as dark as the appearance. However, for those who (like me) like it rich this is a very promising start.

If Forest Gump was right and life really is like a box of chocolates, 2X Stout is the best one you could hope to pick out of the bunch. It has the rich, sooty qualities of cocoa, the milky sweetness of caramel, some chewy nougat, the roastiness of coffee and, owing to its hops, a hint of citrus too. It also has the thick, full body of a frothy milkshake.

The finish has an ashy, roasted texture and tastes like the inside of a coffee grinder. For those sensitive to sooty and bitter qualities do not despair; a note of dark chocolate-covered caramels completes the aftertaste. Beers brewed with lactose generally have more sweetness but this one, while still approachable and toothsome, has a persona that's more ashy than sugary.

There are few breweries that offer such an extensive array of stouts as Southern Tier. I honestly wouldn't have thought they could come up with another for the portfolio but, lo and behold, they have; this can definitely hold its own alongside the classics like Choklat, Jah-va and Oat.

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dry cocoa powder, licorice, and dry roasted grain aromas up front. Earthy hop aromas in the background. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pour with a low off-white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More licorice flavors and dark bread crust on the palate. Like chocolate notes open up as the beer warms. More earthy hop flavors provide the counterpoint. Balance is toward the rich dark and roasty malt flavors. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate.

Overall impression: A big, roasty milk stout. Seems a little hop forward for the style and definitely too big but enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit much of the alcohol - faint smell and bit more than faint taste initially but the beer recovers quickly with a sweet middle if the tongue taste and smoothish finish

As expected look with a nice foamy head that leaves rings down your glass.

A good taste and good value if you want to both drink a stout and catch a buzz

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Photo of plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was wry good retention and lacing.

The smell featured charcoal, a touch of smoke and dark chocolate.

The taste consisted of dry and sweet cocoa, roasted barley, lactose and a nip of hop.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a tasty full bodied stout.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out brown in color. There are brown and deep red highlights troughout the beer. Not much of a head on this one, tan in color and goes away pretty quickly.

Smell is ok, better than the average stout. Has some bitersweet (maybe a little more sweet than bitter) chocolate and some coffee, so mokah I guess. There are also hints of roastiness and smokyness. Slight earthy hop presence in the nose as well.

Taste is easily the best part of this beer. Like many from this brewery it's sweet, but not overdone. Plenty of coffee and bittersweet coffee flavors provided by the malt. There is also a smokey and roasty flavor to it as well. There is also a bitterness at the end. The bitter and sweet are very well balanced, like having coffee with your dessert.

Mouthfeel is good. Not too heavy for a stout, but certainly not too thin, I'd go with medium bodied. Good carbonation level with a nice bitterness at the finish. Well balanced and full flavor. Nothing not to like. A solid offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint at Joe Pizza in Simsbury, Conn.

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a thin, one-finger head of bubbly, off-white carbonation which left a bit of lacing and a slick of foam in the glass.

S: Highly roasted malt characteristic with a sweet, rustic bread dough scent thrown in. Hints of coffee, hot cocoa and some herbal, charred hops spice up the smell a bit.

T: Smooth, sweet and mellow roasted flavor throws oatmeal and chocolate malt sweetness at the palate first. A sweet, milky flavor takes hold, letting off some creamy, caramel and toffee flavors before washing back with a mild, roasted bittersweet cocoa nib flavor that brings it all together against a slight, spicy and boozy aftertaste.

M: Rich, bold and sweet with a little lactose left on the palate. Smooth and balanced throughout, it doesn't drink as strong as it is.

O: A pretty well-done double-milk stout from Southern Tier, ringing in at a dangerously drinkable 7.5% ABV. It's good and certainly worth a try, although you couldn't session it for several reasons. It's pleasant enough to have one or two over a meal or with dessert and I'd definitely have it up again.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.