2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 386
Hads: 2,036
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 4.49%
Wants: 58
Gots: 291 | 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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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. (377 characters)

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- (393 characters)

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. (984 characters)

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. (691 characters)

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. (701 characters)

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. (308 characters)

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. (1,405 characters)

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. (472 characters)

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. (627 characters)

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. (471 characters)

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. (1,616 characters)

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. (1,231 characters)

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. (845 characters)

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. (732 characters)

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. (411 characters)

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 (328 characters)

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. (372 characters)

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. (1,084 characters)

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. (1,193 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on 02/08/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a little brownish red at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of creamy light tan head with good retention. Lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and lactose. Also some hints of oatmeal, milk, coffee, and caramel. Light presence of earthy hops in the background along with a light hint of dark fruit. A pretty sweet and chocolate forward aroma.

Taste: Starts out with a big sweet taste of the roasted malts with a good amount of chocolate, oats, and lactose with a hint of coffee and milk. Midway comes a surprisingly strong presence of hops for a sweet stout. Hops are a mix of citrus and earthy hops. Pretty well balanced even though chocolate is the most noticeable taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy. Somewhat syrupy but very slick. Starts sweet and has a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid stout. Nice hop presence for a milk/sweet stout. (1,096 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug. Beautiful jet black with hints of deep red/brown in light; fizzy dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Smells malty, with chocolate and roasted notes. Taste is surprisingly good; it goes all over your tongue with chocolate and roasted goodness. The sweet chocolate tempers the bitterness of the roasted malts. I was already expecting to like it, and I was still surprised by how good it tasted. Mouthfeel is relatively light, but the taste makes it seem fuller. Overall, this is a delicious stout, easy to drink. One of my new favorites. (578 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's 2X Stout a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I have had their 2X IPA before and I thought it was good so being the Stout lover that I am I thought I should try their 2X Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and it has some nice dark colors to reflect the color of this beer, and I like the information provided on the label. It poured a straight up black color that didn't let any light come through and it had had three fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice spotty lacing. This is a damn good looking Milk Stout, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a large amount of dark roasted malts that have a medium amount of roast to them and impart some nice chocolate and coffee aromas with some nice roasted aromas and the chocolate sticking out the most to give this beer a cold mocha coffee like aroma. Next up is some sweet lactose that gives this beer a high amount of medium sweetness and imparts a creamy and milk like aroma followed by a slight grainy and caramel aroma. This beer has a good aroma that is true to style, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a large amount dark roasted malts that have a pretty high amount of roast and impart some nice roasted flavors along with some coffee and chocolate with the coffee sticking out the most and the chocolate taking on a cocoa powder like flavors that showed up towards the end. Next I picked up some lactose sugars that give this beer a high amount of medium sweetness and imparts a light cream flavor. On the finish I get a really slight alcohol flavor with a higher amount of medium bitterness that has a charred malt like bitterness to it and it had a roasty and coffee like aftertaste with a little bit of cream. This beer tasted good and it was true to style, I don't really have any complaints.

M- Smooth, creamy, velvet like, dry, on the thick side of being medium bodied and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation. There's nothing off when it comes to the mouthfeel of this beer, I like it.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and I thought that it was a good example that was pretty true to style, it highlighted the roasted malts and the sweet lactose just like a good example of this style should and it was easy to drink without being too filling. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and the flavors kept me interested, I could drink a couple of these but after that I think the sweetness would wear on me. What I liked most about this beer was how true to style it was, it was everything that I expect from the style and it looked damn good in my pint glass. What I liked least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I felt was out of place with this beer. I would buy this beer again, it was priced right and was just what I want in a Milk Stout, I will be buying this again when in the mood for the style and I highly recommend giving this beer a try if Milk Stouts are your thing. This turned out to be a good and really solid Milk Stout, I don't think of this as a double Milk Stout, to me it's just a good example of the style and not a double version of this style. I didn't like their Porter too much, but these 2X beers have impressed me, I am sad to see there are no more beers in this series, it would be nice to see a 2X Red Ale or a 2x Pilsener. Good job Southern Tier, I will be on the look out for more of your beers and I would love to try the barrel aged version of this beer one day. (3,750 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost black. About a 1-1.5 finger head, light brown. Fades fairly quickly. Slight lacing around the edges.

S- Typical stout smell- malts, chocolate, and slight coffee smell. Definitely smell a little bit of the alcohol, but not too boozey.

T- Slight chocolate/milk taste, roasted malts apparent.

M- Pretty smooth and drinkable throughout. Not too heavy for a stout.

O- Not quite as sweet as a lot of stouts that I've had. Nowhere near as sweet as the Southern Tier Creme Brulee. Overall not bad, would consider drinking again but definitely not my favorite milk stout that I've had. (615 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma wise, 2x Stout delivers a moderate roast character backed by unsweetened cocoa powder. Nothing overwhelms the other and it smells pretty good, however, I wish the aroma was more prominent.

The beer pours out jet black, barley any light gets through this one, just a tad brown around the edges. It's topped by a light mocha head made of late bubbles with good lacing. The head dropped back down into the beer fairly quickly though.

2x Stout's flavor rocked my world. At first sip I got a bit of chocolate with some sweetness to it. That was followed by a nice roast that pulled into the tail end that was just slightly tannic.

It's a full bodied beer with carbonation more on the low side, with a surprisingly slightly dry finish which I didn't expect considering it's a milk stout. Drinkability was alright considering it's 7.5% ABV. Overall, I really liked this beer and compared to other milk stouts, I'd wager this was one of the better ones that I've had. (969 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nonic. from notes.

a - opaque dark brown in color with a finger thick, rocky, tan head. after calming i get a thin cap that leaves thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - roasted and black patent malts, dark chocolate, faint espresso, faint cola.

t - roasted malts with massive chocolate character. notes of coffee and faint dark fruits. nice bittersweet finish.

m - medium in body, adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile. very smooth.

o - supremely drinkable and enjoyable. for my money, this is an excellent example of the style. (539 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.