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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: 315 | 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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Reviews: 393 | Hads: 2,070
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: This beer is about as dark as it comes. Opaque black with a touch of brown. There is a dark tan head with decent retention.

S: Deep roasted flavors on the nose. Bittersweet chocolate. I pick up the milky sweet aroma from the lactose sugar and some vanilla.

T: The same roasted chocolate notes from the aroma are present and expanded with a bit of smoky character. Vanilla sweetness complements the chocolate and some oak.

M: Fairly thick and creamy in a way. Good carbonation is mild but fizzy.

O: The first "double" milk stout I've come across, this is similar to many other offerings but more potent in both flavor and alcohol. Thick and dark enough that I think it will be a good winter beer, but easy drinking enough that I could have a few no problem.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a pretty catchy label. Southern Tier style with too many miniature cows to count spread across bottom part of label. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - black as night. Nearly opaque in color except for the rich dark ruby red painting the smallest possible of the bottom corners. This is a reddish tint I've never seen nearly the color of blood. small touch of brown fade. Pretty good tan colored head that settles into a good ring of lace. This milk stout provides some decent stick as well.

S - Roasted chocolate with a ton of sweet malts dominating. Notes of creamy vanilla and some bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of lactose sugar and cocoa.

T - More sweet malt and lots of different sweetness. Lactose sugars, Chocolate and cocoa with small hints of vanilla and cream. Very small coffee flavor. Light floral like hops that go virtually unnoticed. Some roasted flavors toward the back with a semi bitterness in the finish.

M - A little on the p thin side for a stout of its size. Especially thin compared to other milk stouts I've had, but it has a good smoothness even without really coating the mouth.

O - it's a bit on the sweet side meaning its a little too sweet for my liking. However it is a solid brew from an excellent brewery. It's very easy to drink if you can overcome the heavy dose of sweets. It's a pretty well made stout all around though. Something that I'll probably go after again when the weather cools off. It's not a good as other southern tier offerings, but still worth a try.

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Photo of corby112
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma that smells slightly burnt.  I was expecting it to be sweeter smelling but its almost acrid. Lots of dark chocolate along with some roasted coffee. Some lactic cream and sweeter chcolate but the robust roastiness overpowers things.

Tastes very similar to the aroma.  Thinner than expected with lots of overly roasted burnt malt flavor.  Overpowering dark chocolate along with burnt coffee and smoke with hardly any sweetness for balance.  Very faint lactic cream presence with a touch of  lighter, sweeter chcolate but again the overly roasted dark chocolate notes overpower everything.  Lingering dry acrid finish.  Pretty disappointing coming from a brewery that usually nails dessert beers.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with a finger of off-white head. The nose is heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate with a nice touch of lactose, too. Maybe even a touch of vanilla? A fairly sweet nose, but quite nice. The flavor is not as nice. A little too much roast which comes across as harsh on the palate. Good coffee flavors and a moderate lactose sweetness, though.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good pure opaque black with a small tan head.

The smell is dark roasted malts and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is coffee and milk with just a little bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy with low carbonation.

This is a very good stout, would great for dessert. It's milky, creamy and coffee like.

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Photo of buzzedup
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. this beer has a black color with a tan head that keeps its retension

S. very sweet can smell rasins, dates, bitter smoke
T. very good for a milk stout . very underrated and recieves low marks compaired to other Southern Tier offerings
M. a bit thin realy does not coat as a RIS might but then again it is not a RIS

o. very good quility Milk Stout . would purchase again

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Photo of Fadefury
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark black color with the standard white head

S - Roasted chocolate with the hints of cappuccino

T - Chocolate is up front, but the bitterness of the high alcohol takes too much away from the sweetness and silky texture that should be there in any milk stout

M - Very thick, high carbonation for a milk stout

O - Overall, I wouldn't really consider this a "milk stout", or what I think of when I hear the name. The bitterness takes away from the silky smooth texture and taste I love about milk stouts.

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Photo of The_1084
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark, almost black color, with a tan frothy head.

S - The smell presents the aroma of roasted cocoa with a hint of creamy vanilla.

T - While drinking, the flavors of chocolate are present with a touch of milky sweetness. The alcohol taste is definitely there, but not overpowering. It does leave a bitter aftertaste.

M - It is very thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall this is an excellent stout and would highly recommend for all beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer- pure black with a creamy white head. Smells lightly roasty and creamy, with nice notes of vanilla and cocoa. A little light on taste, and with a slightly burnt bitter finish. The heart of the flavor, though, is a milky cocoa and vanilla taste layered on some light roastiness. Quite pleasant, but not seamless. Could be a tad silkier in the mouth for the style. The slightly burnt tannic notes on the finish are a bit jarring. Overall quite solid if a bit flawed in parts.

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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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 3/5/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense tn head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, cream, toast, biscuit, and slight herbal hops. Very nice aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, cream, toast, light pine, and citrus. Some decent pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, cream, and toast on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of roasted flavors with the lactose; and a good bitterness/sweetness balance gives this zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice milk stout. Nice robust and balanced flavors; and quite smooth to drink. Maybe a bit too much hop character for a milk stout, but a damn good offering nonetheless.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 3.50$

Appearance - Brown colour with with an above average size fizzy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, roasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness and a touch of bitter coffee flavour. It ends with a grainy/chocolate aftertaste with a bitterness that lingers for a bit.

Overall - Pretty good stuff.. the taste is nice and fairly well balanced. The booze also seems well hidden. Nothing really ground breaking, but still glad to have tried.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Milk Stout from Southern Tier.

Pours out a really nice pitch black, with a tan fluffy head.

The aroma is a great blend of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and a creamy milk-like sweetness.

The taste is heavily dominated by the roasted malt upfront and then that blends into a nice mix of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full, rich and creamy.

Not the best Milk Stout I have tried, but a good representation of the style and a tasty beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB globe. pours an oily black with slight tan head. Nice lacing.
Aromas of boozey sweet chocolate and roasted coffee malts. Taste is sweet roasted coffee malts. Some slight dried fruit and chocolate and vanilla flavors. Its a bit overly sweet, but otherwise a good above average stout. As true with most if not all stouts, let this one warm up. The flavors really come out as it warms...

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Photo of Mikecap
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this again after having on nitro.

Appearance: Poured a deep brown into a standard pint glass with three fingers of beige head that stick around for a while. As the head fades it lines the glass with delicate brown lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and a bit of lactose. A bit of sweetness for sure but not a ton in the nose.

Taste: Silky smooth chocolate with more coffee than I got from the aroma. This is a very tasty stout with nice sweetness and little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but goes down smoothly and dangerously easy at 7.5%. Very creamy and a stout I could drink for a while.

Overall: A very solid offering and far better on nitro-tap. Definitely worth seeking out and a solid all-around beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of britzdog
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color with very little head. Almost no lacing Taste and aroma of coffee and roasted malts. An excellent bodied brew. You don't notice the higher alcohol content. Going down very easy with not much of a hint of bitterness. I wish there was a little more bite to this beer but it is above average none the less

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Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great retention and lace on a medium khaki head. Black with dark cola highlights.

S - Fairly one dimensional but still pleasant with a deep roasted grains character and a touch of caramel.

T - Thick and smooth. Creamy caramel into coffee and cream balanced beautifully by a nice sharp roast. Net sweet finish to style.

M - Super smooth, full body.

O - A very nice milk stout, one of the better examples of the style imho.

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Photo of soju6
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a small tan head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, with chocolate and coffee to round it out.

T: Taste follows the aroma with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness in the background with a dry finish.

F: Full body, smooth, thick and creamy. No real hint of the 7.5% ABV. very nice balanced.

O: Goes down easy. Good beer without being overpowering.

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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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark black from the bottle with very little head. Smells a bit of wet dog and a little roasty chocolate. Meh. Flavor follows with some mild chocolate and only a hint of roast. Slightly disappointed here. Syrupy stout with one dimensional mild chocolate flavor. Decent, but I'll stick to Mokah and Choklat.

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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 Thads324
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black oil looking liquid. Thin tan head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.
Smells of roasted malt. A bit of sweet chocolate and agreeable alcohol. Some pumpernickel bread and mellow sweetness abound.
Starts a bit watery. Roasted coffee, slightly toasted malt flavors with mellow biscuit. Sharp bitterness towards the end that is a muddled mixture of earthy hop and roasted grains. Finishes sweet with a bit of alcohol.
A lighter body than expected. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation for the style.

A pretty damn good beer. It doesn't try to be complex or overbearing, but that is nice. I'd be able to drink
Multiples because of the medium alcohol and the good balance of flavors.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. $1.99 loose bottle pick up

The pour is yields a nightly black body with a small deep tan head and not a lot of lace left.

Dusty choco powder like in the cereal box and sweet milk sugers in the nose. It smells like an adult glass of count chocula which should be interesting--- aka a manufactured sharp taste

Taste and Body
A taste that mirrors the nose. There is a lot going on and it all rises above the simple nose. Overall there isn't as much sweetness or thick body as I was expecting.

In comparison to the other milk stouts, it had a nice balance that seemed to be more alined to a sweet stout than the milky desert beers that I usually run into in the milk stout side of life. The price is right as well, but only when you need to fill the last slot in your average mix six.

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Photo of Pahn
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch frothy light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a tight semicircle of lacing. Pours black with brown highlights. Leaves several thin lacing arches.

Smell: Not much aroma. Some malty sweetness, maybe some vaguely Willamette-esque hops. With time, a nice sweet coffee note emerges. Remains too muted, but the character of the aroma is nice.

Taste: Sweet up front with some roasted malt, then a long roasted malt aftertaste follows the dry finish. Further sips reveal some coffee and cola flavors up front, with the malty sweetness blended with husky roasted malt staying strong. Dry, roasted malt dominated finish remains satisfying.

Repeated the phrase 'roasted malt' four times in the last paragraph--appropriately, really, since that's the main story here.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great dry finish as mentioned above (keeps the beer at a 3.0). Lactose seems to only be adding sweetness; this beer could use some more body and creaminess. Bit watery. Especially disappointing for a style defined by its creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Honestly, the dry finish, inoffensive sweetness, and prominent roasted malt flavor makes this a satisfying stout fix. It's nothing spectacular, but if someone showed up at a party with a 6pack, I'd be happy to have one.

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