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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: 2,089
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: 2,089
Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, tan head with nice lacing. Starts with toasted malt, and moves into a nice floral hop aroma, with a touch of coffee-like acidity/roastedness. Black color. Starts with a DEEP, rich, toasted malt with a touch of acidity. In the middle, it moves into a nice medium bitterness, which turns into a touch of grapefruit hop flavor. Finish brings back the toasted malt.

If this were a bit thicker in the mouthfeel and less hoppy, it would be stunning.

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Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Piggly Wiggly. Poured into a shaped pint glass...

A: 2-finger, light khaki head that dies down to a nice, thin layer of retention on top of a brown-black, heavy looking beer.

S: Roasted malts; lactose sweetness; chocolate.

T: Dark malty taste; not super roasty; sweet milk and gets some acidity toward the finish; maybe some chocolate notes, too.

M: Full; moderate carbonation; a pretty heavy brew... very appropriate name.

O: I think I'll probably stick with the 1X versions, especially of the sweet/milk stout variety. A decent brew, though.

*from notes: 12-5-12

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Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought from spartan spirits in east lansing poured into a snifter

tried a sip from my gfs bottle of this beer didn't really like it all that much, going to give it another shot.

A&S: more sweet malty then anything else but I also get a some sweet chocolate and surprisingly some dark fruits, alcohol, and marshmallows. Jet black colored beer with creamy tan head that dies quicker then you would think for its texture.

T&M: Definitely more on the sweet chocolate side compared to the smell. pretty much nailed the smoothness and body of this beer, very velvety (a little bit more body and I would be sold.

overall: Definitely better then when I tried it earlier, idk what cause the difference, but anyways its worth a try at the right price (I got it for $2.19 a bottle). However I wont be buying it again, and its probably not worth getting a sixer of.

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

In truth, this beer has been hiding in the beer fridge since last spring, awaiting a cold winter night like tonight. It pours thick, black, like the sky it reflects, with a thin ring at the edge, much like tonight's crescent moon.

Aromatic like cold black coffee and dark chocolate, roasty and filling the entire nose with big smells. It is not though a head-filler, which I'd expect from a double.

Thick and slightly syrupy, with puffs of smoke, charcoal, chocolate and coffee - the charcoal comes through a little thick though, overwhelming some of the other tasty characteristics.

Percolating and carbonated on the tongue, enough to help round out the roastiness.

It's fine to drink - warming in the winter months. Just not as enjoyable as others I've enjoyably enjoyed in the past.

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Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black color with a medium-sized, short-lived, khaki head and recedes to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with a prominant roasted maltiness with a some milk chocolate, drier baker's cocoa. As it warms I get some sweet sugar notes with light caramel and black licorice.

The tastes follow the nose with dark roasted coffee bitterness with some sweeter tastes of bittersweet chocolate and caramelized sugar. There are some sweet elements but definitely not over-the-top or even enough for the style in my opinion. The firm roasted maltiness curbs the initial sweetness almost to a fault. Maybe this style isn't supposed to be "boosted" up to this ABV because the creaminess is almost lost completely in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly smooth and creamy but also a little roasty and dry; could use to be a bit creamier for the style.

Overall this was a miss for me. It just comes across as an American Stout and lacks the Milk/Sweet stouts elements that I look for in that style. Is it good, yes. Does it stand out from any other generic American Stout, no. A milk stout is a nuanced style which needs more sweetness and creaminess; the concept of a 2x Milk Sout is self-deprecating.

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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 deaconoflove
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice very dark, with minimal head. Looks good.
Not much aroma other than chocolate milk. Very milky aroma.
Taste is a very bland chocolate milk, heavy on the milk. It seems like mild muddle of milk and chocolate. It brings back (very bad) memories of afternoon milk snack in elementary school in the late 50's. (Qualifier: I don't like or drink milk unless it has cereal in it.) This beer isn't bad, but it comes close enough for me. I'll pass.

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Photo of Johnnyjoe13
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Really fine milk stout. I've had many and my standard is left hand. This is stronger, more layered, more intriguing, solid beer, overall. Soft, smooth, but packs a good punch. If you like dark beer, and you like left hand, this will very much impress you.

Well done, Southern Tier.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black/brown and opaque. Chocolate ice cream colored head of medium size.

S: Lightly sweet chocolate and caramel. Simple and fun to sniff.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Some candied orange and sprucey pine hidden in there. A touch of bitterness to finish it off.

M: Very smooth, a little syrupy. Good consistency.

O: I like this beer. Its very easy to drink down and loaded with chocolately beery goodness. Absolutely nothing to complain about here.

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

A - Thin, almost non-existent head. Black as night in terms of color.

S - Mostly chocolate with some hints of coffee and roast.

T - I tasted more roasted malts and bitter chocolate than anything. There was some sweetness in there, but I didn't pick up on it as much as others have in previous reviews. Still a tasty stout, though. The hops are definitely present in this one, and I think their bitterness may have overpowered the sweet aspect a little.

M - Pretty smooth, for the most part. Filling as well. I think that this aspect of this beer would improve hand-over-fist in a nitro-tap.

O - When I drink a milk stout, I expect creaminess, sweet, and a lot of chocolate. This one didn't deliver quite as much on the creamy side as I would've liked. Left hand milk stout, to me, is the comparative piece for a solid milk stout, and I think this beer falls short of LHMS. Still a well-done stout though, and I highly recommend it.

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

Not bad looking, a little brown leaks into the blackness, head was about two fingers and dissipated into a sheen, leaving ok lace.

Nose: Gentle roasty malts, coffee, sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: definitely tasting the sweet milk stout character, notes of coffee and chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, toasted bread, a little nuts.

Body is slick, sweet, and pretty thick, pretty good for a milk stout.

Once again Southern Tier has brewed a beer that I like. This may not be world class but it's damn tasty and I'm glad I have a whole sixer of it. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of kylelenk
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, served cold in a tulip.

A - Dark, little head retention.

S - Slightly sweeter smell than a normal stout. Nothing overpowering here. Very little smoke, chocolate, etc. notes

T - A let down compared to the imperial series. The flavor lacks any robust profile and comes in behind Left Hand in terms of a normal milk stout.

M - Milk stouts on nitro are so much better. Not very filling and a little too easy drinking.

O - Just ok. Wishing for more.

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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 JamesShoemaker
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my tulip.

A - nice and dark, just like it should be. Very little head. Recedes quickly.

S - there's not too much in the smell, but I can definitely detect the milkier aspects of this stout

T - pretty good, again the milky aspects stand out compared to ST's imperials, like Choklat and Mokah. Somewhat empty at only 7+% ABV.

M - meh. the carbonation sticks to me too much, but it's not super unpleasant going down.

O - I'd be interested to try this on tap. I'm glad it's in six packs, but there are better chocolate/milk stouts out there.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty hard not to describe a stout other than pouring black like coffee. Has a thin layer of creamy head that's toffee colored and sticky.

S - Cocoa nibs, dark roasted chocolate, light vanilla cream, light caramel, and mocha.

T - Charcoal, dark cocoa, deep roasted chocolate, cream, with a finishing mocha bitterness that lingers along with bitter chocolate and light charcoal.

M - Medium body with a rich texture and enjoyable smoothness but a little on the thin side.

O - I've been wanting to try this one ever since it came out and have no excuses for waiting this. An straightforward and enjoyable stout that goes down quite easy.

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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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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 raznug
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This stout pours a black color and is topped with a 1” of brown colored head that tends to linger quite a few sips into the pint.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all roasted malts and not a whole lot else.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is a lot of roasted malts like the aroma but it also has chocolate and vanilla flavors to it.
Mouthfeel: This is a very creamy beer like a milk stout should be a bit of the heavy bodied side but rather easy drinking and flavorful brew.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and rather persistent frothy, fine-bubbled wheaten head that leaves fairly thick lacing. Aroma has a core of roast, slightly burnt malt with notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. Lip-smacking flavor has notes of roast malt, mocha and molasses, with nutty and earthy hints. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light darkness, beautiful color and low carbination, just like a stout should be

Smell: Excellent. Rich malty smells, chocolate, toffee. the smell of this one always gets me every time.

Taste: Excellent. It could had used more lactose to give a even richer taste, but its alcohol is perfectly contained and its flavor its extremely rich.

mouthfeel: silky, smooth, and well bodied.

Overall: this is one of the best stouts I've ever had. A very drinkable stout, its tastes, smells, and feels amazing. Not perfect, but still pretty close to it.

A perfect stout to drink after a long day, for desert, or even with ice cream in it.

I give it a near perfect 4.5 every time

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