2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
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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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Ratings: 2,027 | Reviews: 417
Photo of bum732
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Creamy, light chocolate, some vanilla and brownie notes. Just a hint of earthy hops, touch of roast.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Rich, milk chocolate malt with some cake batter notes. Low bitterness with some cappucino like flavors in the middle. Finishes with some light ashy, roast mingling with the mocha like flavors. Lactose fairly mild throughout. Finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium full body, very smooth on the palate. Medium low carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, not too sweet with the lactose working great throughout without being too overpowering. One of the best milk stouts i've had.

Photo of BeerGog89
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Age: 03/19/12
First Impression: Bitter sweet aroma upon opening of bottle.

Appearance: Dark black body with a light mocha head, body allows no light through. 4.0, head was small but had a nice fluffy air to it.

Smell: same bitter sweet aroma as upon opening smells of brown sugar. Not as strong as I personally prefer but still not bad.

Taste: Not bad...slightly watery but the flavor is very much there. More sweet than bitter. Beautiful combination of the sweet and the bitter. Great blend of hops and malts.

Mouthfeel: Perfect amount of carbonation for the flavor, not too heavy of a feel,just enough of a presence to be a stout...about mid range I would say...not to strong not too weak...

Overall: This is a fairly good stout...for those who don't like it too strong or too weak this is a beer for all. Finds a perfect middle ground among stouts. I will definitely be having this beer again and will recommend it strongly to friends.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of a mix-six pack at Wegmans.

Pours basically dark black, with a creamy looking 2 inch head, and some sticky lacing down the glass. Looks great.

Smells like lactose, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Very silky smooth from the lactose, as is the typical case with milk stouts. Very sweet, with lots of rich chocolate flavors, and a small amount of roasted malt flavor.

Incredibly creamy and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation keeps it lively. Medium bodied.

One of Southern Tier's best stouts, which is saying something, because they make some great stouts.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle shipped commercially, poured in a Palm tulip glass. Date is a little scratched but looks like 11/20/12 (Nov, 2012).
Pours black with a big brown head that leaves lace and mellows quickly.
Aroma of brown sugar, fresh baked milk chocolate hazelnut cookies, bitter chocolate, sweet dark malts.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of big hops vs. dark roasted malts. Rich and complex but there's some astringency that gives a bitter bite, cream of tartar of a touch of chalk, but not overwhelming.
15 Minutes into the brew offers a small lingering cosmic star designed head, slight lace, very light chocolate malt aroma, and rich flavors of dark roasted malts with bitter chocolate notes. Overall very full bodied and tasty.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/20/13

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - clarity around the edges - tiny, borderline nonexistent head - manages to leave some spots of lacing, though

Smell: Roasty sugar - caramel, sugar, and lactose sugar - roasty coffee (with cream) - dark chocolate and milk chocolate - typical Southern Tier level of sweetness, but it seems to work here - some lightly burnt, chocolate malts

Taste: Somewhat like a milky mocha - roasty coffee, with some light roasty bitterness - sweet, with caramel, sugar, and lactose sugar - somewhat creamy (the lactose) - some dark chocolate, but mostly milk chocolate - some dark fruit as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, minimal carbonation, smooth, sweet finish

Overall: Very good, could use a better name

This is a good milk stout. Nothing about it screams "2X" in any way, but I guess I felt the same way about Southern Tier 2XIPA. It's sweet, which should be expected, and the 12oz format works for this reason. Worth a try.

Photo of JK4Stout
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Not too shabby. decent head, but not enough to send me into orbit. Great color. Makes me think of easter morning, but someone melted my chocolate bunny and put it in a tulip glass.

S: Meh...expected a bit more. Almost smells unfinished or just weak. I don't claim to know much about much, but I have drank my fair share of stouts...weak scent.

T: Average. Terrapin makes a way better product here. I was really excited to try this...even left a bottle of Chimay Blue chilling, but just didn't do it for me. Just not thick enough to justify the title.

M: Again average in every sense.

O: Try it if you like, but you've been warned.

Photo of fps_dean
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of cjoc83
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/13. Pours black into a chalice with some garnet hues visible at the far edges of the glass when held up to light. An initial 2 finger khaki head fades quickly to a ring. Some decent lace.

Smell is mostly sweet milk and roasted malt, with a touch of brown sugar. A little subdued, but this seems typical of milk stouts.

Flavors pop in the mouth. Roasted malt and lactose sweetness in the front, followed by some caramel and a slight, earthy hop note before finishing with a little bitter, roasted coffee. Pretty nice stuff.

Medium bodied, smooth, and pretty easy drinking. Not as viscous as a typical RIS (as this is a milk stout after all), but by no means watery or light bodied. A little creamy. ABV isn't noticeable at all.

A super solid milk stout I bought as part of a mix-a-six. Definitely not regretting it. As far as milk stouts go, this fella is full of flavor and drinks easy. I could see having a few of these.

Photo of guityler83
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Motor oil black with no head. No light shines through when held up to a light. swirling the beer in a tulip glass results in a small amount of cocoa colored lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some burnt, roastyness. solvent-like alcohol notes in the background. sweetness too.

T: Chocoolate Milk in beer form is my first impression. The lactose adds a vanilla like sweetness to the dark chocolate/roasted malts that makes the whole thing meld beautifully. As it warms up, the flavors get more complex and the bitterness is more apparent yet still a bootnote.

M: Slick and oily with a big chewy body. a chalkyness lingers after a few sips. low carbination

O: In a word full of great stouts 2X falls somewhere in the middle.

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that doesn't stay around very long before becoming a wispy patch. Some dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of chocolate syrup, chocolate cake, lactose (giving a sour touch) and some alcohol.

The taste is very much of chocolate. The sweet, dark chocolate is balanced by sour lactose and mild roast. The alcohol is quite apparent - almost harsh. It has a fairly long finish.

It is pretty silky - full-bodied but not thick. The moderate carbonation fits it well enough.

This is a nice, chocolatey, with sour notes, "sipper".

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. DOB 04/16/12

A- Pours a totally opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thin, spaced-out layer of surface foam. Jagged ring of resilient lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Some brief caramel and vanilla sweetness. Hardly any alcohol fume.

T- Semi-roasty with a balanced bitterness and creaminess. Alcohol is very well masked. Notes of cocoa, light char and light vanilla. Sweetness comes through more as it warms.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a hearty body.

O- Not as good as I was hoping, but an easy-drinking, well-constructed stout nonetheless.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Dark nearly opaque red-brown with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and milk. Roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: This tastes more chocolatey than most milk stouts I've had. Almost tastes like chocolate milk beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a khaki, three-finger head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Chocolate/coffee nose. Flavor is sweet chocolate and coffee, hops balance. Decent double stout. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with brown head that lasted only for a minute or so…a few bubbles along the side, it’s too dark to see any real action in the middle…this beer is a very attractive, extremely dark brown…(3.5/5)

Smell: Coffee and sweet cream from beginning to end…they blend nicely with a distinct malt base…very sweet and aromatic…(3.75/5)

Taste: Coffee, malt and cream are the prevalent flavors…the higher alcohol content is noticeable…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Love the coffee and cream flavors…very nice from beginning to end, though I would have loved a bit more malt/hop and less alcohol…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer…the lactose compliments the variety of hops and malts making a delicious blend…there is no head which would have been nice, but I definitely could drink a couple of these while watching the daily show…(3.75/5)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost black in color. Formed a small tan head that did not last.

Sweetness up front. Roasted malts and chocolate. It actually has a milky mouth feel. Almost like drinking a chocolate milk but with a bitter after taste.

For a stout, it is not thick or heavy. It is super easy to drink. This goes down so easy, you have to be mindful not to drink it too fast because It is 7.5% ABV.

May not be the best stout I have ever had but probably the most easily drinkable.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this bad boy at TW. I love stout so hey 2X stout must be twice as good, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get nice roasted malts and a definite heavier ABV than your average stout. Some licorice and somehow a hint of cinnamon. Pours into my trusty SA perfect pint like a chocolate milkshake, thick and heavy classic motor oil. Nice tan head with multi-sized bubble groupings. Taste is large and in charge with a very sweet roasted malt with some toffee up front and a slight bitter middle, still under the sweetness then a sweet and chaulky bitter fade at the end into a pleasant charred dry bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy a good assest with the flavor. Sweeter than I expected but it is a milk stout so it is actually spot on. A very tasty brew. I recommend.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque very dark brown with a short-lived light mocha colored head. Smoke, cherry, and coffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is remarkble for the style. It's like carbonation fizz encapsulated by a slick, thin-membraned bubble. Some coffee up front. Cherry appears at the finish. Very drinkable. I'm drinking Edmund Fitzgerald along with this beer and have found 2X Stout to be the better beer, in my opinion. Ed Fitz is too heavily carbonated.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent milk stout. the pour is a shiny black obsidian color, glassy and smooth looking, with an inch of dying tan head. the nose is definitely sweet from the milk sugars, but not tooth rotting sweet i dont think. syrupy dark malts and a generic yeast round out the aroma. flavor has a lot of cocoa notes, which are great with the residual sugar in this beer, but i find it just a little too sweet, even for the style. its not like the creme brulee, but i can see similar properties and they scare me. alcohol is very well hidden though. thick feel, velvety in texture all smooth and everything, but a little sticky and tar like with its lacking carbonation. wouldnt want to do more than maybe two bottles of this. not my favorite southern tier beer, which have always been really hit or miss for me. worth a try though as there just arent that many milk stouts out there anymore it seems...

Photo of TheSSG
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of jpro
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.