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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 2,096
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 61
Gots: 323 | 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: 397 | Hads: 2,096
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head.

Smells like a fresh brewed mocha iced coffee.

Strong coffee flavor with some subdued bakers chocolate and some lactose sweetness. For 7.5%, the alcohol is a little too much.

Mouthfeel is decent, but for a milk stout it's not that creamy or smooth.

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Photo of JChristopher
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a stout. If that sounds like an understatement, let it be known: this is a stunning milk stout. Southern Tier continues to impress me. By far, it is one of the few breweries I have seen that tries to push boundaries in terms of flavors, profiles, and concepts with their brews. Their 2X milk stout is no different. I poured it from the bottle and let it invite itself humbly into my glass. As a friend of mine would say, it is a quiet drink. It's thickness became easily apparent to me based on its silent pour. It is remarkably opaque with just the slightest twinges of mahogany around the edges of the glass. The head of the beer is a sultry cream color with a tint of a caramelized sugar hue. It even smells amazingly creamy, with enormous waves of malts churning dark murmurs of milky chocolate froth upon themselves. The taste is a sweet savor on the tip of my tongue. There is just the slightest flavor of a light coffee roast-- perhaps of the Colombian variety. The taste is clear though: big roasty, creamy malts. But wait, I do believe I capture a brief snap of a hop presence at the very end of the finish. Now, that is impressive. Considering that this is a milk stout, it coats the mouth pleasantly, but briefly. My recommendation: enjoy this on a cool summer night, with the music of your choice and feel its comforting, yet seductive embrace. Cheers to Southern Tier for another great beer.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brownish-black. Not much of a head, just a small skim of tan froth that quickly disappears and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

S: Chocolate, coffee, the distinctive sugary sweet lactose aroma of a milk stout.

T/M: Lots of sweet chocolate up front, followed by the gradual surfacing of the coffee, which rises to the top by the end of each sip for a nice, slightly bitter followthrough. Despite not being too strong in terms of ABV, there's also a hint of alcohol bite on the way down. Great balance of sweet and astringent. Not very smooth for a milk stout, it's a bit spiky and carbonated-feeling.

O: A very good milk stout that's not overpoweringly sweet but has a nice balance. Kind of a baby brother to Southern Tier's line of big stouts in bombers.

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Pours very dark brown in color crowned by a creamy, thick layer, foamy head. Lasting froth with nice rings & collars. Toasted malt & subtle bready yeast with a chocolate touch aromas. Gentle toasted malts & low bitterness at first sip followed by an involving sweet sensation. Lactose sugar creates a pleasant sensation on to the palate. Drinkability results flavorful without fat or cloying mouthfeel unfortunately associated to many spots of the Milk Stout Style. Perfectly covered ABV. Of course I´d have more than one!

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

only $19.99 for a 64oz fill @ joe canal's in woodbridge ($1 additional off for bottle club members)

2 and a half fingers of head, almost boiling over on an average pour, cocoa foam with some large bubbles forming, the head intends to stick around for awhile. pitch black tone, no light is escaping this one, lacing is good, this is a good example of the style eyes wise

dry malt, dry hints of cocoa, slightly burnt french toast, caraway, an almost smoke blanket lies underneath tying it all together, tight and nice, like my sister... every note is in near perfect balance here, me diggy

taste etc...
carbonation bites just right crating a corridor between the initial sweetness to the chocolate bitterness and then cocoa puff sensation that leaves the mouth almost dry, a little lighter body wise than expected, maybe needs a touch of weight there to propel this to excellence, this is creamy without being uber rich, again the carbonation bites just at the right time to really separate the flavors.

a nice sipping brew, great with dessert, probably could use this in all sorts of recipes... definitely worth checking out, one of the better milk stouts I have had (not as if they are flooding the market of course)

music : ty tabor - naomi's solar pumpkin

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Photo of mikeg67
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap from Joe Canal's. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, thick, beige head, good amount of lacing and carbonation Aroma is of bready, toasted malt and dark fruit. Body is full and creamy. Taste is toasted malt, bread, roasted grain, dark fruit, cacao, brown sugar and some earthy hops. Long, somewhat sweet finish. Nice, complex brew.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern 2X Stout, on cask at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 14-oz glass, this is a nice-looking brew, with a big foamy head and seriously dark looks. Great temperature- warm as it should be. Low carbonation and some lacing.

Smell: Mild roastiness, chocolate powder. Bitter in the nose but not in the mouth. Dark sugar, cheap cocoa.

Taste: Follows nose without the hop/bitter profile. Cheap coffee, alright roastiness. Dairy, barnyard funk. Dirty puddles. I'm not a fan of the hemical/artificial chocolate taste, like they just dumped Nestle powder in the keg.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style, but not stellar. Low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Could use more body and flavor and robustness.

Overall: Very drinkable, so the score goes up. Nothing spectacular but fine. Like it better in a bottle.

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Photo of aranheaney
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Wegmans in Henrietta, poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A-the best of the categories for this total miss from a really good Western NY Brewery

S-off, just off

T-again, don't know if my taster was off, but this is a mess

M-again yuck

O-total bad, maybe it was me, but complete abberration

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip

This beer pours pitch syrupy black with a brow/tan head. The smell is light but matches the taste. This beer is quite tasty but not super flavorful. Flavors include chocolate, roasted malts and a creamy maltiness. The lactose sugar is definitely detectable and I actually quite like what it provides, I have never been big into lactose sugar. The brew is pretty syrupy but smooth. Its like having a desert in a drink. This beer doesn't stray too far from the pack but its quality speaks for itself. Good stuff

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very deep brown with a small khaki-colored head. the head is short-lived and disappears very quickly. Thin wisps of lacing.

S: Creamy and sugary with lots of milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and raspberry and currant esters.

T: Milk chocolate and hot cocoa right off the bat. Mocha. Creamed coffee. Sugary lactose tastes quickly followed by a roasty bite. Devil's food cake and a hint of dark chocolate. Slight suggestion of green, oily hops. Black raspberry and currant esters are a bit candy-like and come out more as the beer warms. Finishes with a creamy lactose impression and lingering flavors of milk chocolate and roasted malts.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Somewhat chewy, but full and fluffy in the mouth at the same time. Low carbonation. Slight warming sensation in the throat as it goes down.

O: Pretty decent. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style, but with just a little more oomph. It's more of a sipper due to the higher abv and chewy body. Esters get a touch distracting.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10.99 for a 6'er at BevCo. 7.50% ABV per the website. No ingredients listed per the bottle or website other than "2 varieties of hops, 3 types of malts, lactose, and fermented with an ale yeast".

Pours out to a clear black, forming a nice creamy medium tan head with superior retention and solid sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation ~2.5.
The aroma opens with a strong Vegemite character, which is normally attributed to yeast autolysis. Followed by some black walnut and cocoa. No noticeable hop aroma. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium dense body. Thankfully, there is no yeast autolysis flavor. It opens nicely with acidic deeply roasted malts, some mild earthy hops, a mild bitterness, some pleasant firm residual sweetness due to the lactose, and towards the finish there is more of a vegetal hop presence, burnt marshmallows, and that tart acidity of deeply caramelized sugars (Think D-180 tartness, if you've ever had it). Moderate chalkiness in the aftertaste.

A nice beer, although the strong Vegemite nose is a flaw which certainly detracts from enjoying the beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-oil black with a thin layer of tan head that quickly disappears and leaves a ring around the top

S-Chocolate, malt, and a light hint of lactose

T-Roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, and a sweet milk finish

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, nice roasted flavor, very smooth

Overall a decent beer, one of the better milk stouts I have had

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Photo of woosterbill
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Cask Republic, served in an oversized snifter.

A: The black body glows a clear, deep crimson when held up to light, while the finger of frothy tan head on top quickly recedes into a coarse ring and leaves spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Molasses, spicy chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of booze. Pretty nice.

T: Mellow and sweet, with the dark fruits leading the way and the molasses and chocolate notes following behind. Bittersweet, slightly alcoholic finish. Good, not great.

M: Substantial, velvety, and moderately carbonated with ultra-fine bubbles. Lovely.

O: Enjoyable stout, but not one I'll be seeking out again.


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Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Definitely some lactose, but more chocolate and coffee than expected. Sweet cocoa, mild and sweet coffee. Mild pine and floral hops.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Moderate retention and some lacing. Medium brown head, inconsistent color, some dark and light patches. Better retention and lacing as the temperature increases.

Taste: Bitter espresso, cocoa, grassy citrus hops. Very pleasant and savory. Some mild lactose. Lightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Slightly worty, mostly neutral, lightly acidic (similar to a coffee). Finishes dry.

Overall: Bold, both sweet and bitter, but not harsh on either end. Nicely done. Not much of a classic milk stout, but that's no matter.

Note: Drank on 4/1/2012.

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Photo of Swim424
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-Pours a dark brown with a small head java colored, that fell quickly, leaving a partial layer on top.

S-Weak scent, smells of a hint of mocha and thats about it.

T-Tastes a bit sweet upfront, that sort of hangs in there till the end, with maybe a hint of mocha in the middle. Also has a slight taste of alcohol mixed in on the finish.

MF-Medium body, on the thinner side of it. Leaves a sweet coating taste throughout your mouth.

O-This is pretty good. Nothing exceptional. Nice sweetness to it, lacking a bit of flavor, but nice to sip on.

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

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a dense one finger cappuccino head that leaves sheets if lacing.

Aroma is dominated by coffee and roast malt, with sweet tones of chocolate, malted milk balls, and vanilla adding complexity.

Flavor is fairly sweet at the start, giving the impression of chocolate milk, then turning a bit more bitter, with a heavy dose of coffee grounds and roast malt. Vanilla is subtle, but present. Alcohol is also detectable, but not overpowering.

Body is very smooth, somewhat light, with modest carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Overall, on the sweet side, as with all southern tier stouts I've tried, but the acrid roast malt and coffee flavors balance well.

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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 Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very representative of the style.

Coffee, cocoa and cream in the nose. Very nice. Almost like chocolate milk.

Creamy, milky stout with roasted malt and a good dose of cocoa. Carbonation is a bit annoying but once it subsides, this shines.

Lingering roasted coffee and cocoa flavors make up the mouthfeel. Alcohol too.

One suggestion involves lowering the level of carbonation to lessen the sting of the alcohol. Otherwise, a solid brew here.

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Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DOB: 1/26/12

Served in a Cigar City shaker pint.

A: Poured pitch black, with no light passing through whatsoever. The head was slight, quite a bit off the white path, but still effective.

S: I got a faint scent of roasted barley and a bit of milk chocolate and coffee.

T: Not as sweet as some milk stouts that I've tried (e.g. FFF Moloko), but still intentense. This had a roasty bitterness that almost resembled a porter, yet the finish was definitely in the milk/sweet stout range.

M: Thick and silky, yet once it hit my palate, the bitterness distracted from that a bit. There was virtually no lacing on the glass, but what remained on the palate was of the bitter variety as opposed to the sweet one.

O: This was pretty good, but it paled in comparison to "Choklat'" "Oat," and "Mocha."

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

Bottle, $1.99 from the Village Pump. Bottled 8th Feb 2012.

Pouring a very dark brown/almost black with dark brown highlights, there's a dense, light brown head with rather excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a pretty nice lactose character to go with ~50% cocoa milk chocolate, cappuccino and some caramel and brown sugar. A little toffee is perceptible as well. A touch of earthy hops rounds out the nose.

The palate opens with an enjoyable, creamy, chocolate flavor that's surprisingly bold. The sweetness of the malt bill makes this taste closer to a 35-40% cocoa chocolate compared to the nose. Some sweet coffee flavor is present as well. All told, a little sweeter than it needs to be with the caramel/sugar notes dominating the lactose flavor, that's also present. A very smooth roasted malt flavor is present, lending a mild bitterness in an attempt to balance the sweetness. Lactose lingers on the finish, leaving sweetness, a little bitterness and some coffee. Medium in body with a moderate carbonation, this feels quite nice on the palate. Ultimately, it could use a little bit more roasted malt flavor to balance the sweetness. Recommended.

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

Pours opaque black color that lets brown show through when held up to light, with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded on the quick side and left decent foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate, light anise, coffee beans, caramel or syrup, herbs, light floral hops and a little burnt wood; overall roasted aroma that has a nice variety in the mix.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malts, cocoa powder, licorice, chocolate, light anise, coffee beans, caramel, syrup, herbs, grains or wheat bread, light floral hops, lemon zest and a little burnt wood or charcoal; there is sweetness and bitterness going back and forth, and the roasted malts and coffee flavors come out the winners in the battle for attention. The hop and coffee bitterness calm the sweetness and make this very smooth and complex, with enough flavors to let every aspect add to the nice balance for this style.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and while this beer seems heavy and chewy it flows down really fast which is likely due to the very low carbonation; it has an almost watery feel, like a chocolate milk and the bitterness at the end lets it trial off sweet with roasted coffee and chocolate notes.

This brew hides the ABV very well and is similar to a Starbucks bold that’s been sitting out all day. Definitely a nice desert beer that’s worth trying.

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