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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,474 Ratings
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Ratings: 1474
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Morey on 12-18-2011)
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my first milk stout and I am impressed. It pours black with a small head and smells of malts and a hint of coffee and chocolate. The taste starts out good but gets even better as you drink it. Overall I am happy with this choice as my first milk stout and yet another great beer from southern tier.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:09:03 | More by Rhf9120
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

The Southern Tier 2X Stout is good...the beer poured an opaque black with a thin ecru head that is not lacing much. The scent carries some chocolate and a bit of earth. The taste is a nice easy drinking stout with smooth chocolate base with touches of coffee and earth helping out. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent stout and should be enjoyed by all.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:45:51 | More by WoodBrew
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

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

2X Stout pours a black color with a small head. There is a sweet and lactose enriched aroma. The taste has strong lactose flavor, with a bitter and sweet aftertaste. There are strong but still watery taste. Overall its a nice bold flavored sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:11:19 | More by vette2006c5r
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is lots of roasted malts, smoke, some bitterness, a small hint of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 08:37:12 | More by tone77
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have really good retention. The head is a creamy, medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing, which tends toward sheeting, has already been left.

Nose- Curiously I get more from the standing glass than the bottle. The bottle gives vague notes of chocolate, cocoa, and cream while the glass shows these notes with more definition. Swirling adds a little bit more depth to the aroma, perhaps a little coffee, a stronger chocolate. Fairly subtle overall.

Taste- Starts off with a slight touch of mint that almost tends to anise. Turns to a fairly bitter chocolate that has more defined coffee than is expressed on the nose. Some woody bitterness from the hops which even expresses a little bit of earwax. Not exactly what you want from a milk stout but not too big of a distraction. Definitely needs more lactose and cream. Some sourness from the roasted malts. I wouldn't classify them as flaws but there are really too many notes which don't benefit a milk stout. While it's not a bad beer, it doesn't seem to be one. If I were drinking this blind, I would consider it a coffee/chocolate stout. Almost nothing about it says milk stout to me, other than the nose. Some of the more nagging aspects start mellow to make for a fairly decent stout. Pretty much above average.

Mouthfeel- A little bit more than medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for the style. Some grittiness when I would prefer to be rich and creamy.

Drinkability- As time passes, it becomes more and more drinkable. I could see this being a lot more enjoyable on nitro. 2.50 a bottle is an okay price but not one I would pay again.

Overall- Above average but a little bit of a letdown for me. This is a style I really enjoy and this just didn't represent the style. I would try this if you try it with the knowledge that it won't be milk stout you crave. It's an okay stout but it's not a milk stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:54:37 | More by artoolemomo
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iliotib

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: opaque deep mahogany. typically beige, thin but yeasty head that hung around a bit.
very little lacing.

S: smelled fiercely of wood smoke and earth. there was also a hard (for me) to identify sweetness
that was similar to black sugar or burnt toffee.

T: i can clearly taste malt in this stout. it comes on in the beginning but dissipates quickly,
earthy, almost mushroom type of flavor. does that mean that the malt is toasted/burned? the
hoppy finish is powerful and gives way to a dry, dark roast coffee taste.

M: a bit too carbonated at first for my taste. it was very cold upon my first swallow left a fizz that
was akin to an ale. 2X Stout is supposed to be a milk stout: where was the silky mouthfeel? as
it warmed, the carbonation seemed to mellow and it became more of what i expected.

--i really couldn't identify any chocolate at all in this beer. since i don't think chocolate is required flavor in milk stout, i have to believe the brewer left it out on purpose. this is a serious stout, with a decent ApV. I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 08:03:15 | More by iliotib
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pants678

California

2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a thin off-white head.

Very slightly milky nose.

Chocolate hardly comes through and the hops are too prevalent. Narwhal gets by with meaner hops because it's rich, this is far from. Even when the lactose kicks in it's still a tame bore of a stout.

Too carbonated for the style. Stain is mild.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:32:50 | More by pants678
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bamastout

Alabama

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Its your typical style beer as far as looks and smells go

Very dark could not see a lightt with the flash light used

Nothing special. drinkable style with a slight aftertaste

Nothing overwhelming

Average stout

Something I could drink but not buy again over and over

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:56:31 | More by bamastout
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark almost black. Held to the light it reveals a dark ruby color. Not much head that is to be expected from a milk stout.

S- light milk chocolate notes and a rounded caramel flavor.

T- a bitter sweetness of chocolate. It has a great roasted malt finish. Just enough bitterness to really round out the flavor. Even hints of coffee in at the very end of the finish.

M- surprising amount of body for a milk stout. Actually has a medium bod with a good creamy feel.

O- overall this turned out to be an enjoyable beer. Made for a good better than average beer that I will be happy to order again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:28:12 | More by stckhndlr
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KTeamLSU

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured dark black with finger width of dark tan head

S: Slight roast and malt smell, but very underwhelmed by the nose on this beer

T: Solid bittersweetness, nice roasty flavor, bitter after taste... some hop presence

M: Nice smoothness, not overly thin or thick

O: Solid Milk Stout, wouldn't search it out, but would drink if in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:32:06 | More by KTeamLSU
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing '2X Stout' @ 7.5% , served from a couple of 355 ml bottles purchased for $2.90 each

A-pour is a cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru the glass edge as a small tan head quickly dissapates leaving a minimal spotty lace along the pint after every sip

S-roasted coffee , boozey

T-smooth & strong , has a certain coffee bite on the swallow

MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-ok beer , strong for a sweet stout ,

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 07:57:20 | More by LampertLand
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Nearly black. Some light penetrates through. Small head, some lacing. Normal for a milk stout.

S: Coffee, chocolate, some fig or plum

T: At the first taste you can tell this is a bit stronger than some other milk stouts. Not quite as sweet and has more of a coffee presence/bite. No flavors over power the others too much but coffee and cocoa are most dominant with a tiny bit of earthiness.

M: Medium bodied and surprisingly this finishes dry. Nice!

O: A unique and interesting sweet stout. Surely worth a try. I get the feeling that if not for the unfermentable sugars, this would be one big stout.

I let this beer warm up before finishing as others had suggested and they are right. New smokey flavors develop to add some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:10:53 | More by Givemebeer
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Labeorphile

Texas

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at about 45 degrees to start, sipping it as it warms.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black with a frothy uneven tan head. Lots of large bubbles creating a foamy head. Thin lacing that doesn't hang around.

Aroma is sweetness with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Can pick up the chocolate in the taste, and some roasted malt. Not as sweet as I expected, and some bitterness on the finish. It states 2 varieties of hops and 3 varieties of malts, but they seem muddled together without giving the beer any character. Still, it improves as the beer warms so better to let it sit a bit.

Body is a little thin and fizzy, would like the carbonation down a bit and the thickness up.

A good beer, but there are a lot of stouts out there that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:10:12 | More by Labeorphile
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Daisylovesbeer57

Florida

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six pack of this because I wanted a good stout and my closest ABC has a pitiful selection. This is a good brew, but not really memorable. I have tried this in the past and I can't remember it...

Pours nice into a standard pint glass with a thick tan head. Smells a little like rotten milk (my imagination?) Lucklily the taste is better. Slightly smokey, chocolately. Definitely a bitter finish, and I agree with others: it's not from hops. It's far better at room temperature when the flavors can open up.

All in all, a decent beer. I wish I didn't have a six pack, but because it is so subtle we'll have no problem drinking it. Probably wouldn't purchase again unless it's the only decent stout available at the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:56:57 | More by Daisylovesbeer57
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farrago

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finger plus of uneven, frothy foam, lots of larger bubbles to mottle the surface but good head retention and covers the surface for some time, the lacing is thin on the whole but sticks well. Very dark brown colored liquid, not quite black, opaque nonetheless, no filminess, you don’t seem the bubbles until they break the yellow tinted surface. Forceful but not heavy nose driven by chocolate powder, mocha and just a strong general maltiness, blends in anise, vanilla and a little whiskey like booziness, vague plum fruit, the breadiness is akin to scones or raw oatmeal, not devoid of hops but no single descriptor jumps out at you about this part. Medium-bodied, neither too dry nor too sweet, just full of malty goodness, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, needs to warm up to get any coffee grounds. It isn’t that milky though. The carbonation is tight so it isn’t too fluffy and it is about as crisp as you’d want without it getting too dry. Here the hops lend a mild bitter touch at the end with citrus and a hint of pine more than grassiness, maybe even peppery. The thing is, it’s subtle in all the good ways, making it an enjoyably sessionable beer rather than lunging for the “wow” factor.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:35:52 | More by farrago
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and sweet lactose.

Taste: Smoke, chocolate, sweet lactose sugar, roasted malts, mild bitterness, and lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, and a little bitterness.

Overall: I would have liked a bit more lactose sweetness to this beer, but I am still very satisfied with this delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 05:47:24 | More by Flounder57
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Edward19

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Limp Lizard in Liverpool, NY. The beer had a great head and awesome mouthfeel. I would definitley get this beer again. I will say as the beer warmed up the flavor was much better. So i would recommend drinking this at room temperature.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2013 13:19:43 | More by Edward19
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque, pure black, very little head
S: roasted coffee, savory, toffee
T: roasted coffee, toffee, bacon, savory, citrus hints
M: full-bodied, smooth
O: Not a beer you should finish with, by any stretch, but if you want to begin your evening, or perhaps even have only a single beer, this is a warm, encompassing beer you will not regret.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 04:39:01 | More by RandomExile
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Dark with a mocha head. No lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee

T-Roasted malt and coffee dominate the flavor profile with a hint of smoke and a somewhat harsh aftertaste. Not a great tasting or complex stout.

M-Medium bodied for the style

D-I wasn't particularly impressed, so it was one and done for me, but its lack of complexity and decent flavor could allow someone to drink a few of these in a setting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2013 20:45:39 | More by thegodfather2701
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RuthL

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - black/slight brown appearance with a foamy head and nice lacing.

S - Light hop smell, a clean smell.

T - burnt caramel, malty, with a hint of hops.

M - not much carbonation, smooth

O - It has the typical stout aftertaste, with a lot of hop flavor in the end. This review is on the bottled beer, but I had it on tap and I thought it was amazing. On tap, I would give it a perfect score because it was so creamy, which complimented the flavors of the beer. I would drink this on tap again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:36:12 | More by RuthL
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redearth329

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served @~38F in a glass tumbler.

A: Black. Just black. Started with about a finger of dense tan head, which settled down to a lace after about two minutes. A bit of lace sticking to the sides of the glass, but not much.

S: Chocolate malty notes. A hint of burn bread crust. Not a whole lot going on though. Did they put any hops in here? Doesn't seem like it... bitterness seems like it's coming from roasted malts.

T: Taste is a strong point of this beer. Very rich chocolate malts, toasty burnt bread crusts. Basically, what was promised by the smell.

M: Very thick and creamy. Flavors are well integrated. Hangs around nicely, and the roasty malts give a nice astringent quality. Barely feel any carbonation.

I think this would pair nicely with dessert, especially something like vanilla ice cream with some cracked black pepper. Might make a good beer float even. For savory courses, maybe some Texas beef ribs.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:31:20 | More by redearth329
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ranger7

Texas

2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bought from Central Market in a Pick 6.
Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Black and thick - no light can shine through this darkness. Tan head, which is small, but it hangs around.

S - Malt, cream, and a strong hint of alcohol.

T - Roasted malt, no sweetness. Bitter finish. Weird for a milk stout.

M - Not smooth, which is surprising - there is a fair amount of carbonation. Medium thickness.

Summary - Ok, they mislabeled this, right? It's a stout, not a milk stout. No sweetness, no milk or cream, it's not smooth and malty like a chocolate malt. Wow, my first taste of Southern Tier, and I'm super disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:39:19 | More by ranger7
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burnerfinger

Texas

3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A - pours darker than cola; leaves a full finger of caramel looking head, and nice sticky lacing.
not a BIT of clarity - I cant see light thru this when held right up against the bulb.

S - stouty INDEED. choco-malty. no hops to the nose. pleasant

T - bitter without the hoppyness (?huh?) I just knocked off a full point on the taste.
bitter on the aftertaste as well. did I get a bad bottle?

M - thick like a stout ought to be - but the taste is getting worse

D - ;( NOT to be purchased. I'll force this one down rather than waste - but under protest!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:22:17 | More by burnerfinger
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is cola-brown with a tan head that has plenty of bubbles.

Nose is sweet lactose and malt, with cola and chicory.

Taste is a mix of dry and sweet. The lactose sugars are desert-like, and the malt flavor comes through dry and nutty. The sweetness can be cloying.

Mouthfeel is limp. Not under-carbonated, but watery.

Overall, it is just an unremarkable milk stout. I love Southern Tier, but this one can be left on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:05:32 | More by dorianmarley
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with ruby highlights. A tan half finger head that dissipates fast. Light lacing.

S: Sweet. Milk, anise, malts, chocolate, leather.

T: Smooth, sweet, robust. Malts up front. Lingering coffee taste. Slightly charred with a dry, smokey, chocolate finish.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Not as milky as I hoped it would be. The smokiness was a turnoff. Not bad. Just not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:01:25 | More by brewskifan55
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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