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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,474 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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buzzedup

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 16:26:31 | More by buzzedup
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Fadefury

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:06:51 | More by Fadefury
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The_1084


4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:04:35 | More by The_1084
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:23:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 04:27:41 | More by Mora2000
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:47:46 | More by superspak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:03:58 | More by spinrsx
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:17:00 | More by JohnnyMc
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:50:19 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-08-2012 16:29:23 | More by Mikecap
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britzdog

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:35:51 | More by britzdog
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a faint burgundy hue when held up to the light. The head is a one finger mocha color that fades into a thickish collar around the glass in short order.

S: Mild dark and milk chocolates, a hint of caramel, and some roasted malts. A nice smelling beer, only hindered by its weak aroma.

T: Fruitier in the taste than in the smell. A light sensation of chocolate-covered cherries gives way to a finish of ash and lactic twang. Not much flavor or balance - can't say I'm a fan of this one, really.

M: The carbonation in this is pretty strong, to the point of almost detracting from the rest of the beer. Not much of an aftertaste, the finish trails off the palate too quickly.

O: I'm coming to the realization I don't like sweet stouts, most notably the lactose sugar presence they contain. Even taking that out of the equation, this simply isn't that good by the standards of the style. Worth a try if you really (and I mean really) like the style, I suppose, but I won't be revisiting this one - my first misfire from Southern Tier.

EDIT: I actually disliked this more than I thought, to the point where I couldn't finish more than half of it, ergo scores have been adjusted accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:27:03 | More by ThisWangsChung
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vfgccp

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:19:02 | More by vfgccp
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soju6

Missouri

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 11:06:48 | More by soju6
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:52:14 | More by StoutHunter
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 17:13:18 | More by BMMillsy
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:13:19 | More by russpowell
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 03:20:21 | More by Thads324
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TubaManJack

Illinois

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

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

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

Smell
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.

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 isnt 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. I liked it for its unique take on the category and the price is right as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:50:21 | More by TubaManJack
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Pahn

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 23:24:06 | More by Pahn
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:30:55 | More by Vonerichs
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JChristopher

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 18:47:22 | More by JChristopher
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sevenarts

New York

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 22:13:55 | More by sevenarts
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 17:52:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 15:47:21 | More by mikeg67
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.