2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 386
Hads: 2,036
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 59
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 9/25/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a small thin tan head. Left good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste is pretty much as would be expected by the smell except with a hint of dark fruit. Very smooth and not a 'hoppy' finish as might be expected. Well balanced flavor. (435 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, lactose, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a smoky roasted malt character up front followed by mild flavors of milk chocolate and black coffee. There are touches of dark fruit and lactose in the background. The hop presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are many other choices in the style that I would choose first. (850 characters)

Photo of joeboe2001
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Wild Wings in Palmer, PA.

I had had this previously, so I threw caution to the wind and ordered the 22 oz. glass.

It was much, much better than the Eagles game. Came with a nice head on it, and held up for quite a while, as I was sipping slowly while consuming wings and rings.

Smelled all those chocolatey-coffee smells others have reported, but do not recall any cardboard???

Mouth feel was fantastic--small but persistent bubbles, as good as anything I have had except maybe the nitrogen enhanced Genius Stout at Ramshead in Annapolis.

Better overall than all but 3 stouts I recall, and Guinness isn't one of 'em. (639 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with initial tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, licorice, sugar, cream and just an overall roastiness.

Taste: Rich and sweet roasted malts with molasses, chocolate, cream, licorice and sugar. Not much in the way of noticeable hops or roasted bite on the finish; just lingering sweetness. Really good taste, but borderline cloying sweetness.

Feel: Full, creamy body that is very smooth and luxuriant. However, the lack of anything approaching a dry finish keeps this score from being really high.

Overall: A strong example off Double Milk Stout, but I like the ones which attempt to rein in the sweetness a little more. Still, a tasty, luxurious brew. (751 characters)

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

I like stouts so I bought this on a whim at Tom's in East Lansing. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a short beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving fine rings of lace on the glass.

S: Wowee, milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, barley, malts, hickory smoke, has a very rich, roasted, aroma to it

T: Man this is good, I can really tastes those lactate sugars as mentioned on the bottle, makes me crave a herheys bar so bad. Rich, thick, roasted coffee flavor, hints of vanilla, it is quite sweet, has earthy, smoky tones to it, twang of hops at the finish

M: Rich, full body with ample amounts of carbonation and balances well with the flavor. Very rich, robust, complex, hoppy, bitter finish towards the end.

O: Overall this was what I was hoping for, the smell of it was astounding, love that early morning coffee smell. All around this was great and I recommend. (899 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark coffee

S- Sweet coffee

T- Burnt coffee with edge of sweetness

M- Milky, lactose

O- Not very impressed with this one, expected more from what the aroma gave me. Didn't care for the over powering burnt coffee taste. All other aspects of this were good though. (270 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a 1" tan head from a fairly aggressive pour. A couple of minutes drops it to a thick film but leaves decent lace behind.
Smell is toasted malts, baking chocolate, cardboard, smoky char, a light caramel and a mere whiff of evergreen in the background. Well balanced.
Taste is heavily roasted malt, caramel, semisweet chocolate, cardboard and just a hint of hops.
Fairly rich, slightly drying finish, a bit more than medium bodied. Faint effervescence. Nice and smooth, well rounded aftertaste that just slowly fades away. Easily a sippable beer, it just lends itself to that role without being a huge ABV brew. (637 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black body holds a tan cover that leaves a bit of lacing. Opaque save a ruby edge when held to light.

Smell: Coffee, roasted and slightly soured grain.

Taste: Coffee really punches through a sweet malty base. Roasted coffee and grain blend to give a generally balanced, rich flavor. Earthy hop profile keeps it traditional in style.

Mouthfeel: Some odd blend of fizzy and creamy. The fizz was a bit annoying, but once it degassed for a bit, it got much better.

Overall: A nice sipper. I like Southern Tier, but they seem to go with a "flavored" beer. The added flavor here is the coffee, but a slightly sickly sweet vanilla something in the background. It's a good overall package, a slow sipper.

Thanks to Vic for bringing a sample up from San Antonio (773 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass. Thanks to my BMC drinking pal, Joe, for thinking of me and always keeping some goodies on hand.

A- Pitch dark, near black color with a dense 1-plus finger head, mocha-tan color. Pure rings of lace.

S- Fresh roasted black coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malts and oats.

T- More dark cocoa and toasty oats and malts than coffee. The coffee aroma was so strong that I thought it would dominate the flavor. Some caramel and creamy sweets, too.

M- Good body and feel, chewy. It has enough hops for a little kick. Creamy.

O- Nicely balanced. The flavors blend. I just may have rated this a little higher if I'd have taken it on a winter day. (681 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, I like it. I will go out and get more. Basically there's no bad smell, no significant flaw in the appearance and it tastes great. A strong smell here would be out of place - a more malt forward smell would be desirable, but there's a lot to like about the taste.

Taste is a pretty simple formula. There's warming alcohol notes to this, but they aren't fusel and they are well balanced to a slightly juicy mouthfeel. Hardly bitter, but just enough to keep the sweet from being cloying. The sweetness it pretty mild - its not a "milk" stout style sweetness, which can be slightly sour in a very nice way. This is more toffee-like. There could be more bread or toasted flavor to increase my like of this beer, but on the other hand, it doesn't get ruined with any strong flavors of fruits.

The headiness is great. The mouthfeel and simple flavor makes this sucker easy to quaff. So you get all this alcohol down quick and the flavor keeps reminding you that its in there, without bowling you over.

Good stuff. (1,015 characters)

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/13/2013. Poured into a glass goblet.

Flat black color with nice, dark-tan foamy head. Ok retention and pretty good lacing on the glass. There’s not much in the aroma, save for a little maltiness and some sweet lactose. The beer is quite sweet with bitter malts and bittersweet chocolate as well. It has a very nice roasty flavor that pairs well with the sweetness from the lactose. The best part is it’s mouthfeel - nice and thick on the palate, deliciously creamy and smooth. At the end the hops become more evident and they complement the sweetness with a nice bitterness. There’s not a lot of depth or “oomph” in the flavors, but it’s a very drinkable milk stout. (689 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a medium tan one finger head that fades into a thin cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma of of malt and hints of coffee.

Taste of dark roasted malt, black bold coffee and dark chocolate with a slight bitter after taste.

Mouth Feel was medium body with low carbonation, creamy and smooth.

Overall this was a very enjoyable Milk Stout, I did not get the sweetness that a milk stout usually offers, but that was fine by me. (443 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a half finger of a tan head

Smell is roasted coffee, cream, caramel, Man I get a lot of coffee

Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cream, bittering sweetness?, mild earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter then expected for 7.5, medium light, a little high in carbonation for the style imo, creamy finish though

Nice stout here, good deal and not that ridiculous sweetness of the backwater crap(I mean series) Give it a go if you see it. Live, 2xIpa, IPA, Pumking and now this, I am really starting to like this brewery. Besides the overly sweet backwater series I have liked everything I have tried from this brewery! (654 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint.
A: Pours pitch black with a couple mm light tan head that quickly recedes. Thin sticky lacing.
S: Caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of coffee and cream.
T: Follows aroma almost precisely...more of an alcohol presence here which gives a small boost to the predominately darker taste characteristics (caramel, chocolate, coffee).
M: Light-medium body. Fairly smooth with a bitter coffee finish. Hint of astringent hops in the finish too.
D: A decent brew, but not excellent. Seems like the latest thing for milk stouts is to pump up the ABV...and this one handles it well. (618 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with awesome retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate with mellow roasted malt; sweet. Flavor is chocolate, nuts, mild roasted malt. This is sweet and viscous, very reminiscent of a stout with whipped cream added; there is a detectable whipped cream element to the flavor. Nice medium to heavy, creamy body with a mouth feel that wouldn't be out of place from a nitro pour, although this is fron a bottle. A very nice mildly sweet stout. In my opinion, Southern Tier is the master of sweet stouts and this is another winner in their line up. A must for those who like the sweet stout style. (690 characters)

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

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a think tan head that fades to a ring soon after the pour.

S- The mellow roasted black malt has a nougat lactose sugar smell in the finish.

T- The chocolate malt has a slight cream flavor to it with a full medium roasted black malt flavor with some graham finish and a touch of char bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a mellow but nice roasted black malt flavor but the lactose sugar taste is a bit too strong for the rest of the flavors. (595 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into stout glass

Appearance- Jet black, 1 finger head

Aroma- Coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight piney hops

Flavor- Very big on the roasted malt, coffee flavors, dark chocolate, its on the sweet side but not by much. Very smooth, velvet, a slight lingering astringency, slight alcohol

Mouthfeel- Medium to medium-full, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Overall- A very nice double take on the style. Its a little bit to astringent from the roasted malt which cuts into to the sweetness. But a very nice beer that I've returned to a few times. (573 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sultry, silky, velvety, and in the end- simply lush, the "Nitro" taste, texture and appearance of this Milk Stout mimics the character of milkshake with pin-point precision. Its an absolute delight of a Stout.

Common to Guinness, the black ale pours with a thick and creamy appearance as the nitro-infusion lumbers to separate from the body of the beer- creating the charming "cascade" effect to mesmerize the eye. Once settled, the dense and creamy head tops the beer like mousse to cap a malty milkshake.

Mild roast, chocolate, heavy whipping cream and walnut aromas fight to garner attention through the thick barrier of foam. Slightly woodsy and smoky- the aromas are overall light. But to taste, the medium roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate open up for a savory and decadent set of flavors. Developing into a moderate wood and walnut bitterness in finish, the ale crispens up considerably to close.

Medium-full in weight, the creaminess of hot cocoa and marshmallow cream gives impressions of added weight. But as the nitrogen quickly dissipates, it leaves behind a light bodied and somewhat watering feel. Yet, the ale offers no astringency or harshness- only mild alcohol warmth that's seductive and unexpected.

The Stout hides its strength and power well. The senses are easily seduced by the nitro infusion. Yet it mutes aromas and offers some give-and-take in the mouthfeel department. (1,405 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a deep ebony colour with a tanned head that reduces quickly

S - Not much other than some dark malts

T - Very smooth flavours of chocolate and coffee. The booze is well hidden, slight bitterness on the finish.

M - Light to medium body and low carbonation

O - An enjoyable stout without being wow (338 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head.
Aroma of roasted malt, sweet malt, oatmeal, along with spicy hops.
Lovely complex roasted malt as a flavour, with a little sweetness underneath. Some booze shows.
Nice creamy carbonation. Could use a fuller body though. (250 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a modest tan head..nice lace.

Nose is dark chocolate and licorice. Maybe some herbal/grassy hops.

Taste is lots of dark Godiva chocolate with a hint of roast and more hops than meets the eye. I would lean more American Stout than Milk Stout if I guessed blind, but it definitely has some sweetness going on...nothing like the Blackwater series though. This is a very good beer, I like it quite a bit. Southern Tier certainly knows how to do a stout. I'll be buying more of this in the future. (537 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nitro tap in a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a dark brown cascade throughout the glass. The head is a large, deep chocolate/mocha brown.

S - Not a strong aroma, but it is sweet and roasty. Smells like chocolate and coffee.

T - This one is pretty sweet, with chocolate, roasted coffee, and slight nuttiness. The sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor.

M - Thick, chewy, and very creamy. The nitro makes this velvety smooth; really a great mouthfeel

O - Perfect as a dessert beer, this one is sweet, somewhat roasty, and very smooth and creamy. This was better on nitro tap than it was without. (600 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewd with 2 varietes of hops and 3 types of malts." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a premium price at Ramirez Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually like Southern Tier. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely tan colour. Good cream. Good thickness. Good (~4+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Opaque. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style but there's room for improvement. Not unique or special.

Sm: Milky notes, cream, dark malts, chocolate malt. Light hints of fleeting vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Subtle lactose. No hop character is obvious.

T: Dark malts, a bit of caramel, and chocolate malt comprise the backbone/foundation. Milk chocolate. Some sugary sweetness. A light touch of vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No obvious hop character. Not getting any roast. Nicely sweet - not overly so - though many will likely criticize this beer for that aspect. Overall, it's balanced if a biteen simple. Nicely subtle. I like the build. A tasty stout, all around.

Mf: Nicely creamy, smooth, and wet. Complements the flavour profile well. Pretty well carbonated. Apt. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but few beers in the style are. Good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft. Full-bodied.

Dr: A drinkable and enjoyable "double milk stout." I'd definitely get it again, even at the high price (~$6) I paid for it. A solid brew from Southern Tier. Really approachable and drinkable. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle alone. A tasty brew overall. Good execution.

B- (2,032 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of light roast, chocolate, and caramel with hints of vanilla and light fruit. The flavor is roasty and smokey with lots of chocolate and caramel as well as vanilla and dark fruits. Wow I wasn't expecting such a complex flavor based on the aroma. Medium body with a moderate level of antiabortion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice stout, I'm glad I picked one up the other day. (487 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I jumped any Southern Tier, so in preparation for the arrival of the 2x Rye, thought I'd pick one of these up. 12 oz. bottle.

The beer flows out of the bottle like a moonless night...OK, it's a stout, so it's black. Nose features a shockwave of roast & a smattering of chocolate chips. I can only tease out the lactose notes because I read it on the label, it's playing hide-and-seek with the aggressively loined roast. Good way to open up.

2X Stout is like drinking the air at a Starbucks. The roast is just as crazed as in the nose, bleeding roast out of every orifice. The milkiness is a bit jarring: I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't gel well, maybe because of the sheer quantity of the roast, which I love on its own. Chocolate is relatively toned down, along with a nice bitterness that finishes up. Shared a few ounces with my wife, & I can say that a 10 oz. snifter of this would be enough.

A pretty good beer that lacks that certain something; not up to some of the gems in Southern Tier's portfolio, but still pretty good. (1,061 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.