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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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85
very good

403 Reviews
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Reviews: 403
Hads: 2,123
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 63
Gots: 338 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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: 403 | Hads: 2,123
Photo of Onenote81
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finnegan's here in town has $3.50 nitro drafts on Thursdays, and this was one of the specials yesterday. Sounded the most tempting. Came out a jet black with the typical hazy drift of mocha tinted nitro bubbles creeping to the top creating the creamiest of heads. Looks like a dallop of whipped cream on top.

Aromas of sweet cream, chocolate, and lightly roasted coffee beans. The beer is not as smooth as I'd anticipated given its nitro-backing. Still a nice bite to it. Easy to drink though. I had no problem putting the gulp to this one. Creamy chocolate, roasted character, light vanilla on the back end. Easy finish. A nice beer.

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Photo of Daisylovesbeer57
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Edward19
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of RuthL
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful hourglass effect from the nitro-tap as the carbonation and color changed continuously from light to dark brown, before settling into an appetizing chocolate color. The opaque beer was topped by a well-formed, creamy tan head.

Smell: A fresh, and somehow frosty bouquet that really perks up the nostrils. The smell was of powdered milk and chocolate, with a gentle background of roasted malt. Round and appetizing.

Taste: The base malt changes on the palate, starting with a sweet, chocolate taste, then easing into a more grainy flavor, and finally coming to a mildly bitter, roasted finish. Some residual sweetness manages to hang on throughout. Secondary flavors are solid, yet basic milk stout tastes--coffee, chocolate, and cream.

Mouthfeel: A delicate, creamy, smoother-than-silk texture. Luxurious. Light carbonation, and medium body.

Overall: Definitely happy to have this via nitro-tap! My husband was so intrigued by the visual the nitrogen provided, that he took a video of the beer's "lava lamp" antics. The mouthfeel in particular benefitted from the smooth, airy nitrogen qualities. Otherwise, the beer was standard for a solid, well-made milk stout.

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Photo of redearth329
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of ranger7
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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.
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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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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

Appearance: Dark, dark red color with two fingers of tan head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sweet and creamy, with some coffee and cocoa notes. It kinda reminds me of a White Russian.

Taste: Mild bitterness over roasted malt, with a rich, creamy body. Chalky cocoa with some burnt notes show up on the back end leading to a lingering finish that become more bitter with time.

The Rest: Quite good, no hint of any booze in here. I'd love to have a bottle of this the next time someone says, Oh, Guinness is like a meal in a can. This would make their head spin.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with a creamier light tan head. Head lasts a while a leaves some lacing.

S- sweet. The lactose and grain dominate. Earthy

T- roast malt on the beginning and finish. Some of the lactose sweetness balances the dominant roast notes.

M- smooth and full

O- a very good, just short of great, stout. Not complex but what is there is good and well made.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.