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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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very good

397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 2,091
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 319 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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: 2,091
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/4 inch head that goes quick, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: vanilla and roasted smoky malt

Taste: sweet roasted malt, light smoke, and vanilla at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, roasty body with a sweet end

Overall: I like this one but this is a two in a sitting max due to the sweetness. One of Southern Tier's better smaller bottles. I really hope they continue with producing quality beer in small sizes. I will look for this again.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy milk chocolate with a slight roasted hint to it. slightly bitter smelling. medium to low strength

T-comes in with a very crisp taste of dark roasted malts. its a very pure and clean taste. there's a slight burnt taste to it. not getting too much coffee or chocolate, just pure tasting. has a good roasted after-taste. this is pretty good.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish.

O-this actually reminds me of a pure old time english stout. i like this a lot. its well balanced and extremely drinkable. i could drink this all night long. in fact, a case of this might not last long. if you get this, don't plan on being blown out of the water, but i bet you'll be impressed.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Well it's black but has a nice ruby amber hue throughout and a 1/2 inch of tanish colored head.

S - Smells good for a milk stout. Sweet lactic sugar and mocha with coffee notes.

T - Actually pretty damn good. Mostly sweet with even some light hops peaking through. Base is mostly a mix of sweet chocolates and mild roasts. Quite enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied and pretty nice for a stout.

Overall I liked the 2XIPA so I knew I would like this. Wonder if a case of this is around 40 bucks (like the 2XIPA) since it might be the best stout buy in town.

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Photo of confer
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque. Not a hint of light gets through a pint glass.Almost no head at all.
Light roasted malt smell.
Good mix of the bitter roasted malts and a touch of the sweet lactose.
A good stout that is on the lighter side of stouts. I'd drink it again but like the Blackwater series much more.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a big fan of the 2XIPA, so I figured...I can't go wrong with the 2XStout. Poured into NB Globe glass.

A: appearance is typical of a stout, dark brown black, opaque, dark brown head, minimal retention, decent lacing

S: the aroma is chock full of roasted barley and chocolate malt, notes of coffee roast in there, a touch of creaminess comes through in the nose from the lactose sugar. This smells very nice.

T: the taste starts out with the identifiable lactose sweetness, a bit heavier than in other milk stouts, this quickly gives way to robust roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and subtle hints of coffee. The sweetness is present even while the robust qualities are present. I think if the lactose sugar were dialed back a hair, this beer would strike a great balance. As it stands, it is very tasty and flavorful.

MF: nice velvety body, somewhat high on the carbonation for style

O: Well next time I see the thread "best value" or "best bang for your buck" or "best cheap imperial stout", this one will definitely have to be mentioned. At under 2 bucks a bottle for this flavorful and high octane stout, I encourage you to try to find a better deal. I am very pleased with this series thus far from Southern Tier and would like to see more variations.

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

Bottle to Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a bit of burgundy. Moderate light mocha head that retains well. Some minimal lacing

S: Starts with some lactic sweetness, milk chocolate and a bit of estery alcohol. Smells nice, but a bit subdued.

T: Significant dark fruit esters, alcohol, mild lactic sweetness, with some moderate dry, earthy hops. The dark fruits are really surprising, and do not fade.

M: Some alcohol burn, prickly carbonation, smooth warmness in the finish.

O: This is a nice stout that is not overly lactic, and has good hop presence as well. The alcohol is very apparent in the taste and mouthfeel, which detracts from it somewhat. Overall, a drinkable stout that I would have again.

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Photo of Edwaka01
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into nonic pint

A - Coffee black, 2 finger dark khaki head receded quickly leaving thin layer of tiny bubbles on top.

S - Woof. Sour. I know it's a milk stout, but too much lactose sourness for me. Hints of coffee and chocolate behind that forward sourness.

T - Still a bit sour, but not as intense as the aroma. Malty with a bit of cocoa, and WHAM, hit in the teeth with a lead pipe. Metallic finish is bold. Not sure what's going on here.

M - Nice full bodied beer, really smooth, but metal finish ruins all mouth experiences for me. Rated a 4 to not let taste take away from body.

O - I won't buy this one again. I head good things, so maybe this was a bad bottle? If I run into it at a bar I may ask for a swig to give it another chance, and if someone has a free one for me I'd give it an honest mulligan but boy was this glass bad.

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

Southern Tier
2X Stout

Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Off white, tan head forms and leaves behind a creamy wall of lace. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and charred malts. In the taste, lots of sweet lactose, brown sugar, milk chocolates, coffee and cream. There is a light smokey component, and a bit of alcohol comes through. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and oh so smooth. Overall, this is a very nice big milk stout, worth checking out.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a sweet lactose sweetness. In the taste, sweet lactose/ milk flavor, with notes of coffee and chocolate. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small sweet lactose in the aftertaste. More an imperial stout with coffee than a milk stout, but it is nice nonetheless.

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

Pours a lightly chalky dark brown, thin cap of khaki froth, reduces to floating spot, little lacing. Scent brings strong chocolate and roast notes with faint kiss of powered sugar sweetness. Taste a little more in depth than scent dictates, but still more roast and chocolate and only a moderate sugary sweetness. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with faint chalkiness. Overall, a little unbalanced for the style, but still a very nice and flavorful beer.

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Photo of output01x
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/29/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates to a miniscule dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a near black brown with traces of crimson when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Dark, roasted malts gives notes of milk chocolate, sweet dark chocolate, and chocolate milk. Also noticeable is a light hint of mouthwash-like alcohol.

Dark chocolate starts each sip along with milk chocolate, creamy caramel, and some slight acidity. Upon swallowing, more roasted malts flavors come through with notes of roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and espresso. A slight smokiness as well as a slight alcohol warmth are noticeable.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation, this beer is a little harsh in the swallow. The body is nice and light while allowing the flavors to come through. The carbonation is a bit lacking and definitely does not help this beer's drinkability.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black color with very little head. No lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate milk, and dark chocolate. Taste is smokey roasted malts, chocolate milk, and earthy. Some sweet dark chocolate near the end. Very little carbonation with a silky mouthfeel. Slightly sour. Overall, a decent milk stout worth grabbing.

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

Poured a deep black, with just a small amount of tan head. Really sweet smelling, with lots of chocolate and milk, imagine a hot chocolate. Awesome taste, a good deal of milky sweetness with some malt that's balanced well with the coffee/chocolate malt flavors. It leaves a nice sweet finish that lasts a little longer than you'd expect. Great beer.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hoegaarden hex glass from bottle

A: Almost black with minimal frothy light tan head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sugary lactose sweetness, mild coffee, milk chocolate, minimal hints of sweet alcohol and grassy hops. Very sweet.

T: Sweet lactose sugar up front with a fair amount of cocoa. There is an earthy/grassy hop component battling with a smoky flavor in the finish. Good flavors separately, but I don't feel like they're blending together that well.

M: Full bodied, with a good amount of carbonation for how thick it actually is. I know that might contradict itself a bit, but really, this beer is heavier than you first think it is.

O: Not a bad offering, but really not my favorite representation of the style. I preferred terrapin moohoo and riverhorse oatmeal milk stout.

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Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a thin layer of tan foam. Nice lacing.

Lots of creamy lactose with roasted malt and chocolate notes.

Dark chocolate, roasted malt, some cream and coffee. A stronger alcohol presence through the middle and end. A bit astringent.

A nearly full and creamy mouthfeel. Slick.

A decent big milk stout, but the alcohol does not hide very well in it.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Dark brown, very nearly black. Light can shine through the edges and takes a ruby-brown hue. One finger light tan head dissipates into a thin covering and laces the glass nicely.

S - Lactose provides a milky sweetness. Coffee tones and some earthy hops. Chocolate makes itself known.

T - Bakers chocolate melted in a glass of milk. Bitter cocoa with creamy milk, some suggestions of coffee, and a noticeable hop presence. Somewhat reminiscent of Old Rasputin, but not as well balanced, and with a cream flavor added. Definitely sweet, but wit ha lot of bitterness from various sources to balance. Lots of bitterness in the tail end.

M - Full bodied and creamy but slightly sharp around the edges. Close but no cigar for what I want in this style.

O - Interesting take on the style, with more bitterness to counteract the sweetness than I would expect. Very drinkable and satisfying. Not as wonderful as some of this breweries other offerings, but it outdoes the Blackwater series in the area of balance. Those beers are entirely one-noted, even if they are delicious!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black appearance, very short khaki colored head with weak retention. Heavy cream, milk chocolate, with mild hints of ground coffee and vanilla bean. Sharp raw espresso flavor with vanilla and cream on the initial sip. Caramel sweetness with some even, balanced hops. Relatively flat, simple overall body. Some touches of cherries and sugared dates reveal themselves, following into a strictly coffee & cream aftertaste. Creamy, sweet, bittersweet. A great example of a milk stout.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a mug at Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Body is black with ruby/mahogany hues on the edges. A small tan head settles on top, leaves behind a little lacing.

S: Muted nose - milk chocolate and cocoa powder, but I expected more oomph in the nose, especially from Southern Tier. Might've been served a wee bit too cold.

T: Cocoa powder, some chocolate malt and lactose is noted. Touch of vanilla. Sweet, mainly, but doesn't come across as too sweet or cloying; there's some roastiness there too. A good representation of this style. Close to deserving a bump up in the score here.

M: Smooth, pretty creamy. Carbonation is modest, making it feel pretty creamy and resulting in me drinking this one pretty quickly. Call it medium in heft, but it drinks lighter.

O: Good stuff. Creamy and tastes like a milk stout should. Score bumped up here to reflect overall impression.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma wise, 2x Stout delivers a moderate roast character backed by unsweetened cocoa powder. Nothing overwhelms the other and it smells pretty good, however, I wish the aroma was more prominent.

The beer pours out jet black, barley any light gets through this one, just a tad brown around the edges. It's topped by a light mocha head made of late bubbles with good lacing. The head dropped back down into the beer fairly quickly though.

2x Stout's flavor rocked my world. At first sip I got a bit of chocolate with some sweetness to it. That was followed by a nice roast that pulled into the tail end that was just slightly tannic.

It's a full bodied beer with carbonation more on the low side, with a surprisingly slightly dry finish which I didn't expect considering it's a milk stout. Drinkability was alright considering it's 7.5% ABV. Overall, I really liked this beer and compared to other milk stouts, I'd wager this was one of the better ones that I've had.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - poured a dark brown, cola appearance, with a finger of medium brown head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S - a fair amout of smokey/acrid notes with some yeast profiles coming though

T - roast and dark chocolate notes up front with a somewhat fruity yeast profile and a smokey/acrid flavor lingering on my palate. A firm bitterness lingers as well.

M - somewhat thin - not quite enough here to support the flavor

D - somewhat low. Lots of flavors that don't meld together the best paired with too much smoke/acrid flavors.

Overall, not a bad beer, but some room for improvement. Inceasing the mouthfeel, reducing the smoke/acrid notes and upping the lactose would improve this one. I was let down a little, but had high expectations the quality of this would mirror something like Choklat or Mocha, but alas, it does not.

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

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average and moderate amounts of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Pleasant, supple roastiness. Seemingly paradoxically dry and sweet at the same time. A dry dusty graininess is first perceived, but then a wave of sweet chocolate overcomes it. Lactose is moderately expressive.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this starts off with a supple roastiness, then a dry graininess, then several waves of chocolate. Caramel underneath, a touch of vanilla, and hints of the characteristic lactose flavor.

5.0 M: Perfect here. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Insanely creamy, even for a milk stout.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. Worth a purchase or two. Solid all around.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ballast Point shaker pint after a long day. A buddy was telling me how much he enjoyed this, so I'm looking forward to giving it a shot.

A: Very dark, almost black with just a bit of brown tinge on the edges of the glass. Very light tan head, just over one finger after a fairly aggressive pour. A great start...looks damn good.

S: Booze. A little malt. A pretty muted nose and not really what I was expecting. Disappointing.

T: Sweet up front with a good amount of cocoa in there. Odd metallic aftertaste that I'm not a big fan of. Not as much booze as I expected after the smell. Thankfully the metallic taste fades as the beer warms up and there's a heightening of the lactose sugar over time. In other words, let it warm up a bit.

M: Good amount of carbonation and pretty smooth at the end. Very creamy feel...nice.

O: I had high expectations for this after my friend's recommendation. Though I wasn't turned off by it, the beer didn't quite do it for me as much as I'd hoped it would. B-/C+.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a short, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate note
Taste-Milk chocolate, coffee with cream, subtle hop prescence in the back ground. Very smooth and sweet but not overly so. Well balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Two Times a Sout goes into the glass easy like, with a black color and a flimsy off white, burnt sugar cap that has nice legs, leaving nice glides of lace.

Smell is of sweet chocolate, lactose, milk duds. Those are the good things. The bad things are that some metal scents come through and some coca-cola vibes as well, makig me think this one is probably better fresh.

Two times a stout is sweet and rich with vanilla and milk, lactose tastes, with some chocolate malts. Don't really pick up any of the 7.5%. Sweet yet not overbearing like the blackwater series.

Feel is pretty slick, this goes down pretty easy with no off putting alcohol burn. The lactose could linger a bit, yet I've had much sweeter milk stouts. Im liking the balance on this. The body is a bit thinner than medium.

All in all, a good offering that I may go back to from time to time if it comes out again. I think one bottle in a sitting is plenty though.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV clearly printed on the label. The date of bottling was on the bottle, slightly below the label.
Head was light tan colored and was almost a finger's worth. Didn't take long for the head to dissipate.
Aroma was a blend of dark coffee, roasted malts and cocoa/chocolate malt balls.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront before the malt bitterness takes over. Feels like roasted dark coffee bitterness in the lingering aftertaste. Pleasant and easy drinking stout.
Not a lot of lacing along the insides of the glass.
The one thing that would have made this beer go a grade higher is the mouthfeel. It is medium-bodied and I would have enjoyed if it were a bit more full-bodied.
Overall, I think this is a good, solid stout. Definitely worth a try and is a stout that I would surely recommend.

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