2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
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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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Ratings: 2,027 | Reviews: 417
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark black with slight ruby hints in color and with a moderate sized tan head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Roasted malts with slight hints of bittersweet chocolate. Not a very strong or bold aroma.

T: Big flavor of roasted malts with more subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Some complexity to the flavor but not a lot.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy with a dry finish.

O: Enjoyable but not my favorite stout offering from this brewery. Nice flavors but just not as exceptional as some of the others, enjoy the dryness in the finish of this one. Easy to drink and sessionable, just not sure I would have more than one of these myself as I prefer some other stouts more.

Photo of steve8robin
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at a local beer store. I didn't realize that ST did a milk stout. Let's give it a go. 12oz bottle, bottled 01/26/12...

A: A nice dark black brew with a hint of red highlights around the sides. A 1 inch tan colored head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: A nice vanilla chocolate upfront with some mild blended lactose and raisin. The scents blend very well. Good.

T: A nice lactose vanilla upfront quickly blended with a sticky mild sweet chocolate in the middle. A very subtle, super mild roastiness. Goes down so easy. Very good.

M: Full body with an awesome carbonation. A nice creamy vanilla finish. Awesome.

O: All in all, this is a great milk stout. WOW! This is so drinkable it's crazy! It's like drinking chocolate milk. Definitely try if you like a sweet stout that is incredibly drinkable.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a total black hole except for a thin line of light brown highlights at the bottom edge. Light tan level head breaks down quickly. Thin lace but a lot of coverage.

Cafe au lait aroma evident at arm's lenght as soon as the bottle is uncapped. Up close, it's the same with some additional roastiness.

On the tongue, it's coffee au lait, coffee black, and a shot of chocolate syrup. Subtle hop bite at swallow. Everything blends in the finish.

Rich smooth mouthfeel as is wanted for the style.

A really tasty milk stout. Alcohol well hidden, seems more session than imperial. Recommended.

Photo of TTAmod
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into pint glass.

A: This one pours dark, dark brown and forms a one finger tan head. Retention is good.

S: Smell is very lactic and sweet. I pick up notes of chocolate and coffee, as well.

T: The taste is also very lactic and chocolatey. You do get a bit of a hop bite and bitter coffee taste toward the end. There's a very nice balance of flavors, here.

M: Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and really easy drinking.

O: This beer is very yummy and easy to drink. There's a nice sweetness that's balanced out by a bitter finish. Very nice.

Another good ST brew.

Photo of BrianGaynor
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying on tap at Lockview in Akron, OH

Appearance: jet black in color with 2 finger light tab head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and hints of vanilla.

Taste: vanilla tones, slight alcoholic taste. Roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: not much retainment. Not very much kick for what is listed as 8.0% ABV by the restaurant.

Overall: easy to drink. I could see myself drinking a couple of these in an evening.

Photo of fmccormi
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my nice little Cigar City snifter. Bottling date of December 12, 2011 printed in yellow ink near the bottom of the bottle, just below and to the right side of the label (“DOB 12/12/11”).

Appearance (3.5): Black body that turns a deep, orangey-brown at the edges when held up to the light. The head starts at about half a finger of tan-colored foam, dying down relatively quickly and leaving just a couple of lacy spots on the side. Not bad looking, but the head looks more like that of a huge RIS, as opposed to a beer of this weight.

Smell (3.5): Chocolate syrup and molasses, bit of a sweet-smelling beer. No surprise there, I suppose. Smells nice, pleasant.

Taste (4.0): Moderate coffee bitterness comes through with the roast at first, followed by an even-handed helping of milk chocolate sweetness, finishing relatively light and sweet. Nice hop bitterness comes through, too, up front: kind of a light-to-moderate citrus pith note. It helps balance the body, along with that moderate coffee bitterness. No charred or smoky flavors at all, which is to my preference. There is a sweet finish that hangs on, but it’s not in your face—it’s actually a very light sweetness that just decided to stick around, rather than refuses to drip off your tongue. No ABV or yeast notes here, which is also nice for the style: it lets the roast and those lactose sugars do their thing.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Much easier drinking beer than I was expecting. Medium-bodied, maybe on the thick side, and a dry enough finish (y’know, for a milk stout). Nice, velvety carbonation that foams and plays through every part of your mouth—Southern Tier does always seem to have a good mouthfeel in their beers.

Overall (4.0): More subdued than I was expecting, honestly, considering how sweet some of Southern Tier’s beers are. Especially the higher-ABV brews—I think the only really dry one I can think of is 2XIPA. This is better than I was expecting, and I’m glad to have tried it. A nice, well-put-together stout that any lover of dark beers would enjoy (even if they’re not blown away by it), but also a very good place to start for anyone looking to develop a greater appreciation of stouts.

Photo of CaptainRaisin
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at work. The perks of filling growlers..

Poured into a pint glass.

The look of the beer was nice. Dark, as it should be, with a nice foamy head. My only qualm being the retention may not have been up to snuff with what I had expected from such a reputable brewer.

The nose is heavy on the lactose end. No qualms with that considering the style. Slight hints of chocolate breaking through.

The taste was quite nice. Very creamy. There's a nice bit of sweet milk chocolate coming through in the end.Not picking up any bite from the booze. Imagine Chocolat's little brother.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin considering the style. Luscious, creamy, but maybe a bit too easy to suck down for a stout.

Another quality offering from a superb American craft brewer. Tough to disagree with most things Southern Tier.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a three finger light brown head that fades quickly. Looks like a quality stout

S- mild aroma of milk chocolate and lactase

T- very sweet tasting, with the lactase dominating all flavors....getting hints of chocolate as well, but the sweetness is dominant. Not necessarily a bad thing, after all, it is a milk stout

M- medium bodied

O- about part for the course, but still very good. The ABV is hidden very well in this one, and you get a nice bang for your buck with it. Most milk stouts cost roughly the same about per sixer, and have much less alcohol

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1-2F creamy tan head over a deep, opaque brown body. Head fades to solid film, with decent lacing.

Aromas carry much of the lactic nature. Milk chocolate, and light bittersweet roast.

Nice dark chocolate soufflee, meringue, cream, roasted malt, and coffee bean. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel might be a touch thin for something claiming to be a double stout, however, is still above average as Milk Stouts go.

This was the last of my six pack, and overall, it was a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of stewart124
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with some brownish hues. A centimeter of tan head dissipates to leave just a light lace.

Nice aroma of coffee, roasted malts and what comes off as noble hops.

Medium to full-bodied with a very nice bitterness to sweetness. The roasted characters couple with the lactose and work well together. Crisp and finishing fairly dry. Hop bitterness adds another dimension and really helps this to bite the tip of the tongue and finish dry.

The 7.5% abv is very hard to notice. Just a slight warming in the finish and in the belly. Another solid example from Southern Tier.

Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a transparent black with red highlights. Has less than 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly and thin webbed lacing.

N: Coffee & cream along with milk chocolate and marshmallow.

T: Cola and watered down chocolate upfront. Some bitterness comes through mid-palate with cocoa nibs and a splash of black coffee. Finishes bitter with charred earth along with hints of lactose. There are some subtle hints on lemon citrus in there throughout.

M: Light-medium bodied, semi-creamy, smooth and dry.

O: This is actually kind of bitter for a cream stout. There is a good roasty quality to it along with some light tones of milk. Not bad.

Photo of mattbk
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque, black, creamy head. Not very very thick. The head dissipates quickly.

S- The aroma is very full of cream, with some piney hoppiness. There's some light roast in the distance. I'm surprised by the hoppiness actually, it's a bit dominating.

T- Interesting. The first taste is the roast, but that quickly gives way to the aformentioned hops, with a citrus zing, followed by a lasting finish from the milk sugar. It combines to leave the impression of roasted, dry hopped, milk. The alcohol contributes a bit to the taste as well.

M- Medium-full bodied, but not over the top. Low carbonation. I thought this might be thicker.

O- A decent beer, but my feeling is this beer is going in too many directions. The hops tend to throw off the overall roast and sweetness a bit. I wouldn't mind if the body was just a bit fuller too.

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep deep ruby color with a very tiny thin coffee colored head. Smells mostly of charcoal and leather with hints of roasted barley. Taste is about the same with a medium body, some chocolate and coffee notes but they're barely detectable. Very disappointing to be honest. Drinkable but forgetable. No lactose like sweetness is to speak of. Southern tier makes some amazing stouts, wonder why this one didnt live up?

Some detectable alcohol on the swallow. Wouldnt know it was a milk stout at all by tasting it.

Photo of auro0006
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, black color.

The nose imparts aromas of chocolate malts, creamy milk, and roasted malts

This Milk Stout had a sweeter, smoother flavor than a classic stout.

The palate is smooth; lighter than a regular stout would be. Coating the tongue are rich malt flavors. Dark chocolate, caramel and roasted malts all take center stage. Brewed with 2 hop varieties, the finish releases the perfect touch of bitterness with a hint of smoke.

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

2X Stout pours a dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. When held to light, there are a few burgundy highlights. A mocha tan collection of bubbles gathers on the surface, but dissipates very quickly. Lacing was very, very spotty and light. It’s not bad. The color’s pretty nice.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a tad on the weak side, but still holds together pretty well. It is malty up front. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt notes. It smells a little sweet, but not overly so. There’s a little coffee at the secondary level. Smells good. I’m getting some dark fruit, but it’s very subtle. That seems a little out of place. Light hop scents are noted late. They smell mostly grassy. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. It’s not bad. More strength would be good.

The flavor is on-par with the nose. It’s definitely malty. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors are plentiful. The chocolate variety tastes mostly bittersweet. However, there’s definitely that sweet, sugary flavor that complements nicely. There’s even a nice caramel flavor in the mix. Roasted coffee and prune flavors are secondary. I like the coffee, but don’t care for the dark fruit much. It just seems weird. Fortunately, it is somewhat subtle. An interesting burnt or charred flavor emerges late and is somewhat strong. There are some grassy hop flavors on the tail. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes malty, sweet, and a little hoppy.

2X Stout has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is nice and restrained. It feels nice and smooth. Mouthfeel is one of its stronger points. It does go down nice and easy.

2X Stout is a pretty good release from Southern Tier. It’s not among their best, but it is okay. The biggest issues with this one are the odd dark fruit flavor and the strong burnt flavor on the tail. If those two things were addressed, it’d be improved. It’s really not bad as it is though. Worth checking out? Yeah, it is.

Photo of busterthecat
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 12/12/11 poured into SA perfect pint glass. Served at 50 degrees and allowed to warm a bit.

A- Pours a translucent deep garnet red hue from bottle. A small mocha head forms before quickly reducing to a light ring and island of foam.

S- Pretty light aroma overall. Sweet dark malts and chocolate upfront. Hard to pick out much else.

T- Decent blend of chocolate and sweeter roasted malts. Simple overall. A slight bitterness from the roasted malt and gives the sweetness something to play off.

M- A bit thin for a stout of this size. Should be fuller and creamier for a bigger milk stout. Roast lingers the longest on the palate.

O- A decent offering from Southern Tier. Was hoping for more having tasted several of their other stouts. Perhaps I am judging this brew to harshly.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a cask at Sunset in Brighton in a tulip- poured a dark chocolate color with a thick two finger mocha head. Good retention and a few patches of lacing.

Smells of dark malt, coffee, and a little sweet cream. I also smell the alcohol which is why I gave it a lower rating.

Tastes creamy and delicious- coffee and dark malt are subtly balanced with the sweet cream.

Mouthfeel is like other cream stouts- not very much carbonation, medium bodied. This tastes fantastic in a cask.

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a one inch head.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate is all you can detect.

Taste: roasted malt, milk chocolate,a hint of prunes, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a decent milk stout that has a nice flavor profile. It is not as big as the 2X IPA but it is satisfying.

Photo of Garlicjosh
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour
1 finger light brown head
dissolves decently fast.

look.
Deep black. in direct light you catch a little redish purple at the bottom of the glass

nose
chocolate, slight banana, alcohol, lactose

taste: dark chocolate, slight fruit, alcohol, sugar
Heavy on the palaete, but smooth with a alcohol at the very end which lingers for a moment but fades.

Overall:
I enjoy this, it's deep, heavy, good chocolate flavor that doesn't taste fake that is paired with a slight acidic componnet. I also like the alchol being slightly noticeable. But while I enjoy it, I also find it distracting. Interesting take for sure though

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Souther Tier 2X Stout is thick and dark looking, with a slim brown head. The head retention is pretty good, but there isn't really any lacing left behind.

The aroma has a sweet, creamy scent to it, as well as black malt and anise.

The flavor has a lot of black patent malt and a touch of roast. Baker's chocolate comes through as well. The creamy-milk-like flavor is pronounced and it's probably the defining characteristic of the the beer. There is also a good dose of anise, which I typically don't love, but I will admit it works in this one. Pretty boozy.

Full, adequately carbonated, but pretty hot.

2X sout is an OK milk stout, but it's too big and too hot for me, especially considering the actual ABV isn't huge. I tend to think of milk stouts as being smooth and light on the alcohol flavors, which I like. I'm guessing that just isn't what Southern Tier was going for here, and it reminds of one of their big flavored stouts without a ton of sweetness. It's worth a try if you're interested in a big milk stout (which Southern Tier does a lot of, and does them pretty well).

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of confer
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.