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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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389 Reviews
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Reviews: 389
Hads: 2,051
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 57
Gots: 298 | 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 TwelveOunces
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip

This beer pours pitch syrupy black with a brow/tan head. The smell is light but matches the taste. This beer is quite tasty but not super flavorful. Flavors include chocolate, roasted malts and a creamy maltiness. The lactose sugar is definitely detectable and I actually quite like what it provides, I have never been big into lactose sugar. The brew is pretty syrupy but smooth. Its like having a desert in a drink. This beer doesn't stray too far from the pack but its quality speaks for itself. Good stuff (537 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque dark brown with a 1/2 tan head that fades to a ring and thin cap on top and leaves some spotty lace.

Smell is somewhat muted and consists of earthy, almost herbal hops with faint coffee and cocoa.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt with some lactose sweetness and hints of coffee and chocolate with a bitter hop finish.

Texture is light bodied with medium carbonation.

Somewhat of a disappointment. A fairly mediocre effort. Lacking in body and the flavor profile comes across as watered down and uninteresting. (532 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/16/13 and poured on 5/16/13. Single bottle purchased for a reasonable $2.19.

Appearance: I'm a sucker for nitro'd beers, but this one still looks fantastic. Pours with a nice 3-finger head that settles at about one throughout the glass. The beer seems to be a clear, dark black with a touch of ruby on the edges. Lacing's not great, but solid.

Smell: Chocolate/cocoa and coffee. Smells quite sweet, as you'd probably expect, but not too much so. Really nice on the nose.

Taste/feel: Wow. I'm not sure what it is ... there's something about it. You get the typical chocolate and coffee flavors with some caramel malts, but the finish has a bready characteristic, and even maybe a very slight spicy hop note? Whatever it is, this is working for me. The slight bitterness on the finish is really pleasing, and the coffee and chocolate flavors linger in the mouth enough to make you want another sip. The mouth feel is awesome, as it has body and is creamy, but it's not syrupy.

I've had Left Hand Milk Stout, which is supposed to be one of the best Milk Stouts out there, but I have to give it to Southern Tier. While Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout wins in appearance (what a shock...) and aroma, 2x Stout is better in what matters most -- the taste. This is a beer worth seeking out. (1,293 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%

12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 5/9/14

A: Very dark brown during the pour, and then black as it rests in the glass. 1.5 fingers width of light tan heads builds and then has great retention before dissipating down. Leaves tons of lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of heavy cream/lactose notes, some roasty notes, bakers chocolate. A unique, almost tart aroma that I cant quite place. Good but not great. 3.75

T: Roasty, lactose, chocolate, bitter coffee. Long lingering flavors of bakers chocolate and coffee. 4

M/D: Full bodied but not necessarily thick. Carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate. Drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Very good, not one of my favorite Southern Tier stout, but certainly worth a try. 4 (728 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A solid brown, super dark to the point it is an infinite black. Head is tan rising to maybe a fingers length, FYI the head is all about how hard you pour this beer it pours to nothing if you angle it just right.

Smell: A very light chocolate, you smell it and it nada.

Taste: Chocolate, not so bitter would definitely complement a dessert

Mouth: Medium carbonation, easiest drink i have had all week.

Overall: Second milk stout, and it is honestly notch below my previous, I was expecting a bit more. Regardless a good beer, salud! (569 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with a modest mocha head that laces well and sticks at about 1cm in height.

milk chocolate, day-old dark roasted coffee, maybe some slight fruitiness. kinda bland smelling.

dark roasted coffee comes first, with a bit of alcohol heat, then some lactose sugar and milk chocolate before a slight hop bitterness that gives way to a nice charred finish.

velvety body with a subtle, yet prickly carbonation and a slight syrupy finish that makes the flavors linger.

nice, easy drinking yet flavorful milk stout. would definitely drink again. (550 characters)

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. (365 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a small brown head and only a few flecks of lacing. Subpar for a stout!

S - The nose is a very clean, earthy aroma with a hint of coffee. Nothing bad, but there is just not a lot going on there.

T - Sweet with a hint of chocolate, then in roughly equal, very mild amounts there is carob, coffee, chicory and camp fire. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness with a hint of forest floor with a woodsy bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Really nice! I enjoyed this one a lot. I won't hesitate to have it again either. (567 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pours super-dark with a majestic, fluffy, light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. On the nose I get some light roasty notes and a little chocolate, but it's very faint.

Nice full body and excellent flavor balance. Big sweet malty notes up front are joined by bittersweet chocolate and roasty flavors. There definitely is some nice milky sweetness in there too, but not enough to overpower the bitterness. There is just enough to provide a harmony of flavor. Mouthfeel is sadly a bit on the thin side, but it doesn't detract from the experience much at all. Really a nice, well constructed milk stout.

This beer has just what you want in a sweet stout. Highly recommended for fans of the style or for those who want to explore the dark world of stouts but don't yet feel up to a big imperial stout. (863 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,370 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Black and opaque color, with a finger's worth of tan head. Retention of the head is fair and lacing is good.

S: Aromas have chocolate malts and a light coffee-like roasted smell. Some earthy hops as well.

T: Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Also has some woody/earthy hop bitterness. It's not as sweet as other milk stouts, which kind of surprises me since everyone says how sweet ST beers are. Has some alcohol warmth.

M: Carbonation is on the low end and the body is medium. I don't get the creaminess you'd expect from a milk stout. Finishes dry and has chocolate aftertastes as well as bitterness of toasted grain.

O: Overall a good beer, but seems to miss the marks of a sweet/milk stout. Seems closer to an American stout or perhaps an RIS to me. (946 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. dark brown/ black on the pour. Careful, the head sneaks up on you. Starts near nothing, but blossoms to a full 3 finger height. Head is tan/brown in color and sits on top the beer for a while at roughly 1/3" Lacing is nice.

s. Smell of yeast dominates the after poor, giving way to malt.

t. Malt, not as sweet as I had hoped, but somewhere between outstanding and very, very good. Rounded up to a 4.

m. Excellent up front, but seems to be a grit in the finish.

O. Reminds me of a Sam Adams cream stout, which is a compliment. Not as creamy, but a solid stout. Do not be scared off by the 'sweet' title. (609 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

July 2013, rating 4.3

On tap at Roast Public House (Madison). When I first had this in a bomber last summer, I didn't love it (rating 3.8). It seemed light weight and unimpressive at that time.

But now on tap I appreciate its virtues, while not feeling its drawbacks are as pronounced as from the bottle. The aroma is still not much to speak of. And the flavor isn't exactly competitive with the better imperial stouts (Southern Tier calls this a "double stout"). But the lively carbonation and lighter body fill a niche in the imperial stout genre: the refreshing, highly sessionable imperial stout. The flavor is an imperial coffee stout w/ no alchoholic phenols or sharpness, at all.

In the mouth it is lighter weight at first, like a porter, but then the creaminess pulls things together.
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Update 10/2014:

Uncannily reminiscent of Central Waters Brewhouse Stout.

I'm raising my 2013 rating (4.3). I still see what I was saying about it being an imperial coffee stout -- that's coffee without the cream. For being a "milk stout", this brew comes across as all roasty bitterness, with no sweetness, whatsoever.

Wife loves it for its lack of sweetness. (1,169 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe porter/stout glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black - dark cola brown at the edges. Thin tan head died back fairly quickly and left a ring at the edge. some strands and sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, hint of coffee, cocoa powder, hint of citrus on the swirl, and something else. Raisins? Interesting and enticing.

Taste: Roasted malt, milky sweet chocolate balanced with black coffee notes and a bitter finish which is roasted/charred malt plus a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice thickness, some creaminess under the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Went well with butterscotch cookies. I could easily have another. (768 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was far too sweet for me, but pretty typical of the style. Not a big fan of Milk Stouts. This one was had too thin of a mouthfeel and the aroma was almost non existent. (173 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a nice 355mL brown bottle with a decent label - a nice package.

Appearance: pours an extremely dark brown tending towards black, with rudy-brown highlights around the edges. A half-finger creamy tan head hangs about for quite a time before dropping to a solid and rocky cap. Looks great.

Aroma: a fairly demure nose of roast coffee, creamy milk and a touch of bittering cocoa.

Taste: plenty of roast coffee and sweet milk flavours, bittering cocoa behind. Not as sweet as the nose but still quite smooth.

Aftertaste: still some milk sweetness with hop and cocoa bitterness. A great stout.

Mouth feel: very smooth with a bit of bite, moderate in body with lower carbonation.

Overall: this is the first beer I have had from Southern Tier Brewing, and they haven't disappointed. A fine stout, well worth it when I can afford (not cheap in Aus). (856 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- served in a big old snifter with creamy tan head and lots of swirly lace. Body is a deep chestnut brown, almost black.

S- roasted aroma is subdued until it warms significantly and I'm glad this bar was nice enough to have the oversized snifters. Roasted and chocolate, some coffee, stone and mineral with molasses and slight berry tartness. Hints of booze as well.

T- taste mirrors the aroma with less sweetness than expected and big roasted coffee flavor. Very earthy with mild hops and some leafiness. Nice dark chocolate with a hint of acidity.

MF- big bodied and sticky with light carbonation

D- pretty decent but seems kinda dry for the style. (658 characters)

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 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 JohnnyMc
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good pure opaque black with a small tan head.

The smell is dark roasted malts and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is coffee and milk with just a little bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy with low carbonation.

This is a very good stout, would great for dessert. It's milky, creamy and coffee like. (316 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 1/16/13

A: Pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger khaki head. Light gets through about a half inch of this brew. Not much lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a definitive lactic kick. Carmel gives it a touch of sweetness. Some dark fruits in there as well.

T: Pretty balanced flavor going on here. Starts out with some nice roasted malts, some coffee kicks in and lactose sugars sweeten the backend. A touch of hops is pleasant. Booze is pretty well hidden. Roasted malts dominate.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. A nice clean finish, isn't too sticky or heavy. An easy drinking brew.

Overall one of my favorite milk stouts out there. A pleasurable beverage to sip on for a night. Would recommend giving it a shot. (767 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with ruby hues at the bottom and a mocha colored head that quickly dissipates but leaves a constant thin, yet sticky lacing.

Aromas of roasted coffee and lactose leap from the glass with rich roasted malt and just a touch of earthy hops.

The flavor robust for a milk stout offering generous amounts of roasted coffee and malt with lactose similar to the aroma and hints of sweet milk chocolate and only a touch of earthy hops.

Medium in body and carbonation, at times offering the thicker palate one expects from an imperial yet with the lighter finish of a milk stout.

I guess this is a bit of a hybrid style, but one can certainly appreciate what ST was trying to accomplish and they did a darn good job in my opinion. This beer is delicious and offers the best of the milk stout with the best of the imperial/American double stout. (866 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.