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2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

391 Reviews
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Reviews: 391
Hads: 2,053
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 58
Gots: 303 | 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: 391 | Hads: 2,053
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! (1,107 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black as night with no transparency whatsoever. Minimal head formation, but a thin film hugs the side of the glass.

S: big roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee grounds dominate the nose. Not getting much sweetness on this one. Nothing else is coming through other than a mild alcohol burn.

T: very robust coffee notes and roasted malt completely dominate the body on this one. I pick up on a bitter dark chocolate as well. I honestly am not picking up that much milk/creaminess as I thought I would….its actually very subtle and I find myself reaching for it.

M: medium bodied, not as big as I expected. It leaves a mild touch of alcohol and roasted malt on the palate after the finish.

O: it’s a nice brew, very basic, decent drinkability but dont think it resembles this style very well. the milk is very subtle as well as the sweetness. (859 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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

The beer pours a deep brown/nearly black with about two fingers worth of dense tan head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving behind very little lacing.

The beer smells moderately roasty and slightly sweet, The aroma seems to fit into a nice middle ground of not being too mild, but also not being overpowering

The taste, like the aroma, is moderately roasty and slightly sweet. The sweetness seems to come more from a heavy handed use of crystal malts than from the lactose. The body is a little thinner than I would expect for the style.

Overall, this is a decent beer that is fairly easy to drink, but not something that I would seek out. I prefer my Milk/Sweet Stouts to be a bit fuller in body, and a have a little more sweetness from the lactose. (814 characters)

Photo of RWLawman
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin, almost non-existent head. Black as night in terms of color.

S - Mostly chocolate with some hints of coffee and roast.

T - I tasted more roasted malts and bitter chocolate than anything. There was some sweetness in there, but I didn't pick up on it as much as others have in previous reviews. Still a tasty stout, though. The hops are definitely present in this one, and I think their bitterness may have overpowered the sweet aspect a little.

M - Pretty smooth, for the most part. Filling as well. I think that this aspect of this beer would improve hand-over-fist in a nitro-tap.

O - When I drink a milk stout, I expect creaminess, sweet, and a lot of chocolate. This one didn't deliver quite as much on the creamy side as I would've liked. Left hand milk stout, to me, is the comparative piece for a solid milk stout, and I think this beer falls short of LHMS. Still a well-done stout though, and I highly recommend it. (935 characters)

Photo of buzzedup
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. this beer has a black color with a tan head that keeps its retension

S. very sweet can smell rasins, dates, bitter smoke
T. very good for a milk stout . very underrated and recieves low marks compaired to other Southern Tier offerings
M. a bit thin realy does not coat as a RIS might but then again it is not a RIS

o. very good quility Milk Stout . would purchase again (375 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head. Spotty lacing as its consumed. Very dark, opaque some ruby red at the bottom.

Caramel, coffee roasted aroma and a hint of booze.

Dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, alcohol a sweetness that mixes with bitterness for the end result.

Noticeable but slight carbonation, dry feeling in the mouth and it leaves the lips slightly sticky. Pretty easy to throw a few back although the abv. is up there.

Some things are lacking like the aroma and appearance. The taste is good, quite complex missing a little something, can't put my hands on it. Otherwise, not a bad brew at all. (597 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasty stout. Here goes:

A: Not that good. Pours a small head and doesn't leave much lacing. The body, however, is very dark.

S: As advertised. Lots of lactose sugar and dark chocolate. Lots of coffee as well.

T: Follows the nose, but it's a little too simple. Just dark chocolate and milky coffee. that's about it.

F: Good. Nice and thick.

O: Good beer, but wish it was more complex and robust. (412 characters)

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

In truth, this beer has been hiding in the beer fridge since last spring, awaiting a cold winter night like tonight. It pours thick, black, like the sky it reflects, with a thin ring at the edge, much like tonight's crescent moon.

Aromatic like cold black coffee and dark chocolate, roasty and filling the entire nose with big smells. It is not though a head-filler, which I'd expect from a double.

Thick and slightly syrupy, with puffs of smoke, charcoal, chocolate and coffee - the charcoal comes through a little thick though, overwhelming some of the other tasty characteristics.

Percolating and carbonated on the tongue, enough to help round out the roastiness.

It's fine to drink - warming in the winter months. Just not as enjoyable as others I've enjoyably enjoyed in the past. (793 characters)

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. (582 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque very dark brown with a short-lived light mocha colored head. Smoke, cherry, and coffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is remarkble for the style. It's like carbonation fizz encapsulated by a slick, thin-membraned bubble. Some coffee up front. Cherry appears at the finish. Very drinkable. I'm drinking Edmund Fitzgerald along with this beer and have found 2X Stout to be the better beer, in my opinion. Ed Fitz is too heavily carbonated. (445 characters)

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a finger of medium mocha head, color is a barely transparent deep mahogany,

Smell - Roasted grains, burnt toffee, molasses, touch of soy, ripe plum, french roast coffee.

Taste - Ooooh, very well balanced, dark fruits, dark roast coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, molasses and black cherry, finish is toasty pumpernickel, nice lactose sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, there is a nice mouthcoating creaminess that starts, smooth medium carb provides some cleansing but still leaves a thin coating of flavor and sweetness, the finish is barely dry and roasty.

Overall - Really a nice sweet stout - not overly sweet at all, very well balanced and complex. Not overly robust or heavy, very drinkable, alcohol is perfectly hidden. Would recommend and try again. (832 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 BradtheGreat7
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a pretty catchy label. Southern Tier style with too many miniature cows to count spread across bottom part of label. Poured into a nonic pint.

A - black as night. Nearly opaque in color except for the rich dark ruby red painting the smallest possible of the bottom corners. This is a reddish tint I've never seen nearly the color of blood. small touch of brown fade. Pretty good tan colored head that settles into a good ring of lace. This milk stout provides some decent stick as well.

S - Roasted chocolate with a ton of sweet malts dominating. Notes of creamy vanilla and some bittersweet dark chocolate. Hints of lactose sugar and cocoa.

T - More sweet malt and lots of different sweetness. Lactose sugars, Chocolate and cocoa with small hints of vanilla and cream. Very small coffee flavor. Light floral like hops that go virtually unnoticed. Some roasted flavors toward the back with a semi bitterness in the finish.

M - A little on the p thin side for a stout of its size. Especially thin compared to other milk stouts I've had, but it has a good smoothness even without really coating the mouth.

O - it's a bit on the sweet side meaning its a little too sweet for my liking. However it is a solid brew from an excellent brewery. It's very easy to drink if you can overcome the heavy dose of sweets. It's a pretty well made stout all around though. Something that I'll probably go after again when the weather cools off. It's not a good as other southern tier offerings, but still worth a try. (1,530 characters)

Photo of JWU
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- looks like coffee, with a fizzy an head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- I pickup a lot of the lactose on the smell, with a mild mocha character.

T- Starts with a hit of lactose sweetness, with a bit of a coffee bitterness. There's a hop bite mid sip as well. Transitions into a mild mocha flavor before a big lactose/sugary sweetness on the finish.

M- Thin for what a double stout should be, with a medium carbonation. oddly dry and sweet at the same time on the finish.

O- I love Southern Tier, but this isn't their finest effort.
Needs more roasty-ness and a heavier dose of dark chocolate for my liking. (657 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Motor oil black with no head. No light shines through when held up to a light. swirling the beer in a tulip glass results in a small amount of cocoa colored lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some burnt, roastyness. solvent-like alcohol notes in the background. sweetness too.

T: Chocoolate Milk in beer form is my first impression. The lactose adds a vanilla like sweetness to the dark chocolate/roasted malts that makes the whole thing meld beautifully. As it warms up, the flavors get more complex and the bitterness is more apparent yet still a bootnote.

M: Slick and oily with a big chewy body. a chalkyness lingers after a few sips. low carbination

O: In a word full of great stouts 2X falls somewhere in the middle. (727 characters)

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

Ba Review #234
Served On: 11/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: DOB: 05/17/12

Continuing with the Stouts - this one was from a sicker I snagged at A.K.A. Frisco’s in Frederick, MD while picking up some take-out for lunch yesterday.

Look: The brew appeared very dark with no light passing through. The head was at about 1-finger with a sandy tan color. Lacing was present, but not real impressive.

Smell: Peat smoke and a roasted earthy coffee bean character. The lactose was also noticeable along with some dark chocolate. A faint hop bouquet was mixed in to balance out the sweet component.

Taste: First up was the roasted coffee quality. The middle was the lactose sweetness hitting. Finish was a slight bitterness with some hops kicking in. The aftertaste had the roasted notes returning and fading into a lingering bitterness.

This was a very nice Milk Stout. I would have expected nothing less fro ST. (940 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the better milk stouts out there. The color is great and all the elements come together nicely to make a solid product. It finishes nicely and has a nice lingering taste. (190 characters)

Photo of pants678
2.11/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with a thin off-white head.

Very slightly milky nose.

Chocolate hardly comes through and the hops are too prevalent. Narwhal gets by with meaner hops because it's rich, this is far from. Even when the lactose kicks in it's still a tame bore of a stout.

Too carbonated for the style. Stain is mild. (306 characters)

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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at Farmhouse in Burlington.
Serves up soooo nice looking, jet black body with half a finger of thick creamy khaki head.
Not a high volume of aromas, but it was rich and roasty, good sweetness.
Taste was delicious touch on the thin side.
Mouthfeel was silky, velvety a touch thin.
Overall, a lot to like with this beer. (338 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer, no head to speak of, no lacing ... just dark.

NIce aroma, mostly cocoa, with some roastiness.

Flavor is different from the aroma ... not so much chocolate, more overall bitterness. It's kind of tasty, but not quite right to me.

It's a decent stout, but not a great one. (285 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a one-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. The color is a virtually opaque brown. The aroma was not outstanding: some toasty notes but not as marked as expected. The taste did not disappoint in delivering a rich, toasty chocolate deepness. This beer has a strong malty sweet character with an underplayed hoppiness that accentuates toward the end. The characteristics of the sweetness and hopiness are characteristic of this style. But the sweetness may be overplayed. The carbonation was at a medium level, and the body was full -- almost syrupy. Overall, I would have this beer again, even though I prefer a somewhat less sweet version of this style. (680 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black oil looking liquid. Thin tan head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.
Smells of roasted malt. A bit of sweet chocolate and agreeable alcohol. Some pumpernickel bread and mellow sweetness abound.
Starts a bit watery. Roasted coffee, slightly toasted malt flavors with mellow biscuit. Sharp bitterness towards the end that is a muddled mixture of earthy hop and roasted grains. Finishes sweet with a bit of alcohol.
A lighter body than expected. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation for the style.

A pretty damn good beer. It doesn't try to be complex or overbearing, but that is nice. I'd be able to drink
Multiples because of the medium alcohol and the good balance of flavors. (712 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: 2 finger head. Head is really creamy, dense and attractive. The head is atop a black liquid with no light penetration that I see. The head slowly dissipates leaving tons of lacing.

S: Not getting a lot. I let it warm for a bit and tried again. Still nothing coming through strongly. Maybe slight cocoa.

T: Really nice coffee notes front to back. There are some subtle chocolate hints and some dry bite at the finish. The alcohol is present on the finish and a slight bittering from the hops.

M: Smooth and creamy with low carbonation and a nice overall mouthfeel.

O: I love coffee forward stouts and this one is that delivers. This beer has coffee and a slight bitter - but there are no other flavors to build it up. Also I get almost nothing on the nose which is strange. I like this one, and will drink it again, but it is not my favorite coffee type stout. (866 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
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 pint glass

A: This beer is about as dark as it comes. Opaque black with a touch of brown. There is a dark tan head with decent retention.

S: Deep roasted flavors on the nose. Bittersweet chocolate. I pick up the milky sweet aroma from the lactose sugar and some vanilla.

T: The same roasted chocolate notes from the aroma are present and expanded with a bit of smoky character. Vanilla sweetness complements the chocolate and some oak.

M: Fairly thick and creamy in a way. Good carbonation is mild but fizzy.

O: The first "double" milk stout I've come across, this is similar to many other offerings but more potent in both flavor and alcohol. Thick and dark enough that I think it will be a good winter beer, but easy drinking enough that I could have a few no problem. (808 characters)

2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.