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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: 2,096
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 26.12%
Wants: 62
Gots: 323 | 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: 2,096
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 claspada
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown, almost black color with a medium-sized, short-lived, khaki head and recedes to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with a prominant roasted maltiness with a some milk chocolate, drier baker's cocoa. As it warms I get some sweet sugar notes with light caramel and black licorice.

The tastes follow the nose with dark roasted coffee bitterness with some sweeter tastes of bittersweet chocolate and caramelized sugar. There are some sweet elements but definitely not over-the-top or even enough for the style in my opinion. The firm roasted maltiness curbs the initial sweetness almost to a fault. Maybe this style isn't supposed to be "boosted" up to this ABV because the creaminess is almost lost completely in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly smooth and creamy but also a little roasty and dry; could use to be a bit creamier for the style.

Overall this was a miss for me. It just comes across as an American Stout and lacks the Milk/Sweet stouts elements that I look for in that style. Is it good, yes. Does it stand out from any other generic American Stout, no. A milk stout is a nuanced style which needs more sweetness and creaminess; the concept of a 2x Milk Sout is self-deprecating.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma, but some hints of coffee and malt are apparent.

T: Tasted of coffee (more than you'd expect from a milk stout), malt, light hops, and a mild milk flavor. Much more robust and complex than most milk stouts, which is not a bad thing. Almost tasted more like a porter than anything else.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of the milk stout style - they tend to be thin and uninteresting - but the 2X Stout is an excellent, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown with amber highlights and a dense one finger cappuccino head that leaves sheets if lacing.

Aroma is dominated by coffee and roast malt, with sweet tones of chocolate, malted milk balls, and vanilla adding complexity.

Flavor is fairly sweet at the start, giving the impression of chocolate milk, then turning a bit more bitter, with a heavy dose of coffee grounds and roast malt. Vanilla is subtle, but present. Alcohol is also detectable, but not overpowering.

Body is very smooth, somewhat light, with modest carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

Overall, on the sweet side, as with all southern tier stouts I've tried, but the acrid roast malt and coffee flavors balance well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of a mix-six pack at Wegmans.

Pours basically dark black, with a creamy looking 2 inch head, and some sticky lacing down the glass. Looks great.

Smells like lactose, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Very silky smooth from the lactose, as is the typical case with milk stouts. Very sweet, with lots of rich chocolate flavors, and a small amount of roasted malt flavor.

Incredibly creamy and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation keeps it lively. Medium bodied.

One of Southern Tier's best stouts, which is saying something, because they make some great stouts.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours quite dark but not very thick in body. Moderate light penetration. Head is smaller and bubbly but is quite light in color. Small head retains well and does a pretty good job painting the glass with lace.

S-Interesting aroma. Not very heavy but it brings for aromas of lactose and some smokiness. Sweeter chocolate and subtle coffee. Light hops. Definitely milky.

T-Flavor has a strange, lingering, coppery-metallic twang that almost takes over the entire flavor. Made me wince a bit. Sweetness and lactose behind the off-putting metallic flavor. Really not digging the flavor here. Tastes like its been sitting in a can for 2 years. Maybe its the lactose? Who knows.

M-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lighter than expected.

O/D- God, the metallic taste won't leave. My palate refuses to adjust to it. Really surprised to dislike this beer as much as I do. I love their 2X IPA, but this 2X bothers me. Makes me glad to have only purchased a single. I rarely, rarely drain-pour, but this one is close.

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

Bottle, $1.99 from the Village Pump. Bottled 8th Feb 2012.

Pouring a very dark brown/almost black with dark brown highlights, there's a dense, light brown head with rather excellent retention and lacing. The nose has a pretty nice lactose character to go with ~50% cocoa milk chocolate, cappuccino and some caramel and brown sugar. A little toffee is perceptible as well. A touch of earthy hops rounds out the nose.

The palate opens with an enjoyable, creamy, chocolate flavor that's surprisingly bold. The sweetness of the malt bill makes this taste closer to a 35-40% cocoa chocolate compared to the nose. Some sweet coffee flavor is present as well. All told, a little sweeter than it needs to be with the caramel/sugar notes dominating the lactose flavor, that's also present. A very smooth roasted malt flavor is present, lending a mild bitterness in an attempt to balance the sweetness. Lactose lingers on the finish, leaving sweetness, a little bitterness and some coffee. Medium in body with a moderate carbonation, this feels quite nice on the palate. Ultimately, it could use a little bit more roasted malt flavor to balance the sweetness. Recommended.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours opaque black with a thin light brown head that holds little retention and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet milk chocolate and roasted grains. Tastes are sweet and creamy with milk chocolate and roasted grains, slight prickle on the tongue from the alcohol that is non-existent, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, while being full-bodied. Overall, good take on the style, especially with the extra ABV.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and rather persistent frothy, fine-bubbled wheaten head that leaves fairly thick lacing. Aroma has a core of roast, slightly burnt malt with notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. Lip-smacking flavor has notes of roast malt, mocha and molasses, with nutty and earthy hints. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a nice black color with a fluffy brown head.

The aroma is very lacking but has some lactose and milk chocolate.

The flavors has medium plus roasted malt bitterness, burnt toast. There is watered down black coffee with tinges of cocoa. The finish has aggressive herbal and earthy hops. A good creamy and smooth mouthfeel at least.

The beer in general is lacking in flavor, but with assertive bitterness. It could use more robust malt character or sweetness.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a deep mahogany, and has a somewhat clear hue when held up to the light. Very interesting. A minimal one finger beige head fell quickly. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is primarily of roast, burnt lactose sugar, and bitter dark chocolate. A little bit of pine from the hops. Not as sweet as your everyday milk stout.

On the palate, the roast comes off strong at first, giving way to burnt lactose sugar, pine, and bitter chocolate. This is really more bitter than sweet.

Medium to full body, smooth and lush. Creamy in all the right places. A faint lingering flavor of pine, roast, and bitter chocolate.

This is not your typical milk stout. Heavy on the roast and chocolate and a little lacking on the sweetness. This is a tasty beer, but I think it missed the style a little too much.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. It's a solid black stout with a modest tan head that breaks quickly into a ring and fair horizontal lacing. The aroma is a pleasant malt coffee bean bite with some nutty nuances. Not very strong but very solid. The flavor is a no nonsense green malt and bitter coffee with a sweet pear/vegetable hint. Really nice, in a medium-plus bodied brew with very little evidence of carbonation and a silky feel. A classic milk stout that goes down easily! Yet another triumph from Southern Tier.

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Photo of drpimento
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'Whoa, what a beer! Take me to the river. Served at a perfect temperature with a colossal, very light tan, thick, foamy head that just sits there and loads of lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mainly malt, roast, and caramel, hint of toffee. Flavors like nose, mild also, roast, easy bittersweet. Finish is like flavor, incredibly easy drinking. Choice beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head.
Aroma of roasted malt, sweet malt, oatmeal, along with spicy hops.
Lovely complex roasted malt as a flavour, with a little sweetness underneath. Some booze shows.
Nice creamy carbonation. Could use a fuller body though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a modest tan head..nice lace.

Nose is dark chocolate and licorice. Maybe some herbal/grassy hops.

Taste is lots of dark Godiva chocolate with a hint of roast and more hops than meets the eye. I would lean more American Stout than Milk Stout if I guessed blind, but it definitely has some sweetness going on...nothing like the Blackwater series though. This is a very good beer, I like it quite a bit. Southern Tier certainly knows how to do a stout. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. DOB 04/16/12

A- Pours a totally opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a thin, spaced-out layer of surface foam. Jagged ring of resilient lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Some brief caramel and vanilla sweetness. Hardly any alcohol fume.

T- Semi-roasty with a balanced bitterness and creaminess. Alcohol is very well masked. Notes of cocoa, light char and light vanilla. Sweetness comes through more as it warms.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a hearty body.

O- Not as good as I was hoping, but an easy-drinking, well-constructed stout nonetheless.

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Photo of ZAP
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like Milk Stout to have a sweeter, milk chocolate flavor to them and this is right along those lines....a bit of cola flavor as well..., light coffee notes....creamer for sure....not a huge milk chocolate impression but it is there..

Body is silky but not huge....medium weight to this...

Interesting fruity dimension to the aroma....pears, apples.....not what I expected

Definitely not an Impy stout and not designed to be. Overall solid, not spectacular as I had hoped it would be.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appearance - Pours a very deep brown, almost black. A head is basically nonexistnat and not a whole lot of lacing either.

Smell - Some chocolate and cocoa aroma with a very small amount of a sweet caramel like aroma. Overall for its style I would have expected a bit more.

Taste - Up front you are hit with a big sweet-chocolate (like chocolate milk) flavor. While paling in comparison to the cocoa, a little bit of roasted malt, coffee, and dried fruit flavors work their way toward the end. A very nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - It has a thinner body then would be expected, but not by too much. The carbonation was possibly a bit too high, but again not bad.

Overall - The taste of the brew makes of for some lacking in other catagories. A nice stout to try.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
Typical pitch black with a small, clingy off white head.
Some roasted barley, lactose sugar and a little hops.
Sweet malt, some roast, lactose, burnt coffee and a slight metallic after taste. Just seems overly sweet like the other Southern Tier stouts. The flavors don't mesh well for me.
Creamy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.
Wishing I would have tried this before buying a six pack.

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

This beer is a dark brown that, while very dark, does allow some light to peek through. The brown head that forms sits steady at about a finger in height and shows good retention. A couple rings of lacing are left in my snifter before going spotty but remaining consistent.
The nose offers mostly roasty malts and dark chocolate with just a hint of tangy sweet dark fruits and a ghost of pine from hops. It's a bit understated, but displays a heavy malts profile with good balance.
The flavor showcases the same, with the sweetness of the lactose sugars coming out more strongly and setting itself in harmony with the dry roastiness of the dark malts and the bittersweet chocolate notes. The balance really works well, as a nudge in either direction would make it too sweet or too dry. As it is, it mingles very well together. The slight tang of something like prune remains, though subtle, and hops presence is low but enough to further add to the balance and depth.
The body is on the heftier side of medium, perhaps verging into heavier, with a carbonation that is appropriately light while making for a bit of creaminess. There's a good smoothness to this beer as well.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I jumped any Southern Tier, so in preparation for the arrival of the 2x Rye, thought I'd pick one of these up. 12 oz. bottle.

The beer flows out of the bottle like a moonless night...OK, it's a stout, so it's black. Nose features a shockwave of roast & a smattering of chocolate chips. I can only tease out the lactose notes because I read it on the label, it's playing hide-and-seek with the aggressively loined roast. Good way to open up.

2X Stout is like drinking the air at a Starbucks. The roast is just as crazed as in the nose, bleeding roast out of every orifice. The milkiness is a bit jarring: I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't gel well, maybe because of the sheer quantity of the roast, which I love on its own. Chocolate is relatively toned down, along with a nice bitterness that finishes up. Shared a few ounces with my wife, & I can say that a 10 oz. snifter of this would be enough.

A pretty good beer that lacks that certain something; not up to some of the gems in Southern Tier's portfolio, but still pretty good.

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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 cbutova
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this for the first time recently, have always enjoyed Southern Tier for the most part.

A- Poured into a tulip with a pitch black body. Mocha tan head forms to about two fingers with low-end retention. Big bubbly cloud and ring leave a few spots of lace.

S- Dark cocoa powder, cereal grains and roasted malts up front with dark fruit in the background.

T- A bit more straightfoward here. Roast dark chocolate and cereal grains are dominant with slight dark fruit. Something going on that reminds me of oxidation but also overly roasted burnt ash, it gets distracting. Slight earthy hops.

MF- Creamy moderately thick body with a high carbonation level for a 7.5% stout. Finishes with some roast and hop bitterness.

The nose had me excited but the flavor has a kind of burnt hoppy oxidized feel that just doesn't blend out to well.

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