2X Stout - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 3/5/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense tn head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, cream, toast, biscuit, and slight herbal hops. Very nice aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, cream, toast, light pine, and citrus. Some decent pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, cream, and toast on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of roasted flavors with the lactose; and a good bitterness/sweetness balance gives this zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish. Overall this is a very nice milk stout. Nice robust and balanced flavors; and quite smooth to drink. Maybe a bit too much hop character for a milk stout, but a damn good offering nonetheless.
07-16-2012 03:47:46 | More by superspak
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-08-2012 14:10:07 | More by Stinkypuss
4.01/5 rDev +5.5%
2X Stout is stout enough that not a trace of clarity or highlighting is possible regardless of the angle; this is a beer as dense as the heart of a black hole. Coffee, by comparison, is much lighter. But while it looks thick as a freight bridge it can't even support its own measly string of foam.
The nose is roasty and bittersweet, smelling something like a cross between a coffeehouse and chocolate shop. Those afraid of the dark will scream and run at first whiff; the bouquet is as dark as the appearance. However, for those who (like me) like it rich this is a very promising start.
If Forest Gump was right and life really is like a box of chocolates, 2X Stout is the best one you could hope to pick out of the bunch. It has the rich, sooty qualities of cocoa, the milky sweetness of caramel, some chewy nougat, the roastiness of coffee and, owing to its hops, a hint of citrus too. It also has the thick, full body of a frothy milkshake.
The finish has an ashy, roasted texture and tastes like the inside of a coffee grinder. For those sensitive to sooty and bitter qualities do not despair; a note of dark chocolate-covered caramels completes the aftertaste. Beers brewed with lactose generally have more sweetness but this one, while still approachable and toothsome, has a persona that's more ashy than sugary.
There are few breweries that offer such an extensive array of stouts as Southern Tier. I honestly wouldn't have thought they could come up with another for the portfolio but, lo and behold, they have; this can definitely hold its own alongside the classics like Choklat, Jah-va and Oat.
02-23-2014 03:27:18 | More by biegaman
4.01/5 rDev +5.5%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was wry good retention and lacing.
The smell featured charcoal, a touch of smoke and dark chocolate.
The taste consisted of dry and sweet cocoa, roasted barley, lactose and a nip of hop.
The mouthfeel was round and full.
Overall a tasty full bodied stout.
05-15-2013 00:32:12 | More by plaid75
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
Purchased a six pack of this at the brewery's tasting room on 12/23/11. Poured into a ST tulip also purchased at the tasting room that day.
Pours a very deep brown that borders on black. There's a half inch of dense, brown head that great retention. The nose is heavy on the roasted malts with hints of coffee. The lactose sugars give off a sweetness that you can smell as well. The taste is deep, roasted malts and coffee up front with sweet, sugary finish. There is just enough bitterness here for the hops to be noticeable and add a little balance. There are some noticeable alcohol esters throughout that add body and warmth. The mouthfeel is close to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
This is a pretty solid milk stout. The flavors mesh well and there are enough hops to cut the sugary sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable throughout which detracts a little bit from the overall flavor, but adds body so maybe it evens out. In the end I enjoyed it.
12-27-2011 01:41:12 | More by tdm168
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great head retention as I drank it.
The aroma has a mix of roasty, bitter, coffee flavors and sweeter, creamy, lactose. I get a little bit of a chocolaty flavor to it as well. Nice aroma for the style.
The taste has a bitter, dark chocolate and roasted malt malt flavor throughout. The finish is where I get a little more of the creamy, sweeter lactose coming out. The flavors compliment each other well.
The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side and pretty creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the stye. The sweeter, creamy, lactose was a very nice compliment to the bolder, roasted malts. Very flavorful and drinkable beer and a very nice one of the style.
01-29-2012 23:22:16 | More by billab914
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz into a snifter.
Poured a dark brown/black with an off-white head. Little retention and a tight collar. Nose has some coffee grain, dry and chalky dark chocolate notes as well. Taste has dark toasty grains, bran (?), light smoke, coffee and some toasty/chocolate notes. Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation. A good but not great stout. Lacks any substantial complexity or thickness in the body - left me wanting much more.
01-11-2012 16:06:12 | More by liamt07
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very representative of the style.
Coffee, cocoa and cream in the nose. Very nice. Almost like chocolate milk.
Creamy, milky stout with roasted malt and a good dose of cocoa. Carbonation is a bit annoying but once it subsides, this shines.
Lingering roasted coffee and cocoa flavors make up the mouthfeel. Alcohol too.
One suggestion involves lowering the level of carbonation to lessen the sting of the alcohol. Otherwise, a solid brew here.
04-23-2012 00:11:09 | More by Brad007
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of light roast, chocolate, and caramel with hints of vanilla and light fruit. The flavor is roasty and smokey with lots of chocolate and caramel as well as vanilla and dark fruits. Wow I wasn't expecting such a complex flavor based on the aroma. Medium body with a moderate level of antiabortion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice stout, I'm glad I picked one up the other day.
06-09-2013 05:06:44 | More by johnnnniee
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
Super dark brownie brown. Quick head and no residual foam after a few sips.
Dry chocolate cream with some black coffee bean. Strong roasted malt presence in the nostrils, but always with creamy undertones.
Milk chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Burnt coffee beans mix with the milky chocolate in the middle of the palate. I think the alcohol thins out this oily palated beer. Their's some warmth, but it seems to go along with teh flavor pretty well. Not a bad sipper.
12-15-2012 16:52:56 | More by scruffwhor
4.06/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with awesome retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate with mellow roasted malt; sweet. Flavor is chocolate, nuts, mild roasted malt. This is sweet and viscous, very reminiscent of a stout with whipped cream added; there is a detectable whipped cream element to the flavor. Nice medium to heavy, creamy body with a mouth feel that wouldn't be out of place from a nitro pour, although this is fron a bottle. A very nice mildly sweet stout. In my opinion, Southern Tier is the master of sweet stouts and this is another winner in their line up. A must for those who like the sweet stout style.
07-21-2013 02:39:40 | More by LiquidAmber
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: extremely dark brown with a strong haze. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam with decent retention. A pretty attractive beer!
Smell: smooth and sweet with a little bit of chocolate character and a robust but not overpowering coffee character. Good, if not terribly complex.
Taste: sweet and roasty with some plum and date character; most of the chocolate and coffee are left back in the aroma. Sweetness is a bit strong at the end. Not bad.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. I like it!
Overall: a little bit on the sweet side, even for the style, but still a tasty brew.
01-22-2014 00:19:31 | More by flagmantho
2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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