Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #553
Ranked #20,519
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Mar 10, 2023
Dec 18, 2011
Very Good
Notes: Milk stout, also called ‘cream’ or ‘sweet’ stout, is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness and body to the finished beer. Milk stouts have been claimed to be nutritious, and were marketed as such in the early 1900s with claims that would make the FDA wince. One ad read, “Ideal for nursing mothers, for the healthy, for the invalid, and for the worker.” Surely!

Of course, we couldn’t stop at a traditional milk stout. Ours is a double, an addition to our 2X line, and at 7.5% ABV is every bit as delicious as it sounds. To your health!

Food Pairings:

Buttery and aged cheeses
Spicy foods & beef brisket
Chocolate cake
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Rated: 3.75 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Mar 10, 2023
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
For the first beer post-COVID (mentioning in case my sense of taste seems off), this poured somewhat viscous and dark, opaque brown into the glass and produced only a modest latte-colored head that quickly disappeared. Faint notes of buttermilk and coffee and an almost dark berry are subtle. Initial mouth feel is lightly round, though not as much as I'd have expected from how viscous the brew looked on the pour. This ends in a slightly bitter astringency that lasts on the tongue but doesn't make its way down the throat... well, the bitterness does. In between, it is almost like a less sweet, slightly-hopped cherry cola, not unpleasant with the buttered popcorn I'm eating, but also not expected from a stout.
May 29, 2022
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Rated by Shenandoah

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Solid milk stout. A little sweet, with chocolate notes. Not bitter at all. 7.5 abv is nice. Sampled in Nov 21, best by date of 3/10/22.
Nov 12, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by emerge077 from Illinois

Nov 07, 2021
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Rated by shu from Georgia

4.81/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
if you like milk stout, here you go. sweet, smooth...very chocolate. great for a late night on the patio!!!
Aug 13, 2021
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark color with a slight tan head and lacing
Aroma has chocolate and lactose hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced chocolate and lactose flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Stout
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Solid yet clear, dark brown body; thick, light khaki colored head, dense and creamy. Mild chocolate sweetness on the nose with a touch of roasted grain. Sweet cocoa flavor with some bitter chocolate; a suggestion of vanilla; mild to moderate hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; smooth and silky; nice residual sugar feel.

This is a fine double milk stout, balanced and tasty.

Served at 51.8° F; label bottling info: BESTBY 06/04/21
Jul 02, 2021
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Decent lacing.

S: Roasty and sweet. Coffee, cocoa, and grains.

T.F: Semi-sweet... roasted grains and burned sugars. Vanilla, cocoa, and espresso. Minimal hop bitterness and spice. Medium bodied... smooth.

O: A solid 2x milk stout. Drinkable and hits the right flavors. One I'd have again.
May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by FrMatthewLC from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
It definitely came across as a strong stout. Given it had "double milk stout" on the bottle, I was expecting a doubly strong sense of the sweetness from a milk stout yet that sweetness seemed less than other milk stouts.
Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sampled in April 2021 from 12oz bottle in pint glass. "Best by" date of 8/10/2021 was on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, and had a small 1-finger light tan head when poured. The head lasted only a minute leaving a thin head, and left a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a strong malt aroma detected as well as some coffee and earthy aromas. Also, some sweet chocolate and spice, with no hop bitterness aromas. Nice combination between the various aromas, but the malty aroma dominates.

Taste: Interesting combination of chocolate and coffee flavors. There is a little hop bitterness which provides a nice balance to the other flavors. Also, a little roasted malts flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and very smooth as expected from a milk-stout. Moderate alcohol which matches with the 7.5% on the label.

Overall: This is a good drinking beer, and an interesting milk-stout. It is not as strong or complex as the Imperial stouts I usually prefer, but it is much more complex and enjoyable than a regular milk-stout. I would definitely buy this again.
Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Mustela_Man from California

Jan 05, 2021
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Slightly bitter finish.
Dec 02, 2020
Rated: 3.57 by sirzekel from Georgia

Nov 26, 2020
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Reviewed by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark with little head. Nice aroma. Taste was good, strong with a touch too much alcohol taste for a 7.5%. Over all I enjoyed it but I have had better Stouts.
Oct 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Good milk stout. Almost black color with tan foamy head that hung around for a few minutes. Taste mirrored aroma and well balanced, not too sweet and not abundantly bitter either. Would drink again. 6 pk bottles was $9.99 + tax.
Oct 13, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 4 by Maillard from Ohio

Sep 14, 2020
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into my snifter at cellar temp. Ive had the bottle for a couple of years. It has been cellared the entire time. Bottle DOB is 1/19/2017
Before I get to the pour, a very slow foam gush starts to creep out of the bottle mouth.
Pouring the beer into my glass it exhibits a dark cola brown color with no light passing through it. A creamy beige head of 1 cm foams up and fades to a very sturdy surface layer and edging. this foam remains throughout my sampling.
The aroma is rich roasted malt and some dark chocolate mixing together with a little bit of brown sugar and hints of coffee bean too. Not as sweet as I expected, but that may have faded out. No hops and no indication of the booze either.
taking the first sip reveals a smooth textured medium body with a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is very fine and gentle on my palate. this beer and its physical traits are easy drinking.
Flavor is similar to the nose. Very roasty, with dark chocolate and roast malts and again hints of coffee grounds. the chocolate notes linger long after each swallow, but it isnt sweet chocolate like an easter candy, more like the high% cacao stuff. Just a hint of a sweeter note and then rolls back to dark roasted malt. Again, no hops nor booze found here and the beer drinks easy.
I like this beer, but wonder if it was better fresh with a little more of the sweetness that has faded out over time. Id drink it again, but wouldnt age it.
Jun 08, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by WarriorPrincess from North Carolina

May 05, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Apr 21, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Tadwinks from Virginia

Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by cwm51662 from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Let me work this in reverse. My glass was born just in November, so it's good and fresh. Taste is bold in an odd way- light on the top of the tongue, more bitter around the sides. Just what I want in a mouthfeel! Jet black and no head. No real smell, or at least it's so light that after an IPA last night, my nose isn't registering it. Going down way too fast. Nice, nice beer.
Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by z_21 from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2019
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Reviewed by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep dark brown in color and medium Carmel tan head smells so chocolatety and roasted malts. Taste rich dark bold and robust and with dark chocolate sweet milk malts
Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

Nov 30, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by Wellgoose12 from New York

Oct 24, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Radsonnn from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L---Pours dark ember with a moderate sized head, nice retention. very light colored head.

S---Dark chocolate, Rich roasted malt. Very easy going.

T---Very chocolaty especially when it warms up. Dark Malts, almost nutty. Lactose gives a nice hint of sweetness.

F---Solid mouth feel for a milk stout, thick, smooth, creamy. Not much lacing so it doesn't hang around but, all around nice!

O---Not the best milk stout, but a great version. Solid all around but maybe doesn't do anything "great". All around not a bad brew!
Sep 06, 2019
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark brown, somewhat like coffee, with a couple fingers of light tan head from a bottle. Smells exactly like you would expect a milk stout to smell, a bit of sweet lactose. Taste is just like the smell, mostly of an almost too-sweet milk flavor. Malts come through more as if warms. Not a bad milk stout for an every-day drink.
Aug 23, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Aug 04, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by trocketsauced from New York

Jun 13, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Donbeerlvr from Pennsylvania

May 12, 2019
Rated: 2.16 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 10, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by RBorsato from Virginia

May 09, 2019
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2XSTOUT brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.50% This English Sweet/Milk Stout pours out a deep brown color with with a nice light toasted brown head. This brew has the look of black coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with roasted goodness. You pick up on a lot of roasted grains and malts, mixed with mirror hops. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell as well. So far 2XSTOUT is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of nice roasted grains and malts. The slight sweetness is a nice touch to this Stout. Easy going down, it is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The body of 2XSTOUT is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would nice with dinner or on a cool/cold day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, Sweet, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give 2XSTOUT a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Southern Tier Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this English Sweet/Milk Stout.
Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Apr 04, 2019
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black with a thick tan head. Smells slightly sweet. Not as sweet as most milk stouts I've had. Has a heavy roasted malt flavor with a slight sweet finish. Smooth going down. A simple and unique offering.
Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Trboley from Ohio

Jan 30, 2019
2XSTOUT from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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