Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #557
Ranked #20,271
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Nov 12, 2021
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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Photo of Shenandoah
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Shenandoah

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
3.84 by emerge077 from Illinois on Nov 07, 2021
Photo of shu
4.81/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by shu from Georgia

if you like milk stout, here you go. sweet, smooth...very chocolate. great for a late night on the patio!!!

Aug 13, 2021
Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

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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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by beergoot from Colorado

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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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

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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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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
3.79 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio on Feb 20, 2021
4.18 by Mustela_Man from Rhode Island on Jan 05, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dd53grif from Michigan

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
3.57 by sirzekel from Georgia on Nov 26, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

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
Photo of Brook82
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Brook82 from Ohio

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
4.08 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Oct 01, 2020
4 by Maillard from Ohio on Sep 14, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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
4.2 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania on May 21, 2020
3.89 by WarriorPrincess from North Carolina on May 05, 2020
3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Apr 21, 2020
3.96 by Tadwinks from Virginia on Apr 03, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by cwm51662 from Indiana

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
4.05 by z_21 from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

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
3.53 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Nov 30, 2019
4.43 by Wellgoose12 from New York on Oct 24, 2019
3.82 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Oct 18, 2019
Photo of Radsonnn
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Radsonnn from Pennsylvania

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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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

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
3.69 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Aug 04, 2019
3.75 by trocketsauced from New York on Jun 13, 2019
4.04 by Donbeerlvr from Pennsylvania on May 12, 2019
2.16 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 10, 2019
4.23 by RBorsato from Virginia on May 09, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

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
3.85 by Kurzman from Rhode Island on Apr 04, 2019
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by izraelc from New York

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
4.35 by Trboley from Ohio on Jan 30, 2019
3.74 by brewnme from Maine on Jan 29, 2019
Photo of Wanzuki
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wanzuki from Illinois

Just a good plain stout. Not one of those wonders of complexity that remind you of an argument with your beloved. A match for Guinness in my book, not as good as Murphy’s. I’d prefer a little more of roast from the barly but I think I’ll have another anyway.

Jan 26, 2019
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