Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #813
Ranked #24,802
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 459 | Ratings: 2,332 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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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FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev 0%
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
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DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Brook82 from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -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
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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cwm51662 from Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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
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Radsonnn from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -1%
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
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +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
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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Wanzuki from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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MarkCoon from New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass. Black coffee colored with light tan foamy 1/2 inch head. Barely any aroma but very faint woodsmoke smell. Complex flavor including milk chocolate, roasted malt, and buttery toast. A “go to” stout!

Dec 30, 2018
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Apple78 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a Beautiful black with a two finger Carmel colored head. Very little lacing. It’s a good stout. It lack complexity but is very drinkable. It’s certainly worth a whirl. I won’t go out of my way for the next six pack.

Dec 22, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with a small tan head. Good retention. Some streaky lacing.
Not much aroma. Bread, some brown sugar, generic sweet. Vague apple-like fruit notes?
Very mild flavor upfront. White bread, half-and-half, dark chocolate, milk chocolate. Midway it transitions to a pleasant bit of soy sauce and molasses, with more dark chocolate and vanilla. Smooth, but subdued throughout. A clean finish for a stout.
The feel is creamy, medium, decent carbonation. Slick and oily upfront, but clean on the finish.
It's okay. I guess I'm just not a fan of Southern Tier's sweet beers.

Oct 19, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---While pouring in direct sunlight, it was reddish brown and clear. In the glass, it's opaque brown. Minimal head that sat there as a ring. Lacing was ok at first, then became minimal.

S---Burnt malts. A little bit a chocolate and maybe cola.

T---Dark chocolate. A little bitter. Complex maltiness.

F---Just about right for a stout. Creamy. Thick, but not too heavy. Not much carbonation.

O---A pretty good stout. I don't know what makes it a "double milk stout", though. I'd get this one again.

Oct 04, 2018
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Bancreagie from Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The `milkiness` is, at best, minimally present - belying the label. This beer has no perceptible finish. The look and smell of this beer is appropriate for a stout and lifts the feel to a 3 rating. Overall my expectations exceeded this stout's performance.

Aug 13, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is jet black topped with small light tan head that quickly fades to just a wispy thin layer of foam. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose and the flavor is loaded with dark sweet malt goodness. The feel is full and slick with light carbonation.

Aug 11, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark body but dissipates to no head at all very quickly. The nose is sweet chocolate and coffee malt.

Flavor is big and rich and dominated by coffee up top and tempered with hops along the way. Agreeable aftertaste and relatively smooth in texture. Body is maybe a touch thin but this is a solid, balanced stout that doesn't taste like 7.5%.

Jul 07, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Inky black on the pour, with a fade to mahogany brown on the edges, and a soapy tan head. Lovely. Rich milk chocolate on the nose - and maybe some vanilla?

Definitely some vanilla on the taste. There’s also a healthy chocolate component. I just wish the mouthfeel was a bit fuller. Still a very enjoyable milk stout.

Jun 14, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good the BOTTLE ON DATE is on here so I know it's not past it's prime. The maltiness is rich & the texture is filling in this one. What more can I say this is another excellent tasting Southern Tier product. Cheers! B

Apr 02, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown so dark as to appear black. So dark I cannot tell much about its clarity with the light I have available. The pour produces 4 fingers of frothy, deep mocha, somewhat lasting head that leaves a thick island mound surface cap, a very thin collar & profuse Jack Frost webs of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass 3+ fingers above the surface. Aroma is Tootsie Roll chocolate, lightly creamed coffee, roast, pumpernickel, toffee & a faint alcohol booze. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, earthy, creamed coffee, burnt bread, a hint of spice, dark fruit & alcohol booze. Hop presence is best defined as an earthy bitterness in the finish & aftertaste. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, burnt malt & chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation, silky, tongue coating, smooth in a deceptive sort of way due to the peppery spice & grainy on the tongue in the finish & aftertaste. Sweet, but not nearly so sweet as some milk Stouts but enough so that it should be placed in the dessert beer category.

Dec 03, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "2X Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 07/25/17" and sampled on 10/14/17
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Double milk stout? OK, sounds good. Typical stout appearance with a brown-black body beneath a frothy head of tan. Excellent head retention and very good lacing. There's some chocolate in the aroma but not much else. It's sweetish. In the flavor that chocolate returns, and it's kind of like cocoa and sugar but there's also some roastiness and acidity that cuts through it. It's a little harsh within what seems like too much sweetness, and then it finishes dry with a rising bitterness and residual dark malt acidity. There's a bit of yeasty fruitiness as well. It's essentially balanced between sweet and bitter but it's not really that well polished with the acidity and the sweetness both standing out more than the other components. Medium bodied and gently crisp with a slightly restrained carbonation level. Overall it's fairly average and a little bumpy whereas a milk stout should be quite smooth and almost one flavored.

Oct 14, 2017
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