Southern Tier Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #725
Ranked #21,742
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 452 | Ratings: 2,320 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of cwm51662
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.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
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

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Photo of Radsonnn
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!

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Photo of EnderFett11
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
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.

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Photo of izraelc
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.

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Photo of Wanzuki
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.

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Photo of MarkCoon
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!

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Photo of Apple78
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
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.

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Photo of Bancreagie
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.

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Photo of generallee
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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%.

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of Nass
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

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a snifter appears dark brown in color with a quick fading khaki cap that leaves spotty lace.

Aroma of roasted grain earthy char and cola to rootbeer aspect.

The taste is a little dusty and like cola or rootbeer. Some roast and char with lingering bitterness akin to bakers chocolate.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Its ok, just tastes a little dated.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Feb-9-2017 (Consumed: Aug 17th)

Pours a thick mohagany with a skiff of fizzy tan head. Meh retention; some rings of lacing. The aroma and flavor are both a little bitter and a little boozy with chocolate and toffee. The flavor is a bit harsh but it mellows and the booze/roast astringency becomes a little less prominent as it warms. Pretty decent beer. It was a little sharp for me, it has that thin, woody, boozy/roast astringency that I sometimes get from BA stouts that go overboard on the bourbon. It is a good beer, but I would like something a little smoother and richer.


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Photo of q33jeff
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA: coffee and roasted malt.
LOOK: Dark Black, small off white head.
TASTE: strong coffee and chocolate taste. "Bitter-ish" Nutty flavor that finishes unpleasant, but overall good flavor.
FEEL: medium to full body, slight but smooth Carbonation. Light enough to wash down some food with. Not my favorite stout, but a good beer.


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Photo of cdclark81
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark pour but the head didn't last long. Roasted malt is heavy on both the smell and the taste. Very strong flavor for only 7.5% ABV. Very good beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate and enjoyed in the ever loved snifter.
This FINE stout pours a rich blackish brown with some subtle cola highlights
and a dissipating head of off white foam that fades to a thin ring, thin wispy pool,
and showcases some light lacing. Nose of heavy sweet dark chocolate, cream, light
char notes, and a hint of coffee. Flavors follow the nose perfectly for the style with
cream and chocolate touched with subtle char that presents itself nicely on the back
with a subtle light hint of coffee. Excellent mouth feel; full body, low carbonation,
and a bitter sweet malt driven finish that is lightly sticky.

Overall this is a milk stout lovers ale for certain. Sure to please and easy to


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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a beautiful dark brown leaving a spectacular spider-web spotty foamy lacing gracing the sides of the pint glass. A semi half-inch white head appeared and lasted for about a half minute before dieing into the body. The smell had the chocolate up front, almost somewhat of a chocolate cake, there’s a slight bready/cakey smell in there. The taste had the chocolate and a bit of of a smokey coffee taste backing that up. The palate was about a medium to almost heavy with nothing harsh on the tongue. Overall, I like this one. I would come back to this, very good.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The aromas include chocolate, spice, fruit, mild roast and a hint of tartness. It pours deep dark brown with ruby highlights with slowly rising bubbled. A 2.5" foam collar with a fine bead persists on top and provides good lace. Moderately sweet creamy chocolate fills the mouth. A moderately bitter finish lingers, providing balance and keeping the beer from being cloying. While there is just a hint of coffee, there are no harsh roast or burnt flavors. 2XStout has a medium full body and and medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer with a nice blend of flavors.

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2XSTOUT from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2320 ratings