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2X Stout | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Morey on 12-18-2011

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Reviews:
417
Ratings:
2,172
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
25.86%
 
 
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Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 2,172
Photo of Cheeseboo
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good. Could be smoother. It looks great, but like many of their other beers the taste just isn't there. It isn't as smooth as I would expect from a milk stout.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, almost black appearance.Some lacing with dissipating head.
Touch of sweetness, maybe a bit of chocolate.
Fruitiness at the start before lactose kicks in with a touch of bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is milky, a bit of coating, but a nice coating
A very good milk stout. Will look for it when I am craving a milk stout.

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Delicious and smooth. First sip is reminiscent of a cup of coffee, and almost tastes as such. Roasty bitterness, but smooth with a hint of sweetness. Tasty, tasty, tasty,,,,,

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Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like Southern Tier's 2x IPA, this is a winner. Unlike 2xIPA is the taste. This is a sweet stout. Tastey without being overly complex tasting. It is a very easy to drink strong beer, like the 2x IPA.

The appearance is average - dark, some lace, not much. The aroma is very pleasant but could be stronger. The taste is great, and the aftertaste is horrible only in that it makes you want more and more and more...

All I need ot remember is Southern Tier 2X - that = great.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle shipped commercially, poured in a Palm tulip glass. Date is a little scratched but looks like 11/20/12 (Nov, 2012).
Pours black with a big brown head that leaves lace and mellows quickly.
Aroma of brown sugar, fresh baked milk chocolate hazelnut cookies, bitter chocolate, sweet dark malts.
Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of big hops vs. dark roasted malts. Rich and complex but there's some astringency that gives a bitter bite, cream of tartar of a touch of chalk, but not overwhelming.
15 Minutes into the brew offers a small lingering cosmic star designed head, slight lace, very light chocolate malt aroma, and rich flavors of dark roasted malts with bitter chocolate notes. Overall very full bodied and tasty.

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Photo of DerbeerSlug
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a real fan of milk stouts, and this was my intro some time back. It has an excellent aroma with a bit of coffee and chocolate. The head is OK. It has some foam but doesn't seem to have much of a cling throughout. The taste, though, is excellent. As I said, it was the first of this type. So, it's been my measuring stick against all other milk stouts...and quite a high bar it sits.

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Photo of darkstar12
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, poured into a snifter. Beer's black as night as it should be. Smell is of coffee and milk, very mild. Taste is an outstanding mix of chocolate, toasted coffee, mild hops mixed with sweetness. Good mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Excellent beer.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall, a very solid stout. It has lots of things I like about stouts - chocolate, nutty, coffee flavors. It is a bit on the malty side, but not too bad. It's not too sweet either. For the %ABV, it's boozy but without tasting like it is. Would drink again.

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Photo of stewart124
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with some brownish hues. A centimeter of tan head dissipates to leave just a light lace.

Nice aroma of coffee, roasted malts and what comes off as noble hops.

Medium to full-bodied with a very nice bitterness to sweetness. The roasted characters couple with the lactose and work well together. Crisp and finishing fairly dry. Hop bitterness adds another dimension and really helps this to bite the tip of the tongue and finish dry.

The 7.5% abv is very hard to notice. Just a slight warming in the finish and in the belly. Another solid example from Southern Tier.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier 2X Stout has a medium, cream-colored head, a dark brown, almost black, appearance, and just a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is a wonderful mix of milk/cream, dark-roasted malt, and sweet bread crust. Taste is the same, with low bitterness, but high acidity. Mouthfeel is heavy and slick, and Southern Tier 2X Stout finishes wet and sip-able.

RJT

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Photo of martyl1000
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

July 2013, rating 4.3

On tap at Roast Public House (Madison). When I first had this in a bomber last summer, I didn't love it (rating 3.8). It seemed light weight and unimpressive at that time.

But now on tap I appreciate its virtues, while not feeling its drawbacks are as pronounced as from the bottle. The aroma is still not much to speak of. And the flavor isn't exactly competitive with the better imperial stouts (Southern Tier calls this a "double stout"). But the lively carbonation and lighter body fill a niche in the imperial stout genre: the refreshing, highly sessionable imperial stout. The flavor is an imperial coffee stout w/ no alchoholic phenols or sharpness, at all.

In the mouth it is lighter weight at first, like a porter, but then the creaminess pulls things together.
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Update 10/2014:

Uncannily reminiscent of Central Waters Brewhouse Stout.

I'm raising my 2013 rating (4.3). I still see what I was saying about it being an imperial coffee stout -- that's coffee without the cream. For being a "milk stout", this brew comes across as all roasty bitterness, with no sweetness, whatsoever.

Wife loves it for its lack of sweetness.

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Photo of bum732
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Creamy, light chocolate, some vanilla and brownie notes. Just a hint of earthy hops, touch of roast.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Rich, milk chocolate malt with some cake batter notes. Low bitterness with some cappucino like flavors in the middle. Finishes with some light ashy, roast mingling with the mocha like flavors. Lactose fairly mild throughout. Finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium full body, very smooth on the palate. Medium low carbonation.

Really enjoyed this beer, not too sweet with the lactose working great throughout without being too overpowering. One of the best milk stouts i've had.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark, black color with a relatively thin caramel colored head. Not much lacing, but does have some big creamy bubbles on top.

S: Aroma is of dark, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and some lactose sweetness on the end.

T: Deep rich malts and chocolate dominate the flavor up front. The taste is followed by some toffee and lactose sweetness. Very consistent with the smell.

M: Very rich and creamy texture, not overly bitter or sweet. Very drinkable.

O: Was very excited to try this beer and now that I have, I am very satisfied. This is a big beer at 7.5%, but you can hardly notice the alcohol with all of the rich, roasted malts, and creamy chocolate. Very good stout by Southern Tier!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes a guy gets in this so far he loses track of when he gets stuff. This is one of those situations. I don't believe this is too old, maybe a few months.
Black as night with dark head. Deep red highlights.
Deep soft roast (including coffee with nice chocolate overtones.
Flavor is quite close to the aroma and just as enjoyable. Very smooth flavors move gently from one to another in a most enjoyable manner. A pleasant roasty dryness lays on the finish lingering in it's pleasant manner. Hints of alcohol that actually seems to thin out the feel a bit. Otherwise a fully moderate or bigger feel.
Quite unexpected how much I'd enjoy this. Maybe it's just been awhile since I've had a bigger stout. Seems to go well with an early fall cool damp September night (yes it's getting dark early now). Nonetheless, I'd recommend this. Lactose seems a little light except in the aroma. Smooth and flavorful drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a short, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate note
Taste-Milk chocolate, coffee with cream, subtle hop prescence in the back ground. Very smooth and sweet but not overly so. Well balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark black with a small amount of brown head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and caramel, very nice mixture and very inviting. Tastes of cream and coffee with a very sharp coffee aftertaste. Beer is carbonated right and goes down smooth for its medium body. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great retention and lace on a medium khaki head. Black with dark cola highlights.

S - Fairly one dimensional but still pleasant with a deep roasted grains character and a touch of caramel.

T - Thick and smooth. Creamy caramel into coffee and cream balanced beautifully by a nice sharp roast. Net sweet finish to style.

M - Super smooth, full body.

O - A very nice milk stout, one of the better examples of the style imho.

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Photo of farrago
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finger plus of uneven, frothy foam, lots of larger bubbles to mottle the surface but good head retention and covers the surface for some time, the lacing is thin on the whole but sticks well. Very dark brown colored liquid, not quite black, opaque nonetheless, no filminess, you don’t seem the bubbles until they break the yellow tinted surface. Forceful but not heavy nose driven by chocolate powder, mocha and just a strong general maltiness, blends in anise, vanilla and a little whiskey like booziness, vague plum fruit, the breadiness is akin to scones or raw oatmeal, not devoid of hops but no single descriptor jumps out at you about this part. Medium-bodied, neither too dry nor too sweet, just full of malty goodness, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, needs to warm up to get any coffee grounds. It isn’t that milky though. The carbonation is tight so it isn’t too fluffy and it is about as crisp as you’d want without it getting too dry. Here the hops lend a mild bitter touch at the end with citrus and a hint of pine more than grassiness, maybe even peppery. The thing is, it’s subtle in all the good ways, making it an enjoyably sessionable beer rather than lunging for the “wow” factor.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 9/25/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a small thin tan head. Left good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste is pretty much as would be expected by the smell except with a hint of dark fruit. Very smooth and not a 'hoppy' finish as might be expected. Well balanced flavor.

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a snifter glass at Head Keepers in Greensberg PA.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin light brown lace, which dissolves in to a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma.

T: Smooth chocolate and roasted flavor. Slightly sweet and very flavorful.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a solid stout – smooth flavors and aroma with enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of Kranders
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black, with just a small amount of tan head. Really sweet smelling, with lots of chocolate and milk, imagine a hot chocolate. Awesome taste, a good deal of milky sweetness with some malt that's balanced well with the coffee/chocolate malt flavors. It leaves a nice sweet finish that lasts a little longer than you'd expect. Great beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Definitely some lactose, but more chocolate and coffee than expected. Sweet cocoa, mild and sweet coffee. Mild pine and floral hops.

Appearance: Pitch black, opaque. Moderate retention and some lacing. Medium brown head, inconsistent color, some dark and light patches. Better retention and lacing as the temperature increases.

Taste: Bitter espresso, cocoa, grassy citrus hops. Very pleasant and savory. Some mild lactose. Lightly roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Mild carbonation. Slightly worty, mostly neutral, lightly acidic (similar to a coffee). Finishes dry.

Overall: Bold, both sweet and bitter, but not harsh on either end. Nicely done. Not much of a classic milk stout, but that's no matter.

Note: Drank on 4/1/2012.

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Photo of HopNelius
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 ounce bottle and into a traditional American pint glass.
Appearance- Dark brown with a nice brown head and some lacing.
Smell- Smells of chocolate milk.
Taste- heavy notes of milk chocolate but is not overpowering, cannot taste the alcohol coming through either.
Mouthfeel-creamy goodness.
Overall-Very impressed with this beer, not your everyday stout, has a great drinkability. I will be seeking this out again.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pitch black with a one finger head. Head fades quickly to next to nothing.

Smell: Roasted dark chocolates and malts.

Taste: Roasted dark chocolate and malts. A slightly hoppy finish, but not over the top.

Feel: Medium-full bodied, nice creamy, chewy texture. Mild carbonation.

Overall: Straight simple and to the point, my review that is. I'd like this stout to be a tad sweeter, but overall, a great beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/16/13 and poured on 5/16/13. Single bottle purchased for a reasonable $2.19.

Appearance: I'm a sucker for nitro'd beers, but this one still looks fantastic. Pours with a nice 3-finger head that settles at about one throughout the glass. The beer seems to be a clear, dark black with a touch of ruby on the edges. Lacing's not great, but solid.

Smell: Chocolate/cocoa and coffee. Smells quite sweet, as you'd probably expect, but not too much so. Really nice on the nose.

Taste/feel: Wow. I'm not sure what it is ... there's something about it. You get the typical chocolate and coffee flavors with some caramel malts, but the finish has a bready characteristic, and even maybe a very slight spicy hop note? Whatever it is, this is working for me. The slight bitterness on the finish is really pleasing, and the coffee and chocolate flavors linger in the mouth enough to make you want another sip. The mouth feel is awesome, as it has body and is creamy, but it's not syrupy.

I've had Left Hand Milk Stout, which is supposed to be one of the best Milk Stouts out there, but I have to give it to Southern Tier. While Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout wins in appearance (what a shock...) and aroma, 2x Stout is better in what matters most -- the taste. This is a beer worth seeking out.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,172 ratings.
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