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2X Stout | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Stout2X Stout

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

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 2,168
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.


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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.
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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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: An oddly muted aroma, but some hints of coffee and malt are apparent.

T: Tasted of coffee (more than you'd expect from a milk stout), malt, light hops, and a mild milk flavor. Much more robust and complex than most milk stouts, which is not a bad thing. Almost tasted more like a porter than anything else.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of the milk stout style - they tend to be thin and uninteresting - but the 2X Stout is an excellent, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head into my glass. Very representative of the style.

Coffee, cocoa and cream in the nose. Very nice. Almost like chocolate milk.

Creamy, milky stout with roasted malt and a good dose of cocoa. Carbonation is a bit annoying but once it subsides, this shines.

Lingering roasted coffee and cocoa flavors make up the mouthfeel. Alcohol too.

One suggestion involves lowering the level of carbonation to lessen the sting of the alcohol. Otherwise, a solid brew here.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like stouts so I bought this on a whim at Tom's in East Lansing. Served in a chalice.

A: Pours a completely opaque black with a short beige head that dissipates quickly, leaving fine rings of lace on the glass.

S: Wowee, milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, barley, malts, hickory smoke, has a very rich, roasted, aroma to it

T: Man this is good, I can really tastes those lactate sugars as mentioned on the bottle, makes me crave a herheys bar so bad. Rich, thick, roasted coffee flavor, hints of vanilla, it is quite sweet, has earthy, smoky tones to it, twang of hops at the finish

M: Rich, full body with ample amounts of carbonation and balances well with the flavor. Very rich, robust, complex, hoppy, bitter finish towards the end.

O: Overall this was what I was hoping for, the smell of it was astounding, love that early morning coffee smell. All around this was great and I recommend.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a big fan of the 2XIPA, so I figured...I can't go wrong with the 2XStout. Poured into NB Globe glass.

A: appearance is typical of a stout, dark brown black, opaque, dark brown head, minimal retention, decent lacing

S: the aroma is chock full of roasted barley and chocolate malt, notes of coffee roast in there, a touch of creaminess comes through in the nose from the lactose sugar. This smells very nice.

T: the taste starts out with the identifiable lactose sweetness, a bit heavier than in other milk stouts, this quickly gives way to robust roasted malts, a bit of smoke, and subtle hints of coffee. The sweetness is present even while the robust qualities are present. I think if the lactose sugar were dialed back a hair, this beer would strike a great balance. As it stands, it is very tasty and flavorful.

MF: nice velvety body, somewhat high on the carbonation for style

O: Well next time I see the thread "best value" or "best bang for your buck" or "best cheap imperial stout", this one will definitely have to be mentioned. At under 2 bucks a bottle for this flavorful and high octane stout, I encourage you to try to find a better deal. I am very pleased with this series thus far from Southern Tier and would like to see more variations.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. poured into pint glass.

A: This one pours dark, dark brown and forms a one finger tan head. Retention is good.

S: Smell is very lactic and sweet. I pick up notes of chocolate and coffee, as well.

T: The taste is also very lactic and chocolatey. You do get a bit of a hop bite and bitter coffee taste toward the end. There's a very nice balance of flavors, here.

M: Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and really easy drinking.

O: This beer is very yummy and easy to drink. There's a nice sweetness that's balanced out by a bitter finish. Very nice.

Another good ST brew.

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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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