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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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Added by Morey on 12-18-2011

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Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 2,168
Photo of tut2528
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black as night with no transparency whatsoever. Minimal head formation, but a thin film hugs the side of the glass.

S: big roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee grounds dominate the nose. Not getting much sweetness on this one. Nothing else is coming through other than a mild alcohol burn.

T: very robust coffee notes and roasted malt completely dominate the body on this one. I pick up on a bitter dark chocolate as well. I honestly am not picking up that much milk/creaminess as I thought I would….its actually very subtle and I find myself reaching for it.

M: medium bodied, not as big as I expected. It leaves a mild touch of alcohol and roasted malt on the palate after the finish.

O: it’s a nice brew, very basic, decent drinkability but dont think it resembles this style very well. the milk is very subtle as well as the sweetness.

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Photo of curasowa
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark red color with two fingers of tan head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sweet and creamy, with some coffee and cocoa notes. It kinda reminds me of a White Russian.

Taste: Mild bitterness over roasted malt, with a rich, creamy body. Chalky cocoa with some burnt notes show up on the back end leading to a lingering finish that become more bitter with time.

The Rest: Quite good, no hint of any booze in here. I'd love to have a bottle of this the next time someone says, Oh, Guinness is like a meal in a can. This would make their head spin.

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Photo of JWU
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- looks like coffee, with a fizzy an head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S- I pickup a lot of the lactose on the smell, with a mild mocha character.

T- Starts with a hit of lactose sweetness, with a bit of a coffee bitterness. There's a hop bite mid sip as well. Transitions into a mild mocha flavor before a big lactose/sugary sweetness on the finish.

M- Thin for what a double stout should be, with a medium carbonation. oddly dry and sweet at the same time on the finish.

O- I love Southern Tier, but this isn't their finest effort.
Needs more roasty-ness and a heavier dose of dark chocolate for my liking.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured a finger of medium mocha head, color is a barely transparent deep mahogany,

Smell - Roasted grains, burnt toffee, molasses, touch of soy, ripe plum, french roast coffee.

Taste - Ooooh, very well balanced, dark fruits, dark roast coffee, semi-sweet dark chocolate, molasses and black cherry, finish is toasty pumpernickel, nice lactose sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel - Almost medium, there is a nice mouthcoating creaminess that starts, smooth medium carb provides some cleansing but still leaves a thin coating of flavor and sweetness, the finish is barely dry and roasty.

Overall - Really a nice sweet stout - not overly sweet at all, very well balanced and complex. Not overly robust or heavy, very drinkable, alcohol is perfectly hidden. Would recommend and try again.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head. Spotty lacing as its consumed. Very dark, opaque some ruby red at the bottom.

Caramel, coffee roasted aroma and a hint of booze.

Dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, alcohol a sweetness that mixes with bitterness for the end result.

Noticeable but slight carbonation, dry feeling in the mouth and it leaves the lips slightly sticky. Pretty easy to throw a few back although the abv. is up there.

Some things are lacking like the aroma and appearance. The taste is good, quite complex missing a little something, can't put my hands on it. Otherwise, not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a one-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. The color is a virtually opaque brown. The aroma was not outstanding: some toasty notes but not as marked as expected. The taste did not disappoint in delivering a rich, toasty chocolate deepness. This beer has a strong malty sweet character with an underplayed hoppiness that accentuates toward the end. The characteristics of the sweetness and hopiness are characteristic of this style. But the sweetness may be overplayed. The carbonation was at a medium level, and the body was full -- almost syrupy. Overall, I would have this beer again, even though I prefer a somewhat less sweet version of this style.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In truth, this beer has been hiding in the beer fridge since last spring, awaiting a cold winter night like tonight. It pours thick, black, like the sky it reflects, with a thin ring at the edge, much like tonight's crescent moon.

Aromatic like cold black coffee and dark chocolate, roasty and filling the entire nose with big smells. It is not though a head-filler, which I'd expect from a double.

Thick and slightly syrupy, with puffs of smoke, charcoal, chocolate and coffee - the charcoal comes through a little thick though, overwhelming some of the other tasty characteristics.

Percolating and carbonated on the tongue, enough to help round out the roastiness.

It's fine to drink - warming in the winter months. Just not as enjoyable as others I've enjoyably enjoyed in the past.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I've become a curmudgeon in my dotage.
This one's all right-- wouldn't walk a mile for it... wouldn't walk a half mile for it.
I see 2X on the label- but it's not a 2X stout. I'd call this one a mild stout.
It's got all the character of a stout but there's nothing truly unique,
truly eye opening. There's no startling perspective on the brewing world-- of stouts in this libation.
Looks OK, tastes OK-- (look up Stout) and there you have it.
I'm not feeling cheated by purchasing it-- it's just nothing I'd pick up a megaphone for to shout
out on the rooftop over alerting the beer drinking multitudes.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque very dark brown with a short-lived light mocha colored head. Smoke, cherry, and coffee on the nose. Mouthfeel is remarkble for the style. It's like carbonation fizz encapsulated by a slick, thin-membraned bubble. Some coffee up front. Cherry appears at the finish. Very drinkable. I'm drinking Edmund Fitzgerald along with this beer and have found 2X Stout to be the better beer, in my opinion. Ed Fitz is too heavily carbonated.

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Photo of guityler83
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Motor oil black with no head. No light shines through when held up to a light. swirling the beer in a tulip glass results in a small amount of cocoa colored lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with some burnt, roastyness. solvent-like alcohol notes in the background. sweetness too.

T: Chocoolate Milk in beer form is my first impression. The lactose adds a vanilla like sweetness to the dark chocolate/roasted malts that makes the whole thing meld beautifully. As it warms up, the flavors get more complex and the bitterness is more apparent yet still a bootnote.

M: Slick and oily with a big chewy body. a chalkyness lingers after a few sips. low carbination

O: In a word full of great stouts 2X falls somewhere in the middle.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a half finger of a tan head

Smell is roasted coffee, cream, caramel, Man I get a lot of coffee

Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cream, bittering sweetness?, mild earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter then expected for 7.5, medium light, a little high in carbonation for the style imo, creamy finish though

Nice stout here, good deal and not that ridiculous sweetness of the backwater crap(I mean series) Give it a go if you see it. Live, 2xIpa, IPA, Pumking and now this, I am really starting to like this brewery. Besides the overly sweet backwater series I have liked everything I have tried from this brewery!

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Photo of stratusjeans
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as bad as some reviews say but I was expecting more. Definitely light on the mouthfeel. Seems oaky and woody to me both in smell and taste. Not as much coffee, toffee and sweetness that I've come to enjoy out of a milk stout.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another Southern Tier offering that simply did not disappoint.

Beautifully dark, decent head, and some lacing round out the look of this particular brew. I tried very hard to smell something out of the beer, but I simply couldn't. It at least did not overpower me with hops, so that at least was there. Good feel with a distinct carbonation at the start and then a creamy feel to finish. Good strong, but not overly bitter stout taste - comparable to some of the better ones I have had. Overall a solid brew that I would reach for anytime.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #234
Served On: 11/07/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: DOB: 05/17/12

Continuing with the Stouts - this one was from a sicker I snagged at A.K.A. Frisco’s in Frederick, MD while picking up some take-out for lunch yesterday.

Look: The brew appeared very dark with no light passing through. The head was at about 1-finger with a sandy tan color. Lacing was present, but not real impressive.

Smell: Peat smoke and a roasted earthy coffee bean character. The lactose was also noticeable along with some dark chocolate. A faint hop bouquet was mixed in to balance out the sweet component.

Taste: First up was the roasted coffee quality. The middle was the lactose sweetness hitting. Finish was a slight bitterness with some hops kicking in. The aftertaste had the roasted notes returning and fading into a lingering bitterness.

This was a very nice Milk Stout. I would have expected nothing less fro ST.

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Photo of output01x
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 12/29/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored head that quickly dissipates to a miniscule dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a near black brown with traces of crimson when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Dark, roasted malts gives notes of milk chocolate, sweet dark chocolate, and chocolate milk. Also noticeable is a light hint of mouthwash-like alcohol.

Dark chocolate starts each sip along with milk chocolate, creamy caramel, and some slight acidity. Upon swallowing, more roasted malts flavors come through with notes of roasted coffee beans, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and espresso. A slight smokiness as well as a slight alcohol warmth are noticeable.

Medium bodied with slight carbonation, this beer is a little harsh in the swallow. The body is nice and light while allowing the flavors to come through. The carbonation is a bit lacking and definitely does not help this beer's drinkability.

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at about 45 degrees to start, sipping it as it warms.

Pours a dark brown, not quite black with a frothy uneven tan head. Lots of large bubbles creating a foamy head. Thin lacing that doesn't hang around.

Aroma is sweetness with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Can pick up the chocolate in the taste, and some roasted malt. Not as sweet as I expected, and some bitterness on the finish. It states 2 varieties of hops and 3 varieties of malts, but they seem muddled together without giving the beer any character. Still, it improves as the beer warms so better to let it sit a bit.

Body is a little thin and fizzy, would like the carbonation down a bit and the thickness up.

A good beer, but there are a lot of stouts out there that I prefer.

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Photo of Thads324
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black oil looking liquid. Thin tan head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.
Smells of roasted malt. A bit of sweet chocolate and agreeable alcohol. Some pumpernickel bread and mellow sweetness abound.
Starts a bit watery. Roasted coffee, slightly toasted malt flavors with mellow biscuit. Sharp bitterness towards the end that is a muddled mixture of earthy hop and roasted grains. Finishes sweet with a bit of alcohol.
A lighter body than expected. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation for the style.

A pretty damn good beer. It doesn't try to be complex or overbearing, but that is nice. I'd be able to drink
Multiples because of the medium alcohol and the good balance of flavors.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: This beer is about as dark as it comes. Opaque black with a touch of brown. There is a dark tan head with decent retention.

S: Deep roasted flavors on the nose. Bittersweet chocolate. I pick up the milky sweet aroma from the lactose sugar and some vanilla.

T: The same roasted chocolate notes from the aroma are present and expanded with a bit of smoky character. Vanilla sweetness complements the chocolate and some oak.

M: Fairly thick and creamy in a way. Good carbonation is mild but fizzy.

O: The first "double" milk stout I've come across, this is similar to many other offerings but more potent in both flavor and alcohol. Thick and dark enough that I think it will be a good winter beer, but easy drinking enough that I could have a few no problem.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It smells like a chocolate milkshake with some coffee and roasted qualities. Hop bite upfront with that cappuccino and slight milkshake taste ending with some chocolate and herbal hops.

The taste is definitely the best thing about this beer. It has a very creamy taste but the texture/mouthfeel itself is not. It can some times be mistaken for a soda because of the zing at the beginning from the hops and carbonation.

The roasted malts really meld nicely with the bitterness and is a unique stout because of how tasty it is yet not very thick like a traditional stout. Definitely a good beer in my opinion.

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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 Rhf9120
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my first milk stout and I am impressed. It pours black with a small head and smells of malts and a hint of coffee and chocolate. The taste starts out good but gets even better as you drink it. Overall I am happy with this choice as my first milk stout and yet another great beer from southern tier.

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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 BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful hourglass effect from the nitro-tap as the carbonation and color changed continuously from light to dark brown, before settling into an appetizing chocolate color. The opaque beer was topped by a well-formed, creamy tan head.

Smell: A fresh, and somehow frosty bouquet that really perks up the nostrils. The smell was of powdered milk and chocolate, with a gentle background of roasted malt. Round and appetizing.

Taste: The base malt changes on the palate, starting with a sweet, chocolate taste, then easing into a more grainy flavor, and finally coming to a mildly bitter, roasted finish. Some residual sweetness manages to hang on throughout. Secondary flavors are solid, yet basic milk stout tastes--coffee, chocolate, and cream.

Mouthfeel: A delicate, creamy, smoother-than-silk texture. Luxurious. Light carbonation, and medium body.

Overall: Definitely happy to have this via nitro-tap! My husband was so intrigued by the visual the nitrogen provided, that he took a video of the beer's "lava lamp" antics. The mouthfeel in particular benefitted from the smooth, airy nitrogen qualities. Otherwise, the beer was standard for a solid, well-made milk stout.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as night and super thick. The bubbles take some time to work their way to the top.

S: A subtle sweetness. Some coffee and chocolate as well. Maybe a little marshmallow. Pretty light smelling for how thick it seems.

T: A sourness and alcohol are the star players here. Roasty coffee and a sweetness come in second. It's an interesting taste but I'm not sure this is what I was hoping for in a stout. I think if the alcohol was toned down a little bit this would be a lot nicer.

M: Sits with a heavy body. Bubbles compliment it decently.

Overall a pretty nice beer. It's not mind blowing and that alcohol is the star player which isn't what I was looking for. Maybe worth checking out but not crazy about it.

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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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2X Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,168 ratings.
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