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2X Stout | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
417
Ratings:
2,172
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
25.86%
 
 
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65
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388
For Trade:
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Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 2,172
Photo of YouSkeete
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black appearance, very short khaki colored head with weak retention. Heavy cream, milk chocolate, with mild hints of ground coffee and vanilla bean. Sharp raw espresso flavor with vanilla and cream on the initial sip. Caramel sweetness with some even, balanced hops. Relatively flat, simple overall body. Some touches of cherries and sugared dates reveal themselves, following into a strictly coffee & cream aftertaste. Creamy, sweet, bittersweet. A great example of a milk stout.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body with ruby hues at the bottom and a mocha colored head that quickly dissipates but leaves a constant thin, yet sticky lacing.

Aromas of roasted coffee and lactose leap from the glass with rich roasted malt and just a touch of earthy hops.

The flavor robust for a milk stout offering generous amounts of roasted coffee and malt with lactose similar to the aroma and hints of sweet milk chocolate and only a touch of earthy hops.

Medium in body and carbonation, at times offering the thicker palate one expects from an imperial yet with the lighter finish of a milk stout.

I guess this is a bit of a hybrid style, but one can certainly appreciate what ST was trying to accomplish and they did a darn good job in my opinion. This beer is delicious and offers the best of the milk stout with the best of the imperial/American double stout.

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Photo of mntlover
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black some red highlights when held to the light. Only a one finger brown head even from an aggressive pour only light lace.

Aroma is sweet, definite lactose sweetness present. Nice chocolate notes and light coffee.

Taste is nice good lactose sweetness, chocolate notes with good coffee hints with light smoke hints. Good smooth sweetness with a finish that's mostly coffee with a light hop bite. Finding the flavor very enjoyable and smooth.

Mouthfeel is a big medium very smooth, nice.

Overall liking this one very enjoyable tasty sweet and smooth.

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Photo of shand
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2X Stout pours out black with a finger of mocha head. The aroma is sweet and roasty, with lactose cutting a current straight through the roast. The taste brings in a strong amount of coffee flavor that works very well with the milk stout aspects. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just a little bit of carbonation prickle on the finish; and the drinkability is exceptional. Overall, Southern Tier 2X Stout is a great milk stout. The stronger coffee flavors helps it stand out from the pack.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a jet black color with a frothy, tan, 3-fingered head with minimal lacing.

Not a strong aroma... but malty for what there is.

Taste of dark roasted malts, coffee, a slight chocolate taste and lactose. A slight bitter taste to balance out the malts.

Its a good beer. I wouldn't buy a six pack of these but a single from time to time.

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Photo of niktastik
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a stout, with a dark, dark pour and a tan head.

S - It smells sweet, with maybe a hint of citrus in there. It doesn't smell as "roasty" as other stouts.

T - Nicely balanced for a milk stout. Not too sweet, but has hints of caramel and and chocolate. There's a little bit of breadiness to it, as well as a bit of a taste of alcohol.

M - Lovely mouthfeel, nice and thick and creamy. This is what stouts should be like, in my opinion.

O - This is a nice stout. Not my favorite, but a solid choice for sure. I would buy this beer again. To be fair, I am a little biased since Southern Tier brews two of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1-2F creamy tan head over a deep, opaque brown body. Head fades to solid film, with decent lacing.

Aromas carry much of the lactic nature. Milk chocolate, and light bittersweet roast.

Nice dark chocolate soufflee, meringue, cream, roasted malt, and coffee bean. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel might be a touch thin for something claiming to be a double stout, however, is still above average as Milk Stouts go.

This was the last of my six pack, and overall, it was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of joeboe2001
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Wild Wings in Palmer, PA.

I had had this previously, so I threw caution to the wind and ordered the 22 oz. glass.

It was much, much better than the Eagles game. Came with a nice head on it, and held up for quite a while, as I was sipping slowly while consuming wings and rings.

Smelled all those chocolatey-coffee smells others have reported, but do not recall any cardboard???

Mouth feel was fantastic--small but persistent bubbles, as good as anything I have had except maybe the nitrogen enhanced Genius Stout at Ramshead in Annapolis.

Better overall than all but 3 stouts I recall, and Guinness isn't one of 'em.

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Photo of gabedivision
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a pours a deep brownish black, with a 1 finger head that thins to a tiny white lace around the top. Sweet black licorice on the nose with bitter bitter coffee bean aroma. Toasted robust malted scents with a a sweet chocolate and toffee on the finish. Sweet chocolates, toffee, caramel and a touch of vanilla on the tongue, followed by a roasted nut and coffee bean touch that ends the sip on a bitter finish. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, medium to full bodied, bitter sweet, complex flavors all melding well together. At first sight i was weary about this beer, But wow what a taste. This has big nut and coffee elements to it that just explode in the mouth and a sweetness that only Southern Tier can do right. Im a big fan of this beer for sure.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a sweet lactose sweetness. In the taste, sweet lactose/ milk flavor, with notes of coffee and chocolate. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and small sweet lactose in the aftertaste. More an imperial stout with coffee than a milk stout, but it is nice nonetheless.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an overshaped chalice, I get deep dark abyss absorbs all visible light in the body. Big mocha tan head forms thick like a barista just made me something special with extra froth. Fine even lacing between sips pretty nice looking effort from upstate NY. Arom I get dusted cocoa, creamy milk chocolate candy offerings, with some dry roasted malt notes. Flavor is super sweet coats the sides of the palate rushes you with a sweet chocolate syrup notes, enough dark roasted malt character to balance it out to keep it from becoming sickeningly sweet. Dark chocolate dry finish with a hint of creamed coffee, herbal hops barely linger in there. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied definitely sweet to round out the palate but it's not cloying in anyway. Overall it's a 12 ounce offering from Southern Tier that represents something different than their mainstream diabetes inducing blackwater series which started out amazing as a beer called IS that to this day stands out as an amazing Imperial Stout that they've never recaptured since the first year I tried that beer. This is a step in the right direction away from Creme Brulee, Choklat, Jahva, and Mocha.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is not quite black as pitch. When held to a light source, ruby highlights come through. A meager pour gets me a thin film of tan head.

S - I get very rich roasted malt aromas. I get coffee and dark chocolate.

T - The richness carries over into the flavor. It is loaded with chocolate and roasted coffee.

M - Thick and creamy.

O - Initially, I loved the smell and taste of this beer and thought it was damn good. After a second beer I am noticing some flaws. The taste fades to more or a robust porter. The coffee and dark chocolate seem to lose their grip. It is very good, Maybe I am being too nitpicky.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith’s nonic pint glass

A: Deep brown, not quite black; hints of mahogany highlights just appearing along the edge of the glass; decent head on pour, about a finger and a half thick, but quickly recedes to a ring of foam and lacing.

S: On the nose there is a nice, sweet roasted profile that stands out; hints of bittersweet chocolate, medium roast coffee; some biscuit/bread notes flirt here and there, but the chocolate/coffee combo is most prevalent.

T: Starts with a blast of solid roasted malts, a pleasant, medium-roast coffee flavor and a supporting touch of chocolate, like powdered cocoa; a slight, creamy sweetness mixes in there, likely from the lactose, and it is probably accentuated by the chocolate/cocoa flavor; not as sweet on the palate as in the nose, but what sweetness that is there is complementary; a bit of bite come through towards the finish, perhaps aided by the hops, but really more along the lines of the bittering quality of fresh coffee grounds, which dries out and lingers on the tongue after each sip.

M: A touch of creaminess – again from the lactose – lends to a decidedly medium-bodied mouthfeel.

O: I’ve always enjoyed ST’s stout offerings and never had one let me down. What we have here is a nice, sturdy “double milk stout” that hits all the expected notes while clocking in at a higher ABV than what is apparent. And all while remaining remarkably smooth and easy to enjoy. I would put the 2x Stout on par with the likes of Sam Adam’s Cream Stout, LH Milk Stout Nitro. Nicely done.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a total black hole except for a thin line of light brown highlights at the bottom edge. Light tan level head breaks down quickly. Thin lace but a lot of coverage.

Cafe au lait aroma evident at arm's lenght as soon as the bottle is uncapped. Up close, it's the same with some additional roastiness.

On the tongue, it's coffee au lait, coffee black, and a shot of chocolate syrup. Subtle hop bite at swallow. Everything blends in the finish.

Rich smooth mouthfeel as is wanted for the style.

A really tasty milk stout. Alcohol well hidden, seems more session than imperial. Recommended.

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Photo of Hopscat
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to goblet. Dark brown with red highlights. Nice ring of lacing and a thin head remains throughout.
Smell- very nice roast coffee, caramel and booze.
T- coffee is really upfront , then sweet biscuity malt and chocolate finish . Really tasty. Surprised the booze doesn't roll over it all as happened with the 'Old Man' from ST.
M- body and carbonation are about right. This has a creamy feel that very enjoyable
O- Definitely one that I will look for and pick up again.

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Photo of scotorum
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Black with just the barest hint of ruby at the bottom, inch and a half tan head receded slowly to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Dark ripe fruit.

t: Smoky dark malt up front followed by significant hop bite. Smoke and dark fruit aftertaste.

m; Medium. Smooth with considerabel carbonation tingle.

o: Not as sweet as anticipated since it is called a "Double Milk Stout," but a good solid balanced stout.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle dark-chocolate brown with a fairly thick and rather persistent frothy, fine-bubbled wheaten head that leaves fairly thick lacing. Aroma has a core of roast, slightly burnt malt with notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. Lip-smacking flavor has notes of roast malt, mocha and molasses, with nutty and earthy hints. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A - dark dark black, small white head dissapears quickly
S - chocolacte, coffee, very sweet
T - starts out with coffee, then comes chocolate, pretty good, but not overpowering
M - very smooth and drinkable, but very thin
O - very solid stout, I really enjoyed it

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured dark black with finger width of dark tan head

S: Slight roast and malt smell, but very underwhelmed by the nose on this beer

T: Solid bittersweetness, nice roasty flavor, bitter after taste... some hop presence

M: Nice smoothness, not overly thin or thick

O: Solid Milk Stout, wouldn't search it out, but would drink if in front of me.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack of this at the brewery's tasting room on 12/23/11. Poured into a ST tulip also purchased at the tasting room that day.

Pours a very deep brown that borders on black. There's a half inch of dense, brown head that great retention. The nose is heavy on the roasted malts with hints of coffee. The lactose sugars give off a sweetness that you can smell as well. The taste is deep, roasted malts and coffee up front with sweet, sugary finish. There is just enough bitterness here for the hops to be noticeable and add a little balance. There are some noticeable alcohol esters throughout that add body and warmth. The mouthfeel is close to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty solid milk stout. The flavors mesh well and there are enough hops to cut the sugary sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable throughout which detracts a little bit from the overall flavor, but adds body so maybe it evens out. In the end I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JChristopher
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a stout. If that sounds like an understatement, let it be known: this is a stunning milk stout. Southern Tier continues to impress me. By far, it is one of the few breweries I have seen that tries to push boundaries in terms of flavors, profiles, and concepts with their brews. Their 2X milk stout is no different. I poured it from the bottle and let it invite itself humbly into my glass. As a friend of mine would say, it is a quiet drink. It's thickness became easily apparent to me based on its silent pour. It is remarkably opaque with just the slightest twinges of mahogany around the edges of the glass. The head of the beer is a sultry cream color with a tint of a caramelized sugar hue. It even smells amazingly creamy, with enormous waves of malts churning dark murmurs of milky chocolate froth upon themselves. The taste is a sweet savor on the tip of my tongue. There is just the slightest flavor of a light coffee roast-- perhaps of the Colombian variety. The taste is clear though: big roasty, creamy malts. But wait, I do believe I capture a brief snap of a hop presence at the very end of the finish. Now, that is impressive. Considering that this is a milk stout, it coats the mouth pleasantly, but briefly. My recommendation: enjoy this on a cool summer night, with the music of your choice and feel its comforting, yet seductive embrace. Cheers to Southern Tier for another great beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine one finger light brown head with awesome retention and lacing. Aroma dominated by chocolate with mellow roasted malt; sweet. Flavor is chocolate, nuts, mild roasted malt. This is sweet and viscous, very reminiscent of a stout with whipped cream added; there is a detectable whipped cream element to the flavor. Nice medium to heavy, creamy body with a mouth feel that wouldn't be out of place from a nitro pour, although this is fron a bottle. A very nice mildly sweet stout. In my opinion, Southern Tier is the master of sweet stouts and this is another winner in their line up. A must for those who like the sweet stout style.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nitro tap in a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a dark brown cascade throughout the glass. The head is a large, deep chocolate/mocha brown.

S - Not a strong aroma, but it is sweet and roasty. Smells like chocolate and coffee.

T - This one is pretty sweet, with chocolate, roasted coffee, and slight nuttiness. The sweet chocolate is the dominant flavor.

M - Thick, chewy, and very creamy. The nitro makes this velvety smooth; really a great mouthfeel

O - Perfect as a dessert beer, this one is sweet, somewhat roasty, and very smooth and creamy. This was better on nitro tap than it was without.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep deep brown, garnet highlights. Head is one finger, and tan. Lasts mediocrely. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is deep and pleasant. Chocolate-heavy with underpins of charcoal and espresso. Toes the line between standard stout and sweeter stout aromas.
T- I saw it was listed as a milk stout on here and the box confirms this, but im not getting too much residual sweetness. It's faintly sweet up front with strong dark chocolate flavors. Finish has a long, burnt flavor with charcoal and coffee grounds. Very tasty.
M- the body is decent but it doesn't have that nice rounded characteristic of many milk stouts. A bit rough around the edges.
O- A very tasty stout. The body could use smoothing, but it brings good flavors to the table.

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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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