2XSTOUT | 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

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Added by Morey on 12-18-2011

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Reviews:
425
Ratings:
2,234
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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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 mwilbur
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint.
A: Pours pitch black with a couple mm light tan head that quickly recedes. Thin sticky lacing.
S: Caramel and chocolate malt with a hint of coffee and cream.
T: Follows aroma almost precisely...more of an alcohol presence here which gives a small boost to the predominately darker taste characteristics (caramel, chocolate, coffee).
M: Light-medium body. Fairly smooth with a bitter coffee finish. Hint of astringent hops in the finish too.
D: A decent brew, but not excellent. Seems like the latest thing for milk stouts is to pump up the ABV...and this one handles it well.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a think tan head that fades to a ring soon after the pour.

S- The mellow roasted black malt has a nougat lactose sugar smell in the finish.

T- The chocolate malt has a slight cream flavor to it with a full medium roasted black malt flavor with some graham finish and a touch of char bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a mellow but nice roasted black malt flavor but the lactose sugar taste is a bit too strong for the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into stout glass

Appearance- Jet black, 1 finger head

Aroma- Coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, slight piney hops

Flavor- Very big on the roasted malt, coffee flavors, dark chocolate, its on the sweet side but not by much. Very smooth, velvet, a slight lingering astringency, slight alcohol

Mouthfeel- Medium to medium-full, moderate carbonation, slight alcohol warmth

Overall- A very nice double take on the style. Its a little bit to astringent from the roasted malt which cuts into to the sweetness. But a very nice beer that I've returned to a few times.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sultry, silky, velvety, and in the end- simply lush, the "Nitro" taste, texture and appearance of this Milk Stout mimics the character of milkshake with pin-point precision. Its an absolute delight of a Stout.

Common to Guinness, the black ale pours with a thick and creamy appearance as the nitro-infusion lumbers to separate from the body of the beer- creating the charming "cascade" effect to mesmerize the eye. Once settled, the dense and creamy head tops the beer like mousse to cap a malty milkshake.

Mild roast, chocolate, heavy whipping cream and walnut aromas fight to garner attention through the thick barrier of foam. Slightly woodsy and smoky- the aromas are overall light. But to taste, the medium roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate open up for a savory and decadent set of flavors. Developing into a moderate wood and walnut bitterness in finish, the ale crispens up considerably to close.

Medium-full in weight, the creaminess of hot cocoa and marshmallow cream gives impressions of added weight. But as the nitrogen quickly dissipates, it leaves behind a light bodied and somewhat watering feel. Yet, the ale offers no astringency or harshness- only mild alcohol warmth that's seductive and unexpected.

The Stout hides its strength and power well. The senses are easily seduced by the nitro infusion. Yet it mutes aromas and offers some give-and-take in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a deep ebony colour with a tanned head that reduces quickly

S - Not much other than some dark malts

T - Very smooth flavours of chocolate and coffee. The booze is well hidden, slight bitterness on the finish.

M - Light to medium body and low carbonation

O - An enjoyable stout without being wow

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head.
Aroma of roasted malt, sweet malt, oatmeal, along with spicy hops.
Lovely complex roasted malt as a flavour, with a little sweetness underneath. Some booze shows.
Nice creamy carbonation. Could use a fuller body though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a modest tan head..nice lace.

Nose is dark chocolate and licorice. Maybe some herbal/grassy hops.

Taste is lots of dark Godiva chocolate with a hint of roast and more hops than meets the eye. I would lean more American Stout than Milk Stout if I guessed blind, but it definitely has some sweetness going on...nothing like the Blackwater series though. This is a very good beer, I like it quite a bit. Southern Tier certainly knows how to do a stout. I'll be buying more of this in the future.

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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 kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewd with 2 varietes of hops and 3 types of malts." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a premium price at Ramirez Liquor and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I usually like Southern Tier. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of lovely tan colour. Good cream. Good thickness. Good (~4+ minute) retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid black. Opaque. Not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Spot-on for the style but there's room for improvement. Not unique or special.

Sm: Milky notes, cream, dark malts, chocolate malt. Light hints of fleeting vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Subtle lactose. No hop character is obvious.

T: Dark malts, a bit of caramel, and chocolate malt comprise the backbone/foundation. Milk chocolate. Some sugary sweetness. A light touch of vanilla. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No obvious hop character. Not getting any roast. Nicely sweet - not overly so - though many will likely criticize this beer for that aspect. Overall, it's balanced if a biteen simple. Nicely subtle. I like the build. A tasty stout, all around.

Mf: Nicely creamy, smooth, and wet. Complements the flavour profile well. Pretty well carbonated. Apt. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but few beers in the style are. Good presence on the palate. Somewhat soft. Full-bodied.

Dr: A drinkable and enjoyable "double milk stout." I'd definitely get it again, even at the high price (~$6) I paid for it. A solid brew from Southern Tier. Really approachable and drinkable. I'll have no trouble killing this bottle alone. A tasty brew overall. Good execution.

B-

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of light roast, chocolate, and caramel with hints of vanilla and light fruit. The flavor is roasty and smokey with lots of chocolate and caramel as well as vanilla and dark fruits. Wow I wasn't expecting such a complex flavor based on the aroma. Medium body with a moderate level of antiabortion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice stout, I'm glad I picked one up the other day.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been a while since I jumped any Southern Tier, so in preparation for the arrival of the 2x Rye, thought I'd pick one of these up. 12 oz. bottle.

The beer flows out of the bottle like a moonless night...OK, it's a stout, so it's black. Nose features a shockwave of roast & a smattering of chocolate chips. I can only tease out the lactose notes because I read it on the label, it's playing hide-and-seek with the aggressively loined roast. Good way to open up.

2X Stout is like drinking the air at a Starbucks. The roast is just as crazed as in the nose, bleeding roast out of every orifice. The milkiness is a bit jarring: I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't gel well, maybe because of the sheer quantity of the roast, which I love on its own. Chocolate is relatively toned down, along with a nice bitterness that finishes up. Shared a few ounces with my wife, & I can say that a 10 oz. snifter of this would be enough.

A pretty good beer that lacks that certain something; not up to some of the gems in Southern Tier's portfolio, but still pretty good.

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Photo of BeerYoss
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black/dark brown. decent looking tan head recedes quickly to a film and the edges.

S: sweet molasses tang

T: bitter coffee and sweet molasses. the taste is enjoyable but flavors are not very complex, little interplay, not much depth.

M: a little tingle from the carbonation, quite dry. almost watery.

O: There's nothing horribly wrong with this brew but something is lacking to pull it all together. packs quite a punch and tastes okay.

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Photo of obrike
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/black color with a small tan head that fades to bits of lacing. Thin head remians for duration.

Getting some roasted malt, with chocolate and coffee to round it out. A bit of choco-milkshake too. Good.

Taste follows scent with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee and some caramel sweetness. A pretty decent amount of bitterness on the backend keeps this one from getting even higher marks though. Nice Full body, smooth, thick and creamy. Not much hint of the 7.5% at all. Well done. balanced.

A very good milk stout. Goes down easy. Good dessert beer, but be wary of the abv.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a nice, frothy, tan head. The head dissipates faster than it should though. Because the beer's so black, I can't tell if the carbonation is good. I'm not seeing any real lacing.

Smell: The smell is faint. It's kind of a toasted corn syrup/molasses smell. I also detect a metallic/tin smell.

Taste: Exactly like the smell but much stronger. It tastes like there could be some ground up bark chips in there also.

This is a decent stout. I've had many stouts that have a lot more roasted, toasted, coffee, nutty and other flavors. This is more one dimensional with a single flavor of sweet molasses. This is a good stout, but I've had many that are a lot better.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa recently, having never given this a go before. I like the lactose that's prevalent in a Milk/Sweet Stout but for some reason, I couldn't really feel it here. This was a bit more bitter and chalky than I expected and while this wasn't a bad beer, it almost feels like its categorized wrong and I wouldn't label this as this particular type of Stout if it was up to me.

The pour was what I expected as the beer had a dark and pretty solid hue with just a hint of garnet around the edges. Thankfully, a solid and frothy head provided some contrast and some of the foam stuck around as some lacing on the glass, on the opposite side of where I was taking my sips. Not much of an aroma to this besides some coffee and this was repeated in the taste, followed by some powered chocolate, alkali, and espresso. Very little carbonation and the hops only became apparent in the back, as it felt like there was a hair of chili or cocoa powder underneath everything. While not terribly silky or creamy, this was smooth enough to go down relatively easily.

That's also because the alcohol wasn't that present here. By itself, this was a good beer but with the bar being set so high for Stouts in general, this just fell short a bit. As a mellow alternative to the more aggressive examples of this style, this would be as good a choice as any and was if it was a little more sticky, this would have reminded me of a fancy cola like the ones that are coming back into style now. This was as unassuming as a Stout could get without feeling watered-down.

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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 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 ADZA
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new one for me but love the style and pours a very dark kola hue with a creamy two finger khaki head that stays and leaved heaps of nice lacing here and there,the smell is milky coffee,brown sugar,milk chocolate and herbal hops,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of milky mocha,brown sugar,creme brûlée and finished with a herbal bitterness and overall it's not bad and quite enjoyable for a night like tonight cheers.

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Photo of plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger frothy tan head. There was wry good retention and lacing.

The smell featured charcoal, a touch of smoke and dark chocolate.

The taste consisted of dry and sweet cocoa, roasted barley, lactose and a nip of hop.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a tasty full bodied stout.

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Photo of shanny1981
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier is known to produce great beers overall so wanted to try this one. This is a deep brown, heavy bodied beer with a sizable tan head. Not as dark and thick as your typical motor oil stouts. This is a very complex beer in terms of flavor. Great sweet, chocolaty smell. Nice sweet, malty, dark chocolate and earthy coffee taste. A good blend of sweet from the fermented lactose and bitterness from the dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A dark roasted malt taste with a good amount of hops to it. I would say better if warmed to room temperature and served as a sipping stout. A very pleasant beer to drink. Real smooth hops with medium carbonation. If you like coffee and/or coffee-tasting type stouts, you should definitely give this one a try. It's definitely not one to disappoint in the taste department.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark tan head. Small blotches of lacing polka-dot the glass.

S- chocolate and a lot of pine.

T- roasted malts and bitter, dark chocolate. Nice amount of pine hops that give it some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish.

O- nice milk stout with good amount of hoppiness, which I like.

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Photo of brewcifix
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This brew pours black with a dark tan head. There is some decent lacing.

Smell: I get a lovely nose of sweet caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, cereal, and cream. Can't WAIT to dig in!

Taste: My tongue is immediately enveloped in sweet roasted malts, espresso, milky cream, and bread. There is a faint note of alcohol present as well. This is a MAN's beer! This stout finishes nicely leaving cream, espresso and sweetness on the palate. There is also very subtle hops that are tamed by the cream and roasted malts. This beer throws down heavy sweet malt goodness- just like I like- without being over-the-top-syruppy-gross!

Mouthfeel: This has a medium to heavy tongue weight with ample carbonation.

Overall: This is a phenomenal milk stout through and through. I've had this bottled and on tap, and find myself utterly pleased. It's hard to find on tap. I only know one place: McLadden's in West Hartford, CT. This brew is a real treat. And, with 7.5% ABV at the same price as many inferiors, it's well worth the investment. Southern Tier has never disappointed me. They really know how to make dark, rich beers teeming with complexity.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- served in a big old snifter with creamy tan head and lots of swirly lace. Body is a deep chestnut brown, almost black.

S- roasted aroma is subdued until it warms significantly and I'm glad this bar was nice enough to have the oversized snifters. Roasted and chocolate, some coffee, stone and mineral with molasses and slight berry tartness. Hints of booze as well.

T- taste mirrors the aroma with less sweetness than expected and big roasted coffee flavor. Very earthy with mild hops and some leafiness. Nice dark chocolate with a hint of acidity.

MF- big bodied and sticky with light carbonation

D- pretty decent but seems kinda dry for the style.

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2XSTOUT from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,234 ratings.
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