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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426
Ratings:
2,239
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Photo of lastmango
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with 2 finger tan milkshake head. Moderate lacing. Malty flavor with a slight hop bitterness on the end with not much lactose flavor, which I liked. Moderate body and carbonation. Overall not bad.

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

This beer is a staple in my house... my wife is head over heels for it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Pitch black body with a very minimal brownish head that was gone in an instant. Def. what a stout should look like in my opinion. Smelled of cocoa, molasses, a hint of coffee coming thorough from the dark malts (with a bit of agitation). Very coffee-forward taste (which might explain my wife's obsession), and some nice deep dark malts. Just enough bitterness to offset. Rich and creamy mouthfeel, and low level of carbonation that kept it from being to viscous. Very excited that I will be able to grab one of these out of the fridge every once in a while when she isn't looking. Nice stout.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown in color with over a finger of head that enjoyed really lengthy retention. The nose has light roasty notes. The flavor profile combines roasted malt with sweet lactose. The body is pretty standard for style and the finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - pours a dark brown, nearly black body with cherry/brown edges. Thin, 1-finger light brown head that slowly rises but quickly reduces to a white ring. Low, spotty lacing.

S - Coffee, roasted chocolate malt, dark chocolate

T - Starts with a sweet, milk chocolate burst of flavor. Finishes with a bitter cocoa, slightly hoppy aftertaste. Delicious

M- Full bodied, thick and robust. Minimum carbonation, which is characteristic of stouts.

Overall, a delicious, nicely balanced stout. Drink it for dessert, or to accompany dessert.

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with brown head that lasted only for a minute or so…a few bubbles along the side, it’s too dark to see any real action in the middle…this beer is a very attractive, extremely dark brown…(3.5/5)

Smell: Coffee and sweet cream from beginning to end…they blend nicely with a distinct malt base…very sweet and aromatic…(3.75/5)

Taste: Coffee, malt and cream are the prevalent flavors…the higher alcohol content is noticeable…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Love the coffee and cream flavors…very nice from beginning to end, though I would have loved a bit more malt/hop and less alcohol…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a very drinkable beer…the lactose compliments the variety of hops and malts making a delicious blend…there is no head which would have been nice, but I definitely could drink a couple of these while watching the daily show…(3.75/5)

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Photo of neophilus
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Commenting on the appearance of a stout at this point is an exercise in repetition. It's dark colored, can't really see through it, there is an off-white head probably tan. If you can't get the appearance right the rest of the review is most likely going to suck.

Appearance is good. Oh, the head fell faster than normal. Take that for what its worth.

Very clean aroma, I think I'm picking up more scent from the glass than the beer. Hints of sweetness and chocolate. Not a heavy dose of roasted grain but also not hop heavy, nice and smooth.

Smooth, creamy and somewhat chocolate flavor. Ringing hop bitterness shows up but doesn't dominate. Roasted grain enters the auditorium, says hi, then takes a seat to watch the show. Super smooth with a firm bitterness to clean it up. Malty like Whoppers or a Wendy's Frosty. Finishes with a bitter hop bite. Medium to full, silky body.

I really liked the cleanliness of this beer's flavor. My one complaint is the hop bitterness was a bit assertive at the very end, and finally the taste lands on an acrid roasted grain note. But overall the drinking experience was smooth and satisfying. Tantalizingly close to being a straight up clone of a Wendy's Frosty, only the hop bitterness pulled it back from greatness. Would love to have this same beer with a lingering malty chocolate finish, just let up on the hops a tiny bit.

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Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with initial tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, licorice, sugar, cream and just an overall roastiness.

Taste: Rich and sweet roasted malts with molasses, chocolate, cream, licorice and sugar. Not much in the way of noticeable hops or roasted bite on the finish; just lingering sweetness. Really good taste, but borderline cloying sweetness.

Feel: Full, creamy body that is very smooth and luxuriant. However, the lack of anything approaching a dry finish keeps this score from being really high.

Overall: A strong example off Double Milk Stout, but I like the ones which attempt to rein in the sweetness a little more. Still, a tasty, luxurious brew.

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

Pours a deep black with brown and red highlights around the edges, and a minimal mocha color head. Aroma is light roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and sweetness fron the milk sugar. Taste follows with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, light roast malt and coffee, and a nice and not overpowering sweetness from the lactose. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but could be a bit bulkier, especially for a double stout. Overall, this is a very good iteration on the milk/sweet stout style, with nice flavors, a little more kick than regular versions, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of minterro
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought from spartan spirits in east lansing poured into a snifter

tried a sip from my gfs bottle of this beer didn't really like it all that much, going to give it another shot.

A&S: more sweet malty then anything else but I also get a some sweet chocolate and surprisingly some dark fruits, alcohol, and marshmallows. Jet black colored beer with creamy tan head that dies quicker then you would think for its texture.

T&M: Definitely more on the sweet chocolate side compared to the smell. pretty much nailed the smoothness and body of this beer, very velvety (a little bit more body and I would be sold.

overall: Definitely better then when I tried it earlier, idk what cause the difference, but anyways its worth a try at the right price (I got it for $2.19 a bottle). However I wont be buying it again, and its probably not worth getting a sixer of.

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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 fmccormi
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my nice little Cigar City snifter. Bottling date of December 12, 2011 printed in yellow ink near the bottom of the bottle, just below and to the right side of the label (“DOB 12/12/11”).

Appearance (3.5): Black body that turns a deep, orangey-brown at the edges when held up to the light. The head starts at about half a finger of tan-colored foam, dying down relatively quickly and leaving just a couple of lacy spots on the side. Not bad looking, but the head looks more like that of a huge RIS, as opposed to a beer of this weight.

Smell (3.5): Chocolate syrup and molasses, bit of a sweet-smelling beer. No surprise there, I suppose. Smells nice, pleasant.

Taste (4.0): Moderate coffee bitterness comes through with the roast at first, followed by an even-handed helping of milk chocolate sweetness, finishing relatively light and sweet. Nice hop bitterness comes through, too, up front: kind of a light-to-moderate citrus pith note. It helps balance the body, along with that moderate coffee bitterness. No charred or smoky flavors at all, which is to my preference. There is a sweet finish that hangs on, but it’s not in your face—it’s actually a very light sweetness that just decided to stick around, rather than refuses to drip off your tongue. No ABV or yeast notes here, which is also nice for the style: it lets the roast and those lactose sugars do their thing.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Much easier drinking beer than I was expecting. Medium-bodied, maybe on the thick side, and a dry enough finish (y’know, for a milk stout). Nice, velvety carbonation that foams and plays through every part of your mouth—Southern Tier does always seem to have a good mouthfeel in their beers.

Overall (4.0): More subdued than I was expecting, honestly, considering how sweet some of Southern Tier’s beers are. Especially the higher-ABV brews—I think the only really dry one I can think of is 2XIPA. This is better than I was expecting, and I’m glad to have tried it. A nice, well-put-together stout that any lover of dark beers would enjoy (even if they’re not blown away by it), but also a very good place to start for anyone looking to develop a greater appreciation of stouts.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Capping the day off with a new brew to the area. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla bean, and the lightest possible touch of molasses. Everything's kinda laid back, not wanting self-expression to get anywhere close to out-of-hand. The taste brings in more of the same, with some darker roast, some sweeter cocoa, some bitter dark chocolate for the sake of it, a touch more vanilla bean, and a stronger (though still relatively subdued) vein of molasses. Right on. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a nice little cream stout, something I could actually see as a go-to milk stout (along with Left Hand and Young's). Good times.

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

Not bad looking, a little brown leaks into the blackness, head was about two fingers and dissipated into a sheen, leaving ok lace.

Nose: Gentle roasty malts, coffee, sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: definitely tasting the sweet milk stout character, notes of coffee and chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, toasted bread, a little nuts.

Body is slick, sweet, and pretty thick, pretty good for a milk stout.

Once again Southern Tier has brewed a beer that I like. This may not be world class but it's damn tasty and I'm glad I have a whole sixer of it. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of redearth329
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served @~38F in a glass tumbler.

A: Black. Just black. Started with about a finger of dense tan head, which settled down to a lace after about two minutes. A bit of lace sticking to the sides of the glass, but not much.

S: Chocolate malty notes. A hint of burn bread crust. Not a whole lot going on though. Did they put any hops in here? Doesn't seem like it... bitterness seems like it's coming from roasted malts.

T: Taste is a strong point of this beer. Very rich chocolate malts, toasty burnt bread crusts. Basically, what was promised by the smell.

M: Very thick and creamy. Flavors are well integrated. Hangs around nicely, and the roasty malts give a nice astringent quality. Barely feel any carbonation.

I think this would pair nicely with dessert, especially something like vanilla ice cream with some cracked black pepper. Might make a good beer float even. For savory courses, maybe some Texas beef ribs.

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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 bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black in color. Almost opaque, just a few photons are able to penetrate. Fairly weak head, not much lacing.

Clean aroma, cooked corn and other cereal grains. Weak roasted aroma.

Flavor is mild overall. Grits and steel cut oat flavor form a solid backbone. Hops are citric, providing an orange-lemon twist with a hint of grass. Can also taste a faint yeast flavor. Roasted notes come through ever so subtly in the end.

Medium bodied. Malts and grains in the texture. Good carbonation. Smooth feel overall.

Way different than I expected when I saw "2x Stout" but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The unique property of this beer is the mellow roasted flavor which allows all the underlying flavors to come out. Don't let to color of this beer trick you, it is a very mellow and drinkable brew.

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

Deep black color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee beans
Flavor of earthy hops, very spiced yeast, caramels, milk, bitter chocolate, licorice and finishing with ashy coffee. The lactose is just giving a nice touch and not making it overly sweet. Dry with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with decent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is well hidden.
Very earthy and spiced Stout. A Milk Stout with character without being too sweet. I liked it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a moderate mocha colored head on top. There wasn't much lacing, the retention wasn't too bad though. The smell of the beer has a nice mellow roasted aroma with a bit of chocolate on the nose also. The taste of the beer was sweet upfront with a solid bitter roasted dark chocolate finish. The mouthfeel was creamy, medium amount of carbonation and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good in my opinion, I liked the mouthfeel the most I think. I can definitely see myself having this beer again one day.

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

decent milk stout. the pour is a shiny black obsidian color, glassy and smooth looking, with an inch of dying tan head. the nose is definitely sweet from the milk sugars, but not tooth rotting sweet i dont think. syrupy dark malts and a generic yeast round out the aroma. flavor has a lot of cocoa notes, which are great with the residual sugar in this beer, but i find it just a little too sweet, even for the style. its not like the creme brulee, but i can see similar properties and they scare me. alcohol is very well hidden though. thick feel, velvety in texture all smooth and everything, but a little sticky and tar like with its lacking carbonation. wouldnt want to do more than maybe two bottles of this. not my favorite southern tier beer, which have always been really hit or miss for me. worth a try though as there just arent that many milk stouts out there anymore it seems...

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

A- Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Leaves some lacing around the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malt and a sweet note of sugar, vanilla and some caramel.

T- Roasted malts from beginning to end with some sweetness in the middle. Some hints of coffee and caramel.

M- Smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

O- Good milk stout, very solid offering.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and sweet lactose.

Taste: Smoke, chocolate, sweet lactose sugar, roasted malts, mild bitterness, and lactic acid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, and a little bitterness.

Overall: I would have liked a bit more lactose sweetness to this beer, but I am still very satisfied with this delicious beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Pours super-dark with a majestic, fluffy, light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. On the nose I get some light roasty notes and a little chocolate, but it's very faint.

Nice full body and excellent flavor balance. Big sweet malty notes up front are joined by bittersweet chocolate and roasty flavors. There definitely is some nice milky sweetness in there too, but not enough to overpower the bitterness. There is just enough to provide a harmony of flavor. Mouthfeel is sadly a bit on the thin side, but it doesn't detract from the experience much at all. Really a nice, well constructed milk stout.

This beer has just what you want in a sweet stout. Highly recommended for fans of the style or for those who want to explore the dark world of stouts but don't yet feel up to a big imperial stout.

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Photo of Geegmasta
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- After a hard pour into a pint glass it is an extremely dark brown colour with a thick head (about 1.25 inches). Head colour is very light tan.

S- Smells slightly sweet like a cream with hints of malt and chocolate. Not overly aromatic though.

T- The first impression on the palette is a smokey malt and coffee flavor. Not overpowering but a little more coffee than I like. This taste fades as a very smooth dark chocolate takes precedence and carries off the rest of the experience. A nice heavy cream flavor remains in the background at all times. No hint at the 7.5% ABV in the taste, which is always nice.

M- Surprisingly smooth for a stout bottled with carbon dioxide with a medium body. Goes down very easy.

O- An enjoyable beer. Though it is a little too much on the coffee-side for my preferences I think anyone that enjoys a nice sweet stout or dark brew in general will be pleased. A very smooth feel and goes down extremely easy - which says something to me for a beer that has a higher alcohol content than most. It may not be a favorite but I could see myself picking up another 6-pack in the future. Southern Tier, good job!

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Photo of MVotter
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Pours into a chalice with a massive 2 inch, creamy-tan head, body is as dark as coffee.

S - Licorice, chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Rich roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, and a hop tang in the finish...bitter chocolate, in a semi-sweet, dark chocolate baking morsel kind-of-way, hint of malted milk-shake later on.

F - Some stickiness, medium effervescence, medium-heavy texture.

O - Creamy roasted malty-hoppy actually. This is not an overly thick, heavy stout. This is med-heavy textured stout with a sweet roast/bitter chocolate/hop tang character. Enjoyable. Nice to have as a pinch-hitter if you run out of your "top shelf" stout.

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2XSTOUT from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 2,239 ratings.
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