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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 zac16125
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%

12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 5/9/14

A: Very dark brown during the pour, and then black as it rests in the glass. 1.5 fingers width of light tan heads builds and then has great retention before dissipating down. Leaves tons of lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of heavy cream/lactose notes, some roasty notes, bakers chocolate. A unique, almost tart aroma that I cant quite place. Good but not great. 3.75

T: Roasty, lactose, chocolate, bitter coffee. Long lingering flavors of bakers chocolate and coffee. 4

M/D: Full bodied but not necessarily thick. Carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate. Drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Very good, not one of my favorite Southern Tier stout, but certainly worth a try. 4

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A solid brown, super dark to the point it is an infinite black. Head is tan rising to maybe a fingers length, FYI the head is all about how hard you pour this beer it pours to nothing if you angle it just right.

Smell: A very light chocolate, you smell it and it nada.

Taste: Chocolate, not so bitter would definitely complement a dessert

Mouth: Medium carbonation, easiest drink i have had all week.

Overall: Second milk stout, and it is honestly notch below my previous, I was expecting a bit more. Regardless a good beer, salud!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, mostly opaque, with slight transparency on the edge. Light tan head, some mild lacing.

S - Roasted malts, toast, a bit of coffee acridity.

T - Follows the nose, with a slight floral note and a bigger roast coffee note on the close. There is also a moderate milk sugar sweetness that floats in the background throughout.

M - A bit light for the style. No sign of the ABV. Mild carbonation and slight drying on the close prevent any cloying weight.

O - The elements for a great stout are all here. The main issue here is that the acridity is dialed a bit forward, the sweetness a bit too far back, and the end result is a beer not quite as good as the sum of its parts.

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

330ml bottle served in a big snifter glass.

A: Pours a blackish brown color forming a small but quite creamy beige head. Medium retention and only small spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Biscuity. Earthy yeast profile. Great notes of flowery hops in the end

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts, coffee, milk and dark chocolate follows by a sharp hops bitterness in the end. Great balance of roasted malts bitterness and hops bitterness

M: Heavy, creamy and milky body. Smooth. Good carbonation (a bit too much, indeed). Roasted malts and hops in the aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Delicious American Milk Stout

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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 Act25
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I like this better than others. Try 6.

A: Pours into a Duvel tulip a dark brown-black with ruby highlights and a 1 inch head that doesnt cream like stout and leaves a bit of lace.

S: Milk, hot chocolate and chocolate powder, with fruit.

T: The sweet, creamy lactose delivers more than chocolate up front. Then it becomes dark fruit, a tiny bit of roast and char, and the hoppy hint of citrus. Finishes sweet and dessert like.

F: Excellent. the best part. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation, but great creaminess.

O: if you like sweet 2x milk stouts, this must be on your short list, but otherwise mid-pack. Try 6.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy milk chocolate with a slight roasted hint to it. slightly bitter smelling. medium to low strength

T-comes in with a very crisp taste of dark roasted malts. its a very pure and clean taste. there's a slight burnt taste to it. not getting too much coffee or chocolate, just pure tasting. has a good roasted after-taste. this is pretty good.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish.

O-this actually reminds me of a pure old time english stout. i like this a lot. its well balanced and extremely drinkable. i could drink this all night long. in fact, a case of this might not last long. if you get this, don't plan on being blown out of the water, but i bet you'll be impressed.

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Photo of Gatch
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black but a deep red when held up to light. A light brown, bubbly head with no retention and no lacing.

S: Not much here. Light, watery roasted malt and chocolate. A little milk sugar and cream.

T: Heavily roasted malt with milk sugar in the finish. Pretty nice for the style. No alcohol presence.

M: Smooth, lightly carbonated, and pleasant roasted flavors. Not too cloying and the right amount of sweetness.

O: A solid milk/sweet stout that I wouldn't hesitate to order on draft but once from the bottle is enough for me.

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

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have really good retention. The head is a creamy, medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing, which tends toward sheeting, has already been left.

Nose- Curiously I get more from the standing glass than the bottle. The bottle gives vague notes of chocolate, cocoa, and cream while the glass shows these notes with more definition. Swirling adds a little bit more depth to the aroma, perhaps a little coffee, a stronger chocolate. Fairly subtle overall.

Taste- Starts off with a slight touch of mint that almost tends to anise. Turns to a fairly bitter chocolate that has more defined coffee than is expressed on the nose. Some woody bitterness from the hops which even expresses a little bit of earwax. Not exactly what you want from a milk stout but not too big of a distraction. Definitely needs more lactose and cream. Some sourness from the roasted malts. I wouldn't classify them as flaws but there are really too many notes which don't benefit a milk stout. While it's not a bad beer, it doesn't seem to be one. If I were drinking this blind, I would consider it a coffee/chocolate stout. Almost nothing about it says milk stout to me, other than the nose. Some of the more nagging aspects start mellow to make for a fairly decent stout. Pretty much above average.

Mouthfeel- A little bit more than medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for the style. Some grittiness when I would prefer to be rich and creamy.

Drinkability- As time passes, it becomes more and more drinkable. I could see this being a lot more enjoyable on nitro. 2.50 a bottle is an okay price but not one I would pay again.

Overall- Above average but a little bit of a letdown for me. This is a style I really enjoy and this just didn't represent the style. I would try this if you try it with the knowledge that it won't be milk stout you crave. It's an okay stout but it's not a milk stout.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Boulevard tulip.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown with a bit of burgundy. Moderate light mocha head that retains well. Some minimal lacing

S: Starts with some lactic sweetness, milk chocolate and a bit of estery alcohol. Smells nice, but a bit subdued.

T: Significant dark fruit esters, alcohol, mild lactic sweetness, with some moderate dry, earthy hops. The dark fruits are really surprising, and do not fade.

M: Some alcohol burn, prickly carbonation, smooth warmness in the finish.

O: This is a nice stout that is not overly lactic, and has good hop presence as well. The alcohol is very apparent in the taste and mouthfeel, which detracts from it somewhat. Overall, a drinkable stout that I would have again.

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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 jhartley
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color, shows some brown on the edges when held up to the light.
Nice aromas of roasted malts and little hops on the end. Makes my mouth water!
Has that great chocolate milk taste with a nice bitter hoppiness on the end.
Super easy to drink and a really tasty beer!

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

12oz bottle poured into a Libby globe porter/stout glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black - dark cola brown at the edges. Thin tan head died back fairly quickly and left a ring at the edge. some strands and sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, hint of coffee, cocoa powder, hint of citrus on the swirl, and something else. Raisins? Interesting and enticing.

Taste: Roasted malt, milky sweet chocolate balanced with black coffee notes and a bitter finish which is roasted/charred malt plus a hint of pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice thickness, some creaminess under the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Very tasty. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Went well with butterscotch cookies. I could easily have another.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at a local beer store. I didn't realize that ST did a milk stout. Let's give it a go. 12oz bottle, bottled 01/26/12...

A: A nice dark black brew with a hint of red highlights around the sides. A 1 inch tan colored head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: A nice vanilla chocolate upfront with some mild blended lactose and raisin. The scents blend very well. Good.

T: A nice lactose vanilla upfront quickly blended with a sticky mild sweet chocolate in the middle. A very subtle, super mild roastiness. Goes down so easy. Very good.

M: Full body with an awesome carbonation. A nice creamy vanilla finish. Awesome.

O: All in all, this is a great milk stout. WOW! This is so drinkable it's crazy! It's like drinking chocolate milk. Definitely try if you like a sweet stout that is incredibly drinkable.

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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 mattcrill
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dry cocoa powder, licorice, and dry roasted grain aromas up front. Earthy hop aromas in the background. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dark shoe leather brown pour with a low off-white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: More licorice flavors and dark bread crust on the palate. Like chocolate notes open up as the beer warms. More earthy hop flavors provide the counterpoint. Balance is toward the rich dark and roasty malt flavors. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Slightly creamy on the palate.

Overall impression: A big, roasty milk stout. Seems a little hop forward for the style and definitely too big but enjoyable and well crafted.

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

A: Black/brown and opaque. Chocolate ice cream colored head of medium size.

S: Lightly sweet chocolate and caramel. Simple and fun to sniff.

T: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Some candied orange and sprucey pine hidden in there. A touch of bitterness to finish it off.

M: Very smooth, a little syrupy. Good consistency.

O: I like this beer. Its very easy to drink down and loaded with chocolately beery goodness. Absolutely nothing to complain about here.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good pure opaque black with a small tan head.

The smell is dark roasted malts and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is coffee and milk with just a little bitterness.

The mouth feel is thick and creamy with low carbonation.

This is a very good stout, would great for dessert. It's milky, creamy and coffee like.

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

On tap poured into a tulip

This beer pours pitch syrupy black with a brow/tan head. The smell is light but matches the taste. This beer is quite tasty but not super flavorful. Flavors include chocolate, roasted malts and a creamy maltiness. The lactose sugar is definitely detectable and I actually quite like what it provides, I have never been big into lactose sugar. The brew is pretty syrupy but smooth. Its like having a desert in a drink. This beer doesn't stray too far from the pack but its quality speaks for itself. Good stuff

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Photo of Pahn
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 3/4 inch frothy light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving a tight semicircle of lacing. Pours black with brown highlights. Leaves several thin lacing arches.

Smell: Not much aroma. Some malty sweetness, maybe some vaguely Willamette-esque hops. With time, a nice sweet coffee note emerges. Remains too muted, but the character of the aroma is nice.

Taste: Sweet up front with some roasted malt, then a long roasted malt aftertaste follows the dry finish. Further sips reveal some coffee and cola flavors up front, with the malty sweetness blended with husky roasted malt staying strong. Dry, roasted malt dominated finish remains satisfying.

Repeated the phrase 'roasted malt' four times in the last paragraph--appropriately, really, since that's the main story here.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Great dry finish as mentioned above (keeps the beer at a 3.0). Lactose seems to only be adding sweetness; this beer could use some more body and creaminess. Bit watery. Especially disappointing for a style defined by its creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Honestly, the dry finish, inoffensive sweetness, and prominent roasted malt flavor makes this a satisfying stout fix. It's nothing spectacular, but if someone showed up at a party with a 6pack, I'd be happy to have one.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Milk Stout from Southern Tier.

Pours out a really nice pitch black, with a tan fluffy head.

The aroma is a great blend of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and a creamy milk-like sweetness.

The taste is heavily dominated by the roasted malt upfront and then that blends into a nice mix of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full, rich and creamy.

Not the best Milk Stout I have tried, but a good representation of the style and a tasty beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep deep ruby color with a very tiny thin coffee colored head. Smells mostly of charcoal and leather with hints of roasted barley. Taste is about the same with a medium body, some chocolate and coffee notes but they're barely detectable. Very disappointing to be honest. Drinkable but forgetable. No lactose like sweetness is to speak of. Southern tier makes some amazing stouts, wonder why this one didnt live up?

Some detectable alcohol on the swallow. Wouldnt know it was a milk stout at all by tasting it.

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Photo of silentjay
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with a modest mocha head that laces well and sticks at about 1cm in height.

milk chocolate, day-old dark roasted coffee, maybe some slight fruitiness. kinda bland smelling.

dark roasted coffee comes first, with a bit of alcohol heat, then some lactose sugar and milk chocolate before a slight hop bitterness that gives way to a nice charred finish.

velvety body with a subtle, yet prickly carbonation and a slight syrupy finish that makes the flavors linger.

nice, easy drinking yet flavorful milk stout. would definitely drink again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a small brown head and only a few flecks of lacing. Subpar for a stout!

S - The nose is a very clean, earthy aroma with a hint of coffee. Nothing bad, but there is just not a lot going on there.

T - Sweet with a hint of chocolate, then in roughly equal, very mild amounts there is carob, coffee, chicory and camp fire. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness with a hint of forest floor with a woodsy bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Really nice! I enjoyed this one a lot. I won't hesitate to have it again either.

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