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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Morey on 12-18-2011

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426
Ratings:
2,236
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 426 | Ratings: 2,236
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 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 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.
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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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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 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 cambabeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the nitro version, on tap. Alcohol very present in the nose with the toasted malt and sweetness. Standard milk sweetness in the taste, and a little lighter bodied than expected.

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Photo of sommersb
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Black and opaque color, with a finger's worth of tan head. Retention of the head is fair and lacing is good.

S: Aromas have chocolate malts and a light coffee-like roasted smell. Some earthy hops as well.

T: Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee grains. Also has some woody/earthy hop bitterness. It's not as sweet as other milk stouts, which kind of surprises me since everyone says how sweet ST beers are. Has some alcohol warmth.

M: Carbonation is on the low end and the body is medium. I don't get the creaminess you'd expect from a milk stout. Finishes dry and has chocolate aftertastes as well as bitterness of toasted grain.

O: Overall a good beer, but seems to miss the marks of a sweet/milk stout. Seems closer to an American stout or perhaps an RIS to me.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very generic for the style, not much of an aroma from it except some fainted roasted malt, taste is much of the same but overall pretty boring & pedestrian. It doesnt even have the creamier, smoother mouthfeel a lot of milk stouts had, it is pretty thin & watery. Not offensively bad just bland.

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Photo of ZachKelly
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was far too sweet for me, but pretty typical of the style. Not a big fan of Milk Stouts. This one was had too thin of a mouthfeel and the aroma was almost non existent.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a nice 355mL brown bottle with a decent label - a nice package.

Appearance: pours an extremely dark brown tending towards black, with rudy-brown highlights around the edges. A half-finger creamy tan head hangs about for quite a time before dropping to a solid and rocky cap. Looks great.

Aroma: a fairly demure nose of roast coffee, creamy milk and a touch of bittering cocoa.

Taste: plenty of roast coffee and sweet milk flavours, bittering cocoa behind. Not as sweet as the nose but still quite smooth.

Aftertaste: still some milk sweetness with hop and cocoa bitterness. A great stout.

Mouth feel: very smooth with a bit of bite, moderate in body with lower carbonation.

Overall: this is the first beer I have had from Southern Tier Brewing, and they haven't disappointed. A fine stout, well worth it when I can afford (not cheap in Aus).

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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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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 scratch69
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a fingers worth of light tan head. Nice ring of lacing after each swallow.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with some notes of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Sticky feel after the swallow.

Overall- A good beer from Southern Tier. I like their creme brulee better but this is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark beer, no head to speak of, no lacing ... just dark.

NIce aroma, mostly cocoa, with some roastiness.

Flavor is different from the aroma ... not so much chocolate, more overall bitterness. It's kind of tasty, but not quite right to me.

It's a decent stout, but not a great one.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 1/16/13

A: Pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger khaki head. Light gets through about a half inch of this brew. Not much lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a definitive lactic kick. Carmel gives it a touch of sweetness. Some dark fruits in there as well.

T: Pretty balanced flavor going on here. Starts out with some nice roasted malts, some coffee kicks in and lactose sugars sweeten the backend. A touch of hops is pleasant. Booze is pretty well hidden. Roasted malts dominate.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. A nice clean finish, isn't too sticky or heavy. An easy drinking brew.

Overall one of my favorite milk stouts out there. A pleasurable beverage to sip on for a night. Would recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle DOB 11/09/15 into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown - almost but not quite black. Thick tan head. Initial impression is chocolate and malt, followed by milk and maybe a hint of caramel. Very smooth mouthfeel, although perhas a bit thin for a stout. Fairly dry finish with little or no bitterness. Slight chemical aftertaste. Not bad, but there are better milk stouts out there.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- black with a light tan head and half finger head. quite opaque as well.

S- roasted malt with sweet milk/cream smell.

F- light roasted malt with sweet cream/milk flavor.

M- creamy and medium bodied stout that is sweet in the mouth and goes down smooth.

O- a good milk stout. The malt isnt overbearing as in some stouts but the sweetness complements it very well.

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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 mooseisloose
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this bad boy at TW. I love stout so hey 2X stout must be twice as good, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get nice roasted malts and a definite heavier ABV than your average stout. Some licorice and somehow a hint of cinnamon. Pours into my trusty SA perfect pint like a chocolate milkshake, thick and heavy classic motor oil. Nice tan head with multi-sized bubble groupings. Taste is large and in charge with a very sweet roasted malt with some toffee up front and a slight bitter middle, still under the sweetness then a sweet and chaulky bitter fade at the end into a pleasant charred dry bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy a good assest with the flavor. Sweeter than I expected but it is a milk stout so it is actually spot on. A very tasty brew. I recommend.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, coarse off-white head, some legs of lace. Smell is roasted malt, mild chocolate and coffee, some sweetness but not really the creamy kind. The flavor starts off well with chocolate and roasted malt, but from mid palate to the end is a distasteful bitterness, something like a bitter herb or dust. Mint and earth perhaps? Either way, the finish cannot end soon enough. Body is light, slightly oily, somewhat sharp carbonation.
It's difficult to mess up a milk stout, what with delicious creamy lactose sugar there to make it instantly appealing and cover up flaws or lack of other character. I suppose I should commend ST for going against the easy norm, but I can't say I enjoy this deviation.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out brown in color. There are brown and deep red highlights troughout the beer. Not much of a head on this one, tan in color and goes away pretty quickly.

Smell is ok, better than the average stout. Has some bitersweet (maybe a little more sweet than bitter) chocolate and some coffee, so mokah I guess. There are also hints of roastiness and smokyness. Slight earthy hop presence in the nose as well.

Taste is easily the best part of this beer. Like many from this brewery it's sweet, but not overdone. Plenty of coffee and bittersweet coffee flavors provided by the malt. There is also a smokey and roasty flavor to it as well. There is also a bitterness at the end. The bitter and sweet are very well balanced, like having coffee with your dessert.

Mouthfeel is good. Not too heavy for a stout, but certainly not too thin, I'd go with medium bodied. Good carbonation level with a nice bitterness at the finish. Well balanced and full flavor. Nothing not to like. A solid offering from Southern Tier.

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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 Ego
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

only $19.99 for a 64oz fill @ joe canal's in woodbridge ($1 additional off for bottle club members)

eyes...
2 and a half fingers of head, almost boiling over on an average pour, cocoa foam with some large bubbles forming, the head intends to stick around for awhile. pitch black tone, no light is escaping this one, lacing is good, this is a good example of the style eyes wise

nose...
dry malt, dry hints of cocoa, slightly burnt french toast, caraway, an almost smoke blanket lies underneath tying it all together, tight and nice, like my sister... every note is in near perfect balance here, me diggy

taste etc...
carbonation bites just right crating a corridor between the initial sweetness to the chocolate bitterness and then cocoa puff sensation that leaves the mouth almost dry, a little lighter body wise than expected, maybe needs a touch of weight there to propel this to excellence, this is creamy without being uber rich, again the carbonation bites just at the right time to really separate the flavors.

verdict?
a nice sipping brew, great with dessert, probably could use this in all sorts of recipes... definitely worth checking out, one of the better milk stouts I have had (not as if they are flooding the market of course)

music : ty tabor - naomi's solar pumpkin

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark black with a small amount of brown head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of coffee, chocolate, and caramel, very nice mixture and very inviting. Tastes of cream and coffee with a very sharp coffee aftertaste. Beer is carbonated right and goes down smooth for its medium body. Overall, a very good beer.

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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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