Southern Tier is a top notch brewery with some beers ranking quite high on the RR list. Their Choklat Stout is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Of course it’s not right for a hot summer day, but as a fall and winter beer, it cannot be beat.
The 2X Stout is exactly what it sounds like, a double milk (lactose) stout.
Milk stout, also called ‘cream’ or ‘sweet’ stout, is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness and body to the finished beer. Milk stouts have been claimed to be nutritious, and were marketed as such in the early 1900s with claims that would make the FDA wince. One ad read, “Ideal for nursing mothers, for the healthy, for the invalid, and for the worker.” Surely!
Of course, we couldn’t stop at a traditional milk stout. Ours is a double, an addition to our 2X line, and at 7.5% ABV is every bit as delicious as it sounds. To your health!
Best Served: Goblet or snifter.
I don’t wanna say that Souther Tier let me down…..but they set the bar so high that I expected more from this Milk Stout. I have yet to meet a milk stout that I did not like but this one does not taste like I expected. It does taste like a good stout but I expected more sweetness from the double lactose. However, it tastes like a standard milk stout with strong dark malt flavors. It could transition into a great coffee stout if they went that direction.
If this beer was a Bible story it would be the one where David had the opportunity to kill Saul and he chose not too. So much expectation left unfulfilled. At least it’s got a 7.5% ABV.
Aroma: The first whiff is slightly vanilla and a lot of dark malts. It also has a slight hint of bourbon, which is odd since it’s not a bourbon barrel beer.
Taste: The initial taste also reminded me of a bourbon stout but very faint. After a few sips it started to taste more like a milk stout. It’s very malt-forward. It finishes subtle and has a hint of chocolate malt.
Texture: This beer is rich and smooth with a thick head. The head does false fast but smells great.
Finish: The finish is very subtle and malty but the flavors dance around a bit between malt and
Comparisons: This is comparable to most run-of-the-mill milk stouts that is malt-forward.