Beer: 2X Stout
Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: (Double) Milk Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint glass
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Opaque cola body with a nonexistent head.
Scent: Mooooove over malts, this smells entirely of milk. Also, kind of like cream soda, with a big citrusy hop note at the end.
Flavor: Not as creamy and milky as expected. Instead, there’s a powerful burnt malt presence which manifests into a coffee, then chocolate flavor. However, at the very end, it tastes like downing a cold glass of milk.
Feel: Medium, smooth body with a nice bit of carbonation. Maybe a little too carbonated given the style, but pretty great nonetheless!
What could have been a very sweet beer turns out to be a wonderfully balanced gem of a beer that coats your mouth with satisfying lactosugars. However, the alcohol content is a little low given the fact that this tastes kind of “hot” (i.e., my cheeks turned bright pink after half of this beer from the alcohol presence). The flavor profile is one of the more complex that I’ve experienced so far. It goes through a number of stages: stage 1, cream; stage 2, roasted wood; stage 3, citrusy hops; stage 4, charred malt/acidic coffee; stage 5, a return to wood. But, at the end is a milky goodness that eventually gives way to more hops. In less words, Southern Tier’s 2X Double Milk Stout is trying to do too many things at once, but ends up being pretty alright.
Concluding remarks: All in all it is a fine, complex beer. But, if you’re looking for the comfort of a sweet, balanced Milk Stout, this ain’t it. Nevertheless, it’s solid and enjoyable.