In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Southern Tier Brewing Company 2x Stout

Aroma: “Pronounced sweetness up front with a touch of roasted malt character. A subtle earthy hops aroma comes through a bit. No fruity esters in the nose. Creamy, roasty, sweet, and dry. Chocolate and hints of coffee.”

Flavor: “The lactose adds some extra creaminess to the malt sweetness. Lots of coffee in the finish, almost latte-like. A hint of hops spiciness keeps it interesting without overwhelming the lactose. Caramel with a subtle roasted malt character, mostly reminiscent of chocolate. Sweetness is well balanced with enough bitterness from both hops and roast to avoid it becoming cloying.”

Overall: “A tasty, sweet milk stout that seems to favor hops a bit more than roasted malt character for balancing sweetness. Very tasty and drinkable. This beer manages to keep the focus on the lactose while maintaining a nice complexity.”