Another bitterly dark and cold night called for another bitterly dark and cold beer. I have been wanting to try 2X Presso for a while, and tonight was the perfect chance to do so. Perhaps a little known fact about me is that I don’t drink coffee. Or hot beverages in general (weird, right?). But my anti-proclivity for coffee did not make me shy away from 2X Presso. And I’m glad it didn’t, because this beer is pretty damn good, even to a non-coffee drinker.
2X Presso is classified as a milk stout beer. When making milk stouts, brewers add
unfermentable sugars, usually lactose, to add body
and sweetness to the beer. Here is a picture of my Southern Tier 2X Presso, a Milk/ Sweet Stout beer with a #47 rank in category according to Beeradvocate.com.
2X Presso poured a dark black color with a half-finger tan head. 2X Presso showed minimal lacing as the head dissipated. The smell was malty and roasty, with coffee. The taste of 2X Presso was about the same, with a distinct milky sweetness on top of a strong coffee, toasted malt base. I didn’t get much of the lemon peels, although they are claimed to be present. 2X Presso finished pretty clean, roasty, and sweet. At 7.5%, 2X Presso definitely packs a punch while delivering a solid stout flavor.
If you like stouts I would recommend trying out 2X Presso from Southern Tier. I purchased this beer at Consumer’s Beverages.