In operation since late 2002, Southern Tier Brewing Company of Lakewood, New York is a fan favorite for craft beer lovers. Boasting an impressive portfolio of year round and seasonal brews, owners Phin and Sara DeMink keep expanding and pushing the boundaries of their vision. One of their newest seasonal beers is the 2X IBA, a double India Style Black Ale.
The beer pours a dark brown that appears almost black in the glass. There are ruby hues when viewed directly against the light. The two finger dense tan colored head shows moderate retention. Once the head dissipates a light lacing remains.
Hop aromas of pine and tropical fruits meld into aromas of citrus, floral and earthy hop notes. Coming though on the heels of the hops are notes of rich roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and sweet dried fruits.
The palate offers sweet notes of caramel and deep roasted malts. Rich chocolate notes and a hint of smoke accent the malts. Bitter hop notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruits carry through to the finish and balance the malts. The sweetness seems to become more prominent as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy.
Another great beer from Southern Tier. 2X IBA shows great balance and complexity. Try pairing this one with aged gouda, braised beef with onions or bread pudding.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out Of 5 Pints
Southern Tier has been concocting amazing brews since 2002 in Lakewood, New York. They boast an eclectic portfolio of craft beers that tend to score the highest rating from RateBeer and Beer Advocate. Crème Brulee Stout is a seasonal offering from their impressive Blackwater Series that has earned a 98 point rating from Rate Beer. Beer for Dessert? Don’t mind if I do!
The beer pours almost black in color with dark amber hues. The head is thin and dissipates immediately. It is not your typically creamy white, but rather light brown in color. It pours thick, showcasing its full body. The first thing you notice is the viscosity of the beer in the glass.
On the first whiff you are overwhelmed by notes of caramel. Taking a second to let the caramel clear, you’ll then notice background notes of vanilla and creamy malt. Putting it all together, the nose carries the smell of, well, Crème Brulee!
On the palate you will notice a higher level of carbonation then the head would yield you to believe you would notice. Still, it is not a highly carbonated beer. The mouthfeel is thick, rich and silky. Initially, flavors of caramel, vanilla, and sweet cream dance across the palate. These sweet and luscious flavors combine with a marzipan note on the mid palate. The long finish is slightly bitter with hop notes balanced by the lighter sweetness of coffee liqueur. The sweetness on the palate changing to a slightly bitter finish is the perfect testament to the beer’s balance and complexity.
The beer really does taste like Crème Brulee (with a cup of espresso washing it down)! A great offering from Southern Tier that shouldn’t be missed!
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5
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