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Pluff Mud Porter - Holy City Brewing

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MacQ32 on 07-27-2011

Pluff mud [plŭff-mŭd], noun, A mixture of dirt and water indigenous to the marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, with a distinct odor that’s endearing to locals, but off-putting to tourists and redcoats.

Our second flagship beer was an effort to bring the American Porter style to the Charleston market proper, while also making a beer that stays appealing as the mercury rises. We think we’ve succeeded in Pluff Mud Porter. It presents (and smells) like a classic porter, with subtle chocolate notes and a silky finish, but the medium body and tame ABV keep it refreshing at all times. Enjoy this throughout the year, in or out of the marsh.

21 IBU
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Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 37
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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass filled from 15 minute old growler fill.

Pours clear, dark red-brown; near opaque with a decent sized but weak beige head.

Lots of sweet caramel malts in the nose but the flavor is dominated by darker roasted malts. Excellent and balanced aftertaste with some coffee and a hint of dark chocolate.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

Photo of richkrull
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not a very tasty beer at all. Flavor seems off, almost tart. Strange porter for sure.

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt and chocolate aroma.
Appearance- This beer pours a dark brown with a small tan head.
Taste- Has a nice malt flavor that is more on the mild side for porters. very enjoyable.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a slightly oily texture that goes well with the flavor
Overall- A very solid porter. If you are new to porters this is a good one to try.

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured A massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, earth, milk chocolate, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation (almost velvety). Overall this was a pretty decent brew. While this one was quite tasty and pretty well balanced, it wasn't other worldly sadly. However, if you are a true porter fan and have never tried this one at least once, shame on you!

Photo of Gmann
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cola like brown color with a tight beige head with some big bubbles. The head settles into a small ring and left no lacing.

The aroma is of chocolate and wet bark. A very nice earthy aroma. There seems to be a subtle spice that I can't quite get my hands on. A bit twangy.

The aroma is of pumpernickel, slightly toasted. There is an odd lemony twang. Not sure what it is, maybe the low country water or actual pluff mud. Some wood to give the beer an earthy flavor. Not much chocolate in the flavor. Light bitterness in the finish. Its a solid porter but has some odd flavors.

Moderate to full body with active carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not overly so. Lightly bitter in the finish. Drinks fine.

The beer has a very solid porter base but has a weird twang to it that I can't quite get behind. Enjoyable enough.

Photo of Bung
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at Sesame Burgers.
Slightly darker than cola dark brown pour. Pretty much no head or lacing.

Aroma, a minerally and earthy toasted malt and chocolate.

Taste, best part here where it counts most at least. Nice chocolates, peat, caramel, toasted malt. Reminded me a bit of a light oyster stout.

Lighter and easy drinking. Heavy side of light bodied. More carbonation than the appearance showed. Went well with the food, don't be afraid of it filling you up.

Photo of UnderPressure
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown. "Coca-Cola fizz" colored head.
Chocolate milk and slight sharp, metallic aroma.
Earthy roastiness and cocoa flavor. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.
"Thinnish" mouhfeel. Average to high amount of carbonation.
Overall, this beer fits well within the style guidelines, and is a decent brew, if you like porters.

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Vineyard 55, Bluffton, SC

A: The beer appears jet black when viewed from afar but clear and very dark red when viewed from afar. It poured with a thin beige head.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malt extracts and some faint hints of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a relative light and easy drinking porter, but feels like it could have a little more body.

Photo of DanielMB
4/5  rDev +6.4%

This is a solid offering. The flavor is heavy on caramel, coffee, and chocolate. It's quite toasty and earthy, appropriately conjuring up images of mud. However, the mouth feel is a bit thin; it's a little light-bodied for a porter. It's still a solid offering.

Photo of zac16125
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a mug
no bottling date

Holy City's first bottled beer, I believe.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with lightening on the edges. One fingers width of light mocha colored head dissipates down fairly quickly but leaves lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: Lots of very nice roasted malt aromas, accompanied by baker's chocolate and black coffee. Not overly complex, but exactly what a porter should smell like. Great aroma.

T: Roasted malt, heavy cream, hints of dark fruit, semi-sweet chocolate, stale blonde roast coffee. A very nice, long lingering aftertaste of cocoa and coffee.

M/D: Very smooth, carbonation appropriately low, on the thinner side but otherwise a great mouthfeel. Drinkability is well above average.

O: Overall, a very good beer. Great porter aromas and lots of flavor , but still very drinkable. I definitely recommend this one.

Photo of brewcore
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass at Sesame Burger Park Circle. Re-reviewed after having it a few more times.

A: Black as night with a 1.5 finger tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin tan ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

S: All malts as it should be. Malts smell deeply roasted almost burnt.

T: Not as roasted as the nose or appearance suggests. Medium roasted malts with a barely detectable hop presence. The smell of the roast on the malts suggests a dark roasted flavor, but the roasted flavor is actually on the lighter side and unimposing.

M: Very light and surprisingly smooth for a porter. High drinkability.

O: Smoothness and relative lightness (for the style) lends itself to being a porter that can be enjoyed in warmer weather. The best "all season" porter I have tried. If I decide a want a dark beer in the warmer months (which is about 3/4 of the year in Charleston) this fits the bill. Come colder weather, I will likely reach for something heavier. Don't write this one off if you see it on tap in the middle of summer; it will surprise you.

Photo of bendukes86
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great taste! Love a local brew!

Photo of Hawkster316
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good porter. They had it on tap at Bully's in Myrtle Beach.

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, oatmeal, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, oatmeal, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, feel, and blend.

Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Closed For Business.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some red highlights. A two finger tan head forms with good retention, and plenty of lace left in rings.
S: Roasted malts, coffee and cream. The roast is kind of the show here. Not overly acrid, but very roasty.
T: Again, the roasted malts are the show. Light coffee, some dark chocolate and cream. Though roast all the way. Simple, and a little one sided.
M/D: A medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit on the watery side. Not hard to drink. I can have a few of these without a problem.

I do like it. Though just a bit overly simplistic. Nothing wrong with that. Just an easy drinker.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pluff Mud Porter is a local favorite and pretty much ubiquitous at any respectable bottle shop, craft bar... hell... even gas station around Charleston. As porters go, this one is unique in it's appeal throughout the warmer months, but retains it's place during the winter months.... a season that is traditionally filled with more robust offerings. I have had this beer countless times and have only stopped to give it a proper review now, as this is the first time that I have had it poured from a can. Picked up a 6-pack at a nearby Sunoco (they carry a surprisingly good beer selection, some on tap). I'm really rooting for this because the local pints, fresh growler pours, and even the bottled bombers have cemented this beer as a personal favorite. Just to be safe *wink *wink* I have sampled 3 cans. You know... for scientific reasons. Honestly, I'm glad that I did, because this review would have suffered mightily if I wrote about the first one. The pour was quite aggressive (sloshing in to a New Belgium tulip glass), yet the head was minimal, short-lived, and there was virtually no retention. No signs of lacing. It was immediately clear that this beer had lost some of it's luster. In fact, past growlers and bottles were so lively that I often had to pour them in stages. What a contrast. The aroma was toned down as well. Soft milk chocolate, faint roasted grain, raisins and flat cola. Pleasant, but lacking that distinct pluff mud scent, and absent the classic porter profile. The color was a deep, dark brown, with only the faintest glimmer of light around the edges. It certainly obscures the light, but reminds me of the tannin-soaked waters of Cypress Gardens. Clean, yet dark and mysterious. The flavor provided a cereal sweetness, with a flash of tangy bitterness & ashy grain. Popcorn kernels with burnt edges came to mind. The body was lackluster, lifeless and weak. This was not the beer that I fell in love with. Absent were many of the complexities that I've come to expect from this beer. Where was the bakers chocolate finish and hints of powdered cocoa? Where was that signature scent that conjures the marshes of the Lowcountry? Where was the vibrant mouthfeel and spirited suds? Fortunately, the other cans have redeemed it. Naturally, I would still prefer a fresh pour to the canned alternative, but it must be said that something has been lost in translation with each aluminum ambassador. You would think that my senses would be heightened on the first pour, but that just goes to illustrate the difference between each experience. At it's best, this is a year-round staple that could adorn any fridge. From the seasoned craft connoisseur, to the burgeoning beer advocate. At it's worst (canned) it ranges from marginal to magnificent. I am just happy that I can continue to get this beer on tap!

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this American style porter at the brewery in a pint glass. This porter poured a dark brown/black color, produced a thick tan head, below average retention and very little lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this porter consisted of roasted malt and suggestions of dark chocolate. Medium in body, this porter had a foundation of lightly roasted malt, dark chocolate, no detectable hops. Overall, this was an average attempt at an american porter. Worth a try.

Photo of everythingiszen
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, impenetrable black. Very lightly carbonated, not unlike a dopplebock. Lighter body for the style, but the lighter carbonation makes it feel a bit heavier than it is. Smells of smoky malt and a bit of chocolate, with a noticeable amount of alchy smell. Sweet malts that immediately greet the palate develop more towards smoke before mellowing out into the chocolate. Subtle alchy bite considering how much it is in the nose and how little the actual ABV is (5.5.%). 21 IBUs makes sense for how little bitterness/hop character there is(n’t). Pretty good, but wouldn’t be a go-to for me probably just because of the style.

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: On-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown/black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, creamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing at all.

S: A very muted aroma of malt and not much else.

T: There was a little bit of roasted malt in the flavor, but what I really tasted was the overbearing amount of alcohol. It was pervasive and not well-masked in the least. Not very appetizing.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers with some decent good attributes, but it fails in the flavor department.

Photo of Jagfa18
4.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very good porter. Lighter in body but very deep rich taste.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

big thanks to Shilt for sending this one my way a while back. enjoyed from an uneven hoptron boutique snifter.

brew exploded when i opened it and probably about half the bottle gushed out...thank goodness i was outside. it naturally poured a full glass of head on the first pour, but once things calmed down it poured pewter black with a greyish tan head that was massive and hung out for a while.

smell is charred black malt and vanilla. very roasty but super charred.

taste boasts nice chocolate notes and charred vanilla.

feel is very porter, but also over carbonated.

overall the flavor is nice on this one but the fell and over char hold it back. decidedly a porter and would be more robust and better if the char was dialed back as well as the carbonation.

Photo of Zach136
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep brown with a touch of light peeking through the edges. OK head/lacing.

Aroma/flavor: light roast and earthy hop. Touch of dark fruit on the palate.

Mouthfeel: a touch too sticky and lingering roast for my taste.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque deep brown, with one finger of light brown head and low visible carbonation.

S: Nice roasted malts, a bit of sweet coffee, a bit of roast nuttiness, and some hoppy bitterness.

T: Follows the nose well. Roasty toasty malts, hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a nice roasted bitterness with just hints of hop bitterness.

M: Somewhat thin body and mouthfeel for a porter. Decent carbonation sensation and a low alcohol presence.

O: Nothing particular to complain about but not everything a porter can be. Pedestrian, but not bad.

Photo of Gote
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ordered this on tap at Sesame Burgers & Brew in Charleston. The waiter brought me a glass of 10W-30 with a dirty head. I had to take 3 wiffs because it smelled just like a good porter should. It had the chocolate and coffee flavor that could make it a light stout. Absolutely wonderful full flavor beer. On a side note; Best. Onion rings. Ever.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Way overcarbonated and pours out all foam; after a few minutes, the liquid makes an impressive appearance but the appearance damage was already done; great stickage and lacing, though

Smell: Roasty tones, with chocolate and coffee underpinning

Taste: Roasted grain, with chocolate/coffee flavors arriving in the middle; slightly thin and grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but rather overcarbonated

Overall: If this is not Holy City's first bottled beer, it is one of the first, and clearly they have a bit to learn about carbonation levels in a bottling run; the beer has the makings of a decent porter otherwise

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Pluff Mud Porter from Holy City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.