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Pluff Mud Porter - Holy City Brewing

Pluff Mud Porter
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85
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.1%


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:
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

(Beer added by: MacQ32 on 07-27-2011)
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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!

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02-08-2014 22:19:52 | More by thagr81us
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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From: Extra from jhusc1, thanks!
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Founders snifter

Holy City's Pluff Mud Porter is a dry, harshly roasted beer with hints of vanilla, cocoa, and sweetness atop a fairly overwhelming char flavor. In all honesty, I've made more enjoyable homebrew errors than this - it's a clear usage of too much dark malt, which I would have expected a "professional" brewer to know. Not one I'd get out again.

Pours an explosively-sized head of many, many centimeters in height, eventually settling to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, with heavy and complex patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black, with light bringing about no change in coloration. Carbonation only visible along the sides of the glass, as the body is opaque, high in number and activity.

Aroma of black malt contributing charred toast flavors, a bit of vanilla, and subtle phenolics that perhaps hint at the beginnings of an infected beer, of unknown bacterial origin.

Overall flavor is of harsh, roasted malt that's astringent and like burnt toast, with hints of vanilla, cocoa, and residual sweetness. Front of palate tastes slightly harsh and plastic-like phenols, astringency from roasted malt, charred bread, light vanilla, very low sweetness. Mid-palate of charred bread, vanilla, roasted malt astringency and sourness, and only slight sweetness. Back of palate tastes roasted malt astringency, burnt toast, light vanilla and low sweetness. Aftertaste of charred bread, light cocoa, low sweetness, somewhat harsh.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a beer that is intensely fizzy and foamy upon hitting the palate. The beer is obviously too carbonated for the style and itself. Closes dryly, with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:33:46 | More by falloutsnow
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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 135 ratings.