Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Plum Noir opens to a sweet, malty nose that smells immediately of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, with lesser notes of biscuit and Grape Nuts cereal, sweetened with molasses, wildflower honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Darker undertones of chocolate malt, coffee, and light ash add interesting textures, and an assortment of fruit esters, including berry, cherry, fig, white grape, and plum, do the same for the sweeter side. The addition of Italian plums noted on the label is not overly obvious; the beer certainly doesn’t smell like plum juice. It does seem, however, to add further complexity to the fruit esters, adding more fruit sweetness to what is otherwise a yeasty, malty, dark porter. As a whole, the aromas are very nice and enticing, and while there is a fairly strong fruity sweetness in here, there’s enough dark backing to prevent it from becoming overpowering.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a bold, black flavor that brings light coffee and ash, and heavier notes of toast crust, deeply baked brown breads, whole wheat dough, and biscuit. Sugars help offset this dark bready side, bringing in brown sugar, as well as touches of molasses, vanilla. A layer of fig, plum, berry, and cherry fruit esters adds further complexity, as does a touch of grapefruit from the hops. Toward the end of the mouthful, and existing especially in the aftertaste, the beer takes on a heavily ashy overtone, as of slightly burnt brown bread crusts, which combines with a surprisingly still strong fruit ester base, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.
Overall, this is nice beer, being well balanced and very flavorful. The Italian plums don’t make as much of a presence as would be expected, mainly blending well with the other fruit esters, which works very nicely for the overall profile. Worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 18:41:01 | More by jondeelee
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3.99/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a nearly opaque black with subtle garnet highlights and a clinging tan head.
S: Mild aromas of coffee, vanilla bean, sweet cream, dark chocolate, roasted grain, caramel, raisins, ripe plums, and earthy, lemony hops are present on the nose.
T: Notes of caramel, coffee, roasted grain, vanilla bean, sweet cream, dark chocolate, plums, figs, raisins, Medjool dates, black currants, lemon, herbs, and leather fill the mouth. The finish is smooth and mellow with plenty of dark fruit, caramel, and lemony, herbal hop notes.
M: Medium-to-full in body, silky, and smooth. Carbonation is active and prickly on entry, but soon mellows and fades. Alcohol is so restrained as to be virtually undetectable. A little fuller in body than many American porters, but still easy to drink.
O: An impressive porter. The addition of plums works really well with the citrusy, herbal hop and chocolaty roasted grain notes. Recommended for fans of darker, more robust ales.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 18:37:25 | More by mrfrancis
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.