Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.08/5 rDev +11.2%
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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3.26/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Grabbed this on sale. Pours cola brown and appears darker as it collects in the glass. Minimal brown head present. The nose features mellow chocolate and roast with a slight hint of plum towards the end. The chocolate is rich and dark, the plum is understated but does bring a nice dark fruit note to the nose. The taste isn't nearly as good as the nose would lead you to believe. There is some chocolate to start but the plum competes with these flavors. It takes a turn to plum juice notes that adds a bit of unpleasant acidity to the flavor. The finish is just a mess and leaves a bad aftertaste. The body is silky with low carbonation. Overall, this beer feels a bit like the base for Choklat, but the plum does no favors for this beer. Too bad.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 23:44:43 | More by homebrew311
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.