Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
Cask at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY
A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down, leaving a din collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose—plums become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more flavorful—the plum flavors are a little stronger and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a porter, particularly after it warms up when the plums start showing up in the smell and taste.
05-25-2013 01:18:16 | More by metter98
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
The Blackwater Series took left turn into Italy with a plumb-infusion that layers upon a roasty healthy heaping of American Porter! The unexpected combination dips its toes into a slim wine-like world.
But like Porters, the beer separates with a clear tawny ruby body and a tanned creme to float atop. Stong creamy retention lasts the session confidently and denotes each drink with well defined rings of lace. It's a fine and masculine looking Porter.
Scented with burnt toast, roasted nuts, soft molasses, cocoa and fresh ground coffee- the beer's Porter roots are well established. But the decoration of dark fruit peaks through the malt and offers up a tinge of tart berry-like aroma. Slightly wine-like the fruit can easily be mistaken for red grapes or a host of berries.
Its full flavor wraps around the tongue with early sweetness of blackstrap molasses- then layers upon with coffee, walnuts, toast, and cocoa without ever stepping over to overly roasted taste. Again, the subtleties of fruit emerge with a pleasant tart taste of plumb. Subtle enough in fact that the fruit contributions remain somewhat obscure and are generally of the dark, pitted varieties. Its dry malt taste carries a coffee-like bitterness to close its taste toasty and acidic.
Full bodied, the beer's premiere creaminess holds firm deep into the session, and forbidding any premature turn to dryness or lightness. But finishing malty-dry and lightly astringent, the beer lingers with burnt sugars, toast, and fruit.
Plumb Noir is an effortless taste that makes Porter making look early. Where the understated taste shyly reserves its praise, the fruit is yet too timid to make any meaningful impact. Any fruitiness tasted could easily been assumed to be yeast esters instead of additions.
05-18-2013 03:00:00 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a smallish, short-lived, ecru head.
Smell: Sweetened espresso, cacao nibs, walnut, molasses, black peppercorns, and a hint of smokiness enveloped in the engaging plum aroma.
Taste: Coffee-toned roasted maltiness with a lush layer of molasses, charred walnuts, and bittersweet chocolate with a tiny wisp of acrid smoke. The maltiness and upfront sweetness is cut by the slightly tart-ish Italian plum fruit character. At times it intermingles with the malts, hinting at something along the lines of a black cherry cola, at other times it slides ahead giving a hint, when the alcohol warmth and a peppery spiciness is felt, a bit like a mulled wine. Peppery, sweetish, warming, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, a bit chewy. Medium carbonation.
Overall: With it's moderate (though not disproportionate) plum character set against a richly malty amped up porter it's a tasty brew.
06-08-2013 02:56:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.84/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured out as a nice deep black color with a mocha colored head on top. The retention on this one was pretty good but there wasn't too much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is roasted, some subtle sweetness in there that might have come from the Plums but could just be the malts also. There is an earthy aroma to this beer also and not much in way of hops. The taste is mostly roasted and chocolate with a subtle earthy sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, good carbonation and easy drinking. Overall it's a decent porter, nothing too special here though. It's good but not great.
05-29-2013 16:23:39 | More by Knapp85
3.34/5 rDev -9%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
It was a popular film genre in the fruit world of the 1930s. (Yeah, that wasn't forced or anything...) Anyway, this stuff pours a dark midnight sienna topped by two fingers of sandstone foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder (verging on dark chocolate), light coffee, light roasted malts, and a vague sense of dark fruits (though not necessarily plum, interestingly enough). The taste brings in more of the same, with some mild roast and coffee notes overshadowing the erstwhile cocoa leader and the fruit even vaguer, tending toward the skins. It's a strange combination in the end, though, one that just comes across as a touch unsettling. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice enough beer, I suppose; it's not bad, but it's not something I wanna drink again, really.
05-30-2013 19:55:56 | More by TMoney2591
3.76/5 rDev +2.5%
On-tap 7/31/13 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts with a hearty roasted malt character followed by some flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. There’s some dark fruit (obviously plums) and smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sweet.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter to drink for a while.
08-03-2013 00:20:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours an effervescent brown/walnut with a pinky of fast falling caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Plums & smokeyness
T: Follows the nose, a touch of charcoal up front, some carob notes as well. Plums & smokeyness as this warms along with faint cocoa notes, much dryness. Finishes with plummy sweetness & smokeyness
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice warming sensation
Might pick up a bottle to age, but not really working for me in the here & now
06-13-2013 04:35:53 | More by russpowell
3.84/5 rDev +4.6%
Southern Tier Plum Noir, Imperial Porter with Italian Plums.
Dark brown color, utterly opaque, big, creamy tan head, leaving lace, and looking lovely. Looking good.
Aroma: dark, rich, roasty, coffee and toffee, with dark fruit rising up from below. Slightly sweet, slightly tart. Definitely plummy, but it's more delicate, and in no way a fruit-forward thing. Don't think that's either possible, or wise, if you're going to do this right. Great complexity here, I like it lots.
Taste: Brisk, bright, and fruity, though floating over a dark, malty morass. An intriguing mix, to say the least. Rich and thick, some bitterness, small sweetness, great balance. This is not a typical imperial porter, just enough of this, plenty more of that.
Is it silky smooth? Almost. Is it fruit-tastic? Pretty much. It's all these things, and more. bright and fruity…some bitterness, massive malt, and extra deliciousness.
…a little wine-y...a little plummy...plenty richness. Good stuff, Southern Tier, keep it up!
12-03-2013 04:30:37 | More by feloniousmonk
3.96/5 rDev +7.9%
This was purchased at Wegman's , enjoyed chilled from a tulip out of the bomber.
The color is piano black with opaque clarity and two fingers of pale tan cream with ultra fine bead, lace sticks as a film. The smell is very roasted with some chocolate malt aroma and slight sweet fruity ester combined with a mild caramel accent. The feel is very good with some mild roasted textures and moderately carbonated with gentle sweetness and low bitterness and subtle alcohol with a light char--like dry finish.
The taste is somewhat coffee flavored with some sweet caramel on the tip of the tongue which segues into a more chocolate-like creamy flavor with some char from the dark malt in the peripheral taste. The flavor of plum is mild but seems to increase in the porter as it warms with a gentle acidic aspect that blends well with the mild bitterness from the highly kilned malt with a slight hint of alcohol but it is well hidden in this semi-big brew. The flavor of the plums seems to go well with the malt bill since it doesn't stand out and yet is complimentary with a taste you might find in some imperial porters anyway. Overall I enjoyed this and it went down way easier than I expect which is why the overall score gets a boost. I would certainly enjoy this again since it is a good value based on taste
09-05-2013 23:34:35 | More by Slatetank
3.71/5 rDev +1.1%
not sure if this is a winter release only or not, but it is some of southern tiers more interesting work, and it fits on winter solstice day pretty well. chocolate brown color to this, with the lightest of pink glows from the fruit. the head is thick and rich and somewhere between wallpaper beige and dockers tan. it smells only moderately fruity, with roasted barley and bakers chocolate being far more assertive. you could call this a stout instead of a porter and fool me as far as the nose goes, but the flavor is a bit lighter, with abundant ale yeast and chocolate hints. the fruit acts more as a sweetener and an acid than as a flavor agent, but it transforms a fairly ordinary strong porter into a work of art. i like the way this all comes together, with some chocolate sweet and fruity tartness, its a strange but cohesive dynamic. mouth coating brew, just upper medium in terms of body, but it feels light when its cold. bigger as it warms, but still a decisive holiday feel. clever beer, id like to see more done with plums.
12-22-2013 09:19:30 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Very dark red-tinted walnut color with a nice brownish head in the Ciney snifter. Quite spritzy with some silkiness in the mouthfeel. The aroma is plum wine, alcohol, and a whiff of licorice. Slightly sweet and richly malty. The fruit flavor has that tangy fresh prune flavor, though it's a little peculiar mixed with the charred grain taste that gradually takes over the aftertaste.
This is an interesting strong brew with a fruit flavor that seems at odds with the very dark malt. Kind of a coffee grounds and charcoal rasp at the finish. I think I'd be looking for the Plum Saison next time. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
12-14-2013 03:17:33 | More by mactrail
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours between very dark brown and black with a nice lingering tan head that leaves spotted lacing.
The smell is of plumbs, roasted coffee and charcoal.
The taste is of a slightly burnt porter with a sweet fruitiness - plum - or raisin. Slight vinegar comes through while keeping a sweet, roasted character. The hint of hops comes in a subtle earthy tone. The taste is not quite as complex as the nose, in my opinion. The alcohol does show it's strength, though it doesn't block out the taste. I taste an almost rich porter mixed with a red wine like fruitiness. Caramel comes out as it progresses. The finish lingers in a sweet, boozy way.
It is medium-bodied - slightly slick, but smooth.
This is an "interesting" brew. To be honest, I had a bit of a hard time with the scores here - mixed feelings about this one. It does have a dark, fruity character. No problem finishing it - and I think it's a well-made porter with a fruity aspect - it's unique - It just doesn't get to the point of "Gimme more!"
11-02-2013 01:37:27 | More by jwc215
3.94/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/2" head.
Smell: roasted malts and a fruity overtone is pleasant on the nose.
Taste: roasted malt, mild coffee tones, hint of chocolate, and a decent plum flavor. Bitterness provides a bit of earthiness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.
Overall: a nice fruitier porter that is quite enjoyable. Slower sipping beer that would go well with BBQ.
06-30-2013 18:33:33 | More by Gavage
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.