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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CaptDavyJones on 05-08-2013)
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4/5  rDev +9%

Bdel34, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of BradC
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with little head or lacing

Smells of dark fruit, plums.

A hint of roasted grains and then fruits, cherry, plums

Low carbonation and medium body no hint of the 8% abv

Overall a nice fruit beer, the wife loves it and I can sip on it

BradC, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of wizmasta
4/5  rDev +9%

wizmasta, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

IdrinkGas, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

threedaggers, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of JratBones
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

JratBones, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Drew88
4/5  rDev +9%

Drew88, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of huysmans
3/5  rDev -18.3%

huysmans, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a thick beige head that settles slowly. Low aroma of faint raisin and Cabernet, perhaps a touch of Cabernet. Interesting flavor of rich dark malt, darkly toasted, not roasted, with rich dark fruit flavors. Not sweet, but rich and well complemented to the malt. Firm bitterness against the malt, but no hop flavors. Rich and full mouthfeel, good beer.

far333, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a very dark brown color, with a tan head and good retention.

Smell - a sweet chocolate malt smell with the plums coming in as well.

Taste - Like the smell, it is a sweet chocolate/coffee malt taste, with the plums adding a fruity and tart element to it.

Mouthfeel - It is a bit light for a porter, carbonation is perfect.

Overall - It is a good combination of sweet and tart flavors, very good beer.

Captain_Komamura, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Oakenator, Jan 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

GRFounder, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of target88
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

target88, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of AnalogErik
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

AnalogErik, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with a reddish hue about the edges.

Chocolate and light roast aromas. Pleasant, but light. Plums add a slight sweetness and is perceptible.

It's an easy drinking porter. The plums add both earthy and sweet characteristics with a hint of leather. Southern Tier often goes overboard with the flavored beers (and I mean that in a good way) and this was much more user friendly than I expected.

Medium bodied, smooth, average carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer. Nothing terribly complex yet a nice twist on the style.

Vonerichs, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

eklie, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

andthevolcano, Dec 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

weeare138, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of chefhatt
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. The body is black but with purple hugh to it, it has a very small beige color head. The aroma is toasty and with some chocolatev notes and as it warms thev fruit comes through. The taste has a robust roasty malt flavor up front then a slight chocolate and the plum comes in on the end. Mouthfeel is good and overall is a darn good beer. Just have to let it warm up.

chefhatt, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cwd, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2013
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.