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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Plum NoirPlum Noir

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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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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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
Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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

target88, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
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
Photo of eklie
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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

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

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of weeare138
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
Photo of cwd
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
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

TheSleepyMonkey, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby to black with minimal head.

Smell is rich chocolate, coffee and hints of ripe fruit.

Taste is toasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Lot of smokiness. Not as much fruit as in the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was fair.

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of camartin27
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

camartin27, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

mactrail, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Rojada1988, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never given this a go before. It looked different than anything out there and after having this, I could certainly say that this was the case. There was a lot of complexity here and the plum flavor didn't overwhelm the taste or mouthfeel of this. Because there was oat and chocolate notes in this, it made this Porter more like a Stout as the roasted characteristic of a Porter were just a bit more recessed. Since the alcohol was nicely hidden, this was relatively easy to quaff as well!

Of course, the pour was dark to this but not quite black, with a creamy head and a somewhat fair amount of lacing. A bit of a smoky smell to this along with plum skin and at first, I thought that this would be sticky like a Scotch Ale. The oat gave this a wonderful body and some taste and combined with the bitter chocolate, really let this beer shine while enhancing the plums as well. Not strong, not boozy, and not too aggressive, this served nicely as a "dessert beer" without any strong, lingering notes in the aftertaste. While not a silky like some Stouts, this was not as "rough" as a Porter nor as chewy.

Even though I split this with a friend, I finished most of the bomber off and by the end of the bottle, I could feel just a bit of the alcohol. This never felt like a wine nor any Imperial style of beer and had I had some tart squares or cheesecake, it would have gone wonderfully with this. I always enjoy a beer that is a meal unto itself and is unlike anything else on the shelf and this certainly fit the bill. While not for everyone, most aficionados will get a kick out of this as it combines the best aspects of a Stout, Porter, and fruit beer. Warmly recommended!

JerzDevl2000, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of Alex5
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4/5  rDev +9%

Ultra-Plinian, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of rbmjr1
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

rbmjr1, Dec 07, 2013
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.