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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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83
good

541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | 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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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-28-2013 04:30:21 | More by jenray
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

12-26-2013 00:19:47 | More by weeare138
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-25-2013 23:11:06 | More by DerekQXQX
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-25-2013 01:00:45 | More by chefhatt
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cwd

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-24-2013 06:06:38 | More by cwd
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-22-2013 03:29:24 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-15-2013 18:02:48 | More by BillRoth
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

12-15-2013 16:59:24 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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camartin27

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-14-2013 20:16:25 | More by camartin27
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mactrail

Washington

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
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-13-2013 07:07:35 | More by Rojada1988
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

12-12-2013 07:35:51 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Alex5

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -72.8%

12-10-2013 02:29:44 | More by Alex5
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Ultra-Plinian

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%

12-08-2013 23:01:36 | More by Ultra-Plinian
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-07-2013 13:45:32 | More by rbmjr1
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blameo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-05-2013 23:19:44 | More by blameo
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9%

12-05-2013 04:20:21 | More by Mugenlude
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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
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canawler

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

11-30-2013 02:55:30 | More by canawler
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-30-2013 02:01:32 | More by Zaphog
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-28-2013 21:05:09 | More by muskiesman
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kynap55

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9%

11-28-2013 19:34:20 | More by kynap55
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dheacck11

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Super dark black with just a hint of garnet in the light. No real head, but some fancy lacing.
Smells really sweet and boozy. Dark cherries, figs, plum, chocolate and sweet bourbon. Nice. Taste is interesting. Definitely a lot of sweet up front, similar to the nose, but getting a lot more chocolate here, especially towards the finish. Little bitter roast on the finish.
Quite thick and full feel. But still feels more porter-y than stout-y, though very very close.

Nice bottle. Good unique flavors. Not super complex, but perhaps as it warms a bit. Glad to have tried it.

11-28-2013 00:14:39 | More by dheacck11
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-27-2013 03:49:16 | More by oglmcdgl
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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