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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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83
good

525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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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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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-24-2013 17:55:21 | More by jayhunter357
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adamette

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that my brother Pete brought directly back from the brewery a few weeks ago. Thanks Pete! "DOB 05/02/13" stamped near the base of the bottle. Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Very dark brown body lets the minimum of light through in front of direct light since it glows a VERY dark mahogany in that situation only. Otherwise it appears to not let any light through, a pleasing dark body. Head is medium brown and pleasingly silky and thick but dissipated down to a single layer within a minute. 3.5

S Well, a porter with dark fruits. Nothing steps out and grabs my attention in the smell. If anything it may be a bit “distant” for my sensibilities. 3.0

T Happy to report that the taste offers more than the smell. On top of a nice solid porter base are the Italian Plums but they are not dominating, they provide more of a nice accompaniment to the porter. Dark roast malt makes a comeback of sorts in the taste late as it lingered on my tongue. Certainly an interesting taste. I find the taste a bit gimmicky though. When I am in the mood for a porter I really don’t think that I need any competing or complimentary tastes. Anyway, my proclivities aside, this is a good tasting porter. 4.0

M Feel is thin like the smell suggested (the “distant” smell noted above) in the beginning but some nice porter bitterness lingers late in the taste. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is only fair. This is a “big beer” with the 8.0% ABV and it is a sipper. Overall this is a solid porter. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:51:17 | More by adamette
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-23-2013 21:06:40 | More by Denzo
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-23-2013 04:14:08 | More by Kelp
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StompingClover

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

11-23-2013 03:35:32 | More by StompingClover
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours pitch black and thin with a 1.5 finger light mocha colored head with moderate retention. Lacing is sparse and stringy with good cling,. Oily legs. Solid.

Nose is plum, anise, liquorice, roasted malt, smoke and sweet ash. A touch awkward. Aromatic.

Opens smoky and ashy plum and liquorice. More plum, roast and smoke in the middle with a grainy, smoky malt finish. Ashy and abrasive on the aftertaste. This is not very good.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and goes down bubbly and foamy. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Okay.

Not a winner. The concept sounds delicious but the execution is just not there with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:15:43 | More by SpeedwayJim
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gatorlove

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-17-2013 16:11:54 | More by gatorlove
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MastaShonuf

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-17-2013 16:02:45 | More by MastaShonuf
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-16-2013 00:11:38 | More by Lanstrum
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-08-2013 17:17:33 | More by Benesi88
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2013 04:20:25 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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Rudy

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-03-2013 07:27:14 | More by Rudy
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-02-2013 21:57:08 | More by MNBeerGeek
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!"

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:37:27 | More by jwc215
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

11-01-2013 03:48:55 | More by rolltide8425
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-28-2013 04:18:58 | More by gtermi
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

10-28-2013 01:33:28 | More by DelicateDelirium
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.