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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: CaptDavyJones on 05-08-2013

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled-on date 5/1/13.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a one-finger tan head.

Smell: Very fruit-forward, with a lot of plum up front along with raisins and fig. Toasted biscuit comes in followed by some dark chocolate. Slight alcohol aroma near the finish.

Taste: Malt body stands out much more than in the smell. Rich caramel malt, roasted malt, and dark chocolate take the forefront with the plum rounding out the taste. Some earthy hops sneak in as well. Definitely a bit hot on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium-to-low carbonation. I could go for a bit more body on this one.

Overall: A unique and very tasty take on the porter style. Ultimately I prefer my nice and roasty porters like Founders porter or Edmund Fitzgerald, but this is a nice change of pace.

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4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottling date of 05/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a hint of ruby. Solid tree fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma of chocolate malts with fruity hints from the plum. Roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and coffee along with hints of toast, cream, caramel, toffee, smoke, and nuts. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of plums, prune, fig, and raisin. Slight hint of anise spice. Fairly earthy with some hops in the background. A pretty big and rich aroma. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Follows the aroma, a rich and dark taste of sweet chocolate malts and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate, coffee beans, and toasted bread along with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, cream, nuts, and some smoked malt. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of plums, prune, raisin, berries, and fig. Also some notes of molasses and anise licorice spice. Some bitter earthy hops are also in the background. A very good roasty and rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and roasty. Finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a porter. Amped up dark roast flavors with a good dose of dark fruits.

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22oz into a wine glass.

A: Pours blackish with some auburn highlights and a small tan head.

S: Smells of roasted grain, dark chocolate, some caramel and fruity sweetness, perhaps from the plums.

T: Taste brings more roasted malt, bitter cocoa, toffee, coffee grounds, light hop bitterness, sweet grain. Finishes with a brief note of sharp charred grain.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A little more body and plum flavor and a little less roasted malt bitterness would make this better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For being advertised as a porter, this is far beyond the wheel!! But its great!! Very good hop action yet a smooth sweetness from the plum. Very drinkable and smooth for the alcohol content!! Watch out, they can go down quick!! You will dig southern tier plum noir!!

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

This is a great brew, but don't expect a knock your socks of kick in the mouth experience. It's subtle and tasteful. And tasty.

It opens nearly but not quite opaque. The head fizzles out but continues to fizzle. The aroma is subtle but complex. It could easily be overwhelmed by other aromas at the dinner table.

The taste is subtle. Not weak, just subtle. There is a lot going in with plums and whatever, but they are just there to mellow out the malt and hops tastes. They do this well. The aftertaste is nice. Slightly roasty and fruity.

This is a classy porter.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 05/02/13

A: Pours an almost black color (it's a dark ruby/mahogany when held up to the light) with a fingers worth of tan head that lasts for a couple minutes

S: A surprising amount of dark fruits, plums, and sweetness open things up with a light roasted maltiness in the back along with a hint of alcohol

T: Definitely switches over to the roasted malts in the taste, with a nice long roastiness opening things up. Goes into some dark chocolate notes before the plums and other dark fruits come along with a bit of caramel. Finishes lightly sweet and roasty

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice addition to the newly renovated Blackwater Series. Not nearly as sweet as the previous and current brews in the Series, which is a good thing. The plums make a nice addition to the base porter, and give it a good complexity. Solid brew, pick some up

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4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Plum Noir opens to a sweet, malty nose that smells immediately of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, with lesser notes of biscuit and Grape Nuts cereal, sweetened with molasses, wildflower honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Darker undertones of chocolate malt, coffee, and light ash add interesting textures, and an assortment of fruit esters, including berry, cherry, fig, white grape, and plum, do the same for the sweeter side. The addition of Italian plums noted on the label is not overly obvious; the beer certainly doesn’t smell like plum juice. It does seem, however, to add further complexity to the fruit esters, adding more fruit sweetness to what is otherwise a yeasty, malty, dark porter. As a whole, the aromas are very nice and enticing, and while there is a fairly strong fruity sweetness in here, there’s enough dark backing to prevent it from becoming overpowering.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a bold, black flavor that brings light coffee and ash, and heavier notes of toast crust, deeply baked brown breads, whole wheat dough, and biscuit. Sugars help offset this dark bready side, bringing in brown sugar, as well as touches of molasses, vanilla. A layer of fig, plum, berry, and cherry fruit esters adds further complexity, as does a touch of grapefruit from the hops. Toward the end of the mouthful, and existing especially in the aftertaste, the beer takes on a heavily ashy overtone, as of slightly burnt brown bread crusts, which combines with a surprisingly still strong fruit ester base, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is nice beer, being well balanced and very flavorful. The Italian plums don’t make as much of a presence as would be expected, mainly blending well with the other fruit esters, which works very nicely for the overall profile. Worth trying.

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Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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