Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.34/5 rDev -9%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
It was a popular film genre in the fruit world of the 1930s. (Yeah, that wasn't forced or anything...) Anyway, this stuff pours a dark midnight sienna topped by two fingers of sandstone foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder (verging on dark chocolate), light coffee, light roasted malts, and a vague sense of dark fruits (though not necessarily plum, interestingly enough). The taste brings in more of the same, with some mild roast and coffee notes overshadowing the erstwhile cocoa leader and the fruit even vaguer, tending toward the skins. It's a strange combination in the end, though, one that just comes across as a touch unsettling. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a nice enough beer, I suppose; it's not bad, but it's not something I wanna drink again, really.
05-30-2013 19:55:56 | More by TMoney2591
4.51/5 rDev +22.9%
Poured into snifter. Deep warm brown to black with a thick tan head that fades semi-quickly. Smells of coffee and roasted malt, but a bit smoother than you'd expect, and with a hint of the plum sweet smell at the end. Tastes almost more like a stout; the bitter roasted tastes are barely present. In their place is a full creamy mouthfeel, sweet caramel and chocolate with the bitter flavors barely coming in at the end before being snuffed out by slight dark fruit sweetness. I was almost hoping for more presence from the plum (although I wouldn't want this to be a fruit beer by any measure). Still, a great and unique beer from ST.
05-30-2013 00:27:08 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.84/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured out as a nice deep black color with a mocha colored head on top. The retention on this one was pretty good but there wasn't too much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is roasted, some subtle sweetness in there that might have come from the Plums but could just be the malts also. There is an earthy aroma to this beer also and not much in way of hops. The taste is mostly roasted and chocolate with a subtle earthy sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, good carbonation and easy drinking. Overall it's a decent porter, nothing too special here though. It's good but not great.
05-29-2013 16:23:39 | More by Knapp85
3.31/5 rDev -9.8%
A-pours a coca cola color with a tan head with excellent retention
S-mainly plum, hint of chocolate
T-lots of sweet plum, not getting much else. A bit of roasted chocolate here and there
O-Not a bad beer but not as complex as I was expecting/hoping
05-29-2013 00:21:02 | More by atr2605
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
A little on the lighter side for a porter. Appears to have a pretty thin body with a good head that dies quickly.
Smells roasty, sweet, and of red fruit. Very similar in character to a quad, sans the rich creamy appearance. I find some notes of toffee, brown sugar, and faint barrel (which is clearly my imagination). I like the smell here.
Flavor is not impressive. A little bitter on the front end, and cohesively, the beer is a confusing mixture of a porter, a quad, and a stout. I don't really think it works well. The flavor is much more bitter and acidic than the nose. I almost get a coffee aftertaste here. Although the beer is sweet, I am happy ST toned down the sweetness in this Blackwater. Thank god for that.
Mouthfeel is medium and quite effervescent. It would be nice if the beer was heavier.
This beer is good, but nothing more. I really don't get too much distinctive plum flavor, unfortunately (besides the general flavor of "red fruit"). I think they could have owned this beer a bit more.
05-28-2013 01:42:08 | More by lunarbrew
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
a deep brown/black pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of sweet chocolate, a hint of sweet plum, brown sugar.. very mellow scents. the roasted bitterness from the toasted grains and light amount of hops balances out the subtle chocolate/sweet plum tastes. a really nice porter, and a big surprise - to be honest i had pretty low expectations after smelling and not picking up much in the nose. lighter medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.
this is a pretty nice heavy, yet sweet porter. light and easy to drink buy heavy on the alcohol (though not noticeable). very sweet, makes for a good dessert beer.
05-27-2013 10:32:07 | More by facundoCNB
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
22 oz to a tulip glass
a- pours a darkreddish brown borderline black, thin white head
s- toffee, toasted grain, sweet welchs grape jucie and plum on the finish
t- sweet plums, toasted grain, some chocolate,
m- medium bodied, dry,
o- interesting brew, lots of fruit juice mixed up in a porter, some sips i taste the porter some i get the plum, sometimes i get them both. Not bad at all.
05-27-2013 02:45:42 | More by gabedivision
3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
22oz bomber. Bottled on 5/1/13. Served in a snifter
Appearance: Pours a brown, slightly darker than cola color with 1 finger of a khaki colored head. Body is dark, but not opaque.
Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark fruit, earthy, with a hint of vinous character.
Taste: Follows the nose closely. Roasted malt, coffee, burnt toast, light tartness. Plum is subdued, but does add some additional subtle complexity.
Mouthfeel: Fuller end of medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Low lingering roasty bitterness in the finish.
Overall: Pretty tasty imperial porter. Doesn't rank up there with some of the best of the style, but It's definitely worth a try.
05-25-2013 06:52:56 | More by Jonada
3.81/5 rDev +3.8%
Cask at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY
A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down, leaving a din collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose—plums become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more flavorful—the plum flavors are a little stronger and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a porter, particularly after it warms up when the plums start showing up in the smell and taste.
05-25-2013 01:18:16 | More by metter98
Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.