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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
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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Ratings: 578 | Reviews: 115
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

DOB 05/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a smallish, short-lived, ecru head.

Smell: Sweetened espresso, cacao nibs, walnut, molasses, black peppercorns, and a hint of smokiness enveloped in the engaging plum aroma.

Taste: Coffee-toned roasted maltiness with a lush layer of molasses, charred walnuts, and bittersweet chocolate with a tiny wisp of acrid smoke. The maltiness and upfront sweetness is cut by the slightly tart-ish Italian plum fruit character. At times it intermingles with the malts, hinting at something along the lines of a black cherry cola, at other times it slides ahead giving a hint, when the alcohol warmth and a peppery spiciness is felt, a bit like a mulled wine. Peppery, sweetish, warming, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, a bit chewy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: With it's moderate (though not disproportionate) plum character set against a richly malty amped up porter it's a tasty brew.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a Chimay chalice.

AP: Not much head on it at all, just a dusting that disappears to small patches of light tan and cream. Colour looks black from a small distance, but hold it up to the light and it's a very deep rich plum.
AR: Chocolate, brown/candi sugars, dark fruits (plum, black cherries, figs). There's a licorice scent in there, but not in a candy way, more as a spice like licorice root.
T: The chocolate that was the dominant aroma in the nose is also the dominant flavour. There's still a bit of sweetness to this that has a fruit candy aspect to it, but not cloying sticky sweet. The plum makes an assertive appearance on the finish, like the juicy flesh of the fruit. It's not complex but it's rather tasty as the flavours work well together and compliment each other. As it warms several sips later I get a little sassafras/sarsaparilla (reflecting the licorice root I smelled in the nose?) with a hint of vanilla.
M: A bit light in body for a Porter, but the plum on the end gives it a silky smooth feel.
OV: Nicely balanced flavours that are tasty are the best part of this beer. It's pretty simple and straight forward, IMO. I would have preferred a heartier mouthfeel and bit more flavours to shine through, but it's a decent brew and worth trying.

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

A: just shy of opaque black in a stout flute glass, almost ivory head a couple of fingers high, smattering of lace down the sides

S: sweet fruits (plums?) and dark malts - hinting at chocolate and espresso

T: barest accent of plums and dark fruit in this smooth, caramel, chocolate, and black malt porter - nice flavors, mellow; flowery, fruity, and earthy notes amid the mellow roast of dark barley malt

M: medium-to-light body, smooth and easy-drinking, very subdued bitterness - it was so clean and fresh across the palate...

O: my favorite Southern tier beer yet - or at least right up there - complex flavors - not too sweet (which I consider a flaw in their stout offerings) - really good stuff.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is a tad below average and no lacing is left.

4.25 S: This smells pretty damn great. The plums work so well in this. Soft, but potent roastiness. Chocolate up front with caramel undertones. Plum fruitiness foremost then black currant and grape. It's not overly complex, but what is there fits together so well.

3.75 T: Taste is very good, but it can't compete with the beauty that is the nose. Same flavors overall. Supple roastiness, chocolate and caramel, plum, currant, grape, and a peppery spiciness.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing creaminess. With it, this would fit just perfectly.

3.5 D: Tasty brew with a great nose. Pick this up if you find it.

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Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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