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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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577 Ratings
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Ratings: 577
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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Photo of teromous
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black opaque body with just a hint of red-brown around the edges. Light tan fluffy head with good retention and some pock-mark lacing.

S: I pick up notes of chocolate, coffee, and sawdust. I smell no plum or fruit scents at all.

T: I get a lot of chocolate flavor, with a light roasted backbone. There's a bit of a wood flavor, like oak. I get zero plum flavor, which is a bit of a disappointment. Some charcoal flavor in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is very full and robust. Despite the fullness, it leaves a pretty dry sensation in the mouth after drinking, which I don't traditionally feel in porters.

O: Overall I was not that pleased with this beer. I would have liked to taste some plum flavors in the beer. I normally get more plum flavor out of Belgian beers that don't even have plums. The beer as porter (without the pretense of plums) is pretty good, but it seemed a bit too smokey and the beer felt far too dry.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. DOB 5/01/13 (1 month old)

Pours out almost opaque black, a dark brown rubiness is just visible when held up to the light. A nice creamy, thick 2 fingers of light tan, light mocha colored head. Good retention and good lacing.

Aroma seems to be lacking a bit. Fruity esters dominate somewhat, dark fruits, a lot of this probably coming from the plums as well. Some creamy mocha aromas come in as it warms.

Plums are pretty dominate providing for a lot of fruity flavors, both dark fruitmlike and fruity ester. Mixing with a light mocha, light roast. Finishes with spot on hop bitterness for a porter. A nice overall balance of flavors with an authentic plum flavor.

The body seems to be a little thin for me to call this an imperial porter, but it does have a nice creamy almost milky feel to it.

A pretty good beer, but a bit more body and roast flavors would have made it an excellent beer. Atleast worth a try.

Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Sunn
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MichiganderHB
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Dannynoonan123
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MattDing
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, blackish color with dark brown highlights around the edges. Thin, whispy, filmy, off white surface coating of head. Aromas of roasted coffee, hints of bittersweet chocolate, plum sweetness, and earthy tones. The nose is rich, but subtle enough to avoid overpowering. Flavors are roasted and rich, with a coffee and chocolate blend forming the backbone to support rich, old world fruit sweetness and hints of oak. Very smooth and robust in mouth. The aftertaste is roasted and sweet, with a touch of smoke and chocolate. Smooth, clean finish. This is an easy drinker.

Photo of 3SH33TS
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of shamrock1343
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atr2605
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
M-medium bodied
O-Not a bad beer but not as complex as I was expecting/hoping

Photo of lunarbrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of gabedivision
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bigedct
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.