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Plum Noir - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 30 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Clear medium brown with a light tan frothy head that lingers.

Mocha, espresso, roast malt, and a hint of dark fruit form the aroma. Burnt sugar sweetness adds complexity.

More roast in flavor, fairly bitter at the finish. Nutty, with cola notes and a subtle vinous character. Grape undertones emerge late.

Body is smooth and moderate, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Not nearly as much plum as anticipated, and more roast than chocolate, for a porter. The grape character is intriguing. A little too bitter roasty.

barczar, May 22, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +6%

A - Pitch black and pours with a minimal amount of foam and quickly leaves a light ring behind around the glass, lots of very fine bubbles produced when the glass is swirled.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, a little bit of char, coffee, light caramel, and an extremely light dark fruit aroma.

T - Up front is assertively roasty with roasted chocolate, light char, and coffee. Midway through the roasted malt subsides (a little) followed with some plum and dark fruit acidity before finishing with a satisfying lingering chocolate roasty bitterness. As the roasty bitterness lingers there's a light acidity/tartness from the plums that gradually and eventually blends in.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

O - The plum flavor is very subdued and "just enough" to show up on the radar.

jzeilinger, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

The Blackwater Series took left turn into Italy with a plumb-infusion that layers upon a roasty healthy heaping of American Porter! The unexpected combination dips its toes into a slim wine-like world.

But like Porters, the beer separates with a clear tawny ruby body and a tanned creme to float atop. Stong creamy retention lasts the session confidently and denotes each drink with well defined rings of lace. It's a fine and masculine looking Porter.

Scented with burnt toast, roasted nuts, soft molasses, cocoa and fresh ground coffee- the beer's Porter roots are well established. But the decoration of dark fruit peaks through the malt and offers up a tinge of tart berry-like aroma. Slightly wine-like the fruit can easily be mistaken for red grapes or a host of berries.

Its full flavor wraps around the tongue with early sweetness of blackstrap molasses- then layers upon with coffee, walnuts, toast, and cocoa without ever stepping over to overly roasted taste. Again, the subtleties of fruit emerge with a pleasant tart taste of plumb. Subtle enough in fact that the fruit contributions remain somewhat obscure and are generally of the dark, pitted varieties. Its dry malt taste carries a coffee-like bitterness to close its taste toasty and acidic.

Full bodied, the beer's premiere creaminess holds firm deep into the session, and forbidding any premature turn to dryness or lightness. But finishing malty-dry and lightly astringent, the beer lingers with burnt sugars, toast, and fruit.

Plumb Noir is an effortless taste that makes Porter making look early. Where the understated taste shyly reserves its praise, the fruit is yet too timid to make any meaningful impact. Any fruitiness tasted could easily been assumed to be yeast esters instead of additions.

BEERchitect, May 18, 2013
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Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.