Pluff Mud Porter
Holy City Brewing

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Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #377
Ranked #22,203
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Feb 20, 2022
Jul 27, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: Pluff mud [plŭff-mŭd], noun, A mixture of dirt and water indigenous to the marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, with a distinct odor that’s endearing to locals, but off-putting to tourists and redcoats.

Our second flagship beer was an effort to bring the American Porter style to the Charleston market proper, while also making a beer that stays appealing as the mercury rises. We think we’ve succeeded in Pluff Mud Porter. It presents (and smells) like a classic porter, with subtle chocolate notes and a silky finish, but the medium body and tame ABV keep it refreshing at all times. Enjoy this throughout the year, in or out of the marsh.

21 IBU
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3.99 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Feb 20, 2022
3.94 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 16, 2022
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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Sierra Nevada tulip pint glass

Pours a nice deep brown with mahogany highlights and a big tan/khaki head that slowly recedes leaving behind virtually no lacing

The nose is mainly comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Nice and roasty but a bit small for my taste.

The flavor follows the nose, with lots of roasted malts and chocolate, and to a lesser degree coffee. Very smooth and silky. Lighter bodied than a typical porter, but other than that, this is a nice beer.

Overall, not a bad example of the style, though I tend to prefer my porters a bit more robust.

Feb 03, 2022
3.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 20, 2021
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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

Can’t say I’m a mud go - never played in it and never had one of those facials - but this one right here is ok. It’s not big like Jackie Gleason, but to don’t think it’s supposed to be. It’s just there like a decent friend who doesn’t talk too much. Boom.

Nov 27, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Canned 2021/05/17
Pours a brownish light fizzy head with med-lower retention, light fizzy head, low lacing, dark molasses brown color

Nose nice porter, dark roast, rich dark coffee, little cocoa, dark chocolate, cookie, touch of baking spices, then turning more fudgey

Taste brings lots more porter, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt with some dark roasty coffee but not burnt, a bit of baking spice, a bit of bitterness from roast and a little spicy earthy hop, dry finish

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, med fizzy carb

Overall solid porter, chocolate porter with enough roast and coffee, enjoyable

Aug 22, 2021
3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Aug 01, 2021
3.91 by cafequaid from North Carolina on Apr 08, 2021
3.82 by walkinginplace from North Carolina on Nov 09, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

The beer pours a nutty brown with a light tan head which doesn't stick around for too long. It has a sweet nutty earthy smell. It is overly sweet on the nose, reminiscent of snicker-doodles. The taste is chocolaty and somewhat rich. The earthiness is also present in the taste. The feel isn't very thick and has pointed carbonation. Overall, it is a porter with earthy notes and on the lighter side of the style.

Dec 24, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mooseisloose from Florida

Served up on tap in a pint glass in Charleston. Deep brown with thin tan head. Smells of roasted malts and cocoa. Taste is upfront chocolate with tad bit of molasses. Nice carbonation. Very fresh and tasty. A great drinker.

Nov 20, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Can. Color is a opaque chocolate brown. Smell is stoney. Taste starts out chocolate/coffee, but ends off and bitter. Bought at Piggly wiggly in Myrtle Beach on trip with Boe and Beth.

Sep 24, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by pubscout from New Jersey

The Pluff Mud Porter can shares that "Pluff Mud" is a mixture of dirt and water that's indigenous to the marshes of the South Carolina Low Country, with a distinctive odor that is endearing to locals, but off-putting to tourists and redcoats." While i certainly detected notes of chocolate and coffee in the nose of this porter, I think I also detected some Pluff Mud, because, although it wasn't "off-putting," I couldn't identify it. I also detected a bit of a bitter bite (Pluff Mud Hops?) on the back end, although that mitigated somewhat after half a pint. There's an ever-present malty sweetness--albeit not cloying at all-- in the nose and on the palate. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it is different. Muddy and murky it is to the eye (which you'd expect from marsh water and dirt in the Low Country), but it's quite drinkable, and the 5.5% ABV makes it easily sessionable once you reconcile yourself to its uniqueness. I doubt that all tourists would find this off-putting, though it's definitely not what redcoats are likely used to tasting in their porters. I'd drink it again, if you were buying.

Aug 11, 2019
4.2 by Lelampp from Ohio on Jul 14, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bigskyjim from South Carolina

On Tap at Sun City Hilton Head Jameson's Restaurant; overall great taste

Jun 18, 2019
3.26 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Jun 08, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer was purchased at WHole Foods on a recent trip to Charleston.
The beer pours a clear brown hue with a fizzy beige head of 2 cm foaming up and fading quickly to a thin surface layer.
The aroma is malty and roasty with some dark chocolate as well. Maybe an actual hint of charred wood too. Appealing yet mild nose on this brew.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine gentle rolling carbonation that tickles across my palate on each swallow. The texture is smooth and this beer is easily drinkable.
Flavor is what I expect with roasted malt and some dark chocolate mixing nicely together. A little bit of a sweet brown sugar piece and then back to roast notes on the finish. These notes linger long after each swallow. I dont really get any hop character on this beer and I enjoy drinking this brew. Glad to have got this one and will look for again on the next trip to Charleston!

May 20, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Rockhead from Virginia

Purchased canned 6, poured with no head at all, looks like soda. Gives off a slight chocolate/malt smell that continues throughout the taste. Solid chocolate porter overall, would drink again.

Mar 13, 2019
3.72 by Mrmccor from South Carolina on Feb 26, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Speartron from Maryland

Pours with little to no head. Very light on the carbonation.
Milk, sweetend chocolate and molasses are the first tastes. Almost sweet like a maple syrup. Earthy sweet malt.

Nov 12, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I'm trying this at the Norfolk Southern Brosnan Forest Retreat in South Carolina. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had chocolate hints. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with earth and chocolate presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

Oct 31, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by kemoarps from Washington

Dark cola brown that fizzes hella hard when I first pop the can. Gentle pour yields a glass that has maybe a couple of centimeters of liquid, but a head that is threatening to overflow the glass and pour onto the counter. I let it sit for a couple of minutes and try the pour again and while it is still eager to reach the top rim of my glass, it contents itself to remain confined therein and after the initial surge, settles in to a rapidly thinning set of pale light brown bubbles that congregate around the edges of the circle, but leave no lacing.

First notes on the nose are incredibly sweet (incredible referring to the quality not the quantity of sweetness if that makes sense. Almost kind of like a light molasses... somewhere between molasses and syrup. Honestly it kind of reminds of the sweetness in an attempted oatmeal maple stout I brewed with my brother way back when. With time and warmth the sweetness takes on an almost apple juice/cider type edge as well. So like... molasses and apple juice.

Initial notes carry a similar sweet character as the nose, but exploration beyond this layer yields some depth and nuance that has me intrigued. Layered in there is some soft cocoa and a fudgy chocolate that is like the echo of a rich fudge ribbon. It comes back together with a faint ashy bitterness.

Dry body with aggressive carbonation.
This has some deceptive depth to it and is an interesting contrast to the other porter I have tried thusfar today which leaned much more into the coffee/bitter side of things.
Much gratitude to @Dragginballs76 for sending this along as part of his NBS BIF #8 generosity. Thanks Mike!

Oct 28, 2018
3.92 by RBorsato from Virginia on Oct 16, 2018
3.53 by grahuba from Connecticut on Oct 08, 2018
4.23 by TJoy71 from South Carolina on Sep 25, 2018
3.86 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts on Aug 22, 2018
4.5 by AngusOg from North Carolina on Jul 05, 2018
4.03 by mamartinkus from Kansas on Jun 14, 2018
5 by tamartinkus from South Carolina on Jun 14, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by PuffySAJ from South Carolina

Comparable to Yee Haw’s dunkle, this porter is even and smooth. Hints of chocolate and coffee flavors make this American porter a great choice. I’ll definitely drink more in the future.

Jun 01, 2018
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

an excellent porter by any measure, smooth and velvety to drink, chocolatey and even desserty in flavor profile but drier in the finish, fluffy feeling and drinkable for a dark beer, seems well suited to the warm weather there. the malt build is awesome, with layers of dark and sweet chocolate and even some caramel in the middle, it tastes like a cake or something, but all very natural, roasted and nutty and without the bitterness of a super dark barley, no coffee hints, it stops short of that range of depth, and i think that is a smart recipe decision for the local context. its well stacked in terms of flavor layers, lots to taste at once but not too complex that it doesnt work well with food. a pleasing dry cocoa thing happens through most of it, faint caramelized malt sugars, and even a dash of smoke to it as well. lots of body and lots of carbonation, more active than most in its field, really helps it finish. a really fine porter here from these guys, i thought this was a rather unique one too, more nuance than is common. well done!

May 12, 2018
4 by cb8282 from Michigan on May 08, 2018
4.03 by poppopintheattic11 from South Carolina on May 06, 2018
4.73 by CtLiEgMeSrOsN from South Carolina on Apr 20, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours brown. Short, foamy, tan head that fades fast.

Smells chocolate, light coffee, light roast and earthy bitterness.

Tastes light roast malt and light coffee, hints of chocolate and caramel and a hint of earthy hops. Finish is semi dry with a roast linger. Light medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Mar 31, 2018
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3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by oberon from North Carolina

My first Holy City beer.Pours more of a deep mahogany with a thinner khaki colored head atop.Picking up a little chocolate and char in the nose but it's a lighter aroma profile.A little sharpness in the mouth,light to medium in feel.Chocolate and a hint of dark fruit upfront on the palate with a dryish charred finish.A pretty average porter,not something to seek out,but not awful either.

Mar 26, 2018
3.58 by goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina on Mar 11, 2018
3.16 by aalmeida from South Carolina on Feb 23, 2018
2.79 by Jonny41 from Maine on Feb 19, 2018
3.73 by NattaBoy from South Carolina on Dec 22, 2017
Pluff Mud Porter from Holy City Brewing
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