Pluff Mud Porter | Holy City Brewing

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3.75/5
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384 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
holycitybrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MacQ32 on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,224
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
384
pDev:
12.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
85
Trade:
1
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of redsoxjim
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of haikuhiker
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick covering.

Smell: some sugar sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: roasted malt, brown sugar, dark plums, and other pitted fruit sweetness. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: was told to seek this one out as a great beer, but for me it was good, Definitely enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RockyM72
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of trygelski1
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter glass:

Look: Pours a dark brown to slightly black color with about an inch of head present! No lacing present on the glass!

Smell: Average porter aroma of chocolate, faint coffee, and light hops!

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me! Very average taste for a porter! This seems to be lacking a bit in the taste department!

Feel: Light to medium bodied! Wish this was a bit heavier!

Overall: Not a bad porter but there are better options out there such as Great Lakes Eddy Fitz and Founders Porter! Glad I picked up a can of this on vacation to give it a shot! I would revisit this one in a year or two when I make it back down this way for vacation!

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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.32/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay beer, nothing special. Not much flavor.

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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Built to resemble the muddy marshes of the Carolina lowlands, the flagship porter of Holy City gives the south a taste of richness but with the body of manageable strength and weight.

Pluff Mud pours not nearly as off putting as mud, but is dark coffee brown and with a creamy mocha stained blanket of foam. Its robust scent comes with chocolate, coffee, nutty and toffee scents. Its taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate and toast as its flavors register with the early palate.

As the ale weakens across the middle palate, its drinkability picks up steam but its savory flavors begin to fade from those robust toast, coffee and roasted nuttiness and toward a chocolate, peanut skin and coffee grounds finish. Broadly bitter with woodsy hops, their effects tuck nicely behind malt impressions of cocoa, coffee and toast.

Medium full on the palate, the porter dries moderately toward finish to provide a drinkable and relaxed session on the palate. But its attempt at lightness exposes some of the mild grain derived astringencies that come way of stemmy woods, dark berry skins and seeds, and an overall peppery unsettlement that lessens the beer's texture slightly in a long and toasty aftertaste.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of darkglasseye
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Average porter, nothing to call him about. Had higher hopes for this after trying one of Holy City Brewery's IPA's at Cigar Box cigar shop in downtown Columbia, SC and being impressed. Their IPA was fantastic but this porter is mediocre to boring. Comes out of the can frothy with a creamy texture across the tongue. I'm tasting a nutty initial hint which fades to a soft sweetness. Enjoyed with a Nicaraguan cigar: wouldn't turn one down but will stick with their IPA's in the future.

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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Pluff Mud Porter from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 384 ratings
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