Pluff Mud Porter
Holy City Brewing

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American Porter
Ranked #845
Ranked #30,634
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass at Sesame Burger Park Circle. Re-reviewed after having it a few more times.

A: Black as night with a 1.5 finger tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin tan ring around the glass. Moderate lacing.

S: All malts as it should be. Malts smell deeply roasted almost burnt.

T: Not as roasted as the nose or appearance suggests. Medium roasted malts with a barely detectable hop presence. The smell of the roast on the malts suggests a dark roasted flavor, but the roasted flavor is actually on the lighter side and unimposing.

M: Very light and surprisingly smooth for a porter. High drinkability.

O: Smoothness and relative lightness (for the style) lends itself to being a porter that can be enjoyed in warmer weather. The best "all season" porter I have tried. If I decide a want a dark beer in the warmer months (which is about 3/4 of the year in Charleston) this fits the bill. Come colder weather, I will likely reach for something heavier. Don't write this one off if you see it on tap in the middle of summer; it will surprise you.

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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, oatmeal, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, oatmeal, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, feel, and blend.

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Photo of DanielMB
4/5  rDev +6.4%

This is a solid offering. The flavor is heavy on caramel, coffee, and chocolate. It's quite toasty and earthy, appropriately conjuring up images of mud. However, the mouth feel is a bit thin; it's a little light-bodied for a porter. It's still a solid offering.

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4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a mug
no bottling date

Holy City's first bottled beer, I believe.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with lightening on the edges. One fingers width of light mocha colored head dissipates down fairly quickly but leaves lots of honeycomb lacing.

S: Lots of very nice roasted malt aromas, accompanied by baker's chocolate and black coffee. Not overly complex, but exactly what a porter should smell like. Great aroma.

T: Roasted malt, heavy cream, hints of dark fruit, semi-sweet chocolate, stale blonde roast coffee. A very nice, long lingering aftertaste of cocoa and coffee.

M/D: Very smooth, carbonation appropriately low, on the thinner side but otherwise a great mouthfeel. Drinkability is well above average.

O: Overall, a very good beer. Great porter aromas and lots of flavor , but still very drinkable. I definitely recommend this one.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW, great beer! Heavy enough for winter and light enough for summer, truly made for folks living in a warm climate! Better than most porters out there and our number 1 selling draft at Zest Grill!

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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I moved down to the South from Massachusetts, my one complaint about the beer scene down here was that there was nothing down here but ales and saisons. Then I discovered the Pluff Mud Porter. Its very unique. Most wouldn't consider a porter a summer beer, but It is a very drinkable porter - not too heavy. I get it on tap when I'm out, but it in can, or buy fill my growlers with it. It's become my local go-to.

Has a chocolate malt smell, a nice roasty taste, with a medium body,

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Photo of Dmbtwister
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A friendly beer that pours with a silky head, dark chocolate in color. Terrific initial porter perfect taste with a slightly sweet back end. Not overly heavy. I enjoyed it served extra cold. Highly recommend this beer.

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4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent Porter! Def need to seek this out. Stumbled upon it while on vacation looking for something dark and flavorful compared to the pale ale so common in the South. The brewery's description on the can is spot on.

Pours a dark brown with dark garnet highlights when held up to the light. Head was a decent finger of creamy tan that reduced fairly quick but lasted most of the beer. Aroma was light chocolate with a touch of nuttiness. Flavor starts with chocolate shifting to a toasted nuttiness before finishing with sweet malt and light hop. Body is thin but still in line for the style.

Overall this has become my fav Porter that is perfect for hot weather. The flavors all blend quite well with nothing overpowering each other. My only disappointment is the lack of availability in Ohio. Will be attempting a homebrew clone for sure!

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4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a whole lotta tan head. The thick head dies down after a few minutes into a haze that leaves a good lacing. Makes for a handsome poor.

S: Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and black coffee.

T: Taste is much like the aroma. Dark, black coffee with the toasted chocolate malts.

M: An easy drinker. Carb is a bit high out of the bottle, had it on tap where it was lower. Low ABV helps it go down easy.

O: Still a very tasty porter. Makes me very proud to have such a high quality porter bottled right here at home. Won't lie, was better draft but still solid in the bottle. 10/10 will drink again.

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Pluff Mud Porter from Holy City Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 414 ratings