Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by CaptDavyJones on 05-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 597 |  Reviews: 120
Reviews by ale1:
Photo of ale1
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i found this at Moe's beer store ,Center st ,jupiter, fla

served in a malt glass

nice fine carbonation, decent lacing name implies fruit-malt
reminds me of my own homebrew ale

smells of coffee and barley malt.
1st taste malt,coffee, dry light bitter finish from coffee , no yeast fruit overtones or plums ..well anyway this is a good porter nothing overwhelming and quite good

i will add this to my list of ales as a "keeper"

The brewmeister hard at work on this one, nice subtle but there flavors and probably different for each review

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More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: An exceedingly dark beer with good clarity. The head is quick to settle to a thin cap of fine tan bubbles.

S: A fresh fruit aroma with overripe plums a touch of oranges and a light resinous hops type aroma in the background. There is are some chocolate notes hanging out with a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T: A medium chocolate flavor blends with an overripe plum flavor and is countered by a medium hops bitterness. There is also a slightly lower citrus hops flavor mingling with the more prominent flavors. A moderate malt sweetness. The balance is abut even with a medium finish and an aftertaste of plums, chocolate and citrusy hops.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium carbonation a light warmth on the palate.

O: A fruit, chocolate beer with a fair amount of sweetness but balanced by some bitterness. This is the sort of beer that reminds me that there a wonderful fruit beers to be had; there is a balance between the plum flavor and the imperial porter and a damn fine one at that.

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Photo of jono0101
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a dark red/brown color, but looked black in the snifter. There was a thin tan head.

Pleasant aroma of toasted grain and sweet fruit.

Taste of plum, caramel, and coffee. A smidge of chocolate.

This beer was medium-bodied, and very sweet. I thought I was drinking a combination of port and beer, and wasn't too impressed with it.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of JakerLou
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black in color, one inch head, high carbonation, opaque

Smell: roasted malt, cream, holiday spice, and slight dark fruit

Taste: coffee, dark chocolate, cream at the end, and slight plum/dark fruit after taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with bitter middle, slightly sweeter end

Overall:A nice and solid porter with a nice coffee taste. Do not buy this if you are looking for plum. It is only there on the margins. This is not a bad beer, but it does not live up to its name. There are better in the style.

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Photo of Lgrec8
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Mugenlude
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle picked up from the brewery during a recent visit to their tasting room.

Poured into my newly purchased Southern Tier tulip glass. Dark brown-black, with chestnut around the edges in the light. A half inch of off white head recedes into a thick ring. Decent looking porter.

Nose is quite nice, certainly porter-like. Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, and a mild dark fruitiness that may or may not be the plum.

Tasty enough porter, nice roasted notes, good dryness to it, but where are the plums? I know that the bottle says that they would be subtle, but porters already have a subtle fruitiness to them, so because of this, it just tastes like a slightly-above average porter.

Good mouthfeel, thin, creamy.

Rating is mostly reflected in the fact that the brew didn't really deliver what it promised - didn't get much in the way of plum whatsoever. Still a decent porter, but there are others out there that are just as good.

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Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of seymourcox
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer the other night, sitting on a rooftop restaurant (in such a setting, I'm more inclined to see everything in a more favorable light). I saw it on the menu and asked the waiter if it were good, or ridiculous garbage (c'mon, beer made with plums?). He brought me a sample and I was in. You can taste the plums in it, but more in the way wine might have plum notes (in other words, largely imaginary). The color reminds me of a patiently licked grape Tootsie-Pop nearing the center. I'll be getting this again and will, most assuredly, be trying their other beers.

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Photo of Mattco
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of jondeelee
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Plum Noir opens to a sweet, malty nose that smells immediately of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, with lesser notes of biscuit and Grape Nuts cereal, sweetened with molasses, wildflower honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Darker undertones of chocolate malt, coffee, and light ash add interesting textures, and an assortment of fruit esters, including berry, cherry, fig, white grape, and plum, do the same for the sweeter side. The addition of Italian plums noted on the label is not overly obvious; the beer certainly doesn’t smell like plum juice. It does seem, however, to add further complexity to the fruit esters, adding more fruit sweetness to what is otherwise a yeasty, malty, dark porter. As a whole, the aromas are very nice and enticing, and while there is a fairly strong fruity sweetness in here, there’s enough dark backing to prevent it from becoming overpowering.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a bold, black flavor that brings light coffee and ash, and heavier notes of toast crust, deeply baked brown breads, whole wheat dough, and biscuit. Sugars help offset this dark bready side, bringing in brown sugar, as well as touches of molasses, vanilla. A layer of fig, plum, berry, and cherry fruit esters adds further complexity, as does a touch of grapefruit from the hops. Toward the end of the mouthful, and existing especially in the aftertaste, the beer takes on a heavily ashy overtone, as of slightly burnt brown bread crusts, which combines with a surprisingly still strong fruit ester base, lingering on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is nice beer, being well balanced and very flavorful. The Italian plums don’t make as much of a presence as would be expected, mainly blending well with the other fruit esters, which works very nicely for the overall profile. Worth trying.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottling date of 05/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brownish black with a hint of ruby. Solid tree fingers of light tan head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma of chocolate malts with fruity hints from the plum. Roasted malts with big hints of chocolate and coffee along with hints of toast, cream, caramel, toffee, smoke, and nuts. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of plums, prune, fig, and raisin. Slight hint of anise spice. Fairly earthy with some hops in the background. A pretty big and rich aroma. Smells pretty good.

Taste: Follows the aroma, a rich and dark taste of sweet chocolate malts and dark fruit. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate, coffee beans, and toasted bread along with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, cream, nuts, and some smoked malt. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of plums, prune, raisin, berries, and fig. Also some notes of molasses and anise licorice spice. Some bitter earthy hops are also in the background. A very good roasty and rich taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and roasty. Finishes somewhat dry. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a porter. Amped up dark roast flavors with a good dose of dark fruits.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a thick beige head that settles slowly. Low aroma of faint raisin and Cabernet, perhaps a touch of Cabernet. Interesting flavor of rich dark malt, darkly toasted, not roasted, with rich dark fruit flavors. Not sweet, but rich and well complemented to the malt. Firm bitterness against the malt, but no hop flavors. Rich and full mouthfeel, good beer.

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