Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American 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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
598
Reviews:
120
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.97%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure if this is a winter release only or not, but it is some of southern tiers more interesting work, and it fits on winter solstice day pretty well. chocolate brown color to this, with the lightest of pink glows from the fruit. the head is thick and rich and somewhere between wallpaper beige and dockers tan. it smells only moderately fruity, with roasted barley and bakers chocolate being far more assertive. you could call this a stout instead of a porter and fool me as far as the nose goes, but the flavor is a bit lighter, with abundant ale yeast and chocolate hints. the fruit acts more as a sweetener and an acid than as a flavor agent, but it transforms a fairly ordinary strong porter into a work of art. i like the way this all comes together, with some chocolate sweet and fruity tartness, its a strange but cohesive dynamic. mouth coating brew, just upper medium in terms of body, but it feels light when its cold. bigger as it warms, but still a decisive holiday feel. clever beer, id like to see more done with plums.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice deep black color with a mocha colored head on top. The retention on this one was pretty good but there wasn't too much lacing at all. The smell of the beer is roasted, some subtle sweetness in there that might have come from the Plums but could just be the malts also. There is an earthy aroma to this beer also and not much in way of hops. The taste is mostly roasted and chocolate with a subtle earthy sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, good carbonation and easy drinking. Overall it's a decent porter, nothing too special here though. It's good but not great.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down, leaving a din collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose—plums become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more flavorful—the plum flavors are a little stronger and linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a porter, particularly after it warms up when the plums start showing up in the smell and taste.

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3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/1/2013. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, plum, brown bread, nuttiness, light coffee, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with all around great balance of plum and malt notes with some light hops; and good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, plum, nuttiness, light coffee, floral, light pine, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, plum, light coffee, light pine, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with plums; with an awesome fruit/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a silky and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited imperial porter. All around great balance of malt and fruit notes with light hops; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected of the Blackwater series.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/31/13 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a hearty roasted malt character followed by some flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. There’s some dark fruit (obviously plums) and smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter to drink for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark red-tinted walnut color with a nice brownish head in the Ciney snifter. Quite spritzy with some silkiness in the mouthfeel. The aroma is plum wine, alcohol, and a whiff of licorice. Slightly sweet and richly malty. The fruit flavor has that tangy fresh prune flavor, though it's a little peculiar mixed with the charred grain taste that gradually takes over the aftertaste.

This is an interesting strong brew with a fruit flavor that seems at odds with the very dark malt. Kind of a coffee grounds and charcoal rasp at the finish. I think I'd be looking for the Plum Saison next time. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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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

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours the darkest brown, a small ruby tinge when held towards the lamp. Small light beige head, immediately recedes to a small lace and a tiny floating speck.
Should smell as good as it is described on the label, hopefully. Aaand it does: rich dark chocolate, mochaccino, creamy, milky, dusted with a bit of cinnamon and some extra coffee powder. Faint cigar, but some nice dark fruit (dried plum and fig).
Aaand the taste doesn't live up to it. Front has milky chocolate and mildly sweet plum jam, pretty simple. Malts follow, blandly roasted, kinda bready, with a nice americano coffee finish to save it, but blander than the nose. Some hop bitterness too.
Medium body, smooth carbonation, soft, easy to drink. Aftertaste has bread crust, coffee dregs and some dark chocolate shavings.
Certainly not bad, but lacks intensity, doesn't really show off the extra ingredients and might seem quite boring for many. Pity.

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Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 598 ratings.
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