Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
598 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Plum NoirPlum Noir
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of elkinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is light malty sweetness with some bitter chocolate. Not finding any plum. $9.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA

 304 characters

Photo of dbattey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of psdonnelly
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of seymourcox
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

 576 characters

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of farrago
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour yields only a thin coating across the surface, barely half a finger and soon to dissipate, wispiest lacing imaginable. The liquid is opaque but remains mostly in the dark brown area rather than black, allowing for a yellow tint at the rims, the bubbles are tiny and appear to be widely dispersed. In the nose the plum comes through clearly but stays lowkey and out of the spotlight, as a result it’s the basic cocoa, chocolate, coffee and cola bean leading the way, scone and croissant flakes, beyond this is a light leafy and metallic touch which gives it some spine, overall not a heavy presence with nice liveliness. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, the carbonation is light but what’s there is crisp, not much fluffy about it. The plum stays at about the same level here, recognizable yet not dominant. The cola, chocolate and vanilla upfront, not sweet enough for more caramel like notes. A touch bready but not doughy nor yeasty. Noticeably drier through the finish. The earthy, metallic aspect is pleasurable and also adds punctuation at the end. Overall, too simple to hold your interest past a few sips while still nothing stopping you from throwing it back uncritically.

 1,195 characters

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cresant
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer poured into snifter a clear but black color and a frothy half inch tan head. The glass is left with nice lacing as I drink.
S: roasted and slightly burnt malt flavors mix with dark cherries and plums in the nose. Orang honey and caramel mix in there too. Hops are very subdued. Some alcohol vapors become present.
T: Rich malt backbone with hints of chocolate, caramel, and char. Layers of dark fruity esters abound notably plums and dark cherries. Sweet flavor but hops keep it not overdone.
M: Medium body with crisp carbonation and some alcohol warmth.
O: In my opinion a very drinkable imperial porter with great flavors especially as this beer warms up. Not too boozy and enough sweetness to make it go well as a dessert beer. It is pairing nicely with sushi right now for me. I would get this beer again.

 827 characters

Photo of flyingPharmacist
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Lornee56
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MKrauss
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mkdzimiera
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of bcm75
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of smccann
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of prisdefer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cdtoffers
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Taycro
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, strong plum, alcohol, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, strong plum, slight hops, hint of chocolate, and slight alcohol. Overall, good strong plum flavor that doesn't over-shadow other ingredients.

 456 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More