Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Plum NoirPlum Noir
598 Ratings
Plum NoirPlum Noir

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

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.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours nigh on black with a decent, if short-lived, dark tan head. Minor, scattered lacing left behind.
Smell is weak, almost exclusively cardboard. No malt coming through, no plums, no chocolate. A bit of a letdown I must say. (Thank you, Ed Grimley)
Taste is better with notes of malt, chocolate, plums, some wood and young whiskey, a hint of smoke. Balance could be better but 5 minutes out of the bottle this is nice. I expect improvement as it warms. (It does)
Medium bodied, lighter effervescence. Drying with a cleaner than expected finish. Slightly warming.

 564 characters

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, served in a snifter.

A: Chestnut brown body, with flashes of ruby highlights throughout, particularly near the flared rim of the glass; about a finger worth of sandy colored head on the pour, but retention is minimal and dissipates to a small film of bubbles across the surface; lacing is good, nice rings on the drink down

S: Somewhat tame to be honest; I do get a nice dose of dark fruit sweetness from the start - the plums, obviously - but I don't get much from the underlying porter; the nose remains rather vinous, wine-like throughout; perhaps a faint doughy note of brown bread as the beer warms, but that is about as much of the underlying porter as I can find through the plum sweetness

T: If the influence of the plums on the nose wasn't obvious, then the first splash across the palate removes all doubt - juicy, sweet, dark plums; molasses as well; the initial sweetness is tempered by a wine-like acidity mid sip; late on, doughy bread and a slightly toasted/nutty note appear, reminding you that there is a porter lurking beneath the fruity top note; a dash of cocoa grows as this porter warms to room temperature, adding a complimentary layer of sweetness beneath the fruit and bready flavors; the finish is drying, slightly astringent - the closest thing I can compare this to is a semi-dry wine.

M: Medium bodied - very fine carbonation supports a decently slick body.

O: Not bad - the plums are definitely there, as advertised. However, the underlying porter seems content to stay well in the background, never really asserting its presence until late on. I would have liked better balance on the palate, with a stronger showing from those familiar lightly-roasted, chocolate and gentle char flavors I've come to expect from top-tier porters. It does drink smoothly, however, as the 8.0% ABV is well hidden beneath layers of dark fruit. If you like fruit beers, or beers that emphasize dark fruit qualities, this is a nice offering to sample.

 1,988 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeefartz
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fox82791
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TubaDan
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HardyA
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

 917 characters

Photo of spacecake9
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

I was really excited when I saw this. A porter with plums made my mouth water. It pours a dark brown with little head. The aroma is wonderful - dark fruit or wine that prepares you for a mouthful of flavor. But the taste is, unfortunately, very ordinary. Very minimal dark fruit flavor. That does not make this a bad beer - I'll happily finish the bomber. I would say this beer is almost there. It's a great idea, they just need to kick the taste up to meet the aroma.

 476 characters

Photo of Baab200
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of yrud12b
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Patlee3324
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Xanderblue
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of hozersr
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Bierleichen
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 598 ratings