Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by CaptDavyJones on 05-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish purple color with a slight off white head which gives way to edging and nice lines of lace. The aroma is a little weak there are coffee and a slight dark fruit smell. The taste follows suit. Milk chocolate starts off before a big coffee flavor cokes through at the very end you get a plum dark fruit flavor. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated. Overall it was decent the aroma wasn't as strong as I hoped and the taste was decent.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Plum Noir. Served in a snifter after I let the bottle warm up about twenty minutes from being in the fridge.

It does, indeed, pour a dark red-purple brown. Head gathered steam during the pour and settled at an inch in height. Beige foam rides the walls of the glass as the head recedes. Nice-looking.

A sultry dark and fruity aroma with earthy imperial porter intensity. Dark chocolate, black coffee, plum skins, earthiness and mild spiciness from the hops. Has creaminess in the nose. Roast is dark, but smooth. Perhaps, this is exactly what I was expecting.

Nice rugged roasty/toasty grains with lots of earthiness, black char, ground coffee, dark fruitiness (plum, black cherry, raisin), and sneaks of light smoke. Not entirely dried-up, still has a lightly sweet flavor that is immersed in the heavy roast. The plum addition is a nice touch, offering a dark clean fruitiness and some tannic bitterness. Backend hops are even more spicy than originally anticipated; something about that Chinook and Willamette combo--maybe, heavy on the Chinook. Not much in the way of phenols. More desserty than medicinal. No latches of saltiness, a la the Baltics. Almost stout-y in many ways. In actuality, it's really just missing malt bitterness. This is probably why the sweeter notes come through and the art of showcasing the plums is executed.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Ruffles from a medium carbonation give it texture. A little tacky on the lips, however, which came as unexpected. Certainly carries its weight in this category.

A well executed imperial porter with a lovely softness that I normally don't go for. It really wraps itself around how good it could be and how good it actually is. A beer I will recommend.

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Photo of Spiderpig
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kevbrow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle from Friar Tuck's in Springfield, IL.

A - Very dark brown pour with a substantial tan head.

S - Dark fruits are prominent. Roastiness. The fruit aromas develop even more as the beer warms.

T - Toasty coffee, chocolate notes. Hints of fruit sweetness. Definitely has traditional porter taste with some good coffee bitterness on the back of the tongue. Can taste a bit of the alcohol but for 8.0% abv it's not bad at all.

M- Creamy texture with just the right amount of carbonation.

O- A good find, definitely worth another buy. Only improvement might be some more balance between the fruit and roasted malt flavors, as the fruit character gets overpowered.

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Photo of Metalaero
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

A: Pours a very dark brown with a fluffy cherry colored head

S: Hint of plum, some caramel, touches of licorice, and some dark fruit, like cherries and figs

T: Pretty generic porter flavors up front, with hints of dark fruit sweetness and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Rather uninspiring flavor, and the nose tells a better story of flavor.

O: A decent offering, but not on par with the rest of the southern tier imperial series.

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Photo of Atomicskis5
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jealmanzar
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of iJyuken
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Clean black pour. Creamy beige head dissipated rather quickly.

S: Plum, dark fruit, leather and roast.

T: Nice flavor, perfect amount of plum, not overwhelming. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and medium roast.

M:Nice creamy feel, no dryness and carbonated perfectly.

O: Solid beer, just what you would expect from southern tier.

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Photo of Mattco
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of rdilauro
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just didn't know what to expect from this one. The thought of Pinot Noir and Plum brewed in a Porter sounded so interesting.

From there I left my words.

Poured pretty dark, nothing specific. I could not detect any fruit from this porter. I was hoping for some more. No hoppiness or citrus nose from this. The taste was rather non-carbonated, sort of round with not alot going on.

Finish was ok, but there was some after taste that I could not detect. I will give this one another try in the Fall, but for now, it just didnt do it for me.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is big, fairly thick and heavy, pretty much stout territory. There's enough uncertainty regarding where to draw the line between porter and stout before "imperial porter" came into play. Regardless, it's within its proper realm as far as body and color, somewhat viscous but not excessively. A nice, dense light brown head lies between one and two fingers tall and takes its time receding. It leaves behind some rich deposits of patchy lacing.
There's a roastiness to the underlying foundational malt that holds everything together, sans much of the char of a more heavily roasted stout. The seemingly obligatory notes of ground coffee and bittersweet cocoa are there too. There's a lightly sugary sweetness, but otherwise the plum imparts more tartness than anything. The first time I tried this I thought the plum wasn't as pronounced as it ought to be, but lately it's been much stronger than that initial impression. It allows the plum to be a major factor without adding too much. The roast ends up being more like a heavy toastiness, and some smokiness lies beneath.
It's somewhat viscous in the body as the appearance would make it seem, but not heavier than it ought to be. It's fairly rich with a light carbonation adding just a little crisp nip and going nicely smooth from beginning to finish.

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Photo of Achoo_Bacca
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Black on the pour wit a slight chestnut hue. The creamy beige head is short-lived and settles after a moment, though it can be revived with a strong swirling of the glass. Lacing is spotty and small.

S: Juicy plum, cherry, and red berries. Hint of leather and woody char. Charcoal and bittersweet dark chocolate in the background.

T: Roasted malt is all over the palate at the start. Char, woody, charcoal, smoke. Black cocoa powder, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans. Plum and a berry-like ester profile are bound tightly and kept under wraps by all the heavily roasted malt flavors. Spike of alcohol is well hidden. Long finish of bitter roasted malts: burnt coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and lots of acrid char.

M: Medium thick in body. Creamy and chewy. Low amount of prickling carbonation supports well.

O: Southern Tier needs to reign this one in a little bit. A heavy-handed dose of roasted malts take over the beer and drown out all else. While the nose was very fruit and ester driven, the taste was overrun with acrid and bitter roasted malts. A little more balance would go a long way.

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Photo of guytyping
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: roasted malts and a fruity overtone is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, mild coffee tones, hint of chocolate, and a decent plum flavor. Bitterness provides a bit of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a nice fruitier porter that is quite enjoyable. Slower sipping beer that would go well with BBQ.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of corysmith01
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Plum Noir from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.9% out of 100 with 598 ratings
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