Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

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.

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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 120
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of utopiajane
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with just a hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass when held to the light. Thin head of beige foam that fell fast to a thin film and left shimmering wet lace. Nose is very mild. Plums, ripe dark fruit, chocolate, a little roast, walnut and a soft sweet molasses. Taste is toasted grain, a little chocolate, coffee and plenty of bubbles. Plums are lightly in the background. Alcohol is not on the nose but does creep onto the palate as it warms. Body is thin, creamy and a touch over carbonated. Finishes dry with a light bitter, nutty, burnt toast and a touch of cola.

For once I am not going to say that southern tier has made another overly sweet beer. This beer is subtle and restrained. The dark fruits are mellow and come forward shyly as the beer warms. The chocolate is lost to the roast and toast in the drink but it too becomes sweeter and more pronounced as you get further into the drink. I wouldn't call it heavy because it has a malt that is essentially light but it does have a heaviness to the body that is more from the hop oil, the char and burnt qualities. It drinks smoother as it warms.

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Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown/walnut with a pinky of fast falling caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Plums & smokeyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of charcoal up front, some carob notes as well. Plums & smokeyness as this warms along with faint cocoa notes, much dryness. Finishes with plummy sweetness & smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, nice warming sensation

Might pick up a bottle to age, but not really working for me in the here & now

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Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Budinetz
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a snifter

A- has an opaque black color. With a nice head retention and thick lacing all around the glass. Head has a dark tan color...very nice.

S- has a roasted malt kind of smell with a hint of plum...

T- taste is sweet up front with a dry roastiness, hints of plum on the tongue after I swallow. Nice flavor overall.

M- prickly on the tongue with a dryness upon swallowing. Does have a smoothness when I lick my lips after swallowing. Lingers on the palete.

O- overall a great porter. Has all the perks of a dark roasts American porter, but with a slight plum flavor hidden deep within the brew...I dig it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass, why? because the bottle said so.

Appearance: A very dark brown, sounds simple and that's exactly what it is. Head within the first pour got a little high, I would say a notch over a finger's length coming off a light tan.

Smell: Light fruit scent with a touch of malt. Smells good but almost no nose to it.

Taste: When you take the first gulp it isn't hard to see that there is a lot going on with this brew. A fruity sweet with a shot of dark chocolate creating a smooth bitterness. I take it for what it is but there is definitely room for improvement.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, light stickiness though.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all. Not a bad beer to pair with dessert or if not use it to replace your dessert. If your like the idea of chocolate covered strawberries this brew might be perfect for you, for me...I think I am going to shoot for something a little more my speed. Salud!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of shand
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Plum Noir is another solid entry in Southern Tier's Blackwater Series. The nose isn't very great, providing sharp alcohol, fruit, and roast. The taste is much better, with a nice dark fruit presence over roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Besides the slightly off nose, Plum Noir is a tasty beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of MrBoh
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Retta123
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Grinky
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of PStriedl
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dactrius
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of rcjennings
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

DOB 05/01/13.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a smallish, short-lived, ecru head.

Smell: Sweetened espresso, cacao nibs, walnut, molasses, black peppercorns, and a hint of smokiness enveloped in the engaging plum aroma.

Taste: Coffee-toned roasted maltiness with a lush layer of molasses, charred walnuts, and bittersweet chocolate with a tiny wisp of acrid smoke. The maltiness and upfront sweetness is cut by the slightly tart-ish Italian plum fruit character. At times it intermingles with the malts, hinting at something along the lines of a black cherry cola, at other times it slides ahead giving a hint, when the alcohol warmth and a peppery spiciness is felt, a bit like a mulled wine. Peppery, sweetish, warming, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, a bit chewy. Medium carbonation.

Overall: With it's moderate (though not disproportionate) plum character set against a richly malty amped up porter it's a tasty brew.

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