Plum Noir | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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:
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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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a Chimay chalice.

AP: Not much head on it at all, just a dusting that disappears to small patches of light tan and cream. Colour looks black from a small distance, but hold it up to the light and it's a very deep rich plum.
AR: Chocolate, brown/candi sugars, dark fruits (plum, black cherries, figs). There's a licorice scent in there, but not in a candy way, more as a spice like licorice root.
T: The chocolate that was the dominant aroma in the nose is also the dominant flavour. There's still a bit of sweetness to this that has a fruit candy aspect to it, but not cloying sticky sweet. The plum makes an assertive appearance on the finish, like the juicy flesh of the fruit. It's not complex but it's rather tasty as the flavours work well together and compliment each other. As it warms several sips later I get a little sassafras/sarsaparilla (reflecting the licorice root I smelled in the nose?) with a hint of vanilla.
M: A bit light in body for a Porter, but the plum on the end gives it a silky smooth feel.
OV: Nicely balanced flavours that are tasty are the best part of this beer. It's pretty simple and straight forward, IMO. I would have preferred a heartier mouthfeel and bit more flavours to shine through, but it's a decent brew and worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: just shy of opaque black in a stout flute glass, almost ivory head a couple of fingers high, smattering of lace down the sides

S: sweet fruits (plums?) and dark malts - hinting at chocolate and espresso

T: barest accent of plums and dark fruit in this smooth, caramel, chocolate, and black malt porter - nice flavors, mellow; flowery, fruity, and earthy notes amid the mellow roast of dark barley malt

M: medium-to-light body, smooth and easy-drinking, very subdued bitterness - it was so clean and fresh across the palate...

O: my favorite Southern tier beer yet - or at least right up there - complex flavors - not too sweet (which I consider a flaw in their stout offerings) - really good stuff.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is a tad below average and no lacing is left.

4.25 S: This smells pretty damn great. The plums work so well in this. Soft, but potent roastiness. Chocolate up front with caramel undertones. Plum fruitiness foremost then black currant and grape. It's not overly complex, but what is there fits together so well.

3.75 T: Taste is very good, but it can't compete with the beauty that is the nose. Same flavors overall. Supple roastiness, chocolate and caramel, plum, currant, grape, and a peppery spiciness.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing creaminess. With it, this would fit just perfectly.

3.5 D: Tasty brew with a great nose. Pick this up if you find it.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost black body, light beige head, moderate retention. Clear lacing. Aroma includes roasted malt, coffee, caramel sweetness, and a nice, fresh fruit flavor that I suppose I could describe as plum and maybe a hint of vanilla. Flavors on taste are similar to the aromas. There is no alcohol noted in the aroma or taste, VERY easy to drink for the abv. Very good beer and an interesting and tasty addition to the blackwater series.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, almost black brew with a creamy mocha head. Leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Way way too many phenols going on. Almost smells like nail polish remover. I feel a slight hint of fruit but it's dominated by phenol.

T - Much better flavor. Standard bitter, coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Plums are swirled in to the flavor. It's not fruity per se, but it goes well with the porter base. I'm in love with the base porter though, very creamy and chocolatey.

M - Medium bodied brew, creamy yet bitter. Mid level carbonation. My mouth is coated

M - Very rare that you get a good tasting beer with such an off putting nose. But this is the case. I enjoyed this plum porter and would have

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3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black opaque body with just a hint of red-brown around the edges. Light tan fluffy head with good retention and some pock-mark lacing.

S: I pick up notes of chocolate, coffee, and sawdust. I smell no plum or fruit scents at all.

T: I get a lot of chocolate flavor, with a light roasted backbone. There's a bit of a wood flavor, like oak. I get zero plum flavor, which is a bit of a disappointment. Some charcoal flavor in the aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is very full and robust. Despite the fullness, it leaves a pretty dry sensation in the mouth after drinking, which I don't traditionally feel in porters.

O: Overall I was not that pleased with this beer. I would have liked to taste some plum flavors in the beer. I normally get more plum flavor out of Belgian beers that don't even have plums. The beer as porter (without the pretense of plums) is pretty good, but it seemed a bit too smokey and the beer felt far too dry.

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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. DOB 5/01/13 (1 month old)

Pours out almost opaque black, a dark brown rubiness is just visible when held up to the light. A nice creamy, thick 2 fingers of light tan, light mocha colored head. Good retention and good lacing.

Aroma seems to be lacking a bit. Fruity esters dominate somewhat, dark fruits, a lot of this probably coming from the plums as well. Some creamy mocha aromas come in as it warms.

Plums are pretty dominate providing for a lot of fruity flavors, both dark fruitmlike and fruity ester. Mixing with a light mocha, light roast. Finishes with spot on hop bitterness for a porter. A nice overall balance of flavors with an authentic plum flavor.

The body seems to be a little thin for me to call this an imperial porter, but it does have a nice creamy almost milky feel to it.

A pretty good beer, but a bit more body and roast flavors would have made it an excellent beer. Atleast worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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