unclemike (2068) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown, almost black color with an off white head. Dark fruits, very light plums (but not as much as the name would imply), roast, and some caramel.
DialSquare (2046) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Proof. Scant note: rich, cocoa, chalk, rye malt, coffee good. 7.4 -- I definitely liked it. Good sipper.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap. Near black with small head. Malty with light fruit, raisin and plum. Kinda light on flavor, but the alcohol is well masked.
Niko100 (1674) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, & some dark fruit; Flavor roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, hops, and some plum notes; Finish is slightly bitter and somewhat smoky; Nicely balanced; The alcohol is well hidden; Pretty good and easy drinking.
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into an official Southern Tier goblet. It was bottled on 5/1/2013. It cost $9.49 ($0.43 per ounce).
Appearance: Ink black body with a rather small, tan, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Fairly standard robust porter aroma of roasted malt and hints of chocolate and coffee.
Taste: Southern Tier brews such great beer that even when one doesnít deliver exactly as advertised, it still winds up being a pretty good beer anyway. Plum Noir is a good example of what I mean as itís intended to be a imperial porter with plum flavoring and spices. The only problem is I got neither of these characters, but the base beer is a really enjoyable imperial porter, so I liked it anyway.
The taste is pretty familiar to porter drinkers: toasted malt coupled with some mild dark fruit notes. Thereís a fairly strong bitterness through the middle, imparting a coffee or dark chocolate flavor and finishes with accompanying flavors and a residual dryness. Itís a satisfying, enjoyable taste as it has much more chutzpah all around than your standard table porter. The chocolate flavor increases as the beer warms. The only problem is I donít get any plum flavor at all. Iím not sure what the point was in brewing this beer with pureed plums and naming it as such if the plums arenít front and center.
Drinkability: I tend to get a little anxious when I have to drink an entire bomber of an imperial beer solo. I worry it might be too hot or too heavy to drink all at once. But with Southern Tier Plum Noir I was pleasantly surprised just how easy it was to get down. The palette is flavorful, but constrained. The taste doesnít overwhelm, and the mouthfeel is thick, but soft, smooth, and calm. There is a dry aftertaste but itís easily tolerable. And the 8% ABV is nowhere to be found as thereís no warmth or distraction at all. Most definitely not a sipper.
Fritz123 (566) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Sybarite Pig. Tulip. Pours dark brown with two finger white head. Disappears quickly but lacing nice. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, vanilla. Taste is mild but complex. Malts, slight bitter coffee taste, vanilla, cocoa and dark fruit. Finish is creamy with vanilla and cocoa. Mild mouth. Very good.
thouse (45) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The addition of pureed Italian plums and five different types of malts during the fermenting process give this beer strong notes of caramel and coffee, along with a subtle hint of the plums.
RobertDale (2617) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, malt, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, plums, coffee, and caramel. Not too heavy. Pretty good.
EtTuCthulhu (740) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is a clear very dark reddish brown color with a medium off-white head, and the aroma is reminiscent of roasted malts, fresh plums, and some sort of musky yeast, which gives you mixed messages on what to expect on the tongue. The taste, however, is stunning with its mild umami character as well as the slight bitterness and the slight sweetness, and the palate combines a boozy finish, slick texture, medium body, and average carbonation.
Suttree (4742) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, not much head. Smells fruity, with some coffee notes. Nicely smooth palate. Flavor is fruity - definitely a note of plums or prune or something like that. Nice, rich coffee note. Perhaps a bit tannic, too. Dry, woody finish.