mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Southern Tier is proving to be one of my favorite breweries. Purple-tinged black pour with nary a head. Plum fragrance. Solid porter base -- with some coffee notes, and roasty but not sweet. The name of the game here is plums. They are omnipresent, infusing this one throughout -- you never forget them -- but never in a domineering way. If anything, I'd love for this to be a stout. But, it's not, and I shall not complain. A-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted and bitter chocolate, light resin and earth for the hops and yeast, with cooked plum and tobacco in the background. Head is small, fizzy, light tan with a few spots of lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slick, and hazy a fizzy carbonation and a chalky and very dry finish. Not as bold as I expected from a Strong Porter, but itís still a deep and rich slow sipper.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured medium-deep cola brown with a tall cap of toasted beige head. The aroma picked up moderately-roasted, sweeter cocoa, vanilla, and other black malts with toasted grain and light plum accents.. came across as a simple-ish, well-balanced porter without much extra fruit. The flavor found lightly-smoked black malts, vanilla, and dry-roasted coffee at the core.. earthy notes, herbal notes, and touches of dried plum around.. peppery warmth and a little oxidation on the finish.. very tasty. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. carbonation was a little too high.. unremarkable overall, but it was tasty enough and went down easily.
bluejacket74 (1556) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, DOB 05/01/13. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head that stays around for a while. Thereís a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like plums, roasted malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of smoke. Thereís a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors, wtih the bitterness being a bit stronger at first and the sweetness getting stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and has moderate carbonation. I like this beer a lot, definitely worth trying. Iíll have to pick up some more soon.
MaBeer1972 (1439) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dohertyís. Served in a 12oz tulip glass. Dark purplish brown-black with a frothy tan head. Deep malty aroma and flavors with just enough sweetness. Low hopping. Interesting porter.
douglas88 (7249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark chocolate color with a medium white head. A fruity nose with dusty cocoa. The flavor is interesting; plum, toffee, dusty chocolates, green peppers, lingering sweet fruit. Good.
milewide (1732) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unique taste. Touch of plums, nice roast---and maybe a bit of smoke---in taste. Good malt sweetness and body. Dark color with medium body and head.
seymour (1659) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2015 Tasted on tap at Taco Mac in a snifter glass. It poured a dark reddish brown colour, nearly opaque, with weak tan head. True-to-style robust porter aromas and flavours: grainy, bready, toasty, tart, hints of coffee and chocolate, caramel, plus the added complexity of dark plums. Light-medium body, stronger than usual carbonation which served to splash all the flavours around, full mouthfeel but then a surprisingly crisp and dry finish. Warming but otherwise well-concealed high alcohol. Very tasty.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Black pour with a brien head. Good lacing. Plum and vinous nose with some burned coffee in the back. Flavor is soft dark fruit somewhat overbalanced by a sharp coffee acrid bitterness. Weird mix. Just ok.
cards04 (2349) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brownish red with creamy off white head. Aromas of bubble gum, red fruits, vanilla. Flavours of coffee sweet fruit...maybe itís plum. Thin palate. Average.