Suttree (5073) - 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.
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours.near black with a beige head. Light dark fruity notes up front and in the aroma, with some lightly roasted malts and chocolate sweetness on the back end. Medium sweetness and relatively low bitterness. Good stuff.
NeoHippie2 (939) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas on the nose. Nice roasted malt flavor with a just a bit of plum on the palate. Interesting concept but the plum character is very subtle in my opinion. Still a good porter, but if you go into this expecting big plum flavor you’re going to be disappointed.
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 and 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. I wouldn’t call it heavy because it has a malt that essentially light but it does have a heaviness to the body that is more from the hop oil and the char and burnt qualities. It drinks smoother as it warms.
thornecb (4320) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Plum and caramel aromas. Medium bodied with sweet plum and raisin upfront turning to mocha in the sweet lasting dry finish.
hopscotch (8915) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft… Clear black pour with a glimmer of mahogany and a small, creamy, khaki head. The bouquet is nutty and chocolaty with a splash of Cuban-roast coffee and a mild suggestion of plum. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is roasty and well-balanced, offering both bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso and scorched black malts. No plum here. Bittersweet, roasty finish.
baraciisch (1741) - USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color... Aroma of dark fruit... Flavor is dark licorice, anise, notes of cocoa and plum.... Malty finish... Solid
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TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short tan head. Aroma is dark fruit (plums, obviously, though I wouldn’t have guessed plums had they not been mentioned), roasted malt and light coffee. Taste is dark fruit, hints of tobacco, roasted malt, hints of coffee, burnt caramel and soft earthiness. Body is medium with a light, bubbly carbonation and a mild stickiness. Ends with more dark fruit, lighter tobacco, roasted malt, toasted malt, coffee, earthy notes and caramel.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I took to Max’s for Jen’s going away tasting. Pours a clear brown to black with a medium to thick sized brown head. A bit of sweet fruit with a touch of cocoa and roast, chocolate and deep malt. Medium bodied, chocolate, a touch of cocoa. Dusty cocoa into a lightly sweet finish.
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting brew. Pours very dark brown with an off white head. The aroma is earthy with a bit of sweetness. A hint of the plum comes through as well. The flavor has some caramel with a bit of the plum. Very thin for a stout. Lots of carbonation too.
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