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RATINGS: 345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Plums are a diverse group of species, with somewhere between 19 & 40 varieties depending upon whom you ask. We’re using what we consider to be the best to brew with. the Italian plum has beautiful dark skin & the flesh is perfect for fermentation. Plum Noir’s mild sweetness is derived no necessarily from the many malts we use. A bit of plum flavor is present as well as earthy, toasted grains, & hints of caramel with mild coffee overtones.


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (50) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2013
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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
WABeerFiend (305) - - APR 25, 2015
Bottled 05.02.13. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 02.20.15. A: Cocoa, powdery chalk, and prunes. A: 1 finger light tan head that recedes to spots of fluff. T: Woodiness and dark berry dominate. P: Very thin and watery even for a porter. O: This was underwhelming. There was no flavor here. Maybe it was too old, but it should have held up at 8.0% ABV. It wasn’t undrinkable, but it wasn’t worth drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8478) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pour on tap at All Pints North, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, toffee, caramel into a bit of yeast, touch of coffee into a bit of earth, spice. Taste was a mix of spice, earth, big dark fruit, toffee into some coffee, cocoa, slight yeast, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
katrinaez (416) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2015
My notes show it is lighter than expected but I enjoyed the flavors. Good color and had in the bottle

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
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. DavoleBomb, Jun 04, 2013

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (488) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Monday beer tastings...thx dusty...taste and mouth as advertised...solid tasty beer...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16187) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from Haggen’s Grocery, Burlington; bottled 05/02/13, 1½ years old
Black color with thin persistent beige layer. Delicate notes or roasted malts and cream. The body is drier and thinner than expected; dark flavors, roasted malt, burnt caramel, a hint of coffee, and a light sourness that could be from the fruit.
Smooth but not impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours a thin black with moderate head. Pretty muted aroma with a bit of roastiness and some sweet herbalness. Taste is fairly gentle, with a background roast, complementary hops and a soft fruity sweetness. The fruity sweetness doesn't come across as plums but it's still lighter than the dark fruits you generally encounter in dark beers. In fact, this whole beer feels a bit light. It could be seen as a weakness depending on your expectations/desires, but I think it works well. Easy drinking and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Dark mohogany pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma is fruity, chocolate. Taste is creamy, chocolate malt, fruit, dry, little bisquit. Not much plum flavor. Roasted malt aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Black body with a thinnish dark cocoa head. The nose is a lovely mix of smooth, mostly debittered black malts and plummy fruit notes intermixed with chocolate. Smooth, full body, understated plummy fruit tones shimmer across the chocolate backbone. Just enough bitterness to provide balance this modestly sweet brew. Tasty stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2579) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Grumbler purchase from Breeze-IN, Juneau AK. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving a nice clingy and somewhat stringy lacing that shows a nice slide to it as well. The smell was a deep dark fruity / dried plum to slight dark chocolate. The taste was mainly dried sweet dark fruit (plum) and a ripe slight vinous quality. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but mostly just giving off a decent dry quality rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Imperial iced porter I think I could return to.


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