fishonmyplane (443) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I loved the concept of this beer, but the execution was flawed. It has porter character, and plum, but they donít mesh very well. Itís hard to explain why, but the plum just seemed tacked-on, and it came across as a decent but lackluster beer. It was pretty light in the palate, which was strange since I was expecting a rich & decadent beer.
Darkmagus82 (1325) - - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-15-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a deep brown color with red highlights seen shinning through when held to the light. Upon pouring there is a two finger cream colored head that fades quite fast leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma is roasted and sweet with smells of toasted barley malt, chocolate, and caramel. Mixed with these aromas is a moderate showing of a dark fruit smell, consisting mostly of plum and raisin but containing a bit of cherry mixed within as well.
Taste Ė The taste begins sweet and roasted. While a plum accentuated brew (at last in name), upfront it is mainly roasted malt, chocolate and caramel in flavor. As the flavor advances however some of the fruit begins coming to the tongue. These plum and raisin flavors bring a new level of sweetness to the beer. Toward the end, the chocolate flavor takes on a more milk chocolate like taste with the plum getting even more potent to leave a rather fruit sweetened chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. Both were rather appropriate for the fruity-chocolaty flavors of the brew.
Overall- It was tasty but is nothing to out of the ordinary in comparison to most standard porters of its strength. A good tryer but not a real standard go-to.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5603-20130722] Bottle. Mild grainy coffee fruit aroma. Hazy, dark bright red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Grainy toasted wood leaf flavour has a coffee fruit aftertaste. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o mds, w/ him, jercraigs)
Beer4000 (4476) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle @ Christianssand Brygghus. Black body with a big, creamy, long lasting beige head. Not very strong, but nice aroma of roasted dark malt, coffee and some dry fruit. Flavor is nice, quit sweet, more dark fruit than malt actually, mild roast and a bit harsh bitterness, but not in a bad way. Itís nice and smooth. Full body and good aftertaste. A very pleasant one, nothing extreme at all.
slowrunner77 (2261) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loved the deep nose on this beer...lots of roasted toasted malts, light chocolate and coffee, and more plum thatn in the flavor. Really nice combo that tasted good too, just not AS good as it smelled. This would be a solid malty brew with or without the fruit, but the ever so slight flavor, sweetness and hints of tart and another layer."
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Black, with beige head. Small accounts of webbing. Sweet perfume of candied plums, chocolate milkshake, and some oats. Medium body. Somewhat watery, especially for style. Raisons, cherries, dark chocolate and some tobacco. Rough edges.
ContemplateBeer (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another beer shared with Rob and Ally. Thanks! Purchased as my babysitting present for their 4 month old daughter. Aroma: Light aroma overall, but some coffee roast; not a whole lot of plum, but I donít have a lot of plum experience, either. Otherwise, a coffee balanced porter with a little chocolate. Appearance: Nearly jet black with a foamy tan head that settles into a tan skin. Flavor: Same as the nose. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Just felt like a solid porter, so Iíll score it that way.
kidobutai (367) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle while enjoying the World Cup. Beautiful brown 2-finger head, nice lacing, rich color. I can smell the plum much more than I can taste it. Coffee notes as well.
Luvystypotables (671) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of malt with a hint of plum. Dark brown color minimal head. Taste of coffee, malt and dark chocolate. Creamy feel with a bitter coffee finish.
omega (698) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to admit I have resisted trying this beer for almost a year in protest that Southern Tier is no longer exporting to our shores, but stocks are almost exhausted so have to pony up and try it. Lovely beer, that is rich and full bodied and the plums fill in the gaps. Damn you Southern Tier for reminding me how good your beers can be, and the fact you no longer sell to NZ. A Creme Brulee sob story.
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a cream head. Nose is roasted malts, hint of fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Easy palate, big roasted malts, vineous, plum, lightly sweet, toasty finish.