Monday, November 18, 2013
Southern Tier Plum Noir Imperial Porter with Italian Plums
Southern Tier Plum Noir, Imperial Porter with Italian Plums.
Dark brown color, utterly opaque, big, creamy tan head, leaving lace, and looking lovely. Looking good.
Aroma: dark, rich, roasty, coffee and toffee, with dark fruit rising up from below. Slightly sweet, slightly tart. Definitely plummy, but it's more delicate, and in no way a fruit-forward thing. Don't think that's either possible, or wise, if you're going to do this right. Great complexity here, I like it lots.
Taste: Brisk, bright, and fruity, though floating over a dark, malty morass. An intriguing mix, to say the least. Rich and thick, some bitterness, small sweetness, great balance. This is not a typical imperial porter, just enough of this, plenty more of that.
Is it silky smooth? Almost. Is it fruit-tastic? Pretty much. It's all these things, and more. bright and fruity…some bitterness, massive malt, and extra deliciousness.
…a little wine-y...a little plummy...plenty richness. Good stuff, Southern Tier, keep it up!