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Plowboy Porter - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

Plowboy PorterPlowboy Porter

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%


Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is brewed with a generous amount of chocolate malts. Chocolate refers to the color of the malt not the flavor that comes out of them.

34 IBU

(Beer added by: Tone on 06-11-2009)
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a murky amber brown with a thin one finger fluffy white head that fades to a solid white lace.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of coffee and more roast. Not incredibly sweet on the nose, slight hoppy character in the aroma as well.

T: Earthy tones come first, followed by roasted barley and chocolate malt, a bit of coffee and some hops and bitterness. Nothing amazing going on, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy but not overly so; easy drinking. Could be more creamy to me.

O: Not a bad porter, but nothing I'd rush to drink again. Worth a try but there are far better options on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:25:53 | More by Mikecap
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Shallow brown hue. Lots of effervescence. Pours a slight bubbly head, which settles quickly leaving only a slight ring around the rim. No lacing.

S: Roasted almond and walnut, tea leaves, and a little bittersweet chocolate.

T: Slightly bitter roasted pecan shells, and a touch of a hop bite. Slight sweetness, in the form at the tea from the nose.

M: A little bit of a shallow, washed-out feel. Light, bitter finish.

D: Pretty much a session style experience.

Atmosphere is fair. Not much to look at... no real head, and no lacing. Nose is a pretty solid combination of nutty, bitter, and sweet components. Flavor is roasted nut, with a bit of a hop bite, and some inert sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:46:57 | More by bmwats
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle

S: slightly burnt earthy cocao, amaretto, light acidity. Nice and distinctive.

T: A classic brown porter (BJCP style 12A), which isn't very popular or widespread among American brewers even though it’s a favorite style of mine. Nice solid roasty body that is slightly bitter cocao, but since its not too intense it stays balanced. The flavor is dominated by caramel toasty grains. More amaretto, and marzipan from the nose, almost hinting at candied cherries. Slightly sweet which is barely more intense than evident bitterness. Very unique profile that’s light and heavy at the same time. Somewhat creamy with a finish that has notes of marshmallow topped irish coffee, and is smooth but not very roasty with a clean lightly roasted coffee note and heaps of caramel.

Notes: A very unique take on the porter that fits the definition of the style but is very interesting. I'm not crazy about the amaretto note, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:16:46 | More by 4000qtrap
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that has reduced to an outer ring of foam. It is a dark brown color with some clarity when held up to the light and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste: Taste is along the same lines with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Overall: Not sure if I was expecting more out of this beer, but no coffee, smoke, or lack of more chocolate makes this more of a brown ale instead of a porter. Pretty average porter to me, but good to have tried a beer out from Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 18:57:52 | More by Flounder57
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours translucent dark reddish brown with a very light soapy tan head head. The head retreats slowly and there are some visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer that I can see from the side of the glass. Poured into a pint glass. Pours translucent dark reddish brown with a very light soapy tan head head. The head retreats slowly and there are some visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer that I can see from the side of the glass. Some of that roasted barley malt is up front and I catch that wheat malt they added. There's some of that chocolate in there as well. The woody and earthy character from the hops are also present in the taste in the back end. There's some of that roasted malt on the back end that lingers in the back of the mouth. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and the drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 20:14:19 | More by acevenom
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick one finger tan head.

Aroma of roasted malt along with coffee and some dark chocolate. Some caramel in ther too.

The flavor closely echoes the smell with coffee and roasted malt. No hop flavors are detectable and bitterness is on the moderate side. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but it is enough to allow the roasty character to shine.

Overall, a better than average porter in my opinion. A little fuller mouthfeel would do a lot to improve it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 17:48:18 | More by rangerred
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plowboy is a rich amber color with not much visible carbonation in the clear brew. The head is spongy and khaki with ok retention. An average start at best.

The scent is only slitly better with a chocolate and coffee character but very muted and soft. So far the volume on this porter is turned way down.

The taste is intesting, it is kind of like a sweeter, less creamy version of Guinness. There is a nice rich toastiness to the grains which deals out some great coffee and chocolate flavors. A very savory beer that tastes much better then it smells.

Slick on the palate with soft hints of carbonation. The smoothness accents the rich flavor and helps with the mouthfeel but I feel a little more carbonation could balance the richness with some acidity. Not a bad beer despite the rocky start.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:14:07 | More by jbphoto88
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a dark, reddish, barely transparent brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Aroma has a strong horehound overtone and hints of caramel and coffee. Sumptuous flavor has horehound, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate and roast coffee notes. Texture is fairly thick and fizzy, leaving a smoky and slightly candy-sweet finish. Look for it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:14:25 | More by Cyberkedi
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KellyL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours clear, deep brown with nice head (2 fingers). Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

S: Mild roasted malt with some nutty character.

T: Roasted malt, and slight chocolate up front. The roasted flavor fades to slight toffee. Finishes a little bitter, but not in a bad way. Nice balance between the malt and hop bittering. No hop flavor, they seem to be used just for bittering. Much better when poured and served at 50-ish degrees than right out of the fridge.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonic bite at the end.

O: I like it. It's very balanced, not too malty like a Sierra Nevada Porter. I'll definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 18:17:19 | More by KellyL
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I dunno why, but "plowboy" sounds like either a sex move or some sort of anti-farmer slur... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burnt sienna topped by a short finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose is mostly wet cardboard, though a touch of mild brown sugar, honey, and very light roasted malts comes through hazed, jumbled, clearly post-scuffle. The taste is dryly sweet, like old graham crackers, with its own force of cardboard. There's almost no roast here, save for a fossil found in the depths. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a weak porter, more like a nut brown, if anything. In any case, I won't be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:43:35 | More by TMoney2591
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n2185

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Some slight roasted malt and sweet cocoa aromas at first along with subtle nutty aromas. A strong aroma follows that really reminds me of red Twizzlers licorice sticks . . . slightly fruity, I suppose. Interesting.

T: Roasted malt and cocoa flavors show up, but again they're fairly subtle. The nutty flavors are a bit stronger here, and again there's that red Twizzlers flavor. The finish is somewhat bitter and roasted.

M: Medium body with mid-high sudsy carbonation, this beer feels almost like a root beer, but it works.

O: An interesting, but decent porter. It's more like a brown ale to me than a porter, but still is pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 03:11:50 | More by n2185
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scratch69

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Very little head with a small amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild aroma of roasted malt and chocolate with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste- Roasted malt and chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Creamy with a mildly dry finish.

Overall- Not bad but not impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:15:03 | More by scratch69
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match1112

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a dark cola colored body with a two finger light tan head that stuck around for a minute. faint nose with hints of roasted barley and chocolate. tastes like someone poured chocolate milk into cold coffee, and that's not a good thing. has a light slightly watery body with a long nasty bitter finish. overall i feel as though anyone with a homebrew kit could do just as good or better. not gonna buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 01:13:38 | More by match1112
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided by MilwaukeeCrusher as an extra, thanks!

A - Pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby undertones too it. Not unlike the Avery Old Jubilation I just had, just a shade darker. Only about a half-finger of light tan head with okay retention. The lacing at first begins promising, but actually fades quickly and leaves almost no trace of foam.

S - Pretty unique nose on this that's for sure...it has a bit of roast to it, but then it goes to an almost lactose sugar state that reminds me of chocolate milk. Takes a little to get used to, but I can't say it's not enjoyable as it warms. Unfortunately getting some diacetyl here in the tune of butterscotch.

T - A light roast opening in the taste gives way to a fairly sweet chocolate flavor that lasts into the finish. The roast gives off some coffee, and there are some candied raisins in here as well. Unfortunately, once the diacetyl makes itself known its almost impossible to shake the impression of it, so the back-end is nearly completely doused with the buttery notes.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. The label is correct in pegging this as creamy, and the flavors leave a slightly roasty bitterness in the finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I am torn on this beer; at first it's only mediocre, but as it warms it really starts to come into its own. However, the temperature change sparks the characteristics of diacetyl, so it really only has a small sweet spot during which I enjoyed the beer. Unfortunate, but diacetyl has claimed better beers than this (I'm looking at you, Rochefort), so I guess it's only fair...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 06:14:09 | More by nhindian
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body, garnet-hued at its edges, and topped with a full-sized, foamy, ecru-colored head.

Smell: Fairly mild scent here, with light notes of roasted barley and chocolate, a bit nutty as well. Given a moment to warm up, a small portion of fruitiness emerges as well as letting the chocolate quality grow.

Taste: Toasted and roasted-up malts with a small splash of simple Maxwell House coffee and an iota of chocolate. Modestly sweet. Subdued earthy, spicy hops with a relatively light bitterness contributed. Light touches of chocolate and berries dulls to a taste of chilled tea-soaked toasted grains, then, simply, it's gone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's an acceptable, fairly simplistic porter, though it got a tad better as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 17:02:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/28
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, brown with a light brown head. NIce head retention to this beer and leaves nice spiderwebbed sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, and just the slightest hint of citrusy hops.

T: Taste is tons of chocolate right up at the beginning with very light toffee notes. Lots of roast and chocolate - completely dominate the middle. Finish continues with the roasted malts but a hint of grapefruit citrus hops find their way in to give a bite to the finish.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, rich and slick at the forefront with a slightly dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This was a nice porter that is a touch heavier than the typical porter, but not overly heavy. It's a well balanced porter with a bit of girth to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:16:37 | More by Jayli
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soju6

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with traces of amber when held up to the light. Has a good tan head that fades very slowly and has plenty of lacing.

S: Smell is a mixture of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavor is of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate mixed in. There is a touch of bitterness that lingers a bit.

F: Medium body, smooth with a light creamy texture. Well balanced.

O: Good Porter, quite good for the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 15:21:54 | More by soju6
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a medium brown color with hints of amber hues when held to the light. One and a half finger light tan head shows medium retention. Light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts come off first with a light nutty aroma. Coffee and light chocolate comes through next with hints of almost citrus like hops. Not a strong alcohol presence in the ending which helps bring this one full forward.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer. Hints of light nuts come back in the ending front for me. Middle of the beer shows a darker bready malt which also shows a light chocolate hint. Ending is more roasted malts which blend together nicely with a hint of citrus hop and light warming alcohol.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts, light nutty flavor, and hint of chocolate are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, roasted malts and light citrus hops. Flavors were well balanced for the style I thought. Light metallic off flavor when the beer warmed toward the ending but this even blended a little bit with the overall beer flavor. Alcohol drying on the palate is light with each sip.

O- This beer is overall a pleasant surprise. A very nice drinking porter which I would have no problem drinking again and again. The ABV is low enough to drink a couple of pints of this. Flavors were well balanced for the style I thought.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 05:13:51 | More by alleykatking
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plfahey

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Dark brown with faint reddish highlights and good clarity. Moderately large tan head with moderately good retention.

Aroma-Diacetyl. Popcorn butter and butterscotch. Underneath the buttery assault, I catch notes of chocolate and roast with a hint of caramel. Slight fruity esters and low hopping also apparent.

Flavor-Buttery opening gives way to roast malt and chocolate before closing with more butterscotch, in a strange sort of buttery roasty kind of way. Im having trouble picking up any sort of nuances in the flavor due to the diacetyl.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth with a definite slickness from the diacetyl.

This is probably not a bad beer on the whole. Unfortunately I have a very low diacetyl threshold, so this comes across mostly as butter and butterscotch to me, in both the aroma and the flavor. I can tell that there are some nice roasted flavors underneath the butter, but I really can't pick them out very well. Unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 06:01:09 | More by plfahey
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the recent Black booty BIF. Dark pour with amber highlights, 2" white tan head, nice lacing. The aroma is sweet chocolate malts. The flavors are chocolate malts, coffee notes, slight bitterness, it has a lingering bittersweet finish. The body is full and it has a nice creamy mouth feel. Solid porter, i could definitely session a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:38:12 | More by bonkers
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lucasj82

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Brown with a creamy inch and a half of head. Lots of lacing.

S - Chocolate, floral, and caramel.

T - Chocolate, coffee, malts, slight copper taste. Very average porter taste really.

M - Medium-thin with lots of carbonation.

D - Average. It is decent tasting and not too filling.

Ok Porter but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:44:47 | More by lucasj82
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biggred1

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Anise, bubblegum and roasted malt notes in the aroma. Smoky black licorice and coffee with chocolate and cocoa powder. Light bodied and smooth. A nice porter that doesn't stray from the traditional qualities of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 22:58:15 | More by biggred1
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, tan head of pillowy foam. It left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Slight floral nose.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted malt. Very subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied porter.

D - This is good. Possibly the best brew I've had from Crown Valley so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:34:32 | More by zeff80
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: light brown in color with a finger of tan head and pretty nice lacing. one of the lightest looking porters I have ever seen

S: not whole lot going on here. some roast malts and nuts.

T: even less going on here. roasted malts and toasted nuts and a slight dash of coffee grounds. I'm not sure I'd even call this a Porter. Seemed more like a brown ale to me

M: feels light and thin. medium carbonation

D: I hate to say this but struggled to finish this beer. Seemed like a waste of time even trying to drink it since I couldn't find much to enjoy about it.

Overall, maybe this was old or a bad bottle but I would definitely not want to drink this beer again and would not recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 19:33:57 | More by CosmoHopHead
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took a stab at this brewery a recent addition at the Joplin Macadoddles, they had 3 or 4 of their offerings in 6 packs only, let's give this brewery a shot...

Pours an effervescent caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy tan head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Slight toasty malt, nothing else

T: Toasty malt & burnt grain, plus a touch brown sugar & herbal hops up front. Toasty malt asserts as this warms, a bit of astringency at the edges. Finishes dry with some coffee ground notes & some brown sugar sweetness. This almost makes me think American Brown ale to be honest...

MF: Light bodied up front, thickens up as it warms. Okay balance

Drinks alright seemed to get better as it warmed. Will revisit it in a few days to see if my opinion of it changes. For right now this screams AVERAGE at best porter. I will probably hold out until a see the rest of this brewery's offerings a part of a mixed sixer

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:42:50 | More by russpowell
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Plowboy Porter from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
80 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.