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Plow Horse - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
87
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Supergenious on 11-20-2013)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes:

Smooth, light, well-concealed alcohol, mildly roasty, vanilla, oak, slightly nutty, slight milk chocolate, brown sugar, juniper, slightly spicy...

This is a silky smooth Belgian-style imperial stout that drinks way too easy for nearly 10 % ABV. Complex and balanced, it won't wow you with over-the-top flavors, but it will wow you with it's subtlety and luxury.

MaximalC, Dec 27, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Plow Horse yesterday for $4.09 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and I really liked Tart side of the Moon which was the unintentional tart version of this beer and i'm interested to see how this beeris in intended to taste, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage, fresh can. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a goblet as the can suggests.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a dark brown background with a nice drawing of an actual plow horse. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light molasses like aroma followed by some yeast aromas that impart a lighter tart aroma that resembles Tart Side of the Moon a little especially with some nice cherry aromas and some dark fruits in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a roasty, dark malt, light char, light coffee and cocoa aroma with a nice chocolate aroma seeming to stick out the most. The aroma is very nice, it's got just enough roasted malt aromas and the balance was good.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight molasses like flavor to it and it's followed by some dark roasted malts that impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate still sticking out the most, but not by much. Up next comes a nice fruity flavor with some dark fruit flavors showing up and the cherry still sticking out the most and they work well with the malts. On the finish there's a light amount of medium bitterness with a slightly higher amount of light tartness that seems to hide most of the bitterness and it had a roasted, tart, and cherry like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's got that signature Vivant yeast that imparts a light tartness that somehow works well with the roasted malts.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, lightly tart, crisp, a little rich, on the slightly lighter side of being full bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I think it's a good and pretty different example of a Belgian style Imperial Stout, it was pretty similar to Tart Side of the Moon, but the tartness and cherry flavor were toned down in this beer and I thought they still stuck out enough and it provided better balance then Tart Side of the Moon had. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple pints of this without getting tired or bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, the tart cherry flavors showed up just enough to work well with the dark roasted malts. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad at all, but a little more head and lacing wouldn't hurt. I would for sure buy this beer again and I'll be picking up more shortly, I would also like to put some in my cellar to see how well it ages. I would recommend this beer, it's a nice very unique example of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I wasn't expecting it to be tart so now I know this beer was intended to be a little tart but not as tart as Tart Side of the Moon. The sour cherry followed by roasted malts is a pretty nice combo that held my attention well. I pretty much like both beers equally, Good job Brewery Vivant, thanks again for another great and unique beer.

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(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth.

(S)- Good roasted coffee and grains meets some cocoa and molasses.

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Plow Horse from Brewery Vivant
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.