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Plow Horse - Brewery Vivant

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87
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Supergenious on 11-20-2013)
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MaximalC

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 23:20:12 | More by MaximalC
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a snifter.

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

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

(T)- Again, some good roasted grains with raisin/coffee combo. Ever such a slight yeasty funk to its backbone.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. It has a good base, but the belgian yeast throws it off just a bit.

(O)- Pretty good, but this might have benefitted from NOT having the belgian yeast added.

Serving type: can

07-17-2014 13:33:31 | More by sweemzander
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-07-2014 13:47:00 | More by BlissJunkie
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wilfmaster

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-30-2014 01:07:36 | More by wilfmaster
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sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -23.1%

06-25-2014 21:30:28 | More by sharpski
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toppoop

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-18-2014 23:50:27 | More by toppoop
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

06-11-2014 15:58:22 | More by ROBSTARR
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ExNihilo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-10-2014 08:47:33 | More by ExNihilo
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amalburg

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-03-2014 16:19:19 | More by amalburg
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, I was amused by the huge bubbles in the mocha head. These bubbles were like holes in Swiss cheese. The stout itself was a handsome black color with little variation.

Smell - The aroma was largely that of burnt sugar/burnt malt. There was nothing particularly attention getting about the aroma.

Taste - In the initial taste, I detect dark, almost bitter chocolate. Further, the malts were more dry than sweet. Amidst the sugar were hints of banana like a banana malt with a modest sourness. The burnt sugar becomes more evident in the aftertaste as the taste angles toward the more bitter side.

Mouthfeel - Based on the head, I expected a carbonation bomb. That was not the case as the carbonation was actually appropriate. The beer itself was a hair too thin for my liking.

Overall - I would suggest this to be a slightly less than average imperial stout. I would have like to have seen a little more sweetness.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 12:15:32 | More by JohnnyHopps
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mvanwoerm

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9%

04-12-2014 03:57:52 | More by mvanwoerm
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dejones

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-12-2014 03:11:23 | More by dejones
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Filabee

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-04-2014 22:06:54 | More by Filabee
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

03-29-2014 14:48:22 | More by Dactrius
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-22-2014 20:55:00 | More by SourAddict
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2014 17:29:54 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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BAsbill

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-11-2014 07:25:51 | More by BAsbill
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kmoen

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-11-2014 07:17:01 | More by kmoen
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-10-2014 03:37:50 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head. Light amount of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, sweet roasted malts, and some dark fruit.

T - Starts of with sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. Nice amount of dark fruits come through mid drink. The finish has a good amount of bitterness from the Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - Nice beer with lots of complex flavors. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 03:02:30 | More by TreyIsWilson
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BeerOps

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-01-2014 21:37:03 | More by BeerOps
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-01-2014 03:25:01 | More by tommy5
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deonreds

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-30-2014 02:47:41 | More by deonreds
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pretty thin, the can exploded with four finger head. Retention is very good with quarter pinky head after one minute. Dark brown/black non transparent.

S- It has that weird belgian RIS smell that belgian yeti has too. Just not natural here. It is like two styles meeting and a weird smell comes out of it. Can't put my finger on it. It's like rain-soaked wood for three days.

T- Definitely the best attribute of this brew. Dark roasted fig fruit backbone to this RIS that works better than the Belgian Yeti. Interesting. Molasses, toffee, but lots of roasted dark fruits here.

M- Pretty thin, but 40% up the ladder of thickness for a RIS.

O- The taste is waaaay better than all of the other attributes. I think this one is better than my stomping ground's Belgian Yeti.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 03:22:04 | More by gueuzedreg
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sblanton83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-19-2014 02:05:51 | More by sblanton83
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Plow Horse from Brewery Vivant
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.