Double Plow - Tractor Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -0.7%
Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.
Right out of the gate, the irreverent choice of URL
"getplowed.com" calls the brewer's seriousness into question. With an entire industry trying to elevate beer's image, this kind of marketing is just in poor taste.
We had to pour this one out hard as we noticed that the carbonation was very modest from the get go. The head preformed well though with a stable retention. Nearly pitch black in color with a dull hue of red on the edge. Aroma bounces from the sweetness of the malt and oats to vibrant fruity esters to roasted grain. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a mild smoothness as the carbonation has nearly dropped out. Roasted character is a bit docile with soft notes of char and roasted coffee. Dextrin creaminess mingles with the sweetness of the malt and oats. Hops are tame with just enough bitterness to help balance. A little fruity within the lingering roasted flavor. Finish roasted bitter sweet with a suggestion of burnt caramel.
Timid with the roasted character never hitting that level of being really on top. Middle of the road for the style though it makes up by being quite quaffable.
07-07-2010 00:29:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
1.63/5 rDev -46%
This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I'm pretty easy-going in terms of what I'll drink and this I had to choke down. It has a typical stout appearance with a coffee-colored tinted head. The taste of the beer is nauseatingly sweet. It reminds me of diet drinks loaded with artificial sweeteners, but this is the dominant flavor. I wanted to like a beer brewed in New Mexico, but this just doesn't cut it.
04-28-2009 04:01:59 | More by abstractpablo
1.1/5 rDev -63.6%
I hate to use this as my first review at beer advocate, but this brew was so incredibly horrible I had to review this to tell people not to EVER drink this.
I bought this pack at Lee's Discount Liquor in Las Vegas. I poured my first bottle of this after about 3 north country stouts beforehand. The taste was so distinct and so strong I knew I wouldn't be able to finish the Double Plow without puking.
I poured a glass tonight thinking this beer might have tasted better with a clean palette. Holy crap this beer is horrible. I've never thought a beer could actually taste like vomit, but as soon as you take your first sip, it literally tastes like that. I wish I could give you a better palette entourage, but after seeing the other review of this beer tasting like dirt, lets not kid ourselves on the nastiness of this brew.
The pour was flat and non-foamy, and the smell was something that I swore was a bad batch. The beer was so horrible I called a friend over to try a bottle and he agreed; this beer tastes like the watery mouth you get before vomiting. I swear if you bottled toilet water this would be the flavor.
This isn't a beer like arrogant bastard that requires a acquaintance to the taste, it is just flat out horrid. I'm going to Lee's tomorrow to ask if I can exchange the brew. I recommend staying away from this batch, even if you are a seasoned alcoholic.
02-18-2009 07:15:36 | More by Metrobus
2.35/5 rDev -22.2%
Opened the bottle and it foamed out of control. Not a very good start as I know this beer was not shaken up since its been in my fridge for a couple weeks.
Pours dark like a stout. They got that right anyways. The head is like I poured a can of Coke into a glass as it foams twice as much as the settled beer. Hmmm....me thinks its over carbonated.
Smell is sweet and syrupy. Not major character other than dark sweet malt.
Taste is of dark malt flavored soda. The carbonation bounces all the taste off my tongue. Other than some sweet/sour malt taste its rather bland.
Not sure if this is a typical bottle of this stuff, for the brewers sake I hope not. Maybe this is something that is better on tap?
01-10-2009 23:44:50 | More by indiapaleale
2.48/5 rDev -17.9%
The bottle poured dark coffee color with a light tan sheet on top. I spot a few light particles. It's got a pretty good roasted aroma, some damp oats and smoke. The flavor is a little sour, a little sweet and pretty well carbonated. It's not very complex, but a pretty true representation for the value. Session worthy.
12-02-2008 02:31:12 | More by swanmann
3.1/5 rDev +2.6%
this beer pours a dark black with a thick tan head that just won't quit. the aroma is all malt no play... or I mean hops. there's a lot of oatmeal with a little chocolate, and maybe a bit of vanilla. the taste gives you all the malt you could want, but no hops, no balance, not so good. the mouthfeel is full, with more than adequate carbonation, the beer isn't terrible, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.
11-18-2008 19:33:19 | More by almychristopher
3.03/5 rDev +0.3%
The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dark roasted scent that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts along with a dry oatmeal feel. The yeast esters cloud the aroma. The taste is pretty horrible. It has a bitter black malt flavor with lots of esters in the finish. It's loaded with roasted taste, but it's ruined with the yeast content. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This could be good. There are some contamination issues with these guys.
11-18-2008 19:27:06 | More by WesWes
2.6/5 rDev -13.9%
Looks like an oatmeal stout when you pour it, maybe a little more brown than black but still appealing. Nice tan head too.
Smell is faint overall, and a bit metallic.
Taste is ok, with little oatmeal presence but a lot of roasted coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is fine. Could maybe be a little creamier since it's an oatmeal stout but not bad.
I would not enjoy drinking another of these really.
09-25-2008 13:06:40 | More by sholland119
2.2/5 rDev -27.2%
Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Overall, both the taste and aroma were tart, bitter, and light on any chocolate-malt essence usually found and depicted in the style...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal head that soon dissipated...
Bittersweet, slightly sour and unbalanced aroma and flavor...
Wasn't too impressed with this sample, nor many beers from this New Mexican brewery...
08-09-2008 23:23:28 | More by dsa7783
3.63/5 rDev +20.2%
Pours black with a tan head. Nose is malty sweet. Fairly thick and robust. Flavor is sweet and a bit tangy. Kind of too much so. Seems to lean to far to the side. Lots of bright leaf character, but I'm not really getting much else that I would expect. At first there is an unusual smoked quality to it, but that fades to a very minor roasted tone. Feel is okay. The drink ability is the same. This is a so-so oatmeal stout. I wouldn't really suggest it.
07-18-2008 16:55:12 | More by RblWthACoz
1.88/5 rDev -37.7%
Undated 12 oz. bottle that has a label of a farmer plowing his field into the sun. Above that is their symbol of a tractor surrounded by barley stocks. Off to the right of the picture is a paragraph that talks about the beer and a few of the flavor notes. Toward the end of the paragraph it gives thanks for all the people who made this brewery what it is today.
When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Tractor is a solid oil black. When I checked this beer up againt some light, it was still a solid oil black color because no ray of light can penatrate this beer's solid black color. The color was great, but the head of foam ruined the appearance. The head of foam was small, weak, and tan in color. This head of foam quickly dissipated into just a handful of tiny tan rings. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind.
The aroma of this Oatmeal Stout was odd and disturbing. The aroma was sour with earth, roasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate, and something that smelled like it was burning. The more I got into that smell, it more and more smelled like burning dirt. Yuck!
The wasn't all that better, but it was still a litte better. The taste too was sour, but this time it was sour with a dash of cocoa, sour roasted malts, a splash of roasted coffee beans, yeast, and dirt (earth). I understand that an Oatmeal Stout can be a little sour, but this one takes it to a new level of sourness. Too sour!
The mouthfeel was light with a faint aftertaste of sour roasted malts, a pinch of cocoa, and more dirt! Enough with the dirt already Double Plow!
What was with this beer and the taste of dirt? I have no id....Wait a minute! I get it now! A tractor plows over dirt, so that's why there's so much dirt in this beer. They wanted to match the beer's flavor with what's on the label. Very creative Tractor Brewing! In the end, this beer is too sour and has far too much dirt in it. One is more than enough for me!
06-20-2008 19:26:34 | More by AltBock
2.93/5 rDev -3%
12 oz. bottle purchased in Albuquerque, NM, at Kelly's Liquors on Coors Rd. Enjoyed in a standard 16 oz. tumbler.
Very dark brown (nearly opaque) with ruby highlights, topped by a disc of dense tan foam the thickness of a beer mat. The foam coats the walls of the glass but slides back into the beer without leaving any lacing.
Mostly deep roasted malts with toasted oats, baking chocolate and some caramel. There are also tart/earthy/metallic notes.
Dry and roasty like a dry stout; nutty like a brown ale. Some bitter chocolate but very little of the caramel promised by the nose. There's a sharp acidity and noticeable oxidation. Ends dry and grainy with earthy bitterness and a stale coffee grounds flavor.
Body is on the thin side, and the carbonation is a bit harsh. The finish is slightly astringent.
This beer started out good but lost points every step afterwards. There are many other oatmeal stouts I'd go back to before picking up this one again.
06-11-2008 05:18:40 | More by vurt
2.45/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured into point glass.
A-Pours a very dark brown with a cream head that leaves some lacing down the side of the glass.
S-Very good. The smell of toasted grains hits you right off. Traces of caramel, chocolate malts, as well as some grassy hops.
T-Not what it smelled like. Very disappointing. Too much going on. This beer seemed confused to me. The grains were trying find balance within the hops and there was some sort of taste that at the end that wasn't very good at all. I couldn't figure out what it was though.
M-Seemed over-carbonated to me. I expect an Oatmeal Stout to be very smooth feeling. This had a rough feel.
Overall I would have to say I didn't like this beer. Maybe others will find it more tasty...
05-25-2008 16:42:51 | More by Tbn2
2.95/5 rDev -2.3%
Picked this one up at Beers of the World in the ROC. New Mexico eh? There's a first for everything!
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a cola black with a big bubbled three finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a creamy layer. Very nice lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is very bland; light cocoa, stale coffee, and smokey wet malt. Some butter and toasted oats tickle the nose as well. The taste is fair, better than the smell at least. Flavor begins with caramel flavored coffee, cane sugar, and half n' half. Smokey oatmel sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Overall though, the flavor profile seems pasty. Very watered down feel with a light to medium body. Carbonation is fluffy and soda like. Unfortunately this is just an average beer. I love my oatmeal stouts, but this didn't do it for me.
05-06-2008 01:30:18 | More by BeerTruth
2.75/5 rDev -8.9%
A - poured very dark brown, nearly black into a pint glass with a weak 1" head that disappeared in a few minutes with light lacing
S - prominent coffee bitterness, toffee/molasses, maltiness and somewhat floral
T - coffee, something fruity as well, maybe currants or dates, bitter finish, somewhat bready
M - medium/full bodied with much carbonation, even too much carbonation for my liking, but has a silky texture that coats the palate nicely
D - not so great, thick fullbodiedness with lots and lots of bubbliness
Overall - I was a little disappointed with this. The taste was not as rich as the smell and it was way too carbonated. It also needed to be a little less bitter (needs to be sweeter) and have more of an "oatmeal stoutiness" to it. For me, it was a once in a lifetime trial.
05-04-2008 14:27:20 | More by DmanGTR
3.73/5 rDev +23.5%
Pours black with ruby highlights. Foamy tan head,with lots of retention,and lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee,dark chocolate,and bready malts. Body is light for this style,with just a hint of carbonation.Taste is of bread,and chocolate. Finished a little burnt,but not bad.
04-28-2008 19:33:44 | More by riversider76
3.9/5 rDev +29.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a clear dark brown with poor carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves no lace.
The smell is nice tosty malt, notes of chocolate and less coffee.
The taste is even better, I like this one, good roasty flavor with some chocolate, coffee and a nice mild but still bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is thinner then the norm and the carbonation was light.
The drinkability is very good the brew just goes down easy. Prosit, MK
12-02-2007 20:49:19 | More by MuenchenerKindl
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev +21.9%
A: Black with chestnut highlights, tan head, very little retention, slight lace.
S: Big chocolate aroma, bready, brown sugar.
T: Chocolate, bready, coffee, slight grainy astringency, nut, modest bitterness.
M: Moderate body is smooth, with a slight roasted acidity.
09-03-2007 01:33:10 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev +15.9%
Pours a dark brown and the stout is in the style but not as enjoyable a stout to me, and I am very consistently rating stouts as above average beers. I smelled a bit of coffee and roast and sweetness, and that generally came through in the drink.Slightly thinner mouthfeel and higher carbonated characteristics, and a bit acidic finish.
08-12-2007 03:27:55 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev +22.5%
An aggresive pour churns up a low, tan head of bubbly foam. No dense rocky clots as hoped for and little to no lace on the freshly washed + dried glass. Very dark brown / black and compltely opaque in a pint glass.
Aroma is sweet and roasty - burnt coffe and chocolate with hints of vanilla bean.
Flavors are more reminiscent of a dry stout, having neither the malty body and sweetness or the creamy oat texture of an Oat stout. Not much in the way of sweetness to balance the black grains and hops. Nice roasty bite along with firm hop bittering that leaves notes of coffee and dark chocolate tho slightly astringent in the aftertaste.
A solid session stout since it doesnt seem to be very high in abv. but not a "world class" Oatmeal IMHO.
08-05-2007 18:45:47 | More by Shiredave
4.18/5 rDev +38.4%
According to their website, Tractor Brews are only sold in New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey and New York (odd combination), so count me lucky that I live in Oklahoma.
Attractive dark brown almost black beer with a big smooth tan head. Great aroma, lots of roasty malt.
The flavor is hard for me to pin down. Very dry (not exactly what I expected from other Oatmeal stouts I've had in the past), but very smooth and rich. I can pick up some cold coffee, a bit of dirt (but in a good way), and plenty of roasted malts that match well with the velvety smooth mouthfeel. I think I might like just a tiny bit more of sweetness but really it is a judgment call.
Mighty good. I'm not sure how it fits to style (according to what this website says on its style descripter, Oatmeal stouts vary quite a bit) but compared to say Guiness Extra Stout, this is a might fine dry stout.
I definitely will be enjoying this one again.
04-11-2007 04:12:45 | More by jmbranum
3.35/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured a deep brown hue with a slight amber highlight and one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured a decent burnt grain and slight caramel malt.
The taste consisted of a mild burnt grain and subtle sweet malt. Trace hop as well. Very watered down flavor-wise.
The mouthfeel was thin and clean.
Overall a decent passable stout, but not something I will seek out again.
03-18-2007 17:18:17 | More by plaid75
Double Plow from Tractor Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.