Double Plow - Tractor Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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
More User Reviews:
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
3.83/5 rDev +26.8%
I'm not sure what to say about this beer. The appearance is good... the head retention could be better. The aroma is great. The flavor is a little bit lacking. And it seems thin in the body. Of course, oatmeal stout is traditionally lighter in the body... and the flavor is OK. The beautiful, rich, roasty and coffee-like nose just overpowers it and leads you to expect more in the flavor. Compared with a can of Young's oatmeal stout though, I'd say this is right up there in flavor and smoothness (the body is a tad thin). I could easily hammer back a bunch of these, which lends to drinkability - but I'm not sure I'd want to, which takes that away. I guess I'm on the fence.
10-29-2006 13:28:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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
3.23/5 rDev +7%
This one has been 0 for 3 thus far in terms of an overall positive review score, and I just don't see why I'm going to be the first to post a (somewhat) positive review. This is a far from awesome brew but I don't see anything inherently wrong with it.
It pours a pretty nice looking deep brown to black colour with amber hues as it's held up to light. Head is a somewhat thin off-white that leaves a bit of residue on the glass.
The aroma is actually quite nice, with a roasted malt, sweet chocolate, coffee blend that's not overpowered, but well mixed.
Flavour is more of the same with the malt hitting you first but quickly moving into a chocolate sweetness (with a bit of bitterness) along with a touch of coffee toward the finish. The main problem here is that there is a bit of a harsh tin flavour here and there that just seems out of place and doesn't mesh well with the other flavours. Get rid of that and this one isn't half bad. That same tin characteristic kills the mouthfeel a bit too, making it fairly average overall.
In the end, this one is far from perfect but still has a few things going for it. It's a fairly basic brew that could use some tweaking but it's still average and drinkable overall, and certainly has a nice aroma to it. Give it a shot at the very least. You might not love it, but I don't see why you would hate it...
10-28-2006 01:22:01 | More by SixpointJMH
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
2.5/5 rDev -17.2%
Thanks to zrrbrrt for bringing this bottle...
Appears a black toned brew with light brown edges. The small tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of oats, bitter chocolates, caramel, and light butter.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a diacetyl presence mixed with bitterness that is just hard to get around.
Mouthfeel is very thin with bitterness just taking over. This lacks balance and the pH seems to be on the acidic side with evident astringency running along the palate.
10-20-2006 16:20:08 | More by weeare138
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
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
3/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a short 1/2" head that quickly falls to a surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.
Smell: light roasted malts and chocolate do not excite the nose.
Taste: roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee, oats, and some very mild bitterness make up the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: thin and watery mouthfeel. Smooth and dry throughout. Short aftertaste.
Drinkability: not a beer worth having more than one of, as this just not cut the flavor and mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout. Take a pass if you see this one.
11-04-2006 02:11:55 | More by Gavage
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
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
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
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
3.1/5 rDev +2.6%
Picked this up at Beers of the World in Rochester. My friend from New Mexico was very impressed that I found Tractor beers up here.
Poured an oily black with gold highlights and a bubbly, white head. Looked good, even in the non-beer glass I had to use (visiting family).
Aroma is quite pleasant, if typical; smoky, bitter dark chocolate and espresso, with some interesting maple or maple syrup notes as it warms up a little.
Taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing. Very grainy, watery mouthfeel, and the darker notes from the aroma became oddly spicy coffee and something that reminded me of grape candy. Could this have been a spoiled bottle?
Aftertaste is bitter, like dry coffee beans.
Overall, not great -- good bark, below average bite.
03-18-2007 14:21:38 | More by crwills
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
2.65/5 rDev -12.3%
This beer pours almost opaque brown with ruby when held to the light. Very watery pouring oatmeal stout. It has very little head and seems to have low active carbonation. There isn't much of a smell with very slight roasted notes and almost non-existant sweetness being the main attraction. As i expected this beer is extremely light bodied for an oatmeal stout. Its very smooth with very little carbonation in it, but there are not many appetizing flavors in it. It's mostly squandered roasted malts with a high kick of hop bitterness, and is very dry on the palate. No sweetness that is expected in this kind of beer. You could almost pass this off as an english porter I think. I'm sorry if i'm used to some more full bodied oat stouts than this, but this is too watery to be satisfying. The only explaination i have is that it comes from new mexico, where 100 degree days are a normal thing, so drinking a stout with much more body than this would be killer. Unfortunatly it is not much better for any situation than that. I am looking forward to some of their other offernings though.
08-26-2006 05:28:35 | More by mattpetti
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
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
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
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
2.75/5 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
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
Double Plow from Tractor Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.