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Double Plow - Tractor Brewing Co.

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32 Ratings

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 23.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tractor Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
27 IBU

(Beer added by: mattpetti on 08-26-2006)
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Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 14:21:38 | More by crwills
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:11:55 | More by Gavage
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 13:28:34 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 01:22:01 | More by guinness33
Photo of weeare138


2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 16:20:08 | More by weeare138
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks fairly light brownish pouring out of the bottle, and while the body looks dark brown/black with indirect light, when held up to the desk lamp it becomes one big ruby highlight. A crystal clear red ale perhaps ? Modest finger-plus light tan head has some nice froth to it, and leaves some promising lace.

Very mild coffee aroma.

Taste kicks of with some cafe au lait, with a Hershey kiss dropped in. Not very roasty. Not really getting much sense of the oatmeal, seems more like a milk stout. Very soft earthy hop twinge in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, maybe light-medium, while medium-full would be preferrable. Not chewy, slick, or silky.

Too drinkable ? On one bottle I drained my British pint glass in two pulls. My tongue seems to need more sensation here.

Nothing really wrong here, but nothing really interesting either. I guess the warm weather crowd likes their stouts a bit "easier" than I do.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 04:35:38 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 05:28:35 | More by mattpetti
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Double Plow from Tractor Brewing Co.
73 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.