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Plowboy Porter | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is brewed with a generous amount of chocolate malts. Chocolate refers to the color of the malt not the flavor that comes out of them.

34 IBU

Added by Tone on 06-11-2009

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Honeycutt
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of ggourde
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a brown more prevalent along the edges and bottom of the glass. One inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. There is a bitterness present. Tastes of roasted malt, decent amount of hops, and slight sweet malt (mostly chocolate). Overall, a great blend of flavors with easy drinkability, low bitterness, and good body.

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Photo of bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark copper and ruby color, nearly opaque. Pours a light tan head which leaves a thin blanket of foam and some sticky lacing. Simply a beatiful brew.

Smell is sweet and roasted. Lots of coffee and chocolate and very inviting.

Flavor is sweet upfront with sour hints. Malt provides some molasses notes as well as cherry and prune juice for a very complex sweetness. Next, the roasted character comes forward full force to complement the coffee and cocoa in the nose. Some floral hop oils come to life as well. The sweet, sour, and bitter roasted characters seem to contrast eachother in a brawl for dominance which make for an interesting taste. Aftertaste is bitter and roasted.

Medium to full-bodied brew with mild carbonation and a dry texture in the aftertaste.

Difficult to put this one down. The dry finish and complex flavors make it impossible to resist another sip. The thickness, however, would make it difficult to put down more than 2 or 3 of these in a sitting.

Overall, its an exceptional porter and probably the best I've had so far of the style.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/28
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, brown with a light brown head. NIce head retention to this beer and leaves nice spiderwebbed sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, and just the slightest hint of citrusy hops.

T: Taste is tons of chocolate right up at the beginning with very light toffee notes. Lots of roast and chocolate - completely dominate the middle. Finish continues with the roasted malts but a hint of grapefruit citrus hops find their way in to give a bite to the finish.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, rich and slick at the forefront with a slightly dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This was a nice porter that is a touch heavier than the typical porter, but not overly heavy. It's a well balanced porter with a bit of girth to it.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of KellyL
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Pours clear, deep brown with nice head (2 fingers). Heavy lacing and moderate carbonation.

S: Mild roasted malt with some nutty character.

T: Roasted malt, and slight chocolate up front. The roasted flavor fades to slight toffee. Finishes a little bitter, but not in a bad way. Nice balance between the malt and hop bittering. No hop flavor, they seem to be used just for bittering. Much better when poured and served at 50-ish degrees than right out of the fridge.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonic bite at the end.

O: I like it. It's very balanced, not too malty like a Sierra Nevada Porter. I'll definitely drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Vancer
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coal black, thin and wispy tan head looks a little feeble and lays no lacey. Only drawback to an otherwise tasty frosty.

Nice aroma of chocolate charcoal, burnt toast and sour malt. All there in the quaff too, a sturdy drinking porter that's sliding down well, even in the July St. Louis heat.

A bit thin bodied (normal for a porter), and a bit of chalky grit adds to a good mouthfeel. I could see working a whole sixer this coming fall. Good porter for sure.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on 2/18/10

Pours a moderate cola-brown & settles much the same. Whoops; after way too aggressive of a pour, I'm left with three fingers of tan head trying to crest the top of the glass & several ounces remaining in the bottle. After a few minutes the head dissipates to about 1/8 inch & the rest of the beer is poured. Lacing is very good throughout.

The general aroma seems pretty good. Comprising a smooth blend of dark malts, there are notes of chocolate, & roasted malts. It seems to thrive on subtleties. Maybe a faint spot of hops, but not much. Basically standard-fare for a porter, near as I can tell.

The taste is definitely a step up though similar in nature to the nose. Thankfully there is a bit more hop presence that, while still restrained, does offer a counterpoint to the malt sweetness that follows. Swaths of chocolate & roasted dark malts account for the sweetness. A touch of caramel meanders about. It's rather simple but well done. Come to think of it, it seems to dry up toward the end.

Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation that falls just shy of moderate; just enough prickliness is present to keep the beer lively. It finishes surprisingly dry with a hint of bitterness.

Drinkability is very good; this is an enjoyable porter without a doubt. It's simple in nature & all the more solid because of it. I would have no reservations about getting some more the next time I find myself in the distribution area.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle

S: slightly burnt earthy cocao, amaretto, light acidity. Nice and distinctive.

T: A classic brown porter (BJCP style 12A), which isn't very popular or widespread among American brewers even though it’s a favorite style of mine. Nice solid roasty body that is slightly bitter cocao, but since its not too intense it stays balanced. The flavor is dominated by caramel toasty grains. More amaretto, and marzipan from the nose, almost hinting at candied cherries. Slightly sweet which is barely more intense than evident bitterness. Very unique profile that’s light and heavy at the same time. Somewhat creamy with a finish that has notes of marshmallow topped irish coffee, and is smooth but not very roasty with a clean lightly roasted coffee note and heaps of caramel.

Notes: A very unique take on the porter that fits the definition of the style but is very interesting. I'm not crazy about the amaretto note, however.

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Photo of bonkers
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in the recent Black booty BIF. Dark pour with amber highlights, 2" white tan head, nice lacing. The aroma is sweet chocolate malts. The flavors are chocolate malts, coffee notes, slight bitterness, it has a lingering bittersweet finish. The body is full and it has a nice creamy mouth feel. Solid porter, i could definitely session a few of these.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into nonic pint...

A: dark brown. lets a small amount of light through. a creamy, tan head that leaves good chunks of lacing, and fades to a thin silky layer with small clouds of bubbles

S: sweet chocolate malt and roasted barley as the label implies. also charred toast aroma and noticeable grassy hops

T: again, sweet, dark chocolate upfront followed by charred grain/oat flavors. finishes with bittering roasted grains and hops, and milk chocolate

M: full bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy and almost chewy. finishes creamy and dry

Overall, a pretty tasty brew chocolate to compliment the burnt flavors. This is a simple, flavorful beer that one could enjoy several of in one sitting. However, nothing new.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a medium brown color with hints of amber hues when held to the light. One and a half finger light tan head shows medium retention. Light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts come off first with a light nutty aroma. Coffee and light chocolate comes through next with hints of almost citrus like hops. Not a strong alcohol presence in the ending which helps bring this one full forward.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer. Hints of light nuts come back in the ending front for me. Middle of the beer shows a darker bready malt which also shows a light chocolate hint. Ending is more roasted malts which blend together nicely with a hint of citrus hop and light warming alcohol.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts, light nutty flavor, and hint of chocolate are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, roasted malts and light citrus hops. Flavors were well balanced for the style I thought. Light metallic off flavor when the beer warmed toward the ending but this even blended a little bit with the overall beer flavor. Alcohol drying on the palate is light with each sip.

O- This beer is overall a pleasant surprise. A very nice drinking porter which I would have no problem drinking again and again. The ABV is low enough to drink a couple of pints of this. Flavors were well balanced for the style I thought.

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Photo of biggred1
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Anise, bubblegum and roasted malt notes in the aroma. Smoky black licorice and coffee with chocolate and cocoa powder. Light bodied and smooth. A nice porter that doesn't stray from the traditional qualities of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, tan head of pillowy foam. It left rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Slight floral nose.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted malt. Very subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied porter.

D - This is good. Possibly the best brew I've had from Crown Valley so far.

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Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick one finger tan head.

Aroma of roasted malt along with coffee and some dark chocolate. Some caramel in ther too.

The flavor closely echoes the smell with coffee and roasted malt. No hop flavors are detectable and bitterness is on the moderate side. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but it is enough to allow the roasty character to shine.

Overall, a better than average porter in my opinion. A little fuller mouthfeel would do a lot to improve it.

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Photo of dmartin118
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerInspector
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with traces of amber when held up to the light. Has a good tan head that fades very slowly and has plenty of lacing.

S: Smell is a mixture of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavor is of roasted malt with coffee and chocolate mixed in. There is a touch of bitterness that lingers a bit.

F: Medium body, smooth with a light creamy texture. Well balanced.

O: Good Porter, quite good for the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of bort11
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Tall two and a half finger width of light tan head. The head has a chunky and sticky texture and leaves moderate lacing. Color at first seems a solid dark brown, yet when held to the light it reveals a dense clarity and a reddish brown color.

Smell has an earthy herbal aroma. I get sarsaparilla and licorice with a chocolate malt background. Taste is not as sweet as the smell. It is more bitter and herbal. It could be that the herbal quality is just more intense. Still very earthy with a little hint of mint. Chocolate malt still keeps balance.

Mouthfeel is on the light creamy side. Not overly filling, actually pretty satisfying texture. The herbal quality is an interesting take on the porter. This is a good one to give a try.

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Photo of acevenom
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours translucent dark reddish brown with a very light soapy tan head head. The head retreats slowly and there are some visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer that I can see from the side of the glass. Poured into a pint glass. Pours translucent dark reddish brown with a very light soapy tan head head. The head retreats slowly and there are some visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer that I can see from the side of the glass. Some of that roasted barley malt is up front and I catch that wheat malt they added. There's some of that chocolate in there as well. The woody and earthy character from the hops are also present in the taste in the back end. There's some of that roasted malt on the back end that lingers in the back of the mouth. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and the drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

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3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plowboy is a rich amber color with not much visible carbonation in the clear brew. The head is spongy and khaki with ok retention. An average start at best.

The scent is only slitly better with a chocolate and coffee character but very muted and soft. So far the volume on this porter is turned way down.

The taste is intesting, it is kind of like a sweeter, less creamy version of Guinness. There is a nice rich toastiness to the grains which deals out some great coffee and chocolate flavors. A very savory beer that tastes much better then it smells.

Slick on the palate with soft hints of carbonation. The smoothness accents the rich flavor and helps with the mouthfeel but I feel a little more carbonation could balance the richness with some acidity. Not a bad beer despite the rocky start.

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Plowboy Porter from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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