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Plowboy Porter | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,378
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
63
pDev:
14.78%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of crownjul
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of CosmoHopHead
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: light brown in color with a finger of tan head and pretty nice lacing. one of the lightest looking porters I have ever seen

S: not whole lot going on here. some roast malts and nuts.

T: even less going on here. roasted malts and toasted nuts and a slight dash of coffee grounds. I'm not sure I'd even call this a Porter. Seemed more like a brown ale to me

M: feels light and thin. medium carbonation

D: I hate to say this but struggled to finish this beer. Seemed like a waste of time even trying to drink it since I couldn't find much to enjoy about it.

Overall, maybe this was old or a bad bottle but I would definitely not want to drink this beer again and would not recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of jzlyo
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of plfahey
2.52/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Dark brown with faint reddish highlights and good clarity. Moderately large tan head with moderately good retention.

Aroma-Diacetyl. Popcorn butter and butterscotch. Underneath the buttery assault, I catch notes of chocolate and roast with a hint of caramel. Slight fruity esters and low hopping also apparent.

Flavor-Buttery opening gives way to roast malt and chocolate before closing with more butterscotch, in a strange sort of buttery roasty kind of way. Im having trouble picking up any sort of nuances in the flavor due to the diacetyl.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth with a definite slickness from the diacetyl.

This is probably not a bad beer on the whole. Unfortunately I have a very low diacetyl threshold, so this comes across mostly as butter and butterscotch to me, in both the aroma and the flavor. I can tell that there are some nice roasted flavors underneath the butter, but I really can't pick them out very well. Unfortunate.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of match1112
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

has a dark cola colored body with a two finger light tan head that stuck around for a minute. faint nose with hints of roasted barley and chocolate. tastes like someone poured chocolate milk into cold coffee, and that's not a good thing. has a light slightly watery body with a long nasty bitter finish. overall i feel as though anyone with a homebrew kit could do just as good or better. not gonna buy again.

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Photo of russpowell
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Took a stab at this brewery a recent addition at the Joplin Macadoddles, they had 3 or 4 of their offerings in 6 packs only, let's give this brewery a shot...

Pours an effervescent caramel with 4 fingers of fluffy tan head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Slight toasty malt, nothing else

T: Toasty malt & burnt grain, plus a touch brown sugar & herbal hops up front. Toasty malt asserts as this warms, a bit of astringency at the edges. Finishes dry with some coffee ground notes & some brown sugar sweetness. This almost makes me think American Brown ale to be honest...

MF: Light bodied up front, thickens up as it warms. Okay balance

Drinks alright seemed to get better as it warmed. Will revisit it in a few days to see if my opinion of it changes. For right now this screams AVERAGE at best porter. I will probably hold out until a see the rest of this brewery's offerings a part of a mixed sixer

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Photo of nhindian
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided by MilwaukeeCrusher as an extra, thanks!

A - Pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby undertones too it. Not unlike the Avery Old Jubilation I just had, just a shade darker. Only about a half-finger of light tan head with okay retention. The lacing at first begins promising, but actually fades quickly and leaves almost no trace of foam.

S - Pretty unique nose on this that's for sure...it has a bit of roast to it, but then it goes to an almost lactose sugar state that reminds me of chocolate milk. Takes a little to get used to, but I can't say it's not enjoyable as it warms. Unfortunately getting some diacetyl here in the tune of butterscotch.

T - A light roast opening in the taste gives way to a fairly sweet chocolate flavor that lasts into the finish. The roast gives off some coffee, and there are some candied raisins in here as well. Unfortunately, once the diacetyl makes itself known its almost impossible to shake the impression of it, so the back-end is nearly completely doused with the buttery notes.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. The label is correct in pegging this as creamy, and the flavors leave a slightly roasty bitterness in the finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I am torn on this beer; at first it's only mediocre, but as it warms it really starts to come into its own. However, the temperature change sparks the characteristics of diacetyl, so it really only has a small sweet spot during which I enjoyed the beer. Unfortunate, but diacetyl has claimed better beers than this (I'm looking at you, Rochefort), so I guess it's only fair...

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Photo of Moby
3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I dunno why, but "plowboy" sounds like either a sex move or some sort of anti-farmer slur... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear burnt sienna topped by a short finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose is mostly wet cardboard, though a touch of mild brown sugar, honey, and very light roasted malts comes through hazed, jumbled, clearly post-scuffle. The taste is dryly sweet, like old graham crackers, with its own force of cardboard. There's almost no roast here, save for a fossil found in the depths. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a weak porter, more like a nut brown, if anything. In any case, I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of lucasj82
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Brown with a creamy inch and a half of head. Lots of lacing.

S - Chocolate, floral, and caramel.

T - Chocolate, coffee, malts, slight copper taste. Very average porter taste really.

M - Medium-thin with lots of carbonation.

D - Average. It is decent tasting and not too filling.

Ok Porter but nothing special.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body, garnet-hued at its edges, and topped with a full-sized, foamy, ecru-colored head.

Smell: Fairly mild scent here, with light notes of roasted barley and chocolate, a bit nutty as well. Given a moment to warm up, a small portion of fruitiness emerges as well as letting the chocolate quality grow.

Taste: Toasted and roasted-up malts with a small splash of simple Maxwell House coffee and an iota of chocolate. Modestly sweet. Subdued earthy, spicy hops with a relatively light bitterness contributed. Light touches of chocolate and berries dulls to a taste of chilled tea-soaked toasted grains, then, simply, it's gone.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: It's an acceptable, fairly simplistic porter, though it got a tad better as it warmed.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a murky amber brown with a thin one finger fluffy white head that fades to a solid white lace.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of coffee and more roast. Not incredibly sweet on the nose, slight hoppy character in the aroma as well.

T: Earthy tones come first, followed by roasted barley and chocolate malt, a bit of coffee and some hops and bitterness. Nothing amazing going on, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly creamy but not overly so; easy drinking. Could be more creamy to me.

O: Not a bad porter, but nothing I'd rush to drink again. Worth a try but there are far better options on the shelves.

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Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ubenumber2
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bmwats
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Shallow brown hue. Lots of effervescence. Pours a slight bubbly head, which settles quickly leaving only a slight ring around the rim. No lacing.

S: Roasted almond and walnut, tea leaves, and a little bittersweet chocolate.

T: Slightly bitter roasted pecan shells, and a touch of a hop bite. Slight sweetness, in the form at the tea from the nose.

M: A little bit of a shallow, washed-out feel. Light, bitter finish.

D: Pretty much a session style experience.

Atmosphere is fair. Not much to look at... no real head, and no lacing. Nose is a pretty solid combination of nutty, bitter, and sweet components. Flavor is roasted nut, with a bit of a hop bite, and some inert sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottom of bottle has code "9047", possibly Feb '09 if it's a julian date code. $2.19 single from Food N' Fermentation, Godfrey, IL.

Creamy khaki foam tops off this American Porter, the surface has a light sheen to it, forming uneven crags and peaks that push above the rim. Sticky lacing is left all around, clumped in almost cartoonish 3-D. It has strong staying power. Cola ruby color in the light, with slow trails of carbonation.

Aroma is straight up malty, nothing especially roasty about it, but ok. Flavor is somewhat mild, some really vague bitterness in the end, but mostly a bready malt middle. Feel is light, it's fairly well carbonated. Aftertaste is dry and bready, not sweet and fairly traditional overall. Easy drinking, not very complex, a simple session candidate.

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Photo of scratch69
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Very little head with a small amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild aroma of roasted malt and chocolate with a hint of butterscotch.

Taste- Roasted malt and chocolate with a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Creamy with a mildly dry finish.

Overall- Not bad but not impressive.

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Plowboy Porter from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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