Plowboy Porter | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Plowboy PorterPlowboy Porter

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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Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -2%
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 zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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 russpowell
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
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 TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Tone
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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 scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, cola like brown with a nice bone colored head and somenice stickage, and or lacing. Some of the best bubbling carbonation I've seen for a porter. But I must say the color is a little too red fr a porter in my opinion.

The aroma is dark, but medioum roasted malts with maybe a little citric twang i the snout. This beer smells a lot darker than it looks, but not a dark as it could for the style. Other than my beer nerdery,this is a nice smellng beer.

The taste has evenly roasted barley grain straight from the mill. Flvors of dark breads and some rye abound. The hops give a bitter, faintly citric feel to the middle through to the finish. This porter is simple and well balanced.

The palate is a little dry, grainy, but lingering. This beers simplicity is what makes it stand out amongst other porters. A good session porter. The kind you would finish a six-pack with a friend while bonding, andonly mention the beer once in conversation.

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Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Some slight roasted malt and sweet cocoa aromas at first along with subtle nutty aromas. A strong aroma follows that really reminds me of red Twizzlers licorice sticks . . . slightly fruity, I suppose. Interesting.

T: Roasted malt and cocoa flavors show up, but again they're fairly subtle. The nutty flavors are a bit stronger here, and again there's that red Twizzlers flavor. The finish is somewhat bitter and roasted.

M: Medium body with mid-high sudsy carbonation, this beer feels almost like a root beer, but it works.

O: An interesting, but decent porter. It's more like a brown ale to me than a porter, but still is pretty decent.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a dark, reddish, barely transparent brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Aroma has a strong horehound overtone and hints of caramel and coffee. Sumptuous flavor has horehound, caramel, semi-sweet chocolate and roast coffee notes. Texture is fairly thick and fizzy, leaving a smoky and slightly candy-sweet finish. Look for it.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that has reduced to an outer ring of foam. It is a dark brown color with some clarity when held up to the light and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste: Taste is along the same lines with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Overall: Not sure if I was expecting more out of this beer, but no coffee, smoke, or lack of more chocolate makes this more of a brown ale instead of a porter. Pretty average porter to me, but good to have tried a beer out from Missouri.

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Photo of Vancer
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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 bnes09
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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 rangerred
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Jayli
4/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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 alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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 bmwats
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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 soju6
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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 lucasj82
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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 bonkers
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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 Mikecap
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
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 match1112
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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 bort11
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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 biggred1
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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 scratch69
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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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