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
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of dmartin118
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Honeycutt
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Moby
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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 BeerInspector
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MathNut
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of crownjul
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of ggourde
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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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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 KellyL
4/5  rDev +14%
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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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 jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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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Photo of ericwilson54
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 nhindian
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
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 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 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 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 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 plfahey
2.52/5  rDev -28.2%
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 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 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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Plowboy Porter from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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