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 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 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 brownbeer
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample poured from a 12oz bottle.

Reddish-brown pour with a short lasting tan head.

The aroma and taste have their similarities, herbal with a light nuttiness, chocolate, and vanilla in the fade. More vanilla in the fade, not unlike cream soda. The mouthfeel has a medium body and a nice, creamy, dry finish. It's a good start overall, easy to drink, but just needs more in the aroma and flavor department. If they could focus more on the chocolaty, vanilla aspect and expand on that, maybe through in a touch more roast for balance. A good beginner porter.

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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 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 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 OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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 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 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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Plowboy Porter from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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