Plow Horse
Brewery Vivant

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Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
Feb 01, 2018
Nov 20, 2013
Very Good
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Rated: 3.75 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by QianBokSubai from Michigan

Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Jul 20, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Eric_Smith from Michigan

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by npendres from Wisconsin

Dec 17, 2016
Rated: 3.21 by DrKarl from Illinois

Dec 03, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Nov 04, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Oct 09, 2016
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Super dark beer with a quickly fading head that leaves no lacing. The aroma is raisins, figs, chocolate and toasted malt. The taste is the same with the raisin and chocolate being the primary flavors. I love Belgian beers and stouts so this one is right on target for me.
Sep 02, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by atrocity from Virginia

Aug 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by fredmugs from Indiana

May 16, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by Stack5 from Wisconsin

May 12, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 4.85 by Erichb411 from Michigan

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Shafaegalo from Texas

Apr 16, 2016
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Reviewed by paco1029384756 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Black, viscous, minimal tan head. Scent of molasses, burnt toast, prunes, motor oil, sugar, and roasted malt. Flavors of dry brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee beans, earth, dark fruit, and molasses. This is good stuff.
Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by red94tt from Michigan

Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by krl2112 from Illinois

Apr 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Had this one straight from the can. Aroma was strong and enticing enough that ever without the aid of my usual tulip, I could get notes or roasted dark malts, ground coffee and bitter powdered cocoa through the mouth of the can. Taste came through, smooth and roasty, with notes of dark fruits (plums, figs) mingling with malt, coffee, and dark cocoa. There's a bit of a spice to it, must be the Belgian style part of it, the yeast Viviant uses. Whatever it is, it's lovely and keeps this one from being just another stout. Wonderfully big-boned and semifull feel.
Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Brewxer from Canada (ON)

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by Mightyspan from Michigan

Mar 11, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by BeerBucks from New York

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by Tracker83 from Michigan

Feb 18, 2016
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1 Pint can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get some dark fruit aroma along with some chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste begins with ripe, dark fruit with some spiciness from the yeast. Chocolate comes through the middle and into the finish. Some roasted malt also comes in the finish.

Full mouthfeel with a prickly sensation from the spiciness of the yeast.

It is a good beer, but Vivant prices their stuff at the upper limits of this ham and eggers budget. I was glad to find a single to try because the four pack was out of my comfort zone.
Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by stadmo1 from Michigan

Feb 12, 2016
Rated: 4 by Chris_Gannon from Michigan

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Stengelfoot from California

Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by MIbeer27 from Michigan

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by Billydoughnuts from Michigan

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by MaxPowers from Michigan

Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful dark chocolate pour, 2 finger beige head that slowly recedes to a ring. 100% oil-like opacity.

Dark chocolate bitterness meets alcohol burn in the nose, with some snappy black licorice following quickly after.

The flavor is explosive with dark malts, coffee, cocoa, and a finish of molasses and burnt fig. A nice chocolate shake flavor dries on the palate. If I were to change anything about this it would be the angry alcohol permeating the whole flavor profile. Regardless, it's still knockout in this department.

Carbonation is super buzzing, and feel is syrupy and dry.

I was super impressed with Plow Horse. A bit overwhelming after it's half gone, but still a knockout stout!
Jan 26, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by CPAles from Illinois

Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by 5EKF from Illinois

Jan 18, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jan 04, 2016
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Reviewed by carlborch from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitch back and produces a 1.5 inch dark-tan head that persists after settling in at 0.5 inches. The nose is full of dark fruit, sour notes, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, and faint Belgian yeast funk (for lack of a better descriptor). Medium to full body with enveloping warmth and sweetness. The body hides the ABV well. Dark, rich, creamy, chocolaty, roasted notes on the palate. Lingers very nicely. Quite sweet - almost sticky, like a consommé double. Modest to light carbonation. No Belgian lace (?); must be my glass! Drinks very well. I would not want mine with grilled steak, but the Stilton and chocolate recommendations work for me. Definitely worth a re-visit.
Dec 31, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by pirmannt1 from Illinois

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Dec 24, 2015
Plow Horse from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 109 ratings