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Plow Horse | Brewery Vivant

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3.91/5
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108 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Supergenious on 11-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,368
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
108
pDev:
9.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, I was amused by the huge bubbles in the mocha head. These bubbles were like holes in Swiss cheese. The stout itself was a handsome black color with little variation.

Smell - The aroma was largely that of burnt sugar/burnt malt. There was nothing particularly attention getting about the aroma.

Taste - In the initial taste, I detect dark, almost bitter chocolate. Further, the malts were more dry than sweet. Amidst the sugar were hints of banana like a banana malt with a modest sourness. The burnt sugar becomes more evident in the aftertaste as the taste angles toward the more bitter side.

Mouthfeel - Based on the head, I expected a carbonation bomb. That was not the case as the carbonation was actually appropriate. The beer itself was a hair too thin for my liking.

Overall - I would suggest this to be a slightly less than average imperial stout. I would have like to have seen a little more sweetness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ExNihilo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DrKarl
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jduprey007
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of docoman
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Clubhouse BFD on Sunday, very good overall RIS. Quite a bit of cocoa smell and taste on this one.

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Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teledeluxe
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of carlborch
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.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Plow Horse from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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