Plow Horse | Brewery Vivant

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Plow HorsePlow Horse

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Supergenious on 11-20-2013

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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by sweemzander:
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3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black. Some tan froth.

(S)- Good roasted coffee and grains meets some cocoa and molasses.

(T)- Again, some good roasted grains with raisin/coffee combo. Ever such a slight yeasty funk to its backbone.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. It has a good base, but the belgian yeast throws it off just a bit.

(O)- Pretty good, but this might have benefitted from NOT having the belgian yeast added.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ExNihilo
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DrKarl
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jduprey007
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of docoman
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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 -6%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of buschbeer
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teledeluxe
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of carlborch
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -6%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a can of Brewery Vivant's Plow Horse yesterday for $4.09 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and I really liked Tart side of the Moon which was the unintentional tart version of this beer and i'm interested to see how this beeris in intended to taste, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage, fresh can. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a goblet as the can suggests.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a dark brown background with a nice drawing of an actual plow horse. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a light molasses like aroma followed by some yeast aromas that impart a lighter tart aroma that resembles Tart Side of the Moon a little especially with some nice cherry aromas and some dark fruits in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart a roasty, dark malt, light char, light coffee and cocoa aroma with a nice chocolate aroma seeming to stick out the most. The aroma is very nice, it's got just enough roasted malt aromas and the balance was good.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight molasses like flavor to it and it's followed by some dark roasted malts that impart all the aspects that I got in the aroma with the chocolate still sticking out the most, but not by much. Up next comes a nice fruity flavor with some dark fruit flavors showing up and the cherry still sticking out the most and they work well with the malts. On the finish there's a light amount of medium bitterness with a slightly higher amount of light tartness that seems to hide most of the bitterness and it had a roasted, tart, and cherry like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's got that signature Vivant yeast that imparts a light tartness that somehow works well with the roasted malts.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, lightly tart, crisp, a little rich, on the slightly lighter side of being full bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I think it's a good and pretty different example of a Belgian style Imperial Stout, it was pretty similar to Tart Side of the Moon, but the tartness and cherry flavor were toned down in this beer and I thought they still stuck out enough and it provided better balance then Tart Side of the Moon had. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple pints of this without getting tired or bored with it. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, the tart cherry flavors showed up just enough to work well with the dark roasted malts. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad at all, but a little more head and lacing wouldn't hurt. I would for sure buy this beer again and I'll be picking up more shortly, I would also like to put some in my cellar to see how well it ages. I would recommend this beer, it's a nice very unique example of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I wasn't expecting it to be tart so now I know this beer was intended to be a little tart but not as tart as Tart Side of the Moon. The sour cherry followed by roasted malts is a pretty nice combo that held my attention well. I pretty much like both beers equally, Good job Brewery Vivant, thanks again for another great and unique beer.

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