Double Plow | Tractor Brewing Co.

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Double PlowDouble Plow

Brewed by:
Tractor Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
27 IBU

Added by mattpetti on 08-26-2006

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Photo of jmbranum
4.2/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to their website, Tractor Brews are only sold in New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey and New York (odd combination), so count me lucky that I live in Oklahoma.

Attractive dark brown almost black beer with a big smooth tan head. Great aroma, lots of roasty malt.

The flavor is hard for me to pin down. Very dry (not exactly what I expected from other Oatmeal stouts I've had in the past), but very smooth and rich. I can pick up some cold coffee, a bit of dirt (but in a good way), and plenty of roasted malts that match well with the velvety smooth mouthfeel. I think I might like just a tiny bit more of sweetness but really it is a judgment call.

Mighty good. I'm not sure how it fits to style (according to what this website says on its style descripter, Oatmeal stouts vary quite a bit) but compared to say Guiness Extra Stout, this is a might fine dry stout.

I definitely will be enjoying this one again.

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Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure what to say about this beer. The appearance is good... the head retention could be better. The aroma is great. The flavor is a little bit lacking. And it seems thin in the body. Of course, oatmeal stout is traditionally lighter in the body... and the flavor is OK. The beautiful, rich, roasty and coffee-like nose just overpowers it and leads you to expect more in the flavor. Compared with a can of Young's oatmeal stout though, I'd say this is right up there in flavor and smoothness (the body is a tad thin). I could easily hammer back a bunch of these, which lends to drinkability - but I'm not sure I'd want to, which takes that away. I guess I'm on the fence.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.87/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a clear dark brown with poor carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is nice tosty malt, notes of chocolate and less coffee.

The taste is even better, I like this one, good roasty flavor with some chocolate, coffee and a nice mild but still bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is thinner then the norm and the carbonation was light.

The drinkability is very good the brew just goes down easy. Prosit, MK

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Photo of riversider76
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with ruby highlights. Foamy tan head,with lots of retention,and lacing. Aroma is of roasted coffee,dark chocolate,and bready malts. Body is light for this style,with just a hint of carbonation.Taste is of bread,and chocolate. Finished a little burnt,but not bad.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggresive pour churns up a low, tan head of bubbly foam. No dense rocky clots as hoped for and little to no lace on the freshly washed + dried glass. Very dark brown / black and compltely opaque in a pint glass.

Aroma is sweet and roasty - burnt coffe and chocolate with hints of vanilla bean.

Flavors are more reminiscent of a dry stout, having neither the malty body and sweetness or the creamy oat texture of an Oat stout. Not much in the way of sweetness to balance the black grains and hops. Nice roasty bite along with firm hop bittering that leaves notes of coffee and dark chocolate tho slightly astringent in the aftertaste.

A solid session stout since it doesnt seem to be very high in abv. but not a "world class" Oatmeal IMHO.

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Photo of Derek
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with chestnut highlights, tan head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Big chocolate aroma, bready, brown sugar.

T: Chocolate, bready, coffee, slight grainy astringency, nut, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth, with a slight roasted acidity.

D: Alright.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is malty sweet. Fairly thick and robust. Flavor is sweet and a bit tangy. Kind of too much so. Seems to lean to far to the side. Lots of bright leaf character, but I'm not really getting much else that I would expect. At first there is an unusual smoked quality to it, but that fades to a very minor roasted tone. Feel is okay. The drink ability is the same. This is a so-so oatmeal stout. I wouldn't really suggest it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown and the stout is in the style but not as enjoyable a stout to me, and I am very consistently rating stouts as above average beers. I smelled a bit of coffee and roast and sweetness, and that generally came through in the drink.Slightly thinner mouthfeel and higher carbonated characteristics, and a bit acidic finish.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of superdoopersauce
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of toothirsty
3.4/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a slight amber highlight and one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a decent burnt grain and slight caramel malt.

The taste consisted of a mild burnt grain and subtle sweet malt. Trace hop as well. Very watered down flavor-wise.

The mouthfeel was thin and clean.

Overall a decent passable stout, but not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.27/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has been 0 for 3 thus far in terms of an overall positive review score, and I just don't see why I'm going to be the first to post a (somewhat) positive review. This is a far from awesome brew but I don't see anything inherently wrong with it.

It pours a pretty nice looking deep brown to black colour with amber hues as it's held up to light. Head is a somewhat thin off-white that leaves a bit of residue on the glass.

The aroma is actually quite nice, with a roasted malt, sweet chocolate, coffee blend that's not overpowered, but well mixed.

Flavour is more of the same with the malt hitting you first but quickly moving into a chocolate sweetness (with a bit of bitterness) along with a touch of coffee toward the finish. The main problem here is that there is a bit of a harsh tin flavour here and there that just seems out of place and doesn't mesh well with the other flavours. Get rid of that and this one isn't half bad. That same tin characteristic kills the mouthfeel a bit too, making it fairly average overall.

In the end, this one is far from perfect but still has a few things going for it. It's a fairly basic brew that could use some tweaking but it's still average and drinkable overall, and certainly has a nice aroma to it. Give it a shot at the very least. You might not love it, but I don't see why you would hate it...

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Photo of crwills
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Beers of the World in Rochester. My friend from New Mexico was very impressed that I found Tractor beers up here.

Poured an oily black with gold highlights and a bubbly, white head. Looked good, even in the non-beer glass I had to use (visiting family).

Aroma is quite pleasant, if typical; smoky, bitter dark chocolate and espresso, with some interesting maple or maple syrup notes as it warms up a little.

Taste and mouthfeel were a bit disappointing. Very grainy, watery mouthfeel, and the darker notes from the aroma became oddly spicy coffee and something that reminded me of grape candy. Could this have been a spoiled bottle?

Aftertaste is bitter, like dry coffee beans.

Overall, not great -- good bark, below average bite.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer pours a dark black with a thick tan head that just won't quit. the aroma is all malt no play... or I mean hops. there's a lot of oatmeal with a little chocolate, and maybe a bit of vanilla. the taste gives you all the malt you could want, but no hops, no balance, not so good. the mouthfeel is full, with more than adequate carbonation, the beer isn't terrible, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dark roasted scent that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts along with a dry oatmeal feel. The yeast esters cloud the aroma. The taste is pretty horrible. It has a bitter black malt flavor with lots of esters in the finish. It's loaded with roasted taste, but it's ruined with the yeast content. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with too much carbonation. This could be good. There are some contamination issues with these guys.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Right out of the gate, the irreverent choice of URL
"" calls the brewer's seriousness into question. With an entire industry trying to elevate beer's image, this kind of marketing is just in poor taste.

We had to pour this one out hard as we noticed that the carbonation was very modest from the get go. The head preformed well though with a stable retention. Nearly pitch black in color with a dull hue of red on the edge. Aroma bounces from the sweetness of the malt and oats to vibrant fruity esters to roasted grain. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a mild smoothness as the carbonation has nearly dropped out. Roasted character is a bit docile with soft notes of char and roasted coffee. Dextrin creaminess mingles with the sweetness of the malt and oats. Hops are tame with just enough bitterness to help balance. A little fruity within the lingering roasted flavor. Finish roasted bitter sweet with a suggestion of burnt caramel.

Timid with the roasted character never hitting that level of being really on top. Middle of the road for the style though it makes up by being quite quaffable.

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Photo of Gavage
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear brown color with a short 1/2" head that quickly falls to a surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: light roasted malts and chocolate do not excite the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolates, hint of coffee, oats, and some very mild bitterness make up the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: thin and watery mouthfeel. Smooth and dry throughout. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a beer worth having more than one of, as this just not cut the flavor and mouthfeel for an oatmeal stout. Take a pass if you see this one.

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Photo of vurt
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle purchased in Albuquerque, NM, at Kelly's Liquors on Coors Rd. Enjoyed in a standard 16 oz. tumbler.

Very dark brown (nearly opaque) with ruby highlights, topped by a disc of dense tan foam the thickness of a beer mat. The foam coats the walls of the glass but slides back into the beer without leaving any lacing.

Mostly deep roasted malts with toasted oats, baking chocolate and some caramel. There are also tart/earthy/metallic notes.

Dry and roasty like a dry stout; nutty like a brown ale. Some bitter chocolate but very little of the caramel promised by the nose. There's a sharp acidity and noticeable oxidation. Ends dry and grainy with earthy bitterness and a stale coffee grounds flavor.

Body is on the thin side, and the carbonation is a bit harsh. The finish is slightly astringent.

This beer started out good but lost points every step afterwards. There are many other oatmeal stouts I'd go back to before picking up this one again.

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at Beers of the World in the ROC. New Mexico eh? There's a first for everything!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a cola black with a big bubbled three finger light khaki colored head that dies down to a creamy layer. Very nice lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell is very bland; light cocoa, stale coffee, and smokey wet malt. Some butter and toasted oats tickle the nose as well. The taste is fair, better than the smell at least. Flavor begins with caramel flavored coffee, cane sugar, and half n' half. Smokey oatmel sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Overall though, the flavor profile seems pasty. Very watered down feel with a light to medium body. Carbonation is fluffy and soda like. Unfortunately this is just an average beer. I love my oatmeal stouts, but this didn't do it for me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks fairly light brownish pouring out of the bottle, and while the body looks dark brown/black with indirect light, when held up to the desk lamp it becomes one big ruby highlight. A crystal clear red ale perhaps ? Modest finger-plus light tan head has some nice froth to it, and leaves some promising lace.

Very mild coffee aroma.

Taste kicks of with some cafe au lait, with a Hershey kiss dropped in. Not very roasty. Not really getting much sense of the oatmeal, seems more like a milk stout. Very soft earthy hop twinge in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium, maybe light-medium, while medium-full would be preferrable. Not chewy, slick, or silky.

Too drinkable ? On one bottle I drained my British pint glass in two pulls. My tongue seems to need more sensation here.

Nothing really wrong here, but nothing really interesting either. I guess the warm weather crowd likes their stouts a bit "easier" than I do.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured very dark brown, nearly black into a pint glass with a weak 1" head that disappeared in a few minutes with light lacing

S - prominent coffee bitterness, toffee/molasses, maltiness and somewhat floral

T - coffee, something fruity as well, maybe currants or dates, bitter finish, somewhat bready

M - medium/full bodied with much carbonation, even too much carbonation for my liking, but has a silky texture that coats the palate nicely

D - not so great, thick fullbodiedness with lots and lots of bubbliness

Overall - I was a little disappointed with this. The taste was not as rich as the smell and it was way too carbonated. It also needed to be a little less bitter (needs to be sweeter) and have more of an "oatmeal stoutiness" to it. For me, it was a once in a lifetime trial.

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Photo of mattpetti
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours almost opaque brown with ruby when held to the light. Very watery pouring oatmeal stout. It has very little head and seems to have low active carbonation. There isn't much of a smell with very slight roasted notes and almost non-existant sweetness being the main attraction. As i expected this beer is extremely light bodied for an oatmeal stout. Its very smooth with very little carbonation in it, but there are not many appetizing flavors in it. It's mostly squandered roasted malts with a high kick of hop bitterness, and is very dry on the palate. No sweetness that is expected in this kind of beer. You could almost pass this off as an english porter I think. I'm sorry if i'm used to some more full bodied oat stouts than this, but this is too watery to be satisfying. The only explaination i have is that it comes from new mexico, where 100 degree days are a normal thing, so drinking a stout with much more body than this would be killer. Unfortunatly it is not much better for any situation than that. I am looking forward to some of their other offernings though.

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Double Plow from Tractor Brewing Co.
3.05 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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