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 Metrobus
1.12/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hate to use this as my first review at beer advocate, but this brew was so incredibly horrible I had to review this to tell people not to EVER drink this.

I bought this pack at Lee's Discount Liquor in Las Vegas. I poured my first bottle of this after about 3 north country stouts beforehand. The taste was so distinct and so strong I knew I wouldn't be able to finish the Double Plow without puking.

I poured a glass tonight thinking this beer might have tasted better with a clean palette. Holy crap this beer is horrible. I've never thought a beer could actually taste like vomit, but as soon as you take your first sip, it literally tastes like that. I wish I could give you a better palette entourage, but after seeing the other review of this beer tasting like dirt, lets not kid ourselves on the nastiness of this brew.

The pour was flat and non-foamy, and the smell was something that I swore was a bad batch. The beer was so horrible I called a friend over to try a bottle and he agreed; this beer tastes like the watery mouth you get before vomiting. I swear if you bottled toilet water this would be the flavor.

This isn't a beer like arrogant bastard that requires a acquaintance to the taste, it is just flat out horrid. I'm going to Lee's tomorrow to ask if I can exchange the brew. I recommend staying away from this batch, even if you are a seasoned alcoholic.

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Photo of abstractpablo
1.75/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I'm pretty easy-going in terms of what I'll drink and this I had to choke down. It has a typical stout appearance with a coffee-colored tinted head. The taste of the beer is nauseatingly sweet. It reminds me of diet drinks loaded with artificial sweeteners, but this is the dominant flavor. I wanted to like a beer brewed in New Mexico, but this just doesn't cut it.

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Photo of AltBock
1.87/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Undated 12 oz. bottle that has a label of a farmer plowing his field into the sun. Above that is their symbol of a tractor surrounded by barley stocks. Off to the right of the picture is a paragraph that talks about the beer and a few of the flavor notes. Toward the end of the paragraph it gives thanks for all the people who made this brewery what it is today.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Tractor is a solid oil black. When I checked this beer up againt some light, it was still a solid oil black color because no ray of light can penatrate this beer's solid black color. The color was great, but the head of foam ruined the appearance. The head of foam was small, weak, and tan in color. This head of foam quickly dissipated into just a handful of tiny tan rings. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind.

The aroma of this Oatmeal Stout was odd and disturbing. The aroma was sour with earth, roasted malts, a hint of dark chocolate, and something that smelled like it was burning. The more I got into that smell, it more and more smelled like burning dirt. Yuck!

The wasn't all that better, but it was still a litte better. The taste too was sour, but this time it was sour with a dash of cocoa, sour roasted malts, a splash of roasted coffee beans, yeast, and dirt (earth). I understand that an Oatmeal Stout can be a little sour, but this one takes it to a new level of sourness. Too sour!

The mouthfeel was light with a faint aftertaste of sour roasted malts, a pinch of cocoa, and more dirt! Enough with the dirt already Double Plow!

What was with this beer and the taste of dirt? I have no id....Wait a minute! I get it now! A tractor plows over dirt, so that's why there's so much dirt in this beer. They wanted to match the beer's flavor with what's on the label. Very creative Tractor Brewing! In the end, this beer is too sour and has far too much dirt in it. One is more than enough for me!

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Photo of dsa7783
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
Overall, both the taste and aroma were tart, bitter, and light on any chocolate-malt essence usually found and depicted in the style...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal head that soon dissipated...
Bittersweet, slightly sour and unbalanced aroma and flavor...
Wasn't too impressed with this sample, nor many beers from this New Mexican brewery...
Nothing special...
Not recommended...

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Photo of indiapaleale
2.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opened the bottle and it foamed out of control. Not a very good start as I know this beer was not shaken up since its been in my fridge for a couple weeks.

Pours dark like a stout. They got that right anyways. The head is like I poured a can of Coke into a glass as it foams twice as much as the settled beer. thinks its over carbonated.

Smell is sweet and syrupy. Not major character other than dark sweet malt.

Taste is of dark malt flavored soda. The carbonation bounces all the taste off my tongue. Other than some sweet/sour malt taste its rather bland.

Not sure if this is a typical bottle of this stuff, for the brewers sake I hope not. Maybe this is something that is better on tap?

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Photo of swanmann
2.46/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bottle poured dark coffee color with a light tan sheet on top. I spot a few light particles. It's got a pretty good roasted aroma, some damp oats and smoke. The flavor is a little sour, a little sweet and pretty well carbonated. It's not very complex, but a pretty true representation for the value. Session worthy.

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Photo of denver10
2.47/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Tbn2
2.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into point glass.

A-Pours a very dark brown with a cream head that leaves some lacing down the side of the glass.

S-Very good. The smell of toasted grains hits you right off. Traces of caramel, chocolate malts, as well as some grassy hops.

T-Not what it smelled like. Very disappointing. Too much going on. This beer seemed confused to me. The grains were trying find balance within the hops and there was some sort of taste that at the end that wasn't very good at all. I couldn't figure out what it was though.

M-Seemed over-carbonated to me. I expect an Oatmeal Stout to be very smooth feeling. This had a rough feel.

Overall I would have to say I didn't like this beer. Maybe others will find it more tasty...


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Photo of weeare138
2.53/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to zrrbrrt for bringing this bottle...
Appears a black toned brew with light brown edges. The small tan head slowly fades out into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of oats, bitter chocolates, caramel, and light butter.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a diacetyl presence mixed with bitterness that is just hard to get around.
Mouthfeel is very thin with bitterness just taking over. This lacks balance and the pH seems to be on the acidic side with evident astringency running along the palate.

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Photo of sholland119
2.61/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like an oatmeal stout when you pour it, maybe a little more brown than black but still appealing. Nice tan head too.

Smell is faint overall, and a bit metallic.

Taste is ok, with little oatmeal presence but a lot of roasted coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fine. Could maybe be a little creamier since it's an oatmeal stout but not bad.

I would not enjoy drinking another of these really.


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

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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