Double Plow | Tractor Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
27 IBU

Added by mattpetti on 08-26-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
35
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
24.92%
 
 
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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 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 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 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.
74 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.
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