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Brewery Vivant PlowHorse

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thechasm442 (504) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Can to tulip. Black with a thin mocha head that quickly goes away leaving decent lacing. Aroma is rich chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood, and dark fruits. Flavor is roasted barley, coffee beans, cocoa, anise, oak, vanilla, and hints of dark stone fruits. Thick and very filling. Alcohol hidden well. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (938) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Heavy sugars and syrupy feel. Sweet and bitter. Dark black coloring. Nice barrel taste, but so thick. Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (1031) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity, estery Belgian yeast, chocolate, and some roast. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, roast, and hints of the Belgian yeast. Has a nice full body. The Belgian part isn’t dominant, but there’s just enough to give some interesting character. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (5553) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Can thanks to Jeremy! Pours opaque black, small tan head, creamy with good lacing. Aroma is roasty, ashtray, faint rubber, molasses. Flavor is very light tart; tangy, roasty, rich, cherries, a bit of herbal. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Can: Jet black center, only a sliver of deep brown at the extremities with a leathery, tan head on top. Aroma of caramel filled, Belgian chocolate, rich & milky with a sweet creaminess about it. Light marshmallow, brown sugar, & perhaps even a bit of coconut... Or vanilla. Smells like a candy bar. Similar flavors of milk chocolate, light caramel, brown sugar, & a slight hint of mallow foam come out, only now they’re joined by a dark fruity & prune aspect that toes the line between sweet & lightly tart. Pure, Belgian cocoa finish with underlying notes of sweet cream. Full bodied, though not quick thick or chewy. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (626) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2014
On tap at Fenton Fire Hall...silky, black satin pour with a great mouthfeel. Lots going on in this beer...the usuals coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts, but some Belgian funk, sweet earth, and doughy yeast as well. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3263) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Shared 16 oz. can poured to snifters, showing a ruby highlighted, black/brown hue, with a modest layer of brownish tan, head foam that rapidly reduced to a ring & film, but produced some decent cling to the waves & spots of lacing. The nose was roasted & cocoa, with coffee on the back, and some light woodiness & earthiness. A bit sticky & syrupy textured, the taste was quite brown sugar & molasses sweet, with low, earthy bitterness, a hint of tartness, and hidden alcohol. Only medium bodied, with soft carbonation. Imperial?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
novice101 (308) - - APR 23, 2014
This is an amazing brew pours pitch black with a dark mocha head, smells of licorice and dark fruits, along with caramel and other joyous sweet notes. Taste is a bittersweet with malts licorice, and some dark chocolate, alcohol is well concealed. An amazing brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3044) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
6oz tap at Jerry’s in Wicker Park. Black beer. Strong aroma of alcohol, roasted chocolate, very syrupy, and lots of sweetness. Flavor is similar with autolysis. Its just to big and too harsh. Lots of Belgian doughty yeast, which I really like. However, too big, too much. I would love an 8% version of this beer, maybe PlowPony.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with thin, frothy, tan head, no legs / Sweet nose of molasses, dark fruit, caramel / Medium body, sweet & syrupy, a touch thin but still inky, not cloying with good fruit, low hopping but bitterness to astringency on finish / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, tobacco, caramel / Doesn’t quite come together. Reminiscent of a lighter bodied Bourbon County.

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