Brewery Vivant PlowHorse
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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Very dark brown pour, brown head. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, some cool flavors of Belgian yeast, hints of dark cherries. Nice brew. Thanks JP.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
16oz can. Poured a dark brown color with a tan/brown head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, chocolate, bananas, and some woodiness. Tastes of chocolate, fruity, lighter roast, and a lighter coffee finish. Alcohol content hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Can sample courtesy of JPDurden24. It pours with a nice and dark body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, earthy malts, Belgian candi sugar, chocolate and then some date smelling dark fruity esters. The taste delivers Belgian candi sugar sweetness, chocolate, malt sweetened dark roasted malts, a mild level of Belgian yeasty spiciness and then some brown sugar rounding the experience out. Solid tasting Impy where the chocolate and Belgo notes are going very well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5820) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Can: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, light molasses, banana, plum, roast, and some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thick ring. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with a touch of banana. The finish has moderate plum, light-moderate roast, light alcohol, coffee, and a touch of metal. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, the alcohol and metal combo in the finish definitely decrease my enjoyment of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (4339) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Black pour on tap at DryHop. Tan head. Licorice and chocolatey taste. Brown head. Delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rumproasts (4238) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Tap. Black with small head. Very rich malt. Smooth with chocolate. Amazing stout. One of the best I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3615) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but was released recently. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, clove, pepper, light coffee, light banana, light char, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, toffee, dark bread, clove, raisin, pear, light banana, light char, light pepper, and roasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, molasses, toffee, dark bread, clove, raisin, light char, and roasted/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian imperial stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of roasted malt and moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Can. Deep opaque brown body, medium light brown head. Rich nose of chocolate, coffee, and raisin. Lots of dense malts; toffee and chocolate-covered nuts. I wrote nuts. Plummy and rich. Lots and lots of chewy toffee as the beer warms. Yum and delicious.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3054) - 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?

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