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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 17
Gots: 58 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cowboys9 on 11-10-2013

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a very dark but clear ruby red color with a beautiful head and very nice lacing, but the head and lacing disappear to absolutely nothing after just a minute or so, leaving a very flat looking beer behind. A bit of sediment in the final pour.

Smell – A sweet smell, with notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla. Perhaps a hint of figs and/or cherries as it warms.

Taste – Malt, oak, and caramel. The sweetness from the nose is replaced by a sourness in the taste, though I’d have preferred the sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Slightly sour, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability – Not a great beer, but a good beer.

Photo of jfstilling
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MickeyHops
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aldogg007
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Rusted and infected. Smelt of coins and tasted much the same

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this right after having Christmas Prairie Bomb. Found this to be much superior than CPB. Doesn't really have typical holiday spices to me, but that is not a criticism. A nice brew. Bought it at a reduced price after the 2013 holiday, and had aged in my cellar for a year.

Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snansel
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious with over a year on it

Photo of hopley
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting beer but kind of looking for an identity (in a good way).

It's an old ale with some typical Prairie funk that adds some blatant complexity albiet in a slightly overpowering way - not sour or tart at all, but leaning ever so slightly in that direction.

Great looking beer - dark body with light head that stays with it as it around the edges as it warms. Nice mouthfeel bordering on chewey; this is where the hint of sour / tart comes in ever so slightly as it competes with the old ale sweetness. Doesn't get better or worse as it warms but the 10% ABV becomes a little more present at this point.

Overall I liked this beer and think it's slightly under-rated. I wouldn't get it again but am really glad I tried it. Thanks Prairie!

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit sour, a bit savory, a bit delicious. Not exciting, but worth checking out.

Photo of wellsnb
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bartos
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ethanmc12
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NHbeerguy
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbutova
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased on-sale at Coaltrain Liquors in Colorado Springs, CO over the summer. Consumed and fully reviewed at night on Christmas.

2013 bottle.

A- Super dark red around the sides with a deep brown body from the 500ml to a few glasses. A large cap makes it up to over one finger with a very foamy, fizzy texture; the bottle opened with a LOUD hiss. The cap dies to a large puffy ring and haze all atop the beer. Massive chunks of swamp things suspend throughout with some spots of lace here and there.

S- Probably the most pleasant part of this beer for me. Most of the roasty Old Ale part of the beer comes out here with a well aged vanilla toasted oak and woody buffer. Notes of raisin and aged caramel leading to cocoa and slight roast, lactic and slight acetic bacteria, figs and hints of sweets. Bacteria really opens up with time and it is probably more pleasant when there is more Old Ale feel before that.

T- More of a balance at this stage. It takes character from the deep malty base beer, the rounded out oak barrel and the tart and slightly fruity funky bacteria. Strong notes of cherry, lactic acid, red wine vinegar, raisins, figs, general spiced dark fruits, toasted wood, oak vanilla and musty caramel. The tartness and fruity bacteria gets pretty bold with time drowning out the Old Ale in the end.

MF- This is where things kind of get thrown off. The body is incredibly foamy as hinted by the noise when opening the bottle. Massive fizzy foamy carbonation fills up the entire mouth immediately as it feels like a champagne or sour. This does not suit a lot of the flavors for me.

This beer has all kinds of potential. I think the Old Ale notes are quite good when they shine through and I really like the amount of oak and barrel flavor. The mouthfeel really hurts it for me and the bacteria also take away from the good aspects of the beer after a few sips. I would like to try a non-soured version of this. Just lacks a total melding of the flavors presented.

Photo of Chico1985
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml generously shared by Cameron Clause on Christmas Day. It didn't quite save my holiday but always nice to try new Prairie.

A - Dark brown pour with tons of flecks floating about. Beige head is big at the start and retains pretty well throughout.

S - Light brettiness and kind of a weird smoky mustiness. Some dark fruit, red grape and caramel, but nowhere near normal old ale-level.

T - An odd mix of tart bretty fruits, raisin, oak and burnt caramel. Kind of a red wine feel and some alcohol. I assume it's at least a little bit infected, feels kind of off and messy, but not bad.

M - Very foamy and light, way too carbonated. Decent amount of alcohol there as well. The foam seems to calm itself after some time but still watery and meh.

O - It has potential but it's pretty much a mess. Old ale flavors are just decent, the brett is kinda boring for brett and there's too much of it, definitely too foamy. Not bad, I assume something went haywire with the brett and/or oak barrel.

Photo of bigaltemple
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wapcap
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottJWing
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Faroveryonder
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fordknox
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrownAleMale
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unpleasant sourness that doesn't work well.

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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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