Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales
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Reviews by russpowell:
3.59/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours chestnut/mahogany with 1 finger of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention
S: Christmas pudding & brandy, plums & vanilla & smokeyness
T: Oaky dryness, plums, boozeyness, a touch of leafy hops up front. Slight smokeyness as this warms, oak & plummyness too. Finishes dry, with a bit of toffee, boozey with a bit of plum & leafy hops
MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation, warming. Thins out as this warms
Not bad, but certainly came up short of expectations. I'm sure this will age well, but very rough on the edges now. Maybe my least favorite beer from these guys. If I buy any more it will be to age
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2013 05:17:46 | More by russpowell
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4/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanx to Johnnniee for this wonderful night cap
Into a snifter.
A: dark brown close to black colored body with a two and a half fingered white foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes before gently dieing and leaving some nice foamy lacing sticking finely to the sides of the glass
S: a funky sort of tart/somewhat sour cherries, plums, raisins and apples that combine and giving off a decent spicy/somewhat peppery sort tone, nice oakiness comes in as it warms, also there is a nice roastiness of sorts to add to it
T: so the funky sort of tart/sour is there once again, but more so subdued with a gentle leading sweet oakiness coming forth as the beer warms; soothing caramel/molassess aftertaste and a long sweet sticky dry finish
M: sits about a medium to heavy on the body, not exactly sessionable - more of a sipper but at 10% and most likely brewed in late 2013, I'm expecting it to be more of a sipper, carbonation is fairly smooth and this is good for the old ale style and for me
O: one of the heavier old ales I've had, I'm glad I tried it - if anything. I would say everything seems to fit right for the style and for me as its mostly balanced.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2014 09:04:10 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Thanks to whoever brought the bottle! Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a dark plum color of a beer, for lack of a better description. Cloudy, with minor sediment at the bottom, as well as a slightly foamy but most fizzy off-khaki head at the top. Head retention is poor, but that's expected with the amount of alcohol on this. Looks relatively viscous, especially for a seemingly "imperial" winter warmer - definitely what I've grown to expect from the average US-brewed Old Ale.
Wow, that is funky - it looks like the wild bacteria has already made a heavy mark on the beer just several months in. Notes of tart cherry, plums, and raisins meld with light pepper and wet leather that I believe would be a combination from the oak and critters that are starting to overrun this thing. There's a possible Pediococcus infection perhaps brewing here, but it might be too young to know. Still, after the barrel flavors exhibiting caramel and cinnamon, as well as a brief nuttiness, there's a strange cheese rind and light barnyard flavor way at the finish. Very strange, but slightly appealing as well.
Tastes a little better and more balanced in terms of bringing out the array of diverse flavors, but this is essentially a lot like JP's Noel De Calabaza, which was my first encounter with these winter funky ales. Strong notes of cherries and under-ripe currants wash the palate, followed by a funky prune flavor, as well as some slight spiciness, wet leather, wet hay, and sweetness from the caramel and molasses malt finish. Showcases a degree of different spices, ranging from cinnamon to allspice, but the extra tart/funk note is a bit off-putting. The booze isn't necessarily well hidden either, and its presence makes this a difficult one to go through. Gets a little smokier and charred as it warms up too, which is definitely the fault of the wild yeasts. It's unbelievably fascinating, but it's really unbalanced overall.
I suppose this is what you'd call a winter saison in principal, but it's a little too blown out of proportion to be fully elegant in execution. Not the worst I've had of its kind, but memorable for more bad reasons than great. The wild yeast is really giving the beer a beating at this point, and many of the oak and malt/spice nuances that would make this refreshing are going to become more overrun. I don't know if this varies from bottle to bottle, but it's definitely something I'm going to look out for every time this passes my way.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 19:26:59 | More by magictacosinus
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