1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

Not Rated.
Prairie The Beer That Saved ChristmasPrairie The Beer That Saved Christmas

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

295 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 295
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 57 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Prairie Artisan Ales visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cowboys9 on 11-10-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 295 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zerocrane
zerocrane

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +35.5%

This one is close to a 10.

A - Dark, almost black with a thin head

S - You can tell this one is going to be sour. You get a hint of grapes or raisens

T- Phenominal from start to finish. That's all I can say

O- 90-95/100. this is a great beer. I wish it was an annual brew.

11-25-2013 04:46:25 | More by zerocrane
Photo of jman005
jman005

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

11-27-2013 00:59:21 | More by jman005
Photo of atlbravsrno1
atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-02-2014 16:59:08 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of CrazyLarry
CrazyLarry

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

08-04-2014 13:07:55 | More by CrazyLarry
Photo of jgammoniv
jgammoniv

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +22%

02-01-2014 15:48:55 | More by jgammoniv
Photo of ucsbmullet
ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-24-2013 05:55:33 | More by ucsbmullet
Photo of anoldhope
anoldhope

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-18-2014 20:29:58 | More by anoldhope
Photo of BierGartenok
BierGartenok

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-13-2013 00:49:19 | More by BierGartenok
Photo of EF4
EF4

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-03-2014 22:14:41 | More by EF4
Photo of bradfordjohnson
bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-30-2013 15:35:46 | More by bradfordjohnson
Photo of midnitesun11
midnitesun11

California

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-14-2013 01:50:47 | More by midnitesun11
Photo of scott2269
scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%

04-22-2014 01:15:42 | More by scott2269
Photo of BeerMeColorado
BeerMeColorado

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-01-2013 21:46:03 | More by BeerMeColorado
Photo of BradleyR
BradleyR

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-28-2013 01:47:11 | More by BradleyR
Photo of JakeWright
JakeWright

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-13-2013 15:44:30 | More by JakeWright
Photo of captainbearcat
captainbearcat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-25-2013 19:40:56 | More by captainbearcat
Photo of alex_hart
alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-07-2014 01:55:21 | More by alex_hart
Photo of Intelbeerlord
Intelbeerlord

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +22%

07-08-2014 23:50:48 | More by Intelbeerlord
Photo of mhaugo
mhaugo

California

4.39/5  rDev +19%

16.9oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 10% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.

Appearance: Deep chestnut, pours brilliantly clear until you get into the dregs, relatively fat bubbles make up a pretty firm head (3.5/5).

Aroma: Wood, leather, molasses, bourbon, Cherry Coke, and a touch of sweet vinegar (4.5/5).

Taste: I’m initially struck by an interesting sour note that I did not expect. That flavor crescendos pretty quickly, and then it thins out and clears with only a soft touch of oak left behind. A little research has informed me that Prairie spikes the beer with a “mixture of wild bacteria”, so I’m glad to see the infection is intentional. I also get some tobacco, cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. As it warms, the cherry flavor comes marching into the forefront. God… what an interesting beer (4.75/5).

Mouthfeel: Rather thin with a touch of astringency from the oak (3.25/5).

Overall: Man, this is great. It’s an old ale, aged in bourbon barrels, and inoculated with wild bacteria. I’m (nearly) speechless. It certainly isn’t traditional by any stretch of the imagination, but I love what they have done with it (4.25/5).

04-19-2014 04:43:39 | More by mhaugo
Photo of BaronRogue
BaronRogue

California

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%

Lucky to scoop this one here in the Bay Area where Prairie is still a niche within a niche (thank you to all you distributors out there, keeping good stores alive). This one has a white wax seal.

Dark and very nearly opaque, slightly fizzy. Looks like it's been hanging out for awhile.

Smell hits you strong and hard if you catch it outright... like a jar of prunes and olives pickled in raspberry vodka, inside an oak barrel.

Taste is complex and bright, like a sour without the sour. Lots and lots of oak, dark grains, dark berries. Definitely an old, wild, weird ale... don't go into this one expecting a stout. Alcohol comes and goes, maybe I should have sat on this one a bit longer.

Well worth the price, thank you Prairie for this late Xmas gift.

01-22-2014 07:59:57 | More by BaronRogue
Photo of stephens101
stephens101

Oklahoma

4.31/5  rDev +16.8%

Fluffy tan head that makes you want to dive in and go to sleep. Dark brown in color with reddish hues at the bottom edges of the snifter.

Raisins, plum, brown bread, molasses and faint medicinal phenols to the nose. Complex but organized.

Tastes of sweet molasses up front with a bit of syrup left on the lips. Nutmeg, allspice, oak, earthy hops, grape juice and faint cherry form a fluid middle with tiny notes of vanilla to finalize.

Rich and creamy as expected. Alcohol pinches slightly, but doesn't squeeze. The sweetness controls, but doesn't dictate direction.

Really flavorful take on the style here.

01-10-2014 00:48:30 | More by stephens101
Photo of Sludgeman
Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +15.4%

Purchased in Minneapolis and brought home in luggage (Oct 2013). Waxed top. $12.99 Poured into a chalice.

A very enjoyable beer. A nice sipping beer for a good book in front of the fire. Super complex aroma. Many win-like characteristics. I love old ales but this one is not at the top of my list. 4.25

A – Pours a cloudy rusty opaque (dark brown in the glass) with a one-finger rocky but dense tan head, good lacing, minor alcohol legs. 4.0

S – Alcohol, some sourness, tobacco, a bit of sour cherry, very port-like qualities. 4.25

T – Some lactic sourness, malty, molasses, a bit metallic, alcohol evident but not prominent. 4.25

MF – Medium-bodied, semi-dry finish with a bit of creaminess. 4.5

02-15-2014 23:45:59 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of Janis_Hoplin
Janis_Hoplin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

12-05-2013 01:21:41 | More by Janis_Hoplin
Photo of jtladner
jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

12-25-2013 00:45:26 | More by jtladner
Photo of VinceMig
VinceMig

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-24-2013 00:56:55 | More by VinceMig
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.