Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales
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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
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
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
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
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
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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