Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales
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3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, caramel, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the slight tartness is unexpected.
01-13-2014 06:57:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Ok, if you're a beer... and if you're going to save Christmas, there's a short checklist that must me achieved. Let's look at this a bit closer, shall we? 1) You've got to give me enough alcohol to make it worth while- those "Mom" voices aren't going away on their own. 2) You have to go well with those harvest fest-type foods- turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy and potato. ...and 3) You have to help me outlast all those kids!
This uniquely named Prairie beer pours with a dark rusty-brown color that carries a significant yeasty haze. Its unadulterated appearance follows with a creamy, dense but short-statured head to cap the beer. Its long staying power is easily rejuvenated with a gentle swirl and its slim lace.
Sweetened with elements of brown sugar, light molasses and sorghum, The Beer That Saved Christmas shows up with drunken fruit- figs, dates, cherries, apples and grapes all slumber in a blanket of molasses and spicy, rum-like alcohol. (Its just like that uncle that shows up that you know will be fun, but he's not quite right either.)
Its taste is rich with taste but surprisingly shy on sweetness. Where I get the taste of brown sugar, its sweetness is replaced by dry malt. This makes the beer drinkable and balanced, it also exposes many other benefits and consequences. What ensues is the fruitiness of fruitcake-type apples, cherries, dates, figs, raisins and prunes. Yet without the concentrated sweetness, its middle palate is lightened considerably. Finishing with a coffee cake-type sweet breadiness, its taste finishes rummy, spicy and with vinous-like acidity.
Mid-heavy in its mouthfeel, the beer simply has a lighter tone for its style, but its impressions of sweetness remains intact. All that dissolves off the tongue relatively quickly to ensure a finish of spicy booze, earthy hops and slight stale-aged tang.
Ok, so to recap- the beer made your mother's voice reconcilable. It did just the trick with that wide range of foods. ...but dealing with all those kids- It just might make you want to join right in!
11-16-2013 08:19:41 | More by BEERchitect
4.25/5 rDev +15.2%
This is a Flanders-inspired wild ale, despite the base of an old ale. Souring bacteria and wild yeast were used, making it a wild ale.
Reddish brown pour, dark brownish black in the glass. Light tan foam with a creamy surface texture, intricate irregular lacing that sticks well around the edges. Long lasting surface skim that eventually breaks after awhile.
Woody aroma with notes of dried cherry and chocolate.
Full bodied and vinous, creamy feel with a welcome mellow tartness. Light roast in the background, coffee, chocolate, and cherry. Dry woody tannin in the finish. Slight clover honey traces. Virtually no trace of the base old ale, it's defined by the barrel and expressive wild yeast/bacteria. Tastes a lot like an Oud bruin with amped up chocolate and cherry elements. Enjoyable slow sipper with a well hidden double digit abv. Recommended to fans of Noel De Calabaza/Madrugada and top tier Oud Bruins.
Overall a great wild ale that sadly appears to be misunderstood here.
12-13-2013 23:53:07 | More by emerge077
3.59/5 rDev -2.7%
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
12-23-2013 05:17:46 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks to rudzud for sharing/splitting.
Light creamy head, decent lacing, dark murky molasses brown.
Nose lots of bourbon, barrel juice, toasted oak and light vanilla, sweet molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, nougat and dark sweet malts. Torn between a 4.25 as it's pretty nice and good bourbon with other good malts, but the malts are a little meh for what they should be and bourbon destroys.
Taste stats with sweet malts, candy, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits little fig, brown crystal malts, caramel toffee, mild bitterness, but quite sweet. Lots of bourbon, barrel juice, sweet bourbon and toasted oak. Finish is bland, little bourbon, little brown sugar. Fairly bland overall in flavor, mostly just washed bourbon.
Mouth is med bod, decent carb, mild warming booze.
Overall meh, pretty bland and one trick pony esp for so much bourbon.
11-21-2013 02:45:21 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
very cool packaging on this, white wax, funky red label, very cool, very holiday, not cheap, but a darn good beer inside too. barrel aged old ale, cool stuff. light brown color, thick and hazy, with a red tint, looks like a big English barleywine, without a ton of head. nose of sweet bourbon, rich caramel malt, oak, and brown sugar. its sweet for sure in taste, but about midway through comes a flash of tart fruit, maybe cranberry or raspberry, before the bourbon woody dusty old ale finish we all know and love. its a short burst, but a memorable one. it confuses the mouthfeel between sweet and tart, and between heavy and light, and this is a rather tough beer to classify as a result. it also has a slightly wild yeast element, indicative of other prairie beers, and it sort of shakes up the old ale conventions, but not so much as to render it out of style. sweeter in the finish too, with brown sugar and a little holiday spice hanging around after the swallow. a good beer, but a little to much going on to be fully cohesive, even in light of the bourbon barrel, which is usually unifying. prairie is starting to price their beers out of reach for me to have them regularly, I took a chance on this and don't regret it, but not something I will revisit at this price.
12-09-2013 17:41:29 | More by StonedTrippin
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
From 12/15/13 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for bringing this one out; thanks Dane! 16.9 oz. glass poured into a tulip.
a - Pours a murky, dark brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, caramel malts, cream, sweet chocolate, oak, light dark fruits, and toasted malts. Nose is nice, more fruit as it warms up.
t - Taste follows the nose but much lighter. Tastes of more dark fruits, roasted malts, cream, figs, plums, raisins, brunt malts, and toasted malts. A step down from the nose for me.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No heat, doesn't feel like 10% ABV.
o - Overall a decent old ale, though I was hoping for more having heard great things about their other beers. Nose is nice but the taste is light and a lot of dark fruits and burnt malts. Decent but looking forward to trying their other stuff.
12-16-2013 16:20:22 | More by mdfb79
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and white/silver wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at Argonaut Liquor in Denver, CO and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery, though I'm not sure I've had a past beer of theirs that would suggest they could handle an old ale well. Reviewed as an oak-aged old ale. 10% ABV confirmed. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour, nice creaminess, and nice thickness. Head retention is average - about 1 minute. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Nice even consistency. Fairly soft complexion.
Body colour is a dark opaque brown (or burnt caramel for the pretentious). No floating yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it doesn't look like much. I'm beginning to have my doubts.
Sm: Cream, raisin, caramelized sugars/fruit, brown sugar, dates, plums, prunes, brown malts, and biscuit malts. Rum-soaked stonefruit. Sugarcane. A bit of oak wood. Bread crust.
A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.
No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.
T: Rum-soaked stonefruits, dates, prunes, plum. Bready malts, biscuit malts, brown malts. Cream. Light raisin. Sugarcane. Oak wood notes come through, but I don't get any toasty character or refined barrel notes. Maybe some faint vanilla? Marshmallow. Faint grape. Fruitcake.
Alcohol presence is noticeable but forgivable at this ABV. No hop character really comes through. Vague biscuity yeast character comes through.
On the sweeter side, for sure.
There's some fair complexity here, but not a whole lot of subtlety. Not particularly intricate or nuanced. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.
Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet, with some dryness and coarseness emerging on the climax, to its detriment. Thick and full-bodied. Coating on the palate, with a decent presence. Bready and filling. Unrefreshing. It's a meal in glass.
Not oily, astringent, hot, gushed, or astringent, though it does have some rough and harsh patches in the structure. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't complement/highlight specific notes and doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste. It facilitates full delivery of the flavours, but could be improved.
Dr: A nicely executed little old ale with nothing unique or special going on. Pretty middle of the road but enjoyable and drinkable for what it is. I wouldn't get it again, though it might be interesting aged. ABV could be better hidden. I won't say that Prairie/Krebs should stick to farmhouse ales, but I will say they execute those types of beers better than they do heavier styles. Likable but unremarkable.
Develops a bit as it comes to temperature. Serve chilled.
Drinks great from a tulip.
12-15-2013 22:55:53 | More by kojevergas
3.43/5 rDev -7%
A: Poured a murky caramel color with a nice dirty white cap. decent head retention and moderate lacing
S: Muddled fruitcake with toffee, wood and an Earthiness
T: Initial old fruitcake with raisins, bread, cranberries, toffee and a woody Earthiness to it. The finish is dry, sweet and Earthy with lingering flavors of caramel and toffee
M: Medium bodied, carbonated well, a mild sweetness but muddy on feel and flavors
O: Not a bad beer but the beer seems to be a hot mess of flavors sordove running together.
12-16-2013 15:07:40 | More by barleywinefiend
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
Pours a three-finger cream/beige head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Deep opaque brown color, ton of yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and oak nose. Flavor is dark fruit, oak, vinous grapes; high ABV is mostly hidden. Decent old ale. Pricey at $13.50 for a 500ml bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME. And first bottle from Oklahoma after 3400 bottles.
01-24-2014 00:03:30 | More by jdhilt
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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