Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales
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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
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Toasty oat colored foamy three-finger head. Moderate lacing. Deep brown brew with lots of purples; kinda cloudy.
Sweet, grapes, good amount of acidic tartness on the nose. Interesting. Odd cherry chocolate aroma. Nearly tangerine. Watery aroma.
Thick feel. Weird collection of flavors. Farmy, like a dark saison, vanilla, red grapes, dry mild lemon tartness, earthy, apple, lots of fruit, light pine, brett, horsey, good amount of used barrel notes. No heat. Small booze bite. Carbonation is high and detracts from the overall experience. Sweetness is odd and miss placed. Licorice esque bite shows up on the very back end of flavors, off.
Oddly put together. Missing a backbone. It seems as though TBtSC is a bit of wanderer...it doesn't have a definitive beer base. It's good, but not memorable. It may end up not being what you sought out for...but it's kinda like Christmas in a bottle, in an odd way...
12-09-2013 01:53:07 | More by chugalug06
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
The absolutely darkest of brown colors this ale holds a creamy thick head that sat atop the ale throughout the entire glass.
The aroma is filled with cream, marshmallow, Graham cracker, slight bourbon and barrel.
The flavor improves as it warms as there's a lot bourbon whiskey creaminess, coffee, malt and light char. There's a strong malt backbone that isn't sweet but more grain and barley with a pinch if kilned toastiness. This is not a barrel aged beer and I would assume it should not have this bourbonesque flavoring but that is simply what my palate interrupted.
The feel is creamy, not entirely thick but very smooth.
12-09-2013 01:27:51 | More by KYGunner
4.09/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours dark brown, shaded with magenta. Opaque. Probably cloudy but it's too dark to really tell. Small light beige head. Decent lacing, retention for a beer of this strength. Stewed berries, cocoa, brown sugar and apricots in the nose. I think there's some barrel presence, but it's kinda hard to tell what's what. Possibly some spirit and oak knocking around. It smells like sugar cookies, fruitcake and rum (that's more a function of the alcohol and fruitiness, rather than any sort of guess at the barrels used). The taste also has lots of fruit and heavy sweetness. A tad medicinal. Some definite booze. Light chocolate. Berries and apricots soaked in caramel, wine and booze. Thick feel. Never gets too sticky, though. Interesting stuff. Definitely more legitimately old ale-ish than I expected, which is fun. It's not a barleywine, and there's a whole bunch of stuff going on. Good for a cold winter night, but this beer might catch some off-guard.
12-08-2013 08:39:25 | More by popery
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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