Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales
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4.04/5 rDev +9.5%
A: Pours dark brown with a creamy mocha head.
S: Brown sugar, some medium roast coffee, oak, a touch of vanilla, a touch of caramel.
T: Brown sugar, some oak, some vanilla, some caramel, but a surprising amount of fruity yeast esters.
M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.
O: This is an interesting beer, the nose and taste seem to be on conflict, but it works beautifully. Definitely worth a try. Definitely recommended.
06-15-2014 03:41:43 | More by BierJager89
3.76/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Firestone Walker tasting glass. Bottled 2013.
A: Pours a sludgy brown with good but brief head.
S: Spicy, but dull.
T: Hm! Interesting. Unexpectedly bright and fruity. Dry endtaste. The "wild bacteria" (description on the website) is evident and explains a lot of the contradictions here.
M: A tad thin. Sourish and astringent.
O: I thoroughly enjoyed this! I would have again. Tangentially, there was a touch of cap rust, but nothing bad.
06-15-2014 03:28:02 | More by AgentMunky
3.76/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours an opaque dark copper with a fluffy tan head that pours at three fingers and settles to one or so. Great retention; touches of lacing.
Sweet, malty, and dark. The predominate aroma seems to be a sourish wine smell with lots of currants, black pepper, caramel malt, dried fruits, nuts, wood, and bubblegum; quite boozy and warm smelling.
Astringent and boozy. Flavor-wise it is slightly wine-like with a long woody tinge underpinning it all; red wine, currants, tea-like astringency, vague winey sourness. Very interesting.
Full-bodied with warming alcohol and a coating mouthfeel.
I am no old hand at old ales, but I did enjoy this one. It likely won't become an every day beer for me, but it was worth trying and exhibited some very nice characteristics. It is quite nice looking and has a very 'busy' nose. The flavor is rustic (woody and musty) with a little winey oxidation taste. All-in-all it is a nice cold weather beer and I enjoyed it. I feel strange being too critical as I have little experience with the style, but it seems pretty solid based on the BJCP guidelines, for what it's worth.
Would maybe have again; worth finding if you are a big beer fanatic.
05-12-2014 01:03:33 | More by TheDoctor
3.91/5 rDev +6%
poured 500ml bottle into chalice.
A - Dark brown with dark amber highlights around the edge and a 1 finger foamy white head that fades into a thin film. Very small spots of lacing on the glass.
S - Tart fruit notes along with chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar.
T - There is a bit of tartness up front, not so much cherry, with chocolate and vanilla. The oak is present and has an earthiness to it. I pick up some dark brown sugar and dark fruit.
M - Medium body and nice carbonation. Finishes dry and semi tart with a bit of earthy wood.
O - At first I was calling this a stout and remembered that it was an Old Ale. Cool idea and one I really enjoyed.
05-04-2014 21:46:17 | More by Ri0
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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