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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 12
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)
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Kreko7, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

VinceMig, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of youradhere
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with flashes of orange around the edges, small off white head dissipates to leave behind thick lacing. Smell is vinous Brett, bourbon and whiskey, cola. Taste is woody bourbon, some wine character, dry cola, cold coffee. Mouthfeel is off dry and slick. Overall not bad but not the best, could use some age to mellow out the bitter and bring up some of the fruitier Brett character.

youradhere, Nov 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Rick778, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of JWD
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Are you kidding me!!! This is not an old ale. This is a tart slightly sour ale. I would be careful aging this as the sour flavor may get more intense. Great brewery bad, misrepresented beer. Stick to your big stouts, the bomb is world class.

This beer also had significant condensation under the cap/wax as report in the forum,not really an issue but could be down the road.

JWD, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of boonzes
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is an english olde ale style, apparently. it probably needs a couple years in the bottle. that said, i really enjoyed the beer. the price was not great, but i think the investment in saving a couple bottles might be. light head and body, roasty, but almost like there was some lager yeast involved. the thing that stuck out for me was just like the wine barrel noir - it's like chocolate covered cranberries. it's not exactly "sour." it's not exactly "dessert" chocolatey. it's kind of an uncomfortable medium. i think a couple years in the bottle might do this well, but i also thought the mid-nineties cleveland indians would be unstoppable. i guess we'll see. until then, we can only get in line for a two bottle per person limit to pay for wax and amber glass. i hope the best for this beer.

boonzes, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

jlindros, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Tyrus, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark rich hazelnut hue, thin light mocha tan head that leaves nice lacing.

S - Aromas of super sweet toffee, loss of bourbon, sweet malts, rather one dimensional.

T - Taste is sweet brown sugar, bourbon, toffee, caramel. Again, rather one note.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the ABV, more carbonation than I expected.

O - Overall this was a relatively disappointing beer. Rather one note.

rudzud, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

LotsofLupulin, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

IpeeA, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

capnamerica, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of MikeB91c
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just got this bottle from a newly opened store in Decatur, AR. I have heard buzz about it and other Prairie brews so I thought I'd buy a few. Lucky I did, as I went back later that afternoon and there were none to be found.

Starts off with a dark brown pour with a creamy toffee head. The smell is enticing right off the bat with hints of spice, oak, and leather...a great combination. The initial taste was a touch sour for my palate, but as I continue to "push" through, I found it to be very crisp on the tongue for a dark ale with a continuation all the way through to the end; ten minutes after a sip, you can still get the tartness and the hints of oak/vanilla throughout. Halfway through my first bottle, I realized that yes...this is a pretty darn good beer and one that I will obtain for my cellar.

MikeB91c, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

BEERchitect, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

largadeer, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

RyanTheLion13, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Brown1647, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

JakeWright, Nov 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

sneezye, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

BierGartenok, Nov 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

ThirstyHerf, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Cowboys9
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A limited edition, Christmas beer from Prairie. As is the case with other Prairie Artisan beers, this sold out quickly from Freeman's in OKC. Chilled to about 40-42F, served in a pint glass, then allowed to warm to 50-55F. Aside from the beer itself, the label is very elaborate and creative. The top, dipped in white wax, adds a neat "snowcapped" seasonal touch.

A- Dark, coffee colored, almost black. Poured very nicely into a pint glass. Toffee colored head had moderate staying power, little to no lacing. Pretty must the standard for winter/ holiday beers.

S- Started off very mildly funky (brett?) when cold. Picked up on a little bit of alcohol nose. Once it warmed, it smelled very strongly of vanilla. It was must more aromatically pleasing when warmer.

T- Alcohol hotness overpowers everything else when cold. Let it warm to about 50-55. A rich chocolate fades into vanilla/ oak with just the slightest bit of funk. Really nicely balanced when warmer. Highly suggest only moderately cooling the beer.

M- Has a really nice mouthfeel. Exactly what I want from a winter beer. Not thin, but not too thick, very drinkable. Again, the beer changes completely when warm.

Overall, let the beer warm if you chill it. My biggest mistake was chilling the beer too much. At lower temperatures, the beer is overwhelmingly dominated by hotness from the 10% ABV. To me, Prairie seems to over do the alcohol content in some of their beers. This was very borderline to me until I let it warm up. The hotness faded out and let the spices and the maltiness of the beer shine through. I wanted to rate the beer higher overall, but I can't get over the initial alcohol burn, which screams to me that the beer wasn't aged enough.

I wonder if this beer would be better if cellared or aged for a few more months. 10% is a doozy, but pretty standard by Prairie.

Cowboys9, Nov 10, 2013
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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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