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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy maple syrup color that gathers into a deep brown in the glass. Two finger tan head foams up pretty nicely and shows decent retention.

S: I've been getting a lot of different things since I poured this. Booze soaked fruit of some sort with a spicy oak backbone, but I can't decide if it's rum or brandy or maybe even bourbon. Toffee, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of a slightly sour raisin smell.

T: Dark malt and fruit flavors upfront, with a surprising sour edge. Raisin, mild toffee, red grape skin, rum barrel, sour plum and some tingling alcohol on the finish. Not that this says much, but this is probably my least favorite of their beers so far. Still digging it though and I'd love to see what this is like in a few years. Feels like it needs to round out a bit. It's not ready to save Christmas just yet.

notchucknorris, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of jman005
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

jman005, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of WallyHop
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

WallyHop, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of TickleMeTony
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

TickleMeTony, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of budsandsuds8
4/5  rDev +8.4%

budsandsuds8, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of od_sf
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

od_sf, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Cynic-ale, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of zerocrane
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

zerocrane, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BeerHunter76, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of imperialbeerdude
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I actually enjoyed this one, but it's definitely not an old ale unless it was infected. As far as the taste goes I get some mild barrel/old ale flavors, there are hints of vanilla but it's mostly a red grape/vinous tart flavor. Not overpowering and actually kind of pleasant, but I'm a fan of pretty much everything sour/funky. I'm really interested in the back story for this beer, overall pretty good. I'd give it a solid B, weird beer for sure though.

imperialbeerdude, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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

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

VinceMig, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
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
Photo of Rick778
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
Photo of Tyrus
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
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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

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

capnamerica, Nov 17, 2013
Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.