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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas - Prairie Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 18
Gots: 58 | FT: 8
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Cowboys9 on 11-10-2013

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from craftshack.
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a decent sized off white head that shows great retention. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar, a hint of oak and higher spirits, a bit of papery oxidation, and a light lactic cherry fruitiness. Light chocolate comes out especially as she warms. The flavor is sweet and dark sugary up front. Alcohol, tart cherries, tobacco, and chocolate fly in midway through. Finishes with a lingering caramel and fruity tartness. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sugary but somewhat tart mouthfeel. Decent brew I enjoyed it.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Out of a bottle and into a Prairie snifter

A - murky brown with dark caramel tones. 2 finger head thats quick to dissipate. Seems highly carbonous in appearance. Hmmmm.

S - Coffee, maple syrup, and cherry syrup. Little bit of warm cacao.

T- Again...maple, chocolate, coffee. Nice hint of cherries. Toasted pecans and brown sugar. Not bad at all, but very light.

M- meh. Disappointed with this part. Not heavy or viscous or creamy. Its light and more carbonation than I prefer.

O- Disappointing. Light in taste (which some could say its nice and subtle), and light in body and mouthfeel. I wish I could like it as old ales are one of my favorites. This is probably the least favorite I've tried in that style though.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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...

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3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas from Prairie Artisan Ales
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